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First time building a gaming computer.... Help please.

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June 27, 2010 8:21:03 AM

Will use it for gaming crysis, COD, Source, starcraft II, diablo III when i comes out. WOW...etc

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next two months BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 1000-1200) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Office depot for what i can get I have about $800 credit there (saw an antec computer case:
Otherwise i guess newegg or any other site that is cheap and reliable.

PARTS PREFERENCES: going to have a 23-24 inch monitor


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: dont want a super loud computer, what it to last a while and be easily upgradable in the future for newer possible games. Like diablo III...

I have credit from office depot ($800) that is why it would be nice to get parts there or something. Someone said i can get this computer and upgrade the power supply and video card... here is the link:

If so what power supply would work and which video card is best value. tahnks for you help in advance guys.

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June 27, 2010 12:58:08 PM
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June 28, 2010 12:16:40 AM

looks good ... g.skill has RipJaws @ 1600c7, for $109, for that mobo, tho.

June 28, 2010 12:21:12 AM

Also, consider the Sapphire (non Vapor-X model) 5870 ... vs. the XFX ...

... XFX has a better warranty but they (often) cost a little more and sapphire uses better "jap-caps" and copper coils, etc ...

.... With the XFX ... you are (much?) more likely to NEED that warranty.

... If Saphire/PNY/EVGA are not available (or cost more) ... XFX would be my next choice ... if NONE of "those" are in stock ... then wait until they are.

DDR5 is obviously more desirable than DDR3 ... I think they all come with 1GB GDDR.

= Cheers =
June 28, 2010 10:18:05 PM

I dont need 2 pci slots is there a mobo that only has one? that works well with the i5 750? want ddr3 and usb 3.0 as well.
June 28, 2010 10:19:00 PM

I like that build so a 5850 isnt a good graphics card i would need a 5870?
June 28, 2010 10:19:15 PM

Alvin Smith said:
looks good ... g.skill has RipJaws @ 1600c7, for $109, for that mobo, tho.

Link please??
June 28, 2010 11:22:27 PM

Alvin Smith said:
Either this ...

.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

... or ... this ...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO


Hey sorry but just curious if its worth getting a i7 920 or 930 vs the i5 750 cpu? exte $90 thas why i ask.
June 28, 2010 11:26:58 PM

nope ... i5-750 (OC) with a 5850 (or 5870) is optimum.

the X58/1366 mobos and RAM kits cost MUCH more, as well.

= cheers =
July 16, 2010 3:51:45 PM

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