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So I want a new PC. You think this would be easy but it isnt. I'm caught between people who say i should build my own and people who say buying it from a vendor is much easier.

I'm afraid to buy part-by-part because i have literally no idea what anything in the descriptions of the parts means and it seems like i would be paying more than i would if i just bought the parts when i look at pre made pc's.

I'm not sure if this is the place to ask, but I certainly need help. I know the certain parts I need to make a PC but all in all I'm never sure which is best (Generally they all look the same.) This most likely isn't true but you get my point.

To get to the point of this, I'm wanting to get a new PC that is both upgradeable for my future needs and semi-advanced in terms of performance because i wish to use it for gaming (odd that a Gamer doesn't know much about computers >.<) My price range is around $900-1200. I'm not necessarily asking anyone to pick each part and then send me a list, rather can someone help me to recognize what i need and what i don't need based on what i want from the pc.

Sorry for the rant, but I really do need assistance here. Thank you to all who reply and sorry again if this is the wrong place to post this sort of thing.
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  1. By building your own, you will get a lot more quality/performances for the buck and will make it easier for you to understand what to upgrade in the future.

    I think that your best bet at the moment, would be to just pick one config that's already been well thought out here Build recommandations and pick the Gamer (Intel based) one.
  2. Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

    Budget Range: $900-1150

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

    Parts Not Required: Pretty sure I need all new stuff haha

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

    Country of Origin: United States

    Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Full tower case, Good Cooling, Nvidia GPU

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No Idea, probably no

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: Perferably quiet and easy to put together. Also easy to keep up

    I'm really unsure of the parts i need for something like this, I only know what i want from it :/
    Thank you for those who reply
  3. This is $1,112 .... drop the cooler / TIM, and save $45, if ya sure no overclocking

    Case - $100 - Antec 902 V3
    PSU - $100 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU
    MoBo - $385 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - inc - Intel Core i5-2500K included w/ above
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
    RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
    OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre
  4. Thanks, what would you recommend in the form of Monitors?
  5. Sorry for double post, not sure how that happened
  6. This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on for SLI. $59.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $109.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $349.98
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $45.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768 $60.93 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ $216.99 FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit English 1-Pack DSP DVD - OEM $139.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Gateway FHX2152Lbd Black 21.5" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 1000:1

    Total: $1,103.85 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, etc...
  7. How does that case do on cooling, thats the only thing im really worried about. I;m not sure how cooling works and how much you actually do need.
  8. Cooler Master HAF 912 is not a bad case for cooling. I would only like to warn you of a current front I/O panel problem that cooler master is having with their cases is when users go to plug headphones or usb devices in them it cause a static discharge that is damaging system components. There are more more people not having the problem than people having the problem....but there is actually quite a bit that are and I dont believe it's worth the risk of trying until it has been stated by CM that it has been solved.
  9. Does this case look ok?

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  10. Illusion isn't bad but I would suggest the Antec 900 Two V3. Has better cable management which leads to better cooling....its just more pricey than the Illusion.
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