Help building my own computer

Hey guys... I was thinking of getting a pc on cyberpowerpc.com but thought they were a little pricey. So I decided to build my own. My budget is $850 so I might not be able to get the best gpu ang cpu out there but oh well. I would use the pc for gaming (battlefield 2142, left 4 dead, left 4 dead 2, crysis, crysis 2, and others) Tell me your suggestions for parts.

I want a quad core pc and ddr3 ram.
As for my videocard I would like to upgrade to SLI or Crossfire when I get the money. I would prefer Nvidia because most of the games I play prefer NVIDIA.

Was also looking at the GTX 260 or GTS 250.

All of the parts will most likely be from newegg.


Tell me if you need any more details.
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  1. jdelsignore911 said:
    Hey guys... I was thinking of getting a pc on cyberpowerpc.com but thought they were a little pricey. So I decided to build my own. My budget is $850 so I might not be able to get the best gpu ang cpu out there but oh well. I would use the pc for gaming (battlefield 2142, left 4 dead, left 4 dead 2, crysis, crysis 2, and others) Tell me your suggestions for parts.

    I want a quad core pc and ddr3 ram.
    As for my videocard I would like to upgrade to SLI or Crossfire when I get the money. I would prefer Nvidia because most of the games I play prefer NVIDIA.

    Was also looking at the GTX 260 or GTS 250.

    All of the parts will most likely be from newegg.


    Tell me if you need any more details.



    EDIT: Also, Is it tough building my own pc? I am kind of a newbie but know most of the ropes.
  2. Please edit your post using this format
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    as we need to know monitor resolution, uses, overclocking etc.
  3. Purchase Date: Near Future (3-4 weeks)

    Usage: Gaming

    Parts not needed: nothing need everything... Building from scratch

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like a NVIDIA gpu, and dont really care about the cpu.

    OVERCLOCKING: Probably no. Have never done it. Dont even know how.

    SLI/Crossfire: Yes in the future when cash is plentiful

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900

    Already have monitor selected at best buy, but will check at newegg to see if it is cheaper.
  4. jdelsignore911 said:
    Purchase Date: Near Future (3-4 weeks)

    Usage: Gaming

    Parts not needed: nothing need everything... Building from scratch

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like a NVIDIA gpu, and dont really care about the cpu.

    OVERCLOCKING: Probably no. Have never done it. Dont even know how.

    SLI/Crossfire: Yes in the future when cash is plentiful

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900

    Already have monitor selected at best buy, but will check at newegg to see if it is cheaper.

    Your budget is $850, but does that include the monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc.?
  5. g3force said:
    Your budget is $850, but does that include the monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc.?



    My budget of $850 is the max for the pc itself.
    Already have mouse and keyboard, monitor, speakers...
    Try to make it around $800
  6. what monitor has a 1600 x 900 resolution?
  7. Outlander_04 said:
    what monitor has a 1600 x 900 resolution?


    What resolution should I get?

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9218786&type=product&id=1218061081362
  8. We dont have any 1600 x 900 res monitors available here .

    Generally LCD's have been
    1440 x 900
    1680 x 1050
    1920 x 1200

    but I guess other resolutions are starting to appear . Hopefully the gfx card drivers support those resolutions

    For the same price as the OP's bestbuy lcd

    he could get
    a 22inch 1680 x 1050 from newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236050
  9. Thanks dude I'll check it out.
  10. snurp85 said:
    Antec 300 Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    Antec 650W PS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    WD Caviar 640Gb HD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

    Gigabyte EP45 UD3P Mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

    G.Skill 2x2Gb DDR2 800Mhz, CAS4 Ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

    EVGA GTX 280
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130492

    Intel Core 2 Quad E9550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

    Xigmatek Rifle Heatsink
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233005


    With rebates and whatnot it will cost you around $850. The graphics card is a lil overkill for your purposes, so you could downgrade to a gtx 260 and save $75 if you wanted.


    I was wondering if a mobo has crossfire does it have SLI? And I was leaning towards ddr3 ram.
  11. jdelsignore911 said:
    I was wondering if a mobo has crossfire does it have SLI? And I was leaning towards ddr3 ram.

    Only with an X58 (LGA 1366 Socket) board will you have the option for Crossfire and SLI. All other MOBO's are either Crossfire or SLI.
  12. tecmo34 said:
    Only with an X58 (LGA 1366 Socket) board will you have the option for Crossfire and SLI. All other MOBO's are either Crossfire or SLI.


    Thanks. I will be using SLI then because i want 2 gts 250 or 2 gtx 260. So that I guess narrows it down.
  13. Now that i have read a little about overclocking it sounds pretty cool.
    Does overclocking help your computer go faster or does it allow you to run more things like the concept of ram.
    ram=Files only use so much ram so putting 8 gigs in your pc wont benefit anything until there are files and programs that use 8 gigs.
    So the question would be does a game use all of the speed or just what it needs?
  14. Yes I will most likely overclock once i find out how to.
  15. If you don't mind I'd go with 260 SLI.
    Also i7 920. it'll do just fine.
  16. another thread necro
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