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My first build: A little help on selecting components?

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May 7, 2013 10:52:19 PM

So I'm planning on building a PC for gaming, and since I know almost nothing about computers, the only thing I have on my list to buy is the Intel i5 2500k (plan to overclock)

My budget is $600-$800

So my questions are what are the recommended motherboards, cases, graphics card, power supply and RAM for my build. Sorry I dont understand much tech terms, but anyway I plan to run CPU intensive games like Minecraft at 100+ FPS. Any help is appreciated.
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 12:38:26 AM

I'll assume you don't need an operating system or monitor with your limited budget. I'd get those off craigslist anyway to save some money.

Board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $53
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35
Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40
Dvd burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $15 after promo code
Keyboard + mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $22
Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $144 after rebate shipped
Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220; the 2500K is frequently for sale on forums such as anandtech or on craiglist for under $200. If you can't find one new, I would get the 3570K and start out with the stock Intel cooler to save some $$.

total: about $639
May 8, 2013 7:36:15 AM

o1die said:
I'll assume you don't need an operating system or monitor with your limited budget. I'd get those off craigslist anyway to save some money.

Board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $53
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35
Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40
Dvd burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $15 after promo code
Keyboard + mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $22
Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $144 after rebate shipped
Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220; the 2500K is frequently for sale on forums such as anandtech or on craiglist for under $200. If you can't find one new, I would get the 3570K and start out with the stock Intel cooler to save some $$.

total: about $639


Thanks for the recommendations

I think I'll find my own keyboard.

Will the video card run well with the i5?
Also what hard drive should I buy I get confused with the RPMs and I want as much space as possible
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a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 3:01:46 PM

The video card should work fine with the 3570k or 2500k; it's a question of which driver package will work with your favorite games. Sometimes the original driver that comes with your video card cd has fewer problems than an updated catalylist. I prefer an ssd over a large sata drive; I can't stand waiting for a conventional drive to finish loading all the windows files. I've been spoiled. My little ssd is only 32 gb; and the backup system has a 60 gb ocz.
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