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Fellow OCN newbies and veterans alike,

For your consideration, I have my preliminary parts list for my first complete build. I have installed everything one can think of in my own personal computers and for friends, but I have never ventured into a full build, until now!

I welcome any suggestions, especially those from seasoned builders. Please include feedback, and anything that I may have overlooked. If you suggest an alternative part, that would be great! I do have a strict budget of $1000. Any cheaper alternatives that perform as well as the parts that I have listed would be great at well.

The main thing I would like to know is, have I missed anything on my list?

HERE IT IS!

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$224.99

CPU Cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
$34.99

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
$39.99

Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$144.99

Graphics Card
PNY VCGGTX550TXPB GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$149.99 -$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

Optical Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$19.99

Solid State Drive
Corsair Force CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
$129.99

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$39.99

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99

Power Supply Unit
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...
$119.99 -$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM for System Builders
$0 Already aquired


...So how do I look?
Day 2 on Overclock.net, looking forward to many more!
     
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post #2 of 23
Hey there

Everything in your build looks great! One thing though, is if you're just going to be gaming, don't get an ssd. I bought an ssd mostly for gaming, and I think it was a huge waste of money. Save the money and put it toward something like a 6950. An ssd hasn't helped any of my loading speeds in games.

Otherwise, everything else looks great.
    
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I would get a better graphics [sacrifice something/get a smaller SSD] and maybe a Spinpoint F3 instead that WD...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-181-_-Product 50$
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post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

If the SSD doesn't improve gaming all that much, maybe I can get away with an Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CT040G3K5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)?

I can upgrade the HDD to the samsung you mentioned, but the next step on on the GTX 500 series is quite a price jump...
     
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Well the only thing I've found an ssd to be helpful with is ultra fast boot up times for the OS. Is that really worth $100? Not for me. I'd put it toward a better gpu.
    
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post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
Is there anything better than a GTX 550ti that won't break my budget?

Bumping down to the 40GB SSD I save $35. Any suggestions?
     
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post #7 of 23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125353
A 6850 from the amd side could be a little better and it probably wouldnt break your budget
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post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your suggestion, Jacksoni. Any NVIDIA suggestions as an alternative to a GTX550ti?
     
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post #9 of 23
for $1000 you can do much better than that. I'll work on something for you.
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post #10 of 23
surely you can do better for that much money?
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