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Gaming Rig for around $1000 (First time build)

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March 16, 2013 1:07:26 AM

Hi, this is my first time trying to build a computer. Is this a good start for something simple? I plan to play WoW and GWII on this computer.

The website I found (GooeyPC) has an HTML option but I can't seem to figure out how to show HTML here. So I am going to just show the specs the way they are shown on the site's editor.

Rig Specs for "Entry Level Gaming Rig".
Est. Price: $974.86
CPU: 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost)
Power Supply: 680W
Est. idle/peak Power: 327W(idle)/685W(peak)
System RAM: 32/32GB
Video RAM: 2GB
Data Storage: 500GB
Monitor: 20"
Speakers: 5.1, 50 Watts
Model Numbers:
RC-430-KWN1,ATX-AS680W-BL,Inspire T6160,CF12S-UBL,SABERTOOTH Z77,CMX16GX3M2A1333C9,CMX16GX3M2A1333C9,BX80623I52310,WD5000AVDS,GT630NCDF2,IC215PWM,FTB-3500C5-D,G205HVbd,iHAS124-04

(I figured out how to link the parts from the HTML code they give you)

Any help is appreciated!
I also posted this on other forums to get more than one opinion.
March 16, 2013 1:16:55 AM

Here are the things I would change:

1. Downgrade to 500W PSU. Make sure to get Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair

2. Downgrade to 8gb RAM

3. Upgrade processor to i5-3350P

4. Get a cheap H77 motherboard that costs no more than $80

5. Upgrade your graphics card to the most expensive one that can fit in your budget. For $1000 build, you should be looking at $200-$300 for the card. I would recommend the Radeon HD 7850

6. Get an ASUS monitor that has speakers built in instead of your monitor and separate speakers. Make sure the resolution is 1920x1080

Instead of gooeypc, it might be easier to use pcpartpicker
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March 16, 2013 1:28:42 AM

Chairman Ray said:
Here are the things I would change:

1. Downgrade to 500W PSU. Make sure to get Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair

2. Downgrade to 8gb RAM

3. Upgrade processor to i5-3350P

4. Get a cheap H77 motherboard that costs no more than $80

5. Upgrade your graphics card to the most expensive one that can fit in your budget. For $1000 build, you should be looking at $200-$300 for the card. I would recommend the Radeon HD 7850

6. Get an ASUS monitor that has speakers built in instead of your monitor and separate speakers. Make sure the resolution is 1920x1080

Instead of gooeypc, it might be easier to use pcpartpicker


Thanks for the quick response!
Not crazy about speakers on a monitor. From the ones I've seen the speakers tend to suck.
Good on the CPU, but why a cheap motherboard? Don't I run the risk of a cheap POS failing?

I'll took a look at pcpartpicker, but I do like gooeypc's interface. They need a little work, but they are in beta.
Thanks again for the help.
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March 16, 2013 1:31:28 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/

For $1000 build. Get a cheaper mobo. You don't need a Sabertooth. That is overkill.
Look for $80-90. H77 not Z77.

RAM: get 2 x4gb 1600 cas 9 or 10
PSU: only need 450W cuz you chose a GT630. Best brands: SeaSonic and Antec. Get 80+ Bronze too.
CPU: Don't buy the i5-2310. (almost 2 years old) Get i5-3330.

Do not buy a Memory cooler!! You don't need it. Nobody buys them anymore cuz it is useless.

Are you building a rig or buying as a whole? This setup is overpriced.
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March 16, 2013 2:28:35 AM

envy14tpe said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/

For $1000 build. Get a cheaper mobo. You don't need a Sabertooth. That is overkill.
Look for $80-90. H77 not Z77.

RAM: get 2 x4gb 1600 cas 9 or 10
PSU: only need 450W cuz you chose a GT630. Best brands: SeaSonic and Antec. Get 80+ Bronze too.
CPU: Don't buy the i5-2310. (almost 2 years old) Get i5-3330.

Do not buy a Memory cooler!! You don't need it. Nobody buys them anymore cuz it is useless.

Are you building a rig or buying as a whole? This setup is overpriced.


Planning to build. Great info, thanks!
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March 16, 2013 3:33:30 AM

bricshythouz said:
envy14tpe said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/

For $1000 build. Get a cheaper mobo. You don't need a Sabertooth. That is overkill.
Look for $80-90. H77 not Z77.

RAM: get 2 x4gb 1600 cas 9 or 10
PSU: only need 450W cuz you chose a GT630. Best brands: SeaSonic and Antec. Get 80+ Bronze too.
CPU: Don't buy the i5-2310. (almost 2 years old) Get i5-3330.

Do not buy a Memory cooler!! You don't need it. Nobody buys them anymore cuz it is useless.

