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First Time Gaming PC Build $1000-$1200

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February 25, 2013 2:28:42 PM

Hi all,

I'm new to Tom's Hardware and haven't built a PC in about 10 years. I'm looking to get back into it and build a gaming PC. My budget is about $1000-$1200, though I could be convinced to spend a bit more if there was a good reason. I put together the below list of components. If anyone has a couple of minutes to take a look, I'd like to get some feedback. If there's anything critical that I am missing, or some suggestions, please let me know.

I was wondering though, do I need a separate cooling solution or is the built in cooling adequate? While I am looking to be able to run most games at 2560x1440 resolution in Ultra settings at 60fps+, I probably won't be playing a game for more than 2 hours at a time.

The current total is $1069.40, and I am fine going up to $1200, or possibly a bit higher if there is a good reason. Thanks!

Case - Antec One - $55.14 - http://www.amazon.com/Antec-One-Computer-Case/dp/B006TV...

HDD - WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive - $73.52 - http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...

SSD - SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD 128 GB Sata 6.0 - $89.99 - http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSS...

Memory - Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM - $49.99 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QBUL1C/ref=as_li_s...

Motherboard - Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77-DS3H - $104.99 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21JWC/ref=as_li_s...

Optical Drive - Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) - $23.49 - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0033Z2BAQ/cupcr...

Power Supply - Cooler Master GX - 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply (RS650-ACAAD3-US) - $79.00 - http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-GX-Bronze-RS650-ACA...

Processor - Intel Core i5-3570K - $223.79 - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007SZ0E1K/cupcr...

Video Card - GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 - $369.99 - http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-N670OC-2GD-GeForce-Wi...
February 25, 2013 2:37:08 PM

Are you looking to OverClock as i believe the i5 3570k is a better processes for this job if so you will need to clook at some cooling equipment , If not try looking at the i5-3470 should do the same job but it will save you a few pounds.
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February 25, 2013 2:40:27 PM

I just looked for you the i5-3470k Comes up around $188 dollars on amazon.com the money you saved from this could go towards a better power supply just for reinsurance
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February 25, 2013 3:24:24 PM

dawsy said:
I just looked for you the i5-3470k Comes up around $188 dollars on amazon.com the money you saved from this could go towards a better power supply just for reinsurance


Great, thanks for the input! I will take a look at the i5-3470k.
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February 25, 2013 3:37:17 PM
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