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Building my first gaming pc needed some advice

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August 28, 2012 6:35:40 PM

in the coming weeks im going to be building my first gaming pc and i wanted some advice and to make sure im getting the best i can for about $1000

The Parts I've Chosen

CPU- intel core i5 2500k
Case- Antec Three Hundred
RAM- PNY Optima 8gb
Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Motherboard- gigabyte ga-h61m-ds2
PSU- cooler master 550w
GPU- Radeon 7770 or GTX 560???
DVD- Sony whatever
Mouse- Razer Naga
Keyboard- Logitech g110

i will add an ssd later on and an aftermarket heatsink. does anyone know what is the thermal paste that comes with the brush if so could you link it please?
thanks for all answers and help

I prefer to buy all of my parts from amazon and newegg
August 28, 2012 8:24:44 PM

A couple of Questions:
Have you suggested 2500K CPU for particular reason. Generally i5-3570K is slightly better, and similar price.
Do you intend to overclock (when you get cooler). This and CPU will help select best mobo.
Have you selected the choice between 7770&560 because they are adequate for what you want to play, or do you want the best possible, within your budget.
What is the resolution of your monitor.
Thermal paste, by the way, is Artic Silver 5 (there are others). You can get tube + bottle of cleaner for around 7$, on Amazon.
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August 28, 2012 8:40:40 PM

I'm a little confused at how this is totaling to $1000. Nonetheless I'm assuming you would like to maintain a small use of the full budget.

Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Aside from peripherals it'll have you set.

You should be aware what's wrong with your build is H61 doesn't overclock at all, but you have an i5 2500K. Also, the older Cooler Master units like the GX and Extreme series are not so great on reliability. As for the GPU, The 7770 is cheaper than the 560 by about $60? Why the 7770 and not the 6870?
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September 3, 2012 12:17:17 AM

aznshinobi- i will be buying other parts (like the ssd and cooler) so im including those in the price and it will be aount 1000 maybe 900. im still going over the gpu, psu, and cpu and you have a point so i might take the i5- 3450 a kingston 650w psu and im still not sure about the gpu -_-
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September 3, 2012 12:33:25 AM

malbluff- thanks for the info on the thermal paste and i've decided not to take the 2500k because i dont know much about overclocking but i might include the i5-3570k in a later build. im trying to find other gpu's to use and my monitor resolution is 1920x1200
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September 3, 2012 7:36:33 AM

Personally, I think it always makes sense to have unlocked CPU. They're usually nearly same price, and then you've always got the option. Don't forget that the board you've selected cannot overclock. Not an issue, if you're not going to OC 'til you upgrade, INCLUDING mobo.
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September 5, 2012 11:16:54 PM

malbluff said:
Personally, I think it always makes sense to have unlocked CPU. They're usually nearly same price, and then you've always got the option. Don't forget that the board you've selected cannot overclock. Not an issue, if you're not going to OC 'til you upgrade, INCLUDING mobo.


so i guess ill get i5-3570k anyway and when i learn more about overclocking and i have the money ill get a new mobo
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September 5, 2012 11:21:33 PM

i still dont know which graphics card to get :/ 
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September 5, 2012 11:28:59 PM

The thing is, you're on such a small budget. You shouldn't be spending $68 on a mouse and $54 on a keyboard. You also just simply cannot fit in an SSD with the attempt at trying to get expensive peripherals. It's easier to replace peripherals as opposed to interior parts. Why not get the best interior before getting just things that are looks? I used an HP $15 mouse and keyboard for the longest time before I could buy my Roccat Kova+ and Sidewinder X4. I still managed to game fine before then.

Check out my $850 build honestly:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
You'll get way more gaming performance (7870), future proof yourself (650w for future CF), and still be able to overclock.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo +$35: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung 830 64GB (Cheaper on Amazon) +$75: http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC0...
Samsung DVD burner +$15: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $981

You'll get everything you want leaving you with $19 to get peripherals.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
This is a nice cheap combo for solid stuff.
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September 5, 2012 11:29:34 PM

You could get a B75 mobo. That gives you a reasonable feature set, and some overclocking ability, at a budget price. Then, if you want to overclock, you just change CPU cooler to better one, and off you go.
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September 5, 2012 11:30:56 PM

B75 doesn't allow for overclocking?
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September 6, 2012 12:34:15 AM

B75 will overclock. As I understand it, slightly limited compared to Z77, although confess I'm not sure to what extent. Think it's one of those "depends who's version you read".
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September 6, 2012 1:38:43 AM

Ahhh B75 does overclock, it just doesn't OC memory and as no Intel Rapid Storage Tech.
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