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January 15, 2013 10:25:11 PM

Hello,

I am new to building computers and was looking for some guidance on building a new gaming rig. I don't play games that are to graphic intensive (world of warcraft, tera online) however I would like to be able to run them at max settings.

Any help would be much appreciated =)

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January 15, 2013 10:43:11 PM

How soon were you going to do your build? Intel will be releasing their new CPU line at the end of the 2nd quarter (June) it is a LGA 1150. Are you willing to wait or did you want to take the plunge now, knowing it will be obsolete in 4-5 months?
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January 15, 2013 10:43:23 PM

Do you need all the peripherals or is it just the components you're looking to spend $2000 on?
littleleo said:
How soon were you going to do your build? Intel will be releasing their new CPU line at the end of the 2nd quarter (June) it is a LGA 1150. Are you willing to wait or did you want to take the plunge now, knowing it will be obsolete in 4-5 months?

Uh.. I'd hardly call current tech obsolete in few months...

Edit:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1434.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 19:50 EST-0500)

Either way, I left peripherals on you. I'd suggest getting a nice mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Black/Red (Red is slightly easier to press) switches such as Steelseries 6gv2 or 7g if you're willing to spend more.
Get a nice 1080p IPS monitor and you're good to go.
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January 15, 2013 10:51:30 PM

I would like to start building it by the end of the week.
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January 15, 2013 10:53:11 PM

Soda-88 said:
Do you need all the peripherals or is it just the components you're looking to spend $2000 on?

Uh.. I'd hardly call current tech obsolete in few months...


Thanks!
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January 15, 2013 10:57:10 PM

Hybie said:
I would just like the components if at all possible.

You don't really need to spend more than what I've listed in my previous post for any games at the moment really, exception being Far Cry 3 with all bells and whistles turned on for which you'd want 2nd 7970. You can grab another 7970 for CrossFire in a year or 2 if you'll need more FPS.

Edit: Only thing you could spend a little bit more is a bigger SSD I guess. Intel 330 180GB is a very good purchase at the moment either way.
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January 15, 2013 11:01:28 PM

So with the build that you sent me I would be able to run games like Wolrd of Warcraft and Tera at max settings then?
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January 15, 2013 11:08:59 PM

That build would eat those 2 for breakfast without breaking a sweat :) 
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January 15, 2013 11:09:51 PM

Alrighty then thanks a ton =)
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January 15, 2013 11:37:03 PM

littleleo said:
How soon were you going to do your build? Intel will be releasing their new CPU line at the end of the 2nd quarter (June) it is a LGA 1150. Are you willing to wait or did you want to take the plunge now, knowing it will be obsolete in 4-5 months?



Yeah and Haswell will be a huge jump......yeah right!
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January 16, 2013 2:50:43 AM

Best answer selected by Hybie.
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January 16, 2013 2:51:31 AM

Soda-88 said:
Do you need all the peripherals or is it just the components you're looking to spend $2000 on?

Uh.. I'd hardly call current tech obsolete in few months...

Edit:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1434.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 19:50 EST-0500)

Either way, I left peripherals on you. I'd suggest getting a nice mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Black/Red (Red is slightly easier to press) switches such as Steelseries 6gv2 or 7g if you're willing to spend more.
Get a nice 1080p IPS monitor and you're good to go.


Computers on order now thanks again.
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January 16, 2013 3:48:08 AM

Hybie said:
Hello,

I am new to building computers and was looking for some guidance on building a new gaming rig. I don't play games that are to graphic intensive (world of warcraft, tera online) however I would like to be able to run them at max settings.

Any help would be much appreciated =)


you came to the right place. for 2 grand you can build an amazing computer... i would say your looking at around 800-1000$ any more then that and its overkill. but if you want overkill theres nothing wrong with that either. i would deffintley buy an fx8350, great value and price for $200, it can handle any game out on the market now with great fps. get an am3+ motherboard, get atleast 1 stick of ram thats 4gb with a speed of 1600 mhz 8gb would be optimal however. for your power supply ull see cheap and expensive ones... i would not cheap out on the powersupply. i would deffintley aim for a 750 watt 80 bronze or silver certified. dont settle for a 600 watt thats really not futureprood and ull end up wasting money in the long run... who knows maybe ull want to do a crossfire setup in the future. for your graphics card i would recommend a radeon 7850, or gtx 660. youll play all games with them at high and ultra setings as long as your display isnt above 1080p. harddrives are not very important pick what you like, hdds are still good and are more reliable then ssd's. pick any dvd drive there not important. and a nice case to put it all in. i like the corsair obsidian 800d, but also teh 900d will be coming out around febuary and its even better you should check it out.
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January 17, 2013 4:10:45 AM

Soda-88 said:
Do you need all the peripherals or is it just the components you're looking to spend $2000 on?

Uh.. I'd hardly call current tech obsolete in few months...

Edit:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1434.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 19:50 EST-0500)

Either way, I left peripherals on you. I'd suggest getting a nice mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Black/Red (Red is slightly easier to press) switches such as Steelseries 6gv2 or 7g if you're willing to spend more.
Get a nice 1080p IPS monitor and you're good to go.


Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Anything but Windows 8 for the poor guy!

....Everything else is great though! Blu-Ray reader... ehhh not necessary as the age of physical media disappears.. but for $40. Why not?....
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January 17, 2013 4:35:13 AM

Can someone help me with this
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March 27, 2013 8:03:49 AM

I am not positive on this, but I just made a very similar build today and I was coming upon some people recommending you avoid the corsair vengeance with the asraock z77 extreme 4 mobo (16gb) as there were some compatibility issues, and g.skill ripjaw was recommended instead. Again I am not at all sure about this, I was finding very little information and neither RAM is listed as a compatible stick for the board (afaik), but I ended up going with g.skill 2x8gb instead because of what I was reading. Is the difference between caviar green/black really worth the price jump?
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