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Building a gaming desktop for the first time. Need help.

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October 20, 2013 5:44:25 PM

Hello! I am new to the community, and I have a question for you all today. I am in need of an experienced desktop builder to assist me in the process of building a gaming desktop. After doing some research, I came up with a list of parts I think would be suitable to use. This currently adds up to $781.93, and I was looking for ways to slim down the price a little bit, maybe down to like $600 if possible. Here is the list of parts:

1. Case $59.99
a. NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case, Black 921RB-001-BL
i. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004351H9G/ref=as_li_s...

2. Motherboard $124.99
a. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
i. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Processor $209.99
a. Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
i. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=asc_df_B007SZ0E...

4. RAM $84.99
a. G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
i. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. Graphics Card $154.99 or $149.99
a. SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version
i. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
b. GIGABYTE GV-N65TOC-2GI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
i. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Hard Drive $64.99
a. WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX
i. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088PUEPK/ref=as_li_s...

7. Disk Drive $19.99
a. Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE
i. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CE58ZYC/ref=as_li_s...


8. Power Supply $62.00
a. Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)
i. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0MY/ref=as_li_s...

OK, now that you read that part, here are my questions:
1. Will all these work together?
If so...
2. Where can I save money, without losing too much performance? (I was thinking maybe the Processor and Graphics card, but I am not sure)
3. Is there better alternatives to these parts?
4. What are some other parts that won't run up the price, but add performance?
5. Am I missing anything? If so.. what?
6. Are there any tutorials that i can follow to help me build the desktop?
And some questions on performance...
1. Will this build be able to play games like Skyrim, GTA V (when it comes out), Crysis, and Dishonored on High setting?
2. Will I be able to overclock this?

Keep in mind, I am building this for gaming so I need the best cost to performance. Thank you ahead of time!

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a c 554 4 Gaming
October 20, 2013 5:50:40 PM

Looks good overall, but for $5 less can get the 2133/9 Snipers at the Egg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

higher bandwidth, much better performance

and on the GPU, if a 760 is in budget look at the Asus 760, or if price playing in would drop from that to the 7870 from Asus
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October 20, 2013 6:03:23 PM

Thanks for the advice so far, I edited the post. Still have some unanswered questions though! Keep the answers coming!

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a c 554 4 Gaming
October 20, 2013 6:14:35 PM

Rest looks good, if in the budget might grab an SSD for the OS and primary apps, or jot it down for a future upgrade, nice performance boost
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October 20, 2013 6:48:37 PM

So these parts will all work together and be able to run games like Skyrim on high settings? Is it possible to overclock this? Is there any cheaper alternative CPUs or Motherboards? I am still slightly above the price I want to pay. Will the AMD graphics card be compatible with the intel chipset?
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a c 554 4 Gaming
October 20, 2013 7:11:09 PM

Yes on the GPU, not really sure where you could cut, and yes think so on Skyrim
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October 20, 2013 7:35:01 PM

Thank you. Do you know of anyone good guides for me to follow while I build the desktop? Videos perferably? And is there no cheaper CPU with greater than or equal to performance? I am not missing any parts, right?


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October 21, 2013 3:26:20 AM

OK, good. One last pair of questions:
1. Will the motherboard and all of these components fit into the selected computer case?
2. After doing some research, things came down to 2 options.
Its either the:
SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version-$154.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the
GIGABYTE GV-N65TOC-2GI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card-$149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

According to some research and this site (http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/778?vs=781)
the 7850 is generally better. Which one is the best choice, for gaming? Is there any other graphics cards within a similar price range that has better performance?
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October 21, 2013 11:50:05 AM

Still doesn't answer all my questions...
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a c 554 4 Gaming
October 21, 2013 2:00:27 PM

Sorry, had to get out to work, am just checking in, if further questions will be back in about 3 hours
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October 21, 2013 3:01:31 PM

Are you back yet?
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a c 554 4 Gaming
October 21, 2013 4:12:35 PM

Just got in - which questions?
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October 21, 2013 4:48:16 PM

What are some other parts that won't run up the price, but add performance?
Am I missing anything? If so.. what?
Will I be able to overclock this?
Will all the components fit into the case I selected?
What is a good, cheap Wireless card I can put in the desktop?
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