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Hello, I'm trying to build a computer that is mainly for gaming, but I have never built one before.
I will take any advice and tips you guys will give me!
I am building it this week.
I'm hoping for a price range around $950.
I don't need speakers, keyboard or a mouse.
I've been using newegg.com to find everything.
Overclocking? No.

Okay here is what I have so far.

GPU- EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623

CPU- Intel Core i5-2500k.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&Tpk=Intel%20Core%20i5-2500k%20sandy%20bridge

Mobo- ASUS P8P67.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131706

PSU- Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 520w.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094&Tpk=Seasonic%20S12II%20520%20Bronze%20520w

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2 x 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Hard Drive- Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB or a SSD thats on the cheap side?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Samsung%20Spinpoint%20F3%201TB

DVD- Sony Optiarc AD-7260s.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

OS- Windows 7.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116713

Case- Cooler Master HAF 912.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Monitor- Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD. I'm open for cheap monitor recommendations.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009266&Tpk=Acer%20G235HAbd
 

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Thank you.
That case looks awesome.
And it does look like it will provide strong cooling power. It's a little pricey, but I may have to just go with it.

[EDIT]
Actually I just measured the space it would be fitting into and it would be too tall by about half an inch.
However I did find the Cooler Master HAF 912, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 it looks like it will suit my needs. Thank you for leading me to the Cooler Master brand.
I am still open for case recommendations though.
 

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Best way to pick a case is literally just jump on NewEgg, search for a mid-Tower ATX, limit the price range, and see what you like the look of :)

Almost any mid-Tower case will fit everything you need inside, and if your unsure, just ask :)
 

StealVictory

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Thanks madchemist83 and AdrianPerry.
I'm thinking the HAF 912 is going to be perfect for me!

I'm glad the PSU is good so I don't have to get one with higher wattage, because I'm pretty much at my budget now.

As for the micocenter there is one about a 40mins away. I'll have to check out their website.
 

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Also a valid point.

In the long run however its cheaper to buy a new PSU for SLI, than have to buy a PSU and motherboard.

The ASRock Extreme3 GEN3 has been suggested alot lately. Its very good in terms of price + features. PCI 3.0 support, SLI and Crossfire Support on a z68 chipset too.
 

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Hrm I think I will definitely go for the i5-2500k for $180.
I'll stick with the ASUS P8P67, I will have to get a new PSU if I decide to SLI, but I plan to slowly upgrade this computer as time goes on anyways.
 

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i5-2500k and SLI/Crossfire Capable P67 motherboard is a good choice then :)
 

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If you're worried about keeping it cool replace the stock CPU cooler with one like the coolermaster hyper 212 plus only $30. I'm using the haf 912 with the two stock fans and the 212 plus and running at 4 ghz, and only getting max temps of 45 degrees using prime95 stress testing. Idle temp is usually mid 20's.
 

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At 4GHz you may as well use the stock cooler :)

Hyper 212+ is for more like 4.5GHz+

Temps anything up to about 80 degrees on the i5 are considered "fine". Under 70 ideally though unless your really pushing the OC for performance.
 

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What motherboard are you using? Most come with auto-overclocking features which will push at least 4.4GHz with a good cooler :)
 

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Biostar ta870 u3+ with phenom ii x6 1100t I will probably be upgrading my mono soon to the am3+ socket board just to future proof it a little the preset overclock for my mono presently though only got up to 3.7 ghz I believe may be a little off