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October 5, 2010 9:43:00 PM

Hello,I'm very much interested in building my own gaming PC. I'm A+ certified but been out of the techie loop for a while and don't really know whats out there. I would like some suggestions as to what CPU, Video card, hard-drive,etc. would be worth looking into and considering. I don't mind spending anywhere around $1,200 for all the components but would love for this to be a kick-butt system that will last me a very long time. Any suggestion? Thanks for your input.

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October 5, 2010 10:55:37 PM

Do you need a Case, monitor, keyboard and mouse?
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October 5, 2010 10:59:55 PM

PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

PARTS PREFERENCES:

OVERCLOCKING:

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:

MONITOR RESOLUTION:

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
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October 5, 2010 11:22:18 PM

If you are gaming at 1920 resolution, the best platform is an i5 750 and a GTX 460. Reasonable entry level for the tower is ~$900 including the OS. KB and mouse are personal, $30 - $200 or more the pair. A good 24" monitor ~$225. Speakers . . . you gotta have some laying around, right :) ?

That's a quick cut - your budget is OK - please "fill out" the form above.
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October 5, 2010 11:42:21 PM

i would suggest:

Intel i5-760 $210

4gigs memory or more $75 - 100

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3P motherboard $160

AMD 5770 or better vid card (6000's are nearly out) $150+

Corsair 750w PS $100

I like the Cooler Master HAF series cases $100 - 150

Zalmin CPU Fan $60

1TB WD Caviar Black $90

This will play most games at 1680x1050 at high (max) quality with no OC'ing.

This also leaves $100+ to play with too, to upgrade anything on list or invest in gaming keyboard or mouse...

Good luck and have fun!!
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October 6, 2010 9:20:21 PM

d1rtyju1c3 said:
Do you need a Case, monitor, keyboard and mouse?

Good question, sorry I left that out. I do need a case, but no monitor, keyboard and mouse. Just the complete system.
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October 6, 2010 9:46:27 PM

d1rtyju1c3 said:
PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next week or two.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Important, I'm a daily user of World of Warcraft and getting ready for the new Cataclysm.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference, but was looking at Micro Center, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA, Cali

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING:

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:

MONITOR RESOLUTION:

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Your best recommendation and or suggestions from the above information is greatly appreciated. As I mention above I'm a daily user of World of Warcraft and would very much like to get a system that would operate very well and last me for a long time. I'm looking for great graphics and no lag. I don't mine spending anywhere from $1,200-$1,300. Thanks again guys for all your input!
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October 7, 2010 2:59:00 AM

We need to know your screen size and resolution.
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October 7, 2010 3:00:31 AM

Please, just fill it out! It really helps us. Are ya that lazy? XD
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October 7, 2010 8:20:20 AM

I'm using a Samsung SyncMaster 226BW 22-inch LCD Monitor, with a Logitech keyboard Model Y-UY95. The resolution that it's currently set on is 1024 x 768. I will be using this monitor and keyboard with the system. Since this will be a new system I would not an have an idea of what the SLI, crossfire and or overclocking would be. I've included the rest of the information above when I had replied to D1RTYJU1C3. Thanks again guys! :-)
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October 8, 2010 4:13:54 AM

The native resolution of your monitor is most important for gaming. Yours apparently is 1680x1050, and that is the minimum you will want to set up for.

Configuration assumes gaming at 1680 with no immediate change to 1920, but allows for that option later. This is a good starting point to move from based on your specific wants/needs.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

No need to buy a 760 when you can turn the clock up here and match it free. If you plan to OC more, give some feedback and we'll ad an appropriate cooler. If you don't plan to OC, the 760 at +$15 is OK as well.

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412

Supports crossfire, allowing you to add a second 5770 if/when needed.

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Cas9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748

All the memory speed you need. If you plan to OC, we would choocse a bit differently.

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

Perennial top-quality psu manufacturer, plenty for crossfiring 2x5770

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150462

The 5770 does well even at higher resolutions, though if you were planning on gaming at 1920 very soon, would spec a GTX 460 1GB and a higher cost mobo supporting SLI as well, plus a 650W psu. The XFX has a double lifetime warranty, if that makes a difference to you.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Fastest, best value, quality 1 TB HD. Obviously we haven't talked about your disk storage needs.

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

Does everything but eat, quickly, quietly, no Lightscribe which I personall feel is a plus, you may feel differently.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Cases are a matter of capacity, air flow, quiet, and personal taste. This case does the first three, may not suit your taste. It has several bigger brothers you might look at as well, ie, 922, 932, X.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Total $847 ($822 after $25 MIR) + $14 shipping, no combos.

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October 10, 2010 4:30:35 AM

Twoboxer said:
The native resolution of your monitor is most important for gaming. Yours apparently is 1680x1050, and that is the minimum you will want to set up for.

Configuration assumes gaming at 1680 with no immediate change to 1920, but allows for that option later. This is a good starting point to move from based on your specific wants/needs.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

No need to buy a 760 when you can turn the clock up here and match it free. If you plan to OC more, give some feedback and we'll ad an appropriate cooler. If you don't plan to OC, the 760 at +$15 is OK as well.

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412

Supports crossfire, allowing you to add a second 5770 if/when needed.

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Cas9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748

All the memory speed you need. If you plan to OC, we would choocse a bit differently.

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

Perennial top-quality psu manufacturer, plenty for crossfiring 2x5770

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150462

The 5770 does well even at higher resolutions, though if you were planning on gaming at 1920 very soon, would spec a GTX 460 1GB and a higher cost mobo supporting SLI as well, plus a 650W psu. The XFX has a double lifetime warranty, if that makes a difference to you.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Fastest, best value, quality 1 TB HD. Obviously we haven't talked about your disk storage needs.

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

Does everything but eat, quickly, quietly, no Lightscribe which I personall feel is a plus, you may feel differently.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Cases are a matter of capacity, air flow, quiet, and personal taste. This case does the first three, may not suit your taste. It has several bigger brothers you might look at as well, ie, 922, 932, X.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Total $847 ($822 after $25 MIR) + $14 shipping, no combos.



Hi Twoboxer,

Thank you so much for taking the time and effort for putting all the information together. I did go to each link to review each item and I'm satisfied with each choice. Can't wait to get started. Thanks again for the help...very much appreciated!
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October 10, 2010 4:33:10 AM

...and thanks to the rest of you that took the time to reply and give your input and suggestions. I believe that's what makes this site so cool. Thanks!
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