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1st Build, Gaming ~$1000

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November 24, 2012 7:33:46 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 4-12 weeks
Budget Range: ~$1000
System Usage Most Important: Gaming (you guys use computers for other stuff?)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: All new
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but not included in build price
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Location: Texas
Parts Preferences: i5, quality parts over price
Overclocking: maybe eventually
SLI or Crossfire: maybe eventually
Additional Comments: I own a monitor, i just dont have the info handy atm, will be 1st build so trying to keep it relatively easy, but being able to upgrade or add on in the next year is important. Hoping what I've picked is compatible and makes sense and wont require any upgrades in the near future. (Upgrading will be a want for me, not a need) I mainly play mmo's and am on my computer a lot throughout the day. Any advice and info would be great, will probably respond with several questions after as well. Please include why if you respond with changes or advice. Thank you.

(all prices and products found on newegg)

Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $244.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $37.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is $873 total, before tax and shipping. I figure with an OS it puts me right about 1k.

Biggest Concerns:

1. Am I missing anything?
2. Will it all fit and work correctly?
3. Im pretty set on the Case, CPU, so if there are changes id like to keep those two.
4. Will that PSU hold up to what ive got now, and if I add more later on, say a 2nd video card?

Thanks for taking the time to check it out and give me thoughts on it. If anyone has any good sites with videos or pictures for n00b builders I'd really like to look at them. I plan to keep researching as much as I can while I buy parts.

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November 24, 2012 7:41:09 AM

Hmm, you missed a lot of deals.

Picked overpriced parts.
November 24, 2012 7:42:21 AM

lol yeah i know, but i think there'll be a couple more in the next few weeks im okay with that price though.
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November 24, 2012 7:45:44 AM

added links, sorry its late here, forgot the first time.
November 24, 2012 7:48:39 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $835.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 04:46 EST-0500)

Hi, this would be better by a mile :) 

Yes, this PSU can handle another one.
November 24, 2012 7:57:01 AM

how much of that is different? besides the SSD HDD combo, and why the diff psu (besides adding more w, i read somewhere to go with gold) appreciate you putting a list together for me, with the OS on it, could you explain your choices a bit more though please?

Also my prices dont reflect the mail in rebates. :-/
November 24, 2012 8:05:07 AM

Hi, I think you understood it wrong . Gold just means that it will be more efficient by about 5% in electricity which isn't really that phenomenal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_Plus

You save only a bit about a few dollars in annualy which isn't worth it especially the PSU you bought is $100.

The GPU is leaps and bounds above the 560ti. It is like a motorbike vs a scooter LOL.

Hi, before rebates it is only $910 with the OS.

So what happens is that you get a more powerful build for less dollars especially my build is only $830 without OS so yeah. It's more value for money

and you can't put another 560ti on a 550w PSU :) 
November 24, 2012 8:20:28 AM

your SSD is $100 off which is amazing, but its also out of stock, I'm assuming when its back itll go back to the 149.99 price tag. Video cards also sold out and dropped roughly $50. some of your promos show it as money off when theyre prepaid cards or mail in rebates, i came to 1015.90 with your build before rebates. 915.90 if the SSD stays that low.
November 24, 2012 8:20:58 AM

like i said though its late, my math could be off, and some of the negative reviews by users throw me off on a few items.
November 24, 2012 8:55:17 AM

possibly this then?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pcq4

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $104.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $24.99
Storage Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card $209.99
Case Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case $74.99
Power Supply Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $59.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $79.99

Total Cost: $804.92 (according to pc part picker)
November 24, 2012 11:13:51 AM

This would provide more bang for your buck although it has a SB i7($270!!! only):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $855.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 08:13 EST-0500)
November 24, 2012 5:49:02 PM

Wisecracker said:
PhII 965BE plus Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ equals free 2x4GB RAMs and HD7950 graphics


Not on a $1K budget. Go Intel or go home.

Also what's with people picking cheap cases? A $1K budget gives you more than enough room to purchase a good case. You will reuse that case so make sure you get a good one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($131.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $984.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 14:48 EST-0500)

No overclocking but the option is there should you decide to upgrade.
November 24, 2012 10:17:12 PM


Psssssttt

You need to cut $100 for the OP's operating system

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