First Time Building Gaming Rig - Need Feedback!

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Hi there!  This is the first time I'm building my own gaming rig, and I already picked the parts and ordered them, all off of Newegg.com, of course.  I had extensive feedback via other people and forum-goers such as pcgamer.com, tech support forum, and a couple hardware-monkey buddies in my I.T department.  I just found this site from NVIDIA and thought it would be interesting to see what the people on here think of this gaming build I ended up with.  I can't change anything since it's already been charged to my account, but it should be fun, and it'd be helpful for the future to know what I could have done differently!  My initial budget was $1,200, but I ended up a bit over that because I got carried away =P  

 

The WiFi adapter is there because I live in a rural area that does not have a nearby connection point for cable internet, so wireless is the only internet we can get.  

 

Motherboard:  MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU/Processor:  Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Video Card:  MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC Video Card

Hard Drive:  Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

- (NewEgg had a promo code for this that made it the same price as my first choice.  I originally had a 64MB cache, 500GB WD Caviar black.  So I went with the +500GB HD space and -32MB cache.)

RAM:  G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

HeatsinkCOOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler

Tower/Case:  Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

PSU:  CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply

Optical Drive:  LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04

Monitor:  Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design

Sound System:  Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers

Keyboard:  Saitek Cyborg V5 Black Wired Keyboard

MouseGIGABYTE GM-M6800 Noble Black Wired Optical Dual Lens Gaming Mouse

WiFi Adapter:  D-Link DWA-556 PCI Express Xtreme Desktop Adapter

 

 

All feedback, comments, and/or thoughts are all appreciated and welcome!  Thanks!

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Just bought that motherboard and CPU

Loving them both. Tried the OC Genie yesterday and it auto clocked the CPU at 4.2GHz by pressing a button. I have not even messed with the real overclocking stuff. The motherboard can also charge USB stuff with the PC off. Which is really nice.

Hard drive for $10 more the Western digital Black drive is going to perform a decent bit faster.

Cases are kinda personal, so its up to your taste, but this is the case I just used for my new build and it is surprisingly awesome.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107

I like mechanical keyboards, but as far as cheap keyboards go that one is pretty nice with the backlighting.

Other than that everything looks pretty solid.

If you wanna take a look at my thread as well and see the comments. I build a very similar PC. I was starting out looking at AMD, but ended up with the Intel 2500k

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/54109.aspx

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It looks quite nice, but I personally would have gone with the black over the blue but either work. I assume your going to OC it some since you have the Cooler master, though I think i would have picked the Arctic Freezer 13, I believe it has a tad more performance cooling then the cooler master does. 

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rrplay replied on Thu, Mar 24 2011 9:43 AM

Looks like a real good solid rig that you are going to enjoy building and using.and you  have a Win 7 64 bit version coming as well?

really hard to beat the performance / price ratio of the GSkill mem sticks you selected so you should be satisfied with those.

 

The performance difference between the HDs would be user noticeable as well and your likely to add another HD or SSD a bit later

 

 You can optimize you cooler 's performance by the application of the TIM so you may want to watch Marco in

 

Building a PC, HotHardware and This Old Nerd Style 

 

Might as well check out Marco's cable management tips along the way

Your confidence should be pretty good for building your rig after watching that video Smile

 

.anyhow it may be a good idea to make a '  new rig info build folder ' rounding up the manufacturers manuals and updated drivers utilities  info etc along with some apps like you are likely to instal immediately like Antivirus etc[lots of guys around here use the Avast Free] along with  that Win 7 services tweak guide to pass the time waiting fr shipping

 

Let us know how it goes >>looks like solid plan

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Reading about such awesome builds makes me want to get back into gaming... but priorities first.  oh well.  

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Looks like a solid build. Case is totally personal preference, i would have gone a different route but that is a great case. You could definitely save up and swap in an ssd and 4 extra gigs of memory in the coming months/years. The only thing i really would have done is gone with the corsair a70 cooler just because its only 26 dollars after the mail in rebate.

You should definitely post some pics when you get it put together!

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rrplay:

Looks like a real good solid rig that you are going to enjoy building and using.and you  have a Win 7 64 bit version coming as well?

 

Yes, since I work in my college's I.T department, all employees of the college have access to free Windows 7 Home Premium x32 and x64 versions, as well as a bunch of other goodies like Microsoft Office 2007 + 2010 Big Smile

 

I do also plan on taking pictures of the building process, so I will post some of them on this thread when it's all finished!  Thanks for all the feedback, guys!  Always welcoming more for new viewers of this thread. 

 

 

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rrplay replied on Thu, Mar 24 2011 7:26 PM

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I do also plan on taking pictures of the building process, so I will post some of them on this thread when it's all finished!  Thanks for all the feedback, guys!  Always welcoming more for new viewers of this thread. 

 

that's great to have access to free Win 7 discs and goodies 'cause lot's of birthdays around here Wink

anyhow taking some pic and p[posting screen shots always give the threads a lot more POP !

we got all kinda pics around here  from Neil's bobcat .> coolice's cougars > mixed in with the usual geek porn Smile

 

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You can optimize you cooler 's performance by the application of the TIM so you may want to watch Marco in

 

Building a PC, HotHardware and This Old Nerd Style 

 

Might as well check out Marco's cable management tips along the way

Your confidence should be pretty good for building your rig after watching that video Smile

 

 

I clicked the link on several different occasions (to see if it was just the site being down or something), and every time it tells me the link isn't available.  Is there any other way to find that video?  I'd love to watch it. 

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Decoded if you can't read it because of small font - Processor: 7.5; RAM: 7.5; Aero graphics: 7.8; Gaming graphics: 7.8; Primary hard disk: 5.9.  Not too darn shabby!

 

My friend helped me build this and he is also the one who took the building process pictures.  I took these once I had it up and running at my house, but here it is :D  Thanks everyone.

 

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Looks good! Your mouse pad might be a bit to small though. Kidding, enjoy it!

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rrplay replied on Thu, Apr 7 2011 1:25 PM

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I clicked the link on several different occasions (to see if it was just the site being down or something), and every time it tells me the link isn't available.  Is there any other way to find that video?  I'd love to watch it. 

your build looks great !!

 

http://hothardware.com/News/Building-a-PC-HotHardware-and-This-Old-Nerd-Style/

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very nice!

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