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March 18, 2012 4:33:58 PM

I'm extremely new at learning abou the inside of my computer and so forth. I've been wanting to build a gaming computer for a while, but don't know what to get for the best price that suits my needs. So if anyone could help I would appreciate it. Here's what I would like my custom gaming computer to be able to do:

-play Skyrim on med-high
-play Starcraft 2 on ultra
-be <$1000

I was looking up what I needed but could barely find any info. I know I should have about 6-8gb ram, a good video card, and that's about it. I don't know what CPU I need, although I was thinking either and i5 or i7 (I don't know too much about AMD). I don't know anything about motherboards or the case or anything else so any suggestions on what hardware is best suited for my needs would be greatly appreciated.

P.S I am sorry if this is in the wrong section.

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March 20, 2012 12:06:30 AM

I actually posted this setup in another thread today, but it's applicable here as well:

case - Coolermaster Haf 912 - 49.99
cpu - i5-2500k - 200.00 after mib
gpu - gtx 560ti from newegg - 210.00 after mib
mobo - asrock extreme 3 gen.3 -120.00
ram - any 1600mhz ddr3 8gb kit - 40-50.00
hd - any 1tb 7200 rpm - 110.00
psu - corsair tx650 or similar seasonic/enermax - 89.99
windows 7 64bit home premium-99.99

929.97 add tax. Better components, money spent in the right places.

If you already have things you can salvage (like a 7200 rpm 1tb hd) then that is money that can be saved and put into better graphics cards. The i5-2500k performs as well as anything else within reason in gaming and is the reigning king for the time being in price vs. performance, and performance in general to a large degree.
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March 20, 2012 12:58:37 AM

casualcolors said:
I actually posted this setup in another thread today, but it's applicable here as well:

case - Coolermaster Haf 912 - 49.99
cpu - i5-2500k - 200.00 after mib
gpu - gtx 560ti from newegg - 210.00 after mib
mobo - asrock extreme 3 gen.3 -120.00
ram - any 1600mhz ddr3 8gb kit - 40-50.00
hd - any 1tb 7200 rpm - 110.00
psu - corsair tx650 or similar seasonic/enermax - 89.99
windows 7 64bit home premium-99.99

929.97 add tax. Better components, money spent in the right places.

If you already have things you can salvage (like a 7200 rpm 1tb hd) then that is money that can be saved and put into better graphics cards. The i5-2500k performs as well as anything else within reason in gaming and is the reigning king for the time being in price vs. performance, and performance in general to a large degree.

I completly agree with the choice of these parts. I would maybe try to squeeze in a SSD since they are becoming cheaper and it does make a HUGE difference in every day tasks and gaming load time.
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March 20, 2012 1:05:32 AM

xxyougotownedzz said:
I completly agree with the choice of these parts. I would maybe try to squeeze in a SSD since they are becoming cheaper and it does make a HUGE difference in every day tasks and gaming load time.


Tough to get one with reasonable enough size to hold 1 large game + the OS, but it is definitely the next thing I would add to the list. Wouldn't recommend anything less than 120gb though, in case OP is noting any of this. Good call though.
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March 25, 2012 10:30:13 PM

Best answer selected by jake323021.
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March 25, 2012 10:31:06 PM

Thanks guys. Helps me a ton and I appreciate it.
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