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March 23, 2013 6:48:21 PM

A few things first: I haven't played any PC games or owned a desktop in over a decade. With the release of some stellar titles, its high time for me to come back into the fold, only this time with uncertainty.

I was directed to newegg and ibuypower, after some research I've settled on the following build.

The desktop will be dedicated primarily for gaming. I want to play SimCity 5(I don't care about the bugs~), SWTOR, ESO(when it comes out) and Diablo 3. I am mostly interested in RTS and MMO for the system.

The one caveat is I require wireless capability.

Budget is about 1500, but I can go over a bit. I am open to future upgradability, so if I am able to avoid high-end and still play the above games, I'll save the dollar and upgrade later.

Chimera 4-E1
1 x Case ( Chimera Inferno 4SE Gaming Case - Flame )
1 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( [6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System + Bluetooth & Wireless N Module )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core i5-3570K w/ Intel Performance Tuning Protection )
1 x iBUYPOWER PowerDrive ( PowerDrive Level 1 - Up to 10% Overclocking )
1 x Processor Cooling ( **FREE** Liquid CPU Cooling System [Intel] - ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
1 x Memory ( 8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
1 x Video Card ( AMD Radeon HD 7970 - 3GB - Single Card )
1 x Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA )
1 x Motherboard ( ASUS P8Z77-V LX )
1 x Power Supply ( 650 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 - Free Upgrade to 750 Watt Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 ($20 Savings) )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
1 x Optical Drive ( 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
1 x Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
1 x Keyboard ( iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard )
1 x Mouse ( iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse - Blood Red )

1 x Wireless Network Adapter ( ASUS USB-N53 802.11 a/b/g/n 300Mbps Dual-Band Wireless-N300 USB Adapter )

I am posting here because for whatever reason I am unable to post at ibuypower's forums.

forgive the egregiously long-winded post.

Regards,
Stereotypical lost noob.

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March 23, 2013 6:54:20 PM

Quixotic Nobl said:
A few things first: I haven't played any PC games or owned a desktop in over a decade. With the release of some stellar titles, its high time for me to come back into the fold, only this time with uncertainty.

I was directed to newegg and ibuypower, after some research I've settled on the following build.

The desktop will be dedicated primarily for gaming. I want to play SimCity 5(I don't care about the bugs~), SWTOR, ESO(when it comes out) and Diablo 3. I am mostly interested in RTS and MMO for the system.

The one caveat is I require wireless capability.

Budget is about 1500, but I can go over a bit. I am open to future upgradability, so if I am able to avoid high-end and still play the above games, I'll save the dollar and upgrade later.

Chimera 4-E1
1 x Case ( Chimera Inferno 4SE Gaming Case - Flame )
1 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( [6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System + Bluetooth & Wireless N Module )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core i5-3570K w/ Intel Performance Tuning Protection )
1 x iBUYPOWER PowerDrive ( PowerDrive Level 1 - Up to 10% Overclocking )
1 x Processor Cooling ( **FREE** Liquid CPU Cooling System [Intel] - ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
1 x Memory ( 8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
1 x Video Card ( AMD Radeon HD 7970 - 3GB - Single Card )
1 x Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA )
1 x Motherboard ( ASUS P8Z77-V LX )
1 x Power Supply ( 650 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 - Free Upgrade to 750 Watt Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 ($20 Savings) )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
1 x Optical Drive ( 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
1 x Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
1 x Keyboard ( iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard )
1 x Mouse ( iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse - Blood Red )

1 x Wireless Network Adapter ( ASUS USB-N53 802.11 a/b/g/n 300Mbps Dual-Band Wireless-N300 USB Adapter )

I am posting here because for whatever reason I am unable to post at ibuypower's forums.

forgive the egregiously long-winded post.

Regards,
Stereotypical lost noob.


Change the Motherboard to an ASUS Z77 LK or Asrock extreme 4. Otherwise, the rest of the build is good.
a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2013 6:57:43 PM

Just know you could do the same thing, with more performance, for WAY less money, by building it yourself.

It only takes an afternoon, a screwdriver, a youtube video, and the same intelligence required to play with LEGOs.
(It's really easy, is what I'm getting at.)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2013 7:04:36 PM

The graphics card is overkill for the games you play.
March 23, 2013 7:18:22 PM

Sakkura said:
The graphics card is overkill for the games you play.


It doesn't hurt if he can afford it. At least he can have extra GPU power if he EVER decided to try other graphically intense games like Crysis, BF3 or etc.
March 23, 2013 7:41:55 PM

I am debating building it myself. My knowledge is above average but I've been out of the PC spec world for so long I've suffered confidence in how to build. My fear is I'll get all the proper compatible components but it burns out and I am out money.
March 23, 2013 7:43:39 PM

thanks. I am open to future upgrading. I know I can always get a new video graphics card in the future but its overkill because I didn't want to undersell it.
March 23, 2013 7:47:12 PM

Sakkura said:
The graphics card is overkill for the games you play.


What would you recommend to stay above "minimum requirements"?
March 23, 2013 7:50:24 PM

Why is this motherboard a better option?
a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2013 7:56:39 PM

Quixotic Nobl said:
Why is this motherboard a better option?
Bad reviews because of reliability. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Anyways I would really build myself. It's pretty easy to put stuff together nowadays. If you need help picking parts, we are here to help

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For the graphics card, a 7850 will handle all the games you play on max settings. But if you think you will be playing better games in the future, get at least a 7950
a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2013 8:05:38 PM

Quixotic Nobl said:
I am debating building it myself. My knowledge is above average but I've been out of the PC spec world for so long I've suffered confidence in how to build. My fear is I'll get all the proper compatible components but it burns out and I am out money.


We use PC Partpicker here. It checks for the obvious compatibility and allows you to get cheap prices. You can also specify the merchants you want to use if you want. http://pcpartpicker.com/
a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2013 8:11:46 PM

Yea heres a build i configured a little back:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.51 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($418.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.46 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1176.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-23 23:11 EDT-0400)
March 23, 2013 8:13:39 PM

Thank you. That solves the fear of compatibility. I just tried picking parts from newegg, and I am finding only shaving of a few hundred dollars. Now a few hundred dollars is still a lot for me, I just was expecting more of a difference when picking parts to build.
a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2013 8:22:21 PM

Quixotic Nobl said:
Thank you. That solves the fear of compatibility. I just tried picking parts from newegg, and I am finding only shaving of a few hundred dollars. Now a few hundred dollars is still a lot for me, I just was expecting more of a difference when picking parts to build.
Well you are getting a better graphics card ($50 more), a ssd ($90 more), and a motherboard that works.

You can shave another $150 off easily and get the same performance

March 23, 2013 8:58:22 PM

I am finding pcpartpicker to be a significant help along with this forum.

Side note does anyone have an opinion on wireless gaming. It works fine with my consoles most of the time but how does it fair in pc gaming?
March 23, 2013 9:41:36 PM

Quixotic Nobl said:
I am finding pcpartpicker to be a significant help along with this forum.

Side note does anyone have an opinion on wireless gaming. It works fine with my consoles most of the time but how does it fair in pc gaming?


Unless you have a really good router and connection, wireless gaming is not the best way to play multiplayer in PC. Just make sure your router is near the PC so that you can just plug an ethernet cable. Correct me if I'm wrong but AFAIK, ethernet is the best way to get the best speed/connection.
March 23, 2013 10:58:22 PM

What about a wireless bridge? My question is more specifically in regards to games like MMOs, SC2 and Sim City.
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