Are you building a rig or buying as a whole? This setup is overpriced.


Planning to build. Great info, thanks!


This is a decent build for $800.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overcloc...
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March 16, 2013 6:06:49 AM

envy14tpe said:
10506543,0,1281553 said:


This is a decent build for $800.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overcloc...
said:


Thanks, I'll dial back on the mobo, upgrade the CPU and reduce the RAM to a single 8GB stick.

I also looked at http://pcpartpicker.com and although it looks like a cool website, I found it to be a bit much to look at. Those lists are huge. http://gooeypc.com shows just a few parts and most of them can be filtered with the keyword, mfg and price fields. I also like how you can click on the interfaces of the parts for things that connect to it. I'm sure there is more to it than just matching connectors, but it helps.

Anyway, thanks again for the help. I'll check back later if I get these parts and build.

EDIT: weird, not sure why this is acting like a quote
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March 16, 2013 7:32:07 AM

bricshythouz said:
envy14tpe said:
10506543,0,1281553 said:


This is a decent build for $800.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overcloc...
said:


Thanks, I'll dial back on the mobo, upgrade the CPU and reduce the RAM to a single 8GB stick.

I also looked at http://pcpartpicker.com and although it looks like a cool website, I found it to be a bit much to look at. Those lists are huge. http://gooeypc.com shows just a few parts and most of them can be filtered with the keyword, mfg and price fields. I also like how you can click on the interfaces of the parts for things that connect to it. I'm sure there is more to it than just matching connectors, but it helps.

Anyway, thanks again for the help. I'll check back later if I get these parts and build.

EDIT: weird, not sure why this is acting like a quote
said:

Took a look at goeeypc. The website is from 1999. It's really poorly designed and I know why no one uses it. I chose pcpartpicker cuz its easy and everyone uses it.
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March 16, 2013 8:23:38 AM

Not to get off track, but how is it from 1999? It doesn't look like it has been around that long. According to http://whois.domaintools.com/gooeypc.com it's only been registered for around for 3 years.

EDIT:
Honestly, it doesn't really matter. Just curiosity getting the best of me. :D 
I like it. Other site is cool too, I just like gooeypc better for me.
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March 16, 2013 8:42:45 AM

bricshythouz said:
Not to get off track, but how is it from 1999? It doesn't look like it has been around that long. According to http://whois.domaintools.com/gooeypc.com it's only been registered for around for 3 years.

EDIT:
Honestly, it doesn't really matter. Just curiosity getting the best of me. :D 
I like it. Other site is cool too, I just like gooeypc better for me.

The site is not very user friendly. I said it's from 1999 cuz the layout and user friendliness is poor, as if it was built in 1999 and hadn't been updated. But it was nice to try out. Thanks for mentioning it.
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March 16, 2013 1:23:52 PM

envy14tpe said:
bricshythouz said:
Not to get off track, but how is it from 1999? It doesn't look like it has been around that long. According to http://whois.domaintools.com/gooeypc.com it's only been registered for around for 3 years.

EDIT:
Honestly, it doesn't really matter. Just curiosity getting the best of me. :D 
I like it. Other site is cool too, I just like gooeypc better for me.

The site is not very user friendly. I said it's from 1999 cuz the layout and user friendliness is poor, as if it was built in 1999 and hadn't been updated. But it was nice to try out. Thanks for mentioning it.


Oh I see. I took you literally. :p 
Well, it's getting late here, I'll mess with this a bit more tomorrow. Thanks for the help.
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March 17, 2013 12:51:18 AM
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March 17, 2013 1:03:12 AM

Dump the Logisys Cooler. The i5 comes with a cooler that is just as good as that. If you are worried about heat or noise from the stock cooler then get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

People suggest 8gb RAM that is 2 x 4gb. 16gb is for people that do heavy photo/video editing. Casual editors don't need 16gb, like me.

Nice deal on PSU. Otherwise this is plenty of power for you for same price. (SeaSonic is top quality)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might want to get a 1TB HDD for $15-20 more. I wish I would have. I bought a 500gb HDD and filled it fast, and had to buy another 500gb HDD.
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March 17, 2013 1:15:17 AM

Thanks!

I think I'll stick with the 16GB though. I might like to do some photo editing in the future. Sounds fun.
Good idea on the HDD, I'll upgrade that.

Thanks again for your time. It's been very enlightening.
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March 17, 2013 3:17:46 AM

bricshythouz said:
Thanks!

I think I'll stick with the 16GB though. I might like to do some photo editing in the future. Sounds fun.
Good idea on the HDD, I'll upgrade that.

Thanks again for your time. It's been very enlightening.

Glad to have helped. I was in your shoes last year and I'm glad others helped me build my rig right. If I was hasty I would have wasted my money on something that can't do what I want it to do.
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