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Building a Gaming Computer [First Time] [$1000 Budget]

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May 17, 2014 10:00:02 PM


Sorry if this is the wrong format. I remember there being a sticky with a format on how to request builds, but I am unable to find it.

I am interested in building a gaming computer and would like some advice on what parts I should buy.

Thank you for helping!

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1000 to $1200 before rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Honolulu, Hawaii

Parts Preferences: Nvidia for Physx unless there is a better alternative

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No...?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first time, so I am really unsure of what I need. I have about $1000 to spend, but I can go a little over if necessary, I don't have an OS, keyboard, mouse, and monitor, so including those within a budget would be fine. I may also need to somehow make the desktop wireless to the internet.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 12:45:22 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($142.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $712.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 03:44 EDT-0400)

This leaves you around $300 for your peripherals and OS.
May 18, 2014 12:53:05 AM

Hm... what if the peripherals and OS were not considered. What could I get with $1000 instead?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 1:09:19 AM

hehe, before we go crazy upping the budget :p  , you should give some of the info listed here.
This way we can prioritize your build better for your needs.

With a total $1300 ($1000 for the comp) budget for example, you can get a much better CPU/GPU and then minor upgrades to the rest of the hardware. Or just have better peripherals like a mechanical keyboard/ advanced gaming mouse/larger monitor etc
May 18, 2014 1:21:45 AM

I have updated my thread if that helps. Sorry, I did not know where to find the format.
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 1:52:29 AM

No problem! What kind of games do you play btw?

Just so you know, SLI/Crossfire is adding a 2nd GPU in, usually as an upgrade path later. (seemed like you didn't know)

The Case, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard and OS are really up to your preference and those are usually things you need to research yourself.
-For a case, more than likely an ATM mid tower
-Keyboard, Mechanical or not, Macro keys, customizable lights etc
-Gaming Mouse, Depends on what games you play
-Monitor, Size and features

This might be helpful to read
May 18, 2014 2:41:21 AM

Currently, Vindictus (cause I can't find any game with similar forms of action and somehow runs decent on my laptop). Because of my desktop slowing down, I haven't been able to play the games I currently own, such as Skyrim, Dark Souls, etc. I would really like to play graphics intense games and other newly releases, such as Far Cry 3 (4 is coming out), Saints Row IV (even playing Saints Row 2 is difficult because of FPS issues), Crysis 3, etc.

Thanks for the info on SLI/Crossfire. I did a little research, but wasn't so sure about what it was.

All the other stuffs (other than case) I plan on doing a little research later.

Looking at the page, should I follow the mid-range build? Or do you have a better suggestion? I am interested in something that would allow the desktop to use wi-fi
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 2:54:39 AM

The community here can probably think up a better build than that site. Adding wifi is as easy as plugging a card/usb device into your computer :)
Here you can view an endless amount of completed builds. There is the price button on the right where you can adjust it and put a range on. You can also search by CPU or GPU if you find one you really like.
May 18, 2014 2:56:22 AM

I remember finding that a month ago, but there are a lot of options to the point where I am unsure of which option is best and why.
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 3:08:56 AM

Well for your build it will more than likely be an FX-8350 or i5-4670K for the CPU, 16gb of ram, a gpu around the 7950 or higher (A list here ), a good 550-600w PSU by Antec, XFX, Seasonic and the mobo just needs to be able to have the right sockets to have everything in it.

I remember my first build to, so I understand all this info/learning is overwhelming.
May 18, 2014 3:22:51 AM

Yeah, I am still a little lost. What do you think would be the best build under my budget?