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Putting together my first gaming build ever. My budget was under 1,000 while still trying to get something that can run most games. I decided to build a new computer after getting fed up with my laptop not running anything without the absolute lowest settings or not running it at all(Has major trouble with Left for dead 2). My new build came in around 900 or so. Curious what you guys think about the system(As far as how it should run games)

Motherboard: MSI P67A-G43 (B3)
Processor: Intel i5 2500K (Intend to OC to 4.5)
Processor Fan/HS: CM Hyper 212+ (Might throw an extra fan on there later on)
Graphics Card: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Ram: 8G Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
DVD/CD: Standard Samsung OEM rom
HD: Hitachi 1.5TB, 7200rpm
Case: Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming Mid-Tower(Have an extra fan installed in the side panel)
PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W

Grabbed a standard OEM DVD burner since it seems that these days everything is digital download with steam. Not sure how this system will bench mark but I know it was be ungodly compared to my old Toshiba laptop. Now I just have to wait on everything to get here.

Old laptop(What I am upgrading from):

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
RAM: 4G @ 800mhz
Video card: ATI mobility Radeon HD 4500
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post #2 of 9
very similar to my build which comes tomorrow
still unsure whether to overclock or not, dont want to mess anything up
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Couple things I would do are

HDD : Samsung F3 1TB (sale for $50 on newegg right now)
PSU : I'm not sure about the Rosewill quality, could switch CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 or spend more the the Corsair TX series.
RAM : Corsair RAM is fine, but the GSkill Ripjaws have been on sale a lot lately and will work well also if you want to save couple bucks

Do you already have monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers, OS?
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I never use speakers, I have a Turtle Beach headset. Already have OS. Looking at a few decent keyboard/mouse combos, but will focus on those later. I will just use an old usb mouse/keyboard for right now(already have these laying around till next payday). Everything should be here tomorrow except for the video card x.x It wont be here till next week. Got the PSU because it was on the recommended list and member here keyed me in on a good deal on one.
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post #5 of 9
Thats a nice build, You will be blown away if you are that used to the laptop.

Only concern is the cable management in that case
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kithro View Post
Motherboard: MSI P67A-G43 (B3)
The P67A-G43 is a poor value. It's 100$+ and has only one PCIe slot.

For instance, the Z68A-G43 has two PCIe slots for future SLi/CF and costs around the same.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kithro View Post
Graphics Card: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
The HD 6950 is a much better choice if you can unlock it.

I got mine for 180$ Open Box.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kithro View Post
HD: Hitachi 1.5TB, 7200rpm
Note that you can get 2TB drives for 70$.

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Originally Posted by Kithro View Post
PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W
You'd be cutting it pretty close with 400w. Your CPU and GPU alone might take that much if overclocked.
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post #7 of 9
I'm suggesting to you a few things:

1. RAM: The Corsair Vengeance have very tall heat spreaders, which might interfere with your Hyper 212+'s clearance. The G.Skill are cheaper, & shorter. Keep in mind that Corsair also has low profile Vengeance RAM, but those are more expensive than the Ripjaws X I suggested, though not by much. ($5)

2. Motherboard: That MSI motherboard is a bottom-tier unit, & it has no MOSFET/VRM cooling. I wouldn't take the risk of overclocking on that. Furthermore, it only has one PCI-e 2.0 slot, so you don't have the option of going SLI if you wish to do so in the future without buying a completely new board.

3. Hard Drive: That Hitachi might be OK, but there are better choices out there. I suggest that you get either of these:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136795
$59.99, $4.99 shipping.

OR
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
$59.99, free shipping.

These are basically tried & true drives, & 500GB = 1 platter = less chance of mechanical failure. The Samsung has two 500GB platters if I'm right, & the Hitachi you wanted has 3. Ideally, you should get a 1TB or less drive, by that's just my , so take it with a teaspoon of salt.

4. Video card: Get either a GTX 560 Ti or a Radeon 6950, they are pretty much even, it depends on what games you play. You can't go wrong with either, but I'd suggest to get a model with non-reference cooling, so that your graphics card stays cooler. You know, the ones with dual fans or triple fans. I think two fans should be enough, three is just too much. Then, you can download MSI Afterburner & use it to overclock the video card to your heart's content, & also to monitor the temperatures/usage/fan speed.(adjustable using the Afterburner program)

5. Power supply: As for the PSU, you should be fine even if you overclock & adjust voltage on your 560 Ti, although that is cutting it a little close. If you're running two, you need 650W, but +25 per video card if you're voltage tweaking = 700W.

PSU calculator:http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html

Recommended PSU's list:http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html


RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
Free 4GB USB w/ purchase, limited time offer
$59.99, free shipping.

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TP67XE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138317
$124.99, free shipping. Both the RAM & mobo are red, so they're nice if you have a side window & watch to color match.

Or.. maybe you like blue more?

Motherboard:
ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157230
$109.99, free shipping. Notice: This board has only 1 PCI-e 2.0 slot, so SLI is a no go, but this is still a great bang for the buck board. Get this if you're sure that you won't go SLI.

Ram:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233196
$64.99, free shipping. Note, this one has no user reviews on Newegg yet, so I'm not sure whether or not it's quality. However, it IS Corsair, so.. you should be fine.


Suggestion: Have a Microcenter nearby? If so, you can buy an i5-2500k for $179.99 + tax, & you get $40 off ANY compatible LGA 1155 motherboard. That's a great deal, if you can get it.

Oh yeah, & remember to buy some TIM for your Hyper 212+. I suggest Arctic Cooling MX-2, others swear by Arctic Silver 5. Then there's the people who tell you to go for the Shin Etsu X3-7783D or IC Diamond 7 Carat stuff, but the Shin Etsu & IC Diamond are expensive, & don't come with enough. For the same price, the MX-2 & AS5 are a much better deal. (4 grams vs 1-1.5 grams)

Order the thermal paste from here: It's a little cheaper than the Egg.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/therinmat.html
Edited by N7-OC - 8/5/11 at 7:02pm
 
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post #8 of 9
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Sadly, my parts are already ordered. The motherboard I intend to upgrade anyways in the future, I got this one because newegg had a combo deal with the i5 2500k. I got the drive on sale, so I went with it. I've never had a problem with Hitachi before. Over the next few months I intend to upgrade the motherboard, get a SSD for my OS, and a new case(I like my case but, there cases I really wanted were out of my budget range) I may grab a GTX 500 series card to SLI in the future, and if I do I will prob get a new PSU. Right now though, I am happy with one card. I actually have some Artic Silver 5 that was given to me. On that note, are you looking at the same board? Mine says it says 2 PCI-e 2.0 slots. This is my board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130583

I don't think we even have a Microcenter in NC. And the people at Bestbuy in my town are total douches.

PSU wise: With mild OCing accounted for, I should need around 375 watts. (400 base for card, -25W for i5)
Edited by Kithro - 8/5/11 at 5:17am
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Whoops, I read C43 & not G43. The G43 is like an inch smaller in width than other motherboards.
 
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
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Samsung P2370HD Microsoft Sidewinder X4 PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer Quad NZXT Phantom [White] 
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Cooler Master Storm Spawn Steelseries QcK+ Klipsch Promedia 2.1's 
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
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