Gaming computer help

By Rlahens
May 30, 2012
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  1. My current pc is dying on me and it's time for new one. The first one helped me learn the inside of a computer and even swapped out some parts in it. Now I want to build a new one from scratch (at first I was just going to order one, but it's cheaper to just put my knowledge to use). So I have done some extensive research and believe all the following parts will be good for the hardcore gaming I plan to do. But I just need to make sure that I'm going not overkill with anything. Also my budget is at most $800.

    Case- Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock

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


    CPU- This one I'm going to ask for help on. What would be a good one for good pc gaming and not break the bank?

    GPU- EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

    PSU- Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182044

    Optical Drive- SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

    HDD- Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7281716&CatId=2459

    RAM- ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G

    Fan-http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1417&ID=1960#Tab0
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    Nice pick for a case. :)
    You may want to increase your memory to 8GB.
    I didn't see a listing for a motherboard. Was this left open with the CPU inquiry? Do you prefer AMD or Intel?
    You may want to choose a better CPU cooler if you don't want to use the cooler that is normally shipped with the CPU.
  3. Rlahens

    Rlahens Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    The board you have selected will support both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPU's. Ivy Bridge CPU's are a die shrink version of Sandy Bridge with a few other modifications. If you are not willing to spend $200, you will have to settle with Sandy Bridge i3 or less. I personally don't recommend anything less than i3.

    Wish I could talk you out of looking at the BIOSTAR name brand. You may never have any issues with them, I just don't trust them for quality motherboards. My personal recommendations would be ASRock, ASUS, EVGA, GIGABYTE, or MSI.
  5. Rlahens

    Rlahens Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    I could see myself making that purchase. :) I think you will be happy with it.

    A side note: I noticed both motherboards you listed where Micro-ATX. You do realize the case you have chosen supports standard ATX as well as Micro-ATX.
  7. Rlahens

    Rlahens Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    So basically my case is perfect for this?

    Also since I don't want to do liquid cooling ( I hear the long term risks are just too high and it can be a hassle) is the cooling fan I chose above sufficient enough to handle the heat from that CPU?
    http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1417&ID=1960#Tab0
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

  9. Rlahens

    Rlahens Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Any other recommendations? I'm seeing a lot of complains about installation.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    Unfortunately I don't, maybe someone else can jump in and recommend something else. I've not had a lot of experience with non-stock coolers.
  11. Rlahens

    Rlahens Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    It's fine, I understand. But is everything else up to par?

    I checked the newegg watt calculator and it's saying my rig would have about 483 wats. Is the 500 wat PSU sufficient without worry or should I go higher to avoid any troubles?
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

  13. Rlahens

    Rlahens Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Might as well do 600W. It's not much more.
    So yeah, that seems to cover almost everything! Thank you so much for you help.
  14. Sucoi

    Sucoi Newcomer, in training Posts: 37



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