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October 5, 2012 4:31:52 AM

Heyo!

I'm building my first Gaming Rig and I was just looking for some insight for my current build idea. I want to play almost all modern games on max settings at 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution (right now I will be playing on my Sony 46" LED HDTV 240Hz 1080p - concerns here?). Most games I will be playing are games similar to Guild Wars 2, Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Star Craft 2, Crysis 2, and various others. In the summer months it can get hot inside my apartment since I don't have AC - around 90 degrees Fahrenheit - so should I alter my cooling set-up? I will primarily use my computer for gaming, entertainment, and SOME (not a lot) of music/video editing. I will overclock ONLY SOME - im not too keen to OC too much as my needs do not require it and I would rather play it on the safe side. Finally I'm trying to keep my build under 1,200 but get the highest quality I can - so I have to do some trimmings, but w/o sacrificing quality and build - and avoiding bad brands/etc - if its slightly over 1200 I can live with that.

Now to my build!

CPU --- Intel i5 3570k --- $220
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Pro...

CPU OC Insurance/warranty --- $20

GPU --- MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 --- $320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO --- Asus P8Z77 V PRO --- $205
http://www.microcenter.com/product/386887/P8Z77-V_PRO_L...

RAM --- Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz 240pin --- $40
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...

PSU ---Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze TX650 --- $90
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...

HDD --- Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 2TB SATA 6GB/S --- $100
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5...

SDD --- Samsung 830 Series 128GB --- $90
http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC1...

Optical Drive --- LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X BD-ROM 4MB SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner --- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling --- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO --- $30
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E...

Case --- (on the fence for this - I really want a Corsair Case but cant decide between the 400r, 500r, 600t, 650d --- $100-$150

Monitor --- I already own a Sony 46" LED HDTV 240Hz 1080p

OS --- I already have Windows 7

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TOTAL = $1,285-1,335 depending on case

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Any thoughts on this build, suggestions, anything at all ---- also trying to reduce price w/o sacrificing too much quality parts/performance. No I will not Crossfire - single card only.

Thanks!
October 5, 2012 3:29:25 PM

chunkyxsurprise said:
Heyo!

I'm building my first Gaming Rig and I was just looking for some insight for my current build idea. I want to play almost all modern games on max settings at 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution (right now I will be playing on my Sony 46" LED HDTV 240Hz 1080p - concerns here?). Most games I will be playing are games similar to Guild Wars 2, Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Star Craft 2, Crysis 2, and various others. In the summer months it can get hot inside my apartment since I don't have AC - around 90 degrees Fahrenheit - so should I alter my cooling set-up? I will primarily use my computer for gaming, entertainment, and SOME (not a lot) of music/video editing. I will overclock ONLY SOME - im not too keen to OC too much as my needs do not require it and I would rather play it on the safe side. Finally I'm trying to keep my build under 1,200 but get the highest quality I can - so I have to do some trimmings, but w/o sacrificing quality and build - and avoiding bad brands/etc - if its slightly over 1200 I can live with that.

Now to my build!

CPU --- Intel i5 3570k --- $220
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Pro...

CPU OC Insurance/warranty --- $20

GPU --- MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 --- $320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO --- Asus P8Z77 V PRO --- $205
http://www.microcenter.com/product/386887/P8Z77-V_PRO_L...

RAM --- Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz 240pin --- $40
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...

PSU ---Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze TX650 --- $90
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...

HDD --- Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 2TB SATA 6GB/S --- $100
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5...

SDD --- Samsung 830 Series 128GB --- $90
http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC1...

Optical Drive --- LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X BD-ROM 4MB SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner --- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling --- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO --- $30
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E...

Case --- (on the fence for this - I really want a Corsair Case but cant decide between the 400r, 500r, 600t, 650d --- $100-$150

Monitor --- I already own a Sony 46" LED HDTV 240Hz 1080p

OS --- I already have Windows 7

---------------------------

TOTAL = $1,285-1,335 depending on case

---------------------------

Any thoughts on this build, suggestions, anything at all ---- also trying to reduce price w/o sacrificing too much quality parts/performance. No I will not Crossfire - single card only.

Thanks!


Everything will be great for gaming, I would say you will get around 60fps at 1080p on most if not all new games at high/highest settings. The CM 212 Hyper is a great cooler, especially for the price and any decent case will have good airflow. However you may want to invest in a fan controller as many of them have temp probes you can scatter around your case and will automatically increase the RPM of your fans if temps get high, they cost £20-£50. The best piece of advice I could give for new PC builders is too pay more now and reap the rewards later, I learned this the hard way and wasted about 10% of my budget.

What concerns do you have about your monitor/TV?
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