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July 24, 2010 1:02:28 AM

Hey, all,

I'm looking to build a new gaming computer, but it's my first time ever building a computer. I'll try to fill out this template as best as I can, but I'm still not certain about what to do for some parts of it. I'd like to be able to run modern games on their highest settings.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I can, preferably this week or next.

BUDGET RANGE: Honestly, price isn't that much of a concern for me. Obviously, I'd like to stay cheaper, but really, anywhere under $2k is acceptable for me. (I know that makes me sound like a rich bastard but I'm really not. <_<)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: For the most part, gaming. Obviously, normal functions such as using the internet or word processing are important as well, but those are a given.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I don't really need any parts outside of the computer itself, as I feel like I would be able to select those on my own. However, feel free to suggest parts. I need all the help I can get.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or TigerDirect, although I do have a rather large Fry's close to me that I could utilize. My friend built a phenomenal computer solely using parts that he found there.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and nVidia for processor and video card, respectively.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, although I'd prefer to use just one.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure about this... is it necessary?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is what I'm looking at now, but it's probably not optimal.

Intel Core-i7 960 Processor (I'd like an i7, but I'm open to changing the model number)

ASUS P6T Motherboard (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) (I'm open to suggestions for different motherboards, but this was recommended on a different site.)

nVidia GeForce GTX 470 Video Card

4 GB of DDR3 RAM (Not sure what exactly to get for this)

500 GB Hard Drive (Again, not sure what to get.)

I need to pick out a sound card and a case/PSU as well, but I really don't know what to do for those.

I'm really sorry that this is so vague, but I'm completely new and I'm having a little bit of trouble being on the same page as the more experienced builders, but I really want to get off of the ground with this. Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Oh, and as far as building itself goes, I have a friend who has built a computer and has some experience, so I don't think I'll need that much help, although I'd be glad to know of common mistakes.

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July 24, 2010 1:31:17 AM

Mobo: the one you have picked is good enough.

CPU: The i7 960 is way more than you need. You need an i7 930 at the most, the 960 is expensive and over kill for gaming.

GPU: nvidia geforce gtx 470 is good but do you know what brand you want? also have you look at the Radeon 5870?

RAM:So you need it in tri channel which is why i suggest 6 gigs, here is a link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Samsung spinpoint f3 500 gig

Sound Card: Unessasary, the sound cards now a days is good enough on the mobo.

CAse: i am partial to the haf 922

PSU: here is a link to a good psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cd/dvd burner: i asume you know you need one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: HEre is a link to windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



obviously you don't HAVE to buy from newegg but i find it is the cheapest. Look around and you can usually find a good deal whether on newegg frys or microcenter.
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July 24, 2010 2:06:42 AM

Unless you are determined to blow $2k i just show you my $820AR high end gaming/single GPU config and at least think about it :p 
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July 24, 2010 3:16:13 AM

Thanks for the responses!

samdsox said:
Mobo: the one you have picked is good enough.

CPU: The i7 960 is way more than you need. You need an i7 930 at the most, the 960 is expensive and over kill for gaming.


Okay, I'll look into that. It seems like a smarter buy.

samdsox said:
GPU: nvidia geforce gtx 470 is good but do you know what brand you want? also have you look at the Radeon 5870?


Ooh, I hadn't looked at the 5870. I just looked up a comparison, and it does look appealling...

samdsox said:
RAM:So you need it in tri channel which is why i suggest 6 gigs, here is a link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ah, okay, that makes sense. Is that the best brand to buy from? I've heard from other sources that Crucial is the "best" brand, but I'm not sure.

samdsox said:
Hard Drive: Samsung spinpoint f3 500 gig


Sounds good.

samdsox said:
Sound Card: Unessasary, the sound cards now a days is good enough on the mobo.


I probably missed something, but I didn't see anything about sound on the mobo I linked to. Could you point out the sound information?

samdsox said:
CAse: i am partial to the haf 922

PSU: here is a link to a good psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cd/dvd burner: i asume you know you need one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: HEre is a link to windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Will look into those. Yeah, I knew I was forgetting something. =P

@batuchka I'm not really familiar with AMD processors, so I'd prefer to stay with Intel.
July 24, 2010 4:46:10 PM

now adays all motherboards have built in sound but i will look it up.
July 24, 2010 4:47:20 PM

for brand i usually don't care as long as it is reliable(check the reviews) and cheap.
July 24, 2010 5:15:13 PM

if your that worried your mobo doesn't have sound, get this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its 10 dollers more. However it has usb 3.0 and sata 6gs which is more advanced then the board you have listed. and

Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC889
Audio Channels 8 Channels
July 25, 2010 12:38:08 AM

Okay, I'll look into the motherboard.

Also is this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) a link to the 5870? It appears to be more significantly more expensive than the 470, so I'm not sure about it.

Also, is the HAF 922 compatible with these other parts that you've suggested?
July 26, 2010 7:38:16 AM

Bump. My last couple of questions still stand. If anyone could answer them, that'd be great.
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