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$800-$1000 First gaming build

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November 8, 2012 5:15:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple weeks/months

Budget Range: $800-$1000 preferably on the lower range

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, some photo editing,

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Everything, building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon

Location: Oregon, USA

Parts Preferences: no preference really

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Wondering if all the parts are compatible and reliable. Not trying to shell out 1000 bucks for some bum parts. I would also really prefer to be closer to $800.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Upgrading so I can play newer gen games at ultra or very high settings smoothly

Case-
XION Gaming Series XON-980-BK - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo-
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU-
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler-
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM-
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU-
GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD-
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU-
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive-
SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost after shipping - $905.24

More about : 800 1000 gaming build

November 8, 2012 5:28:45 PM

I'd buy that. So unless you're trying to bring the cost down, I'd say you're pretty much all set.
November 8, 2012 5:29:45 PM

Perhaps a SSD? Like a Samsung 830 or something might be a nice finishing touch to your build. Seems pretty solid, maybe look for a better cooler on that 7870 like this (Gigabyte coolers are loud) :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its a little bit more expensive, but equally clocked, which is not usual for an ASUS card to be clocked that high from stock, and its definitely quieter and more efficient at cooling.

There's also the XFX 7870, but I always see people having issues with XFX cards for some reason.

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November 8, 2012 5:34:32 PM

Nice. Solid. Build. Well done!

Thoughts:

1. 1.5 volt RAM works best with Intel chips
2. SSD? I love mine. Surfing and start up is amazingly responsive. Intel, Samsung, and Crucial and not below 120 GB.
3. Reuse an HDD from an old computer until u buy a new HDD?
4. Youtube "newegg computer build parts 2&3". Watch, follow the instructions, and you'll be on your way !!

Small complaints:
5. The 212 Evo was a little trickier than it should have been - not hard, just not obvious - i had to youtube that too.
6. Hooking up the case (haf 912)to the mobo was a pain in the neck. Just a lot of little pins ...

Good Luck and enjoy the gaming. My computer flies and that's with a HD 6850 !!
November 8, 2012 5:37:43 PM

More from a buying point of view:
The better Western Digital Caviar Black, can be obtained elsewhere, for same price as that Seagate.
If you have a local store, Microcentre have that processor, currently at $169.

Like the Corsair Carbide, and Antec cases, above, particularly.
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