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November 15, 2013 12:07:03 PM

Hey all,

This is my first time building a computer ever, but I'm really excited about it. My current computer is an old iMac, and it is really limiting the games I can play on it. So I think my ideal system would be something that I could upgrade over time as I see fit and get the funds.

I do not need a mouse, keyboard, or monitor.

I live in the United States.

Here is what I'm looking at buying currently:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 750W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $780.87
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 14:33 EST-0500)

I'm getting some mixed reviews from my friends. My roommate (who uses a high end computer) helped me with this build, but when I showed it to my old college IT friend he said that I probably don't need the CPU cooler and the one that comes with the processor should be find good enough, and that I don't need 750W power supply.

I do not need a keyboard, mouse, or monitor.

My budget is kinda open ended -- it would just impact when I get the system. I have 800 to spend right now, so I'd like to keep it around there. I wouldn't be too keen on dropping over 1,000 on it.

Thanks guys! Its important for us n00bs to have a place to ask questions so I really do appreciate it.

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November 15, 2013 12:12:16 PM

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


Very similar card to what you have but a good deal faster for $10 (I have the 1GB version which is the same price as yours and love the thing), hell I have nearly the same computer you do. I would highly reccomend the card listed above over your current one. I built a friend a computer with a GTX 650 vs my 650-TI and my TI made certain resolutions playable where his was very boarderline.
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November 15, 2013 12:15:09 PM

Here is something for $700

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($197.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $706.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 15:15 EST-0500)
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November 15, 2013 12:28:13 PM

I would vote for maurelie's configuration. Well balanced, whiel OP's original draft is a mixed bag. One suggestion is if you have a Microcenter store near you, you may get the best deal for CPU+Motherboard combo, depending on what you want.
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November 15, 2013 2:42:28 PM

MKBL said:
I would vote for maurelie's configuration. Well balanced, whiel OP's original draft is a mixed bag. One suggestion is if you have a Microcenter store near you, you may get the best deal for CPU+Motherboard combo, depending on what you want.


+1 although there aren't many Microcenters, wish they were there in canada!
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November 15, 2013 4:59:17 PM

No microcenter near me! I can afford up to 1,000 and I think I am going to wait until Black Friday to order my parts in hopes to get a nice deal. What would be some things I could upgrade on Maurelie's build that would enhance my gaming experience? Or maybe make my computer relevant for a bit longer?
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November 16, 2013 2:10:32 AM

RushRealSlow said:
No microcenter near me! I can afford up to 1,000 and I think I am going to wait until Black Friday to order my parts in hopes to get a nice deal. What would be some things I could upgrade on Maurelie's build that would enhance my gaming experience? Or maybe make my computer relevant for a bit longer?


Here is something for $1000 and will last for longer.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($142.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $996.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-16 05:09 EST-0500)
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November 16, 2013 8:03:04 AM

Thank you very much!
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