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January 16, 2013 2:42:57 AM

I'm going to build my first gaming PC, but I don't know a whole lot about which parts are the best. I already know what CPU and GPU I'm getting, but I need help with the rest. I'd like to stay under $1000, preferably closer to $900.

CPU: Core i5-3570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-...

This is what I was thinking for storage:

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel 320 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if there's anything cheaper and better, I'm open to suggestions. I really need help picking a good, but cheap case, PSU, motherboard, etc. Also, is an SSD needed? If I don't have to spend an extra $100-$200, I don't mind waiting a bit longer for the PC to start up. Are there other benefits to having an SSD?

All help is appreciated, thanks guys.
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January 16, 2013 3:38:02 AM

Sorry about the format. I didn't mention that I didn't need an OS or an optical drive. As for your suggestions, I kept some, but changed a couple, mostly because Newegg was out of stock. So here's what I came up with:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xRg0

Would this be a pretty decent build? Would it be able to play games like Skyrim, Minecraft, Magic 2013, and Pokemon okay?

I noticed at the bottom, it says that the motherboard has a USB 3.0 header, but the case doesn't have front panel ports. Is that a huge problem?
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January 16, 2013 6:10:33 AM

ii AyJay o said:
Sorry about the format. I didn't mention that I didn't need an OS or an optical drive. As for your suggestions, I kept some, but changed a couple, mostly because Newegg was out of stock. So here's what I came up with:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xRg0

Would this be a pretty decent build? Would it be able to play games like Skyrim, Minecraft, Magic 2013, and Pokemon okay?

I noticed at the bottom, it says that the motherboard has a USB 3.0 header, but the case doesn't have front panel ports. Is that a huge problem?


nice build.. since you chose the asrock extreme 4 you can get the corsair enthusiast 750w psu so that you can sli in the future if you want to.. but if you are going to have a single gpu setup then a 550w is plenty.. 650w is neither here nor there.. if there is not much difference in price then its ok.. and if you need front panel usb 3.0 then i'd suggest this case.. if not its fine.. you can still use them at the back of the case so its not a big issue..

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r
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January 16, 2013 9:30:33 AM

mine is still more optimal. the gigabyte d3h is a superior board than the extreme4 given it has a better power delivery circuit
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