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Need Help Building Gaming PC - $1500 budget

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May 19, 2013 4:30:40 AM

Looking to build a new gaming pc and haven't really been following the newest hardware trends out there since 2008 lol. Hopefully the community will be able to help me decide what is the most bang for my buck. Please see questionaire below:



1. What is the purpose of the computer?

A: Gaming, web browsing (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video), Blue Ray playback, listening to music.


2. Are you open to alternate ideas/products giving similar better performance but offering more VFM/ sellers? If not- why?

A: Yes


3. What is your MAX budget?

A: $1,500 for tower, all peripherals including monitors seperate.


4. Planning to overclock?

A: Open to overclocking but have never done it. Will probably only experiment with it down the road. Looking for build that can stand on own out of box.


5. Which OS are you planning to use?

A: Windows 7 premium 64-bit, have on current pc. Not sure if I can transfer over to new one or not.


6. How much hard drive space is needed?

A: Want 120gb SSD, and a TB HDD.


7. What resolution will the screen run at & whats the size of the screen you want? If you already want have one and want to use it, mention its resolution and size.

A: Plan on running two screens, one 1080p to game on, and one 1600x900 screen for web browsing (may upgrade to another 1080p in future).


8. How would you rate your hardware knowledge from the count of 1-10? (1 being the lowest, 5 being you are somewhat in sync with the current performers and 10 being the highest)

A: 5


9. Have you ever built a desktop before or will this be done by an assembler?

A: I have built one before with help from a friend.


10. When are you planning to buy the system?

A: Oct-Nov 2013


11. Are you one of the types looking out for "future proof" configurations?

A: Future proofing is a must


12. Are there going to be any components that you don't want to include in this new rig? If yes, do mention.

A: None that I can think of.


13. Which city do you live in and are you open to buying from shops from other city/states?

A: Kansas City, MO will probably buy rom Newegg/Amazon




Thanks!
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May 19, 2013 6:47:05 AM

Don't ask this question now. New CPUs are coming out this summer and you'll probably want to buy one of them instead of an i5 or fx-8350. Just wait and post later.

Prices will change a lot.
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May 19, 2013 8:08:59 AM

I do not think you can legally transfer OS to new computer unless you demolish old computer- this is what written in Microsoft agreement, also it may only apply to Windows 8. I would definitely go with Win 8 Pro.

120 Gb SSD is not very much for gaming. Most programs install on C drive. As of today- the best solution is Samsung 840 Pro, I also have seen good sells on Sandisk, but you not buying now, so there is no reason to discuss it.

The screens do not like to run at different resolution. You will need the same resolution for your monitors.

If you can wait, than wait for new processors/motherboard release (June 2nd). Prepare to pay full price for newer hardware. Also current processors are very likely to disappear, replaced by newer once, so I do not know how long you will be able to buy discounted parts due to new parts release.
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