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Need Help Building a Gaming Rig -$1,200 budget

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Greetings everyone, I am planning to build a PC for the first time. The purpose of this PC is to game. I want to be able to play most, if not all, games with High settings without getting any "lag". I've already tried asking for help on another board, but I'd like to ask here for some second opinions and such, and because the other board (it may because of the recent Holidays) is rather unactive. So I will be posting some of the stuff I have on there on here.

My budget is $1,200. This must include the $100 OS (Windows 7 OEM System Builder) and a screen. Mouse, Keyboard, headset are already owned.

So, here are some of the ideas I've had:



http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130568 EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) superclocked


http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116754 Windows OS

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PSU - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139012

CPU - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103675

Mobo - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128441

Drive - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151175

RAM - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231277

Tower - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066

Graphics Card - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130568

SSD - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231377

Screen - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824236052

OS - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116754

Total - $1,206.90

Or maybe I should forget about the SSD (I'm not even sure what they do, besides increase performance? But how and in what area?) and get more RAM? Or a better graphics card? Or maybe drop the SSD and go with a 6-core?

If getting a 6-core and/or more RAM would be better than having an SSD, I could always get an SSD later along the line. Or, Icould get the SSD and upgrade the RAM later.


CPU - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103849

PSU - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371026

SSD - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231377

Case - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066

RAM - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231277

GPU - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130568

HD - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136319

OS - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116754

Screen - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824236059

MOBO - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128445

Total - 1,236.90 - but that's because It's a six core CPU. I could go with a 4-core and bring down the price by like a hundred. I could also bring down the price a bit by skipped the SSD (or should I keep it?) And getting two more sticks of RAM for $50. With the money I save, I could then maybe get a little bit better of a graphics card. What do you guys think I should do?

Also, do the CPU's I've posted require that you buy a heatsink for them? Or are they already included? I can't tell.

As well, a person on the other forum was nice enough to try and help by creating a build/wishlist on newegg. If you search the public wishlist for "Apoca" you will find "Apoca's Rig" that is the one he made. There is also Apoca2 and Apoca3, which are ones that I have made.
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