First time building: Gaming PC, flexible $1100

Youngwoony

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This will be my first time building a PC on my own. I've been researching quite a bit but I really need your help! Please educate me on basic ideas, if you think I should know it in making choices. These are what I have chosen so far, but please correct me if the combo is retarded.
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Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: Flexible $1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.

Parts Not Required: I need everything, but please recommend monitors!

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.

Country of Origin: I'm in USA.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU.

Overclocking: Unsure.

SLI or Crossfire: Is this like for two video cards? If so, yes, in the future.

Monitor Resolution: I need a new monitor.

Additional Comments: I already have Win 7 Professional (Both 64 and 32 bit available).

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CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197/


POWER: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005


VID CARD: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595


MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641


CPU: Intel core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072


Storage: Do I need both HD and SSD? or is only SSD okay? Please recommend specific ones.


Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314


I guess I also need a CPU cooler and optical drive. Do I need to get like a network card to plug my wired internet? What else do I need to get?




Thanks a lot in advance!!!





 

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It All Looks Good To Me, Personally For The Moment Id Avoid SSD, If You Want Good Disk Performance Without Paying Out The A@@ Then Id Reccomend Twin 150GB Raptors In RAID-0 For You Apps And Games, And A 1TB Or Better Drive For Your Mass Storage (Videos, Audio Etc.)

For A Monitor Id Reccomend; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824002578 Or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005234

I Run Two Raptors In RAID-0 And A 500GB Mass Storage, And I Also Run An IPS Display Like I Reccomend Above And Its Much Older (DELL 2001FP) And It Handles Games With Aplomb And Has Incredible Color Accuracy Witch I Find Important In All Things Including Games (Realism=Accurate Color)
 

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2X 6850 crossfire = $320
find lower timing 8gb ram kit = $80
msi p67a-g43 or z68 version same board = $124-134
raven rv03 case= $170
hyper 212+ heatsink= $40

you can get a very small intel value ssd just for your OS= $85
1TB HDD=$100
 

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pinkeyes

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That motherboard you've selected won't take a Sandybridge chip (the i5-2500k). You need an LGA 1155 motherboard. I see you indicated you'd like to SLI in the future so I'd probably go with something like:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506. Although someone with actual experience with a new 1155 build may have their own mobo to recommend.

You won't need a network card for wired ethernet, any modern motherboard you choose will have gigabit ethernet build in.

As far as an SSD goes: I was an early adopter and got one of the 40gb Intel drives when they first came out about 2 years ago. The performance is nice, but I wouldn't get one as small as mine. I didn't mind at first, but it really does turn into a pain in the ass managing where things are installed after a while. - I'd probably just get a nice 7200rpm 1-2 terabyte hard drive like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136793 and call it a day.

I believe z68 motherboards (which are LGA 1155) allow you to use a small SSD to cache with a standard-faire hard disk. The benefits of which I have no first hand experience with, but may be worth looking into.

I've read good things about this CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=Cooler%20Master%20Hyper%20212%20Plus

I'm not much of a monitor guy, so I'll leave that to you. Your other picks look fine to me.

Best of Luck.
 

Youngwoony

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Thanks guys! Really appreciate it. Some more questions:

More on power-- is 750W enough for one gtx? If I choose two lesser cards, what power should I go for?

Could you please give me your opinions on video card selection? two lesser cards or one top notch? If I should do two cards, which would be best (6850 like redeemer said?) Soon I will post an updated overview of the things I'm going to buy based on your opinions.

 

genghiskron

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yep the i5-2500k is what you want.

id personally go for a pair of gtx 560ti's, which are well priced right now, and although "lesser" than a gtx 570, not by as much as the price would indicate. with that setup, i would use a 750w psu.

does the $1100 include the monitor?
 

Youngwoony

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Thanks everyone. Especially for giving me links! Here is my updated list:

i5 + z68-d3h:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.689907

gskill 8gb 1600mhz cl8:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231445

CM Storm Scout + CM GX series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 ("SLI READY" -- what does this mean?):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.688428

2xevga 560 ti:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130604

spinpoint f3 1tb:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

ASUS dvd burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Cooler master CPU cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

$1,132.14

Do you guys see any improvements to be made or combo's to be used? Also, I'm still unsure whether to get 1x GTX570 (and get another when prices come down) or 2x GTX560 GPU. Will the 2x gtx560 be a significant improvement?

Also, do I need to buy any other equipment for first time building? Thermal paste?
 

Youngwoony

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I'm really torn between the superclocked GTX 570(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595&cm_sp=Pers_StoreTopSellerMore-_-14-130-595_2_TS-_-1_38___) and the 2x 560 I have up there. Could you guys give me some insight?
 

Stay away from that Cooler Master psu. Those models suck. Otherwise your build looks nice. :)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 <----- Good deal on a quality psu manufactured by Seasonic for Antec.
 

Youngwoony

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Thanks! I will get that PSU instead. Also, I've decided to go with one GTX570 right now and get another one for SLI a few months later. I see three models of GTX570; which one should I get????

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
 

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