1200-1350 sandy bridge gaming build plus first build


Jan 6, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible (1 to 2 weeks unless I should wait for some reason)

Budget Range: 1200-1350

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (pretty much any game), watching movies, surfing the web, maybe some school work

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, speaker, monitor, and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I would like newegg but I can do any respectible websites for a good price

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Not really I just want good parts

Overclocking: In the furture probably

SLI or Crossfire: Also in the future to make it last longer

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want to make this build last as possible and be upgradable. I don't know when this cash will come around :D . This is my first build and I'm not the sharpest with tech but I have been researching so hopefully I'm in the ball park. Do I need to add any cooling type thingy-ma-bobs?


dvd drive:
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

hard drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Ram is the part that I'm not sure about because I don't know what I need. Also I know that I only need 4gb but I have heard that it's cheap now so should I buy a little bit more just to future proof?

COOLER MASTER HAF X nVidia Edition NV-942-KKN1 Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
Another part that I don't know about

Total = 1,205.51

^ You have a very good build, but sure you want to spend that much money for that case ?? I would rather save money and get a SSD for boot,...

RAM - Even this would be fine,...
4GB DDR3 - I doubt with minimal overclocking you would notice much difference between this RAM and the one you have chosen,...
8GB is not required, anyways the prices will only go down, so you can add more later,...

PSU - $10 more and get the Corsair 750TX and has better ratings and reviews...

Have you checked for combos ?


Jan 6, 2010
Thanks for the quick reply!
Unless the case has a problem I think that I still want to go for it. I have heard a lot of good things about it and I love the look.

I did have some combos like the one you but didn't know how to but them in the post without being very confusing. The cooler master PSU had a combo with my case to save 50 bucks. If the other one is better then I would have no problem paying the money but is it worth it?
^ The case in general is a very good one, but is on the costly side,... You get very good Mid Towers which will offer very good airflow and nice features too,...buts its your call,...
As for the PSU, that GX dint get much good reviews
Also as you planning to keep the PC for a long time, I would rather suggest a stable, little more powerful and more efficient unit and spending more money on the PSU is fine as you can reuse the PSU even in your next rebuild,...
The Cooler Master's Silent PRO 800 Gold is a very good unit if you want to take advantage of the combo, also Fermi cards tend to pull more power in SLI, so additional power would be better, also it is 80+ Gold...


Jan 6, 2010
Alright well I switched the ram and used the combo of the case and Cooler Master's Silent PRO 800 Gold. Sounds like a solid build?

Also do I need to had a cpu fan or anything? I don't plan on overclocking till things got a little outdated so I'm not sure about this.

+1 for those suggestions...although I do like the RAM in the OP's build. :) That case the OP has chosen seems like a giant waste of money imo...and the Corsair psu you chose would run two of those cards without a hitch...although sizing up to a Corsair 850w isn't that bad of an idea. I was never big on Cooler Master psu's...love their cases, but their psu's used to suck hard...maybe they changed up in a good way lately...not sure.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tower-Black/dp/B0026FCI2U/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1294619944&sr=1-1 $99.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)
^ Long time Why_Me, hi,...

That RAM is indeed good, but frankly in day-to-day usage, I doubt there would be noticeable difference, also no overclocking for now, it would do fine,...

PSU - The CM Silent PRO 800W Gold with that combo is a good option, and cost less than the 850 Corsair,...

CPU Cooler - The reviewers were able to overclock the CPU even with stock coolers, so for now it would be fine, when overclocking, get one,...

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