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Building a new desktop... for the first time

Hey guys, so im trying to build a new desktop cause my laptop is barely handling the games I play (my laptop is not top of the line, but it's descent)

Anyway, I've I'm planning on spending at most $1000 for everything, plus whatever peripherals that I'll need to get. I'm really new at this so I would like u pros to help me out =] I already did some research and came up with a list


Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever the parts are on sale, not in a rush

Budget: ~$1000

System Usage: Mostly for gaming, then surfing the web and work

Monitor: I'll need to buy one

OS: Need to get, I can go with Windows 7 Home premium

Preferred website(s) for parts: Newegg, tigetdirect, slickdeals

Location: San Diego, US

Parts Preferences: The things I have on the list, or if anyone has something better for a cheaper price

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 X either 1080 or 1200 (Preferably 1200 though)

Additional Comments: Just trying to get everything within my budget range, and something quiet


Here's the list that I have generated for the parts that I want:

CPU: i5 3570K

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

MB: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3

HDD: SEAGATE Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

SSD: Samsung 830 series MZ

DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Case: Antec 300 Black steel or
Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply
OR
Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX650



Can I also please get some recommendations for a decent monitor, keyboard, and speakers?

I really appreciate the help =]

I know with $1000 this is probably too much to ask for, so please feel free to make some comments on the parts that I have chosen


Thanks again
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  1. Best answer
    Good start but there's a few things wrong.

    1. A 3570K will not fit in a 990FX motherboard. You will need a Z77 motherboard (although I'd heavily advise against purchasing an unlocked CPU if it's your first time).

    2. Go with the Corsair TX650 - a bit more expensive but better quality.

    3. Get the Antec 300 for your case.

    4. The Radeon 7870 GHz Edition is a lot newer for the money and uses less power than the 6950 does.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $996.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Then add whatever keyboard and mouse you want.
  2. thank you so much for the advice, i'll keep an eye on the price for those parts that you have recommended

    (thank god i ran this "build" through someone before I started buying parts like a dummy)

    thanks again!!!!
  3. nightkidz said:
    thank you so much for the advice, i'll keep an eye on the price for those parts that you have recommended

    (thank god i ran this "build" through someone before I started buying parts like a dummy)

    thanks again!!!!


    Yeah before buying there's an incredibly helpful site called PC Part Picker.com that you can input components and it will tell you any incompatibilities you may run into.
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    Yeah before buying there's an incredibly helpful site called PC Part Picker.com that you can input components and it will tell you any incompatibilities you may run into.


    I see, i will definitely use that site as a reference for future upgrades :)
  5. Best answer selected by nightkidz.
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