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October 10, 2013 2:17:01 PM

Hi, I was wondering if you guys could help me out. I'm a total noob when it comes to PC gaming and hardware but I know a guy that build PC's who pointed me to this site.

So I've been looking into building my own rig for some time and I'm looking at a budget of about $2000. From what research I've done, that sounds like a decent amount of cash that could get me running modern games on high settings with decent FPS, right? My only issue is I don't know where to start with all of the different components involved. Not to mention, I really don't want to screw up and send that much cash down the drain..

So I was in Best Buy a couple weeks ago and asked one of the guys in PC hardware if he had anything that could get me going. He recommended the HP ENVY 700 http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp;jsessionid=D36AC7E787854227C68BDBF7ABA3BEA6.bbmdotp-app32-117?skuId=8997042&pid=1218968345257&pcatId=abcat0501000 and if I remember correctly, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=71281..., as well as an upgraded power supply obviously. He told me that set up would run Battlefield 3 on ultra.

I'm not just going to take some dude at Best Buy's opinion, though. So I'm wondering what you guys think and if you can point me in the right direction with any tips, recommendations, or suggestions. Again, I'm looking to run current games like DayZ, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Eve Online, and Minecraft on highest settings (or at least close) with decent FPS. I'll also be recording a lot of this gameplay at the same time for YouTube because me and my friend set up a gaming channel that we're pretty serious about. Thanks in advance.. I really appreciate any help you guys can give me.

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October 10, 2013 2:32:34 PM

I don't think the 650 will push full settings on BF3, you want to build this yourself? If so, watch all of the build videos at Newegg, the first one will assist in selecting your parts. Also, just because your budget is 2000 dollars does not mean you have to spend that much to achieve what you are looking for, you can buy lots of unnecessary stuff to get it up to 2000, but you can easily build a rig to run those games on Ultra for ~1200.
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October 10, 2013 2:35:27 PM

Indeed, don't even need to spend that much. Plentyof recent builds to look at. Though picking you own theme and parts is half the fun.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/GuZ
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October 10, 2013 2:49:46 PM

chugot9218 said:
I don't think the 650 will push full settings on BF3, you want to build this yourself? If so, watch all of the build videos at Newegg, the first one will assist in selecting your parts. Also, just because your budget is 2000 dollars does not mean you have to spend that much to achieve what you are looking for, you can buy lots of unnecessary stuff to get it up to 2000, but you can easily build a rig to run those games on Ultra for ~1200.


1200? Wow! I was hoping someone would say something like this. I'd like to go as low as possible, as long as I can get the quality and performance I'm looking for with the games I mentioned, while recording them as well. The beautiful thing about PC's is I can upgrade in the future if I need to. That's why I'm going with PC instead of the PS4 this gen. I'll be sure to check out the videos you mentioned.

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October 10, 2013 2:55:02 PM

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WarWolverineWarrior said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1NdmS Don't forget the fans and all that. I'd get the R9 Graphics card tho.


Thanks for the pointers.


No problem. You can get 800W PSU for about $150 and you can build a decent rig for cheaper. Try to build it for 1.5k so then you have cash for improvements.
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