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vip3Rz

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Like the title says, this is my first build.
I have about an $1500 budget excluding monitor and keyboard (I have a mouse)

I'm going to be using this computer for gaming, and school work, but nothing more than word/excel/etc...
I am really excited about BF3 and skyrim and want to be able to play both with no problems...
On the BF3 site, they have a preliminary system requirements, it's not official but just some where to start
http://enterbf3.com/...equirements.php
As far as storage goes, I have 1 TB external, so space isn't a huge deal.
I don't need to do an video or music editing, just gaming, browsing and writing papers.

It would be awesome to run 2 monitors, but if this is going to cost too much and cost me in performance than I'm not totally set on it.

I don't really know where to start, I could go on newegg and start randomly picking parts but I wouldn't know what's good for my needs or what is compatible.

Thanks a lot!
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Hi vip3Rz,:)

Will you need a new OS?

Other software, like Microsoft Office?

Does your case NEED to have flashing light and Bling?

What monitor are you using at the moment?

Have you any other hardware you can port to the new build?
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I do not need an OS, and I have microsoft office already available to install.
I don't necessary NEED a flashy case but it's something I would like to have.
I'm using a laptop now and don't have a monitor to contribute or any other hardware for that matter.

So basically starting from scratch haha
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I have about an $1500 budget excluding monitor and keyboard


Typo? Should that be including?
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Nope, not a typo, I'm keeping my eye out for a cheap U2410 on ebay or something similar to that.

~$1500 is for the case and everything inside basically.
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Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119194

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822152185

GPU: PNY VCGGTX560TXPB-OC2-S GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814133380

PSU: Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817151100

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.co...N82E16820231428

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835103065

OD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204

Mobo: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.660185

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.660185

Motherboard and Processor were a combo deal...Not sure if it's a great deal, but looked good to me.

Subtotal:$1,206.91

My budget was ~$1500 so if there are any upgrades you would suggest let me know.
Thanks!
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If that was randomly picking parts? it is pretty good bases to start from.

Mobo. My choice would be the Z68 Asrock, good features especially the double width between the PCI-E slots, 2nd, the Asus.

> http://www.newegg.co...5E13-130-574-TS

Info, > http://www.bit-tech....l-z68-chipset/1

CPU, If Hyper Threading is not essential I would go with the 2500K. Plenty of power for gaming.

> http://www.newegg.co...5E19-115-072-TS

Info, Written before the Z68 Mobo release, >

> http://www.anandtech...-2100-tested/20

RAM. Without heat spreaders as they make no discernible difference in performance and can often interfere with the CPU heatsink and fan.

> http://www.newegg.co...PID=3067296=

HDD. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822152185

DVD. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204

GPU. AS you are considering 2 monitors, you should go for cards with 2GB of memory. Better performance from the ATI cards, (and my preference) but run hotter.

> http://www.newegg.co...D150%2D549%2DTS


CPU. For now the 750w for single video card, the 850w if you are likely to add another card later. (will have to be re calculated after final selection of the build

> http://www.newegg.co...D139%2D016%2DTS

CASE. 2 more options.

> http://www.newegg.co...D119%2D194%2DTS

You will not need an after market cooler.

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Consider installing a SSD for the OS and games.

Try not to buy your monitor unseen. Go to a store so you can see them, same for a keyboard or mouse. You can ask questions and see the specs on a plate.

What you should be looking for.

21 inch to 24 inch screen.
Min, 85Htz refresh rate, 120Htz would be the best.
5ms response, black to black, not Gray to Gray.

Edited by iammykyl, 29 June 2011 - 04:55 AM.

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