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May 25, 2011 1:55:44 PM

I'm planning to build a gaming PC. My budget is about $800- $1,000. I would like to be able to play games such as Star Craft II and World of WarCraft on high settings without lag. I don't know much about computer hardware, only a little that I've picked up from reading online.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 days

Budget Range: $800-$1,000


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, music, internet.


Parts Not Required: Speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm going to a computer parts store.


Country of Origin: U.S.


Parts Preferences: Nvidia video card, pentium processor.


Overclocking: maybe


SLI or Crossfire: I don't know


Monitor Resolution: I don't know.

Additional Comments: I want to run World of WarCraft and Starcraft II with high video settings, with low lag.

For my processor I initially went with the Intel® Core™ i5-760 Processor (8M Cache, 2.80 GHz) http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=48496 but was told not to get that because of the socket (1155 is better?) and to go with a Sandy Bridge processor. I did some reading and found that the Sandy Bridge has integrated graphics, but because I want a gaming PC, wouldn't integrated graphics be a pitfall?

For my video card I'm looking at the Nvidia GTX 460 http://www.geeks3d.com/20100712/nv [...] available/ , I read on a blog that the 460 had the best performance for the price I was looking to spend on a video card, but someone recommended that with my budget I could find a better card.

I'm going with a 600 watt power supply.

I don't know much about motherboards other than it needs to match my processor.

Any advice or suggestions is greatly appreciated, thank you!

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May 25, 2011 6:12:09 PM

Here's my short listed build.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock H67M-GE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $106
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Galaxy 56NGH6HS4IXZ GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB $229
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design $129
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Win 7 $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any old keyboard will do.

That comes to $881 before rebates!

This build will play pretty much everything (including BF3 :)  ) at high settings with good FPS. It's a good build, will serve you well. Please keep in mind that the computer store will most likely charge more. Build yourself bro! http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...
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May 25, 2011 6:34:17 PM

With regards to the above recommendations, does anybody have a second opinion on the parts suggested?
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May 25, 2011 6:53:21 PM

1. You mentioned Overclock - Maybe

If yes, spend the extra $54 on I5 2500k ($179.99 @ microcenter)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

if you don't have a microcenter near you to pick it up, the extra 100bucks it cost for the I5 2500k is well worth it if you're thinking about OC'n. They are super easy to OC to 4500+

2. PSU is a little on the low side in today's age so spending extra ~$50 might be better future proofing if you decide to OC & upgrade to a better gpu in the future.

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

system will still be under $1000 and everything striker 410's input for your price range sounds good!
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a b 4 Gaming
May 25, 2011 6:56:56 PM

cwu said:
1. You mentioned Overclock - Maybe

If yes, spend the extra $54 on I5 2500k ($179.99 @ microcenter)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

if you don't have a microcenter near you to pick it up, the extra 100bucks it cost for the I5 2500k is well worth it if you're thinking about OC'n. They are super easy to OC to 4500+

2. PSU is a little on the low side in today's age so spending extra ~$50 might be better future proofing if you decide to OC & upgrade to a better gpu in the future.

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

system will still be under $1000 and everything striker 410's input for your price range sounds good!


I thought about adding a 2500k, but to take advantage of the 2500k you must have z68 or p67. And also, it seems like a "maybe" Isn't usually worth an extra $100. However, it is in his budget so good suggestion, especially with that microcenter deal. Really comes down to overclock: Definite yes or definite no.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 25, 2011 7:03:19 PM

Wow totally did not know about that board. Nice find bro! I'm totally onboard, 2500k all the way =p
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May 25, 2011 7:03:54 PM

I've never overclocked a computer so I don't know anything about it. My guess that it's worth the extra performance, but what risks are associated with overclocking? It sounds interesting, so my maybe is turning into a yes if I can know a little more.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 25, 2011 7:10:18 PM

Well overclocking is simply pushing your processor to do more. It can result in a major increase in performance with little effort, but can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing.

Heat is really the thing that kills. If you intend to overclock past 4.0GHz, you probably want an aftermarket CPU cooler (~$30) to keep things chilly.

Here's 3 guides that should help you understand.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265056-29-2600k-2500k...

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/01/07/how-to...

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/913294-step-step-ov...
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May 25, 2011 7:15:24 PM

What striker410 said.

I just installed Asrock mobo (p67 extreme4) with the UEFI & it is a very refreshing change for me vs typical bios. However, the Asrock mobo comes with software for windows & I've read from users it's as simple as dragging the bar with the software it comes with. I did it the UEFI way vs the software it comes with, so can only state what others claim it to be.

To learn more, manufacture's website best place to see what goodies it comes with.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Pro3
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May 25, 2011 7:29:34 PM

You all have been a tremendous help! I'm heading to Circuit City to see what some of their prices are, hopefully by tomorrow I should have this thing running! Thanks again, I really appreciate your knowledge!
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