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April 15, 2014 10:30:02 PM

I finally want to step into the world of PC gaming. I've always loved playing Stategy games and RPGs on a PC, but I have never built a gaming computer before and my current off the shelf desktop can't play anything better than Medieval 2 Total War. Yes, it is that terrible. I would like to build a system that can run all the current game on high detail settings, at 1920X1080 on a single monitor. I also want it to be able to be upgraded over the years. Here is a build I put together and want to know what you experienced builders think of it? Keep in mind I have never built a PC before so I need all the advice I can get. I am looking to spend no more than $1500 on the system and if I can build it for cheaper and meet the same goals all the better. Thanks.

Here is what I am thinking of currently.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3sBy1

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April 15, 2014 10:35:19 PM

just change the PSU to like xfx xtr650 . . other things are fine
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April 15, 2014 10:36:47 PM

this build would do you great especially at 1080p. are you planning on overclocking the cpu? and are you going to render videos or do heavy programming as 16gb of ram if a ton as most games wont use more than 4 or 5
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April 15, 2014 10:39:52 PM

No, that was the one thing I was unsure about. Since the motherboard supports 4 slots of memory is it better to get 2X4gb DDr3 or 4X2gb DDr3 if I only want to put 8gb of ram into the computer?
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April 15, 2014 10:43:32 PM

8 gb is enough for gaming and plz change the PSU
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April 15, 2014 10:43:35 PM

most likely 2x4 since it would do dual channel memory which is faster than 1x8 unless the motherboard supports 4 channel which im checking now
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April 15, 2014 10:46:17 PM

ok so i would get the 2x4 and if you ever going using programs that need a lot of ram you can always upgrade as long as its running at the same speed
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April 15, 2014 10:46:53 PM

Okay I will change the PSU and I just looked Zachasaurs, you are right. It only supports duel. So 2x4 DDr3 it is then.
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April 15, 2014 10:48:04 PM

cool well enjoy your new awesome gaming pc
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April 15, 2014 10:48:35 PM

Also to answer your question about overclocking, I don't plan on doing it initially. I figure maybe in 6-9 months if I want to then I will have to order an aftermarket CPU fan to do that. Thank you so much for the help guys.
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April 15, 2014 10:50:28 PM

its ok to do it later if you want thats the nice part of building one yourself is that you can upgrade it when you want. so if you want to delve into overclocking just look around toms for tons of tutorials and cooler reccomendations.
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April 15, 2014 10:57:09 PM

Zachasaurs said:
its ok to do it later if you want thats the nice part of building one yourself is that you can upgrade it when you want. so if you want to delve into overclocking just look around toms for tons of tutorials and cooler reccomendations.


I really appreciate all the help and advice. I pretty much used Tom's to pick out all the parts. The detailed reviews on this site are incredible. here is the final build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3sChJ
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April 15, 2014 10:58:18 PM

i would have to agree joined about a year ago to build my first pc once i start i cant stop! enjoy
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