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Looking to build my first computer and I have a couple questions

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May 26, 2013 10:20:46 PM

Hows it going TH! Im looking to build my first computer, which will be for gaming and after doing some research and gathering info from your threads, I am still left with a couple of questions. And on a side note, I would like to keep everything at about $800 after everything is said and done.

As for my rig, I do not need a monitor, mouse, or keyboard. I do need a OS, but I am having a hard time choosing between windows 7 or 8, what is better for gaming?

Here is where I am at on my computer thus far, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/10l3Z so far i already bought the ram, the cooler and hard drive, due to some good deals I found.

I do not have a mobo or cpu on their because I am going to get it from microcenter.

My next question I have is what would be prefered for gaming, AMD FX 8350 4GHz or a Intel® Core™ i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor? and would it be wise to wait for haswell to come out.

My options between the intel bundle and amd bundle are as follows,

http://cart.microcenter.com/cart.aspx?RedirectUrl=http%... - intel = $215

or

http://cart.microcenter.com/cart.aspx?RedirectUrl=http%... - amd = $220

Now as for a case, Im not trying to go for a case with all the bells and whistles, I just want a case that will have good cable management, good airflow, and big enough to expand in the future.

Another question regarding the case is the power supply, should i be weary of buying a certain powersupply when looking at cases, or is everything pretty universal in a sense? and on that note, should i be weary about buy any hardware in that sense?

Thanks for the help TH!
May 26, 2013 10:32:35 PM

oh and I almost forgot, is the graphics card I am looking at the best for my money? I am looking to spend about 200 or so
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May 27, 2013 12:04:44 AM

Both of those redirect to the same thing - I'd guess it's my cart.

Probably one of these for the PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Stick to the brands in my sig and you'll be fine - and that's a "doesn't fry your components" issue, not a compatibility one.

Probably the Intel, but do you want to OC? If not, get the cheapest Ivy i5 you can. Or wait for Haswell - little performance increase, but better future proofing if you need it.

GPU is good, but cutting down on MB and CPU to get something faster is an option. I can't see what MB you want.

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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2013 12:46:02 AM

DanielLidell said:
oh and I almost forgot, is the graphics card I am looking at the best for my money? I am looking to spend about 200 or so


No get a Radeon 7870 XT - it's about $40 more than a reference design GTX 660, but it's a great value for a $250 GPU.
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May 27, 2013 6:58:00 AM

Thanks for getting back to me guys, but the mobo and cpu bundle i am looking at contains MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard and Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor for 215 and the other is MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard and AMD FX 8350 4GHz AM3+ Black Edition Boxed Processor.

As for a case, what is recommended, is the corsair 200 a good choice? and will it fit all the PSU's even though its on the bottom?

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a c 88 B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2013 7:01:52 AM

PSU on the bottom is usually recommended because it keeps the centre of mass lower, thus making it harder to tip over.

PSU sizes are standard, and the hole is just the same whether at the top or bottom.
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May 27, 2013 7:04:12 AM

oh ok awesome, thanks. What do you think about the bundles i have their, do you think the amd is better? i forgot to post the price, it is 220 for the amd bundle
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May 27, 2013 7:06:06 AM

Are there any other bundles? Could you get something with say an i5-3350P and an H77 or B75 board?

EDIT: Stupid me; missed that it was Microcenter. Building now.

EDIT #2: What's the total budget? Do you need storage? OS?
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May 27, 2013 7:07:26 AM

Since Microcenter is having a great deal right now, I would recommend getting the 3670k. Haswell will be MUCH more expensive than $170, it will be around $250 to start, and no real big performance increase (7% I believe?).

GPU, get the Sapphire 7870 XT, great card, using it right now, and it doesn't go above 68 on load. Awesome performance.

Case, for you, HAF 912 since you don't care about aesthetics.
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May 27, 2013 7:11:46 AM

yeah i was looking at that GPU seemed really nice, and also a lot of people on the site recommend it. As for the Intel cpu, i know its able to be overclocked, but to be honest, i have never overclocked anything in my life, and Im not sure how to even do it lol. so lets say i dont OC the intel, is the amd better?
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May 27, 2013 7:12:35 AM

my budget will be about 800, would like to have 700 on parts and 90 on the OS since i do need one.
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