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June 19, 2011 7:47:02 AM

Hey,
I am currently trying to put a list of parts for a gaming PC, however after hearing so many opinions I have been quite confused.
So now I want your opinions because, honestly this is the place that seems to be the best.

So I want this PC for $1300 or less. Obviously its more than some but I CANNOT go over that budget.
I am looking to play a variety of games such as SC2, CSS, BF3, WoW etc. so I am not favoring toward any genre of game.

This PC will be travelling to LANs and I also need a Monitor.

All the other gear is alright. So all I want is a Gaming PC and a monitor. If anybody can help me out I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks

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June 19, 2011 10:00:34 PM

Somebody please help.....
June 19, 2011 10:54:58 PM
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June 20, 2011 12:49:02 AM

The above build by legend killer is pretty good. I would stick with the following that he suggested: CPU, HDD, Case, OS.

My suggestions however would be to drop the SSD as the samsung F3 drive is plenty fast, personally I don't think they aren't essential quite yet but they are nice to have for sure, and go with a P67 Mobo instead such as

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

or if you want to have possibility for SLI/crossfire then this

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

I would use this PSU for a single GPU machine (sorry I'm a seasonic whore but CM, corsair, FSP group, thermaltake, pc power and cooling also make quality PSUs)

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

As for RAM you can get 8GB with better timing for less than the 4GB he suggested here

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

or same flavor just in 4GB for almost half the price of the 8GB

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

Video card I would go with something in the flavor of the Geforce 570 or radeon HD 6950 which you can find plenty of variants of on newegg.

geforce

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

radeon

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

This will open up a lot of your budget to get a really nice monitor, assuming you want a really nice monitor and not just a cheapy that you don't care if it breaks being transported back and forth to/from LAN party's. Personally I think 24" is the sweet spot but they might be too heavy/bulky for toting around, personal preference really. The monitor is an area I wouldn't skimp on as it will be more persistent than the rest of your components and probably last you 3 or 4 new rigs.

All in all you can build something really fast right now for under or around $1000 for the machine and leave the rest open for monitor choice.
June 22, 2011 8:47:41 PM

I would not get the ram you suggested... The ram I said was 2000MHz and yours at 1333MHz... If you want a Bang for the buck memory, it's on other site... http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=WP160UX8G9&c=pw&h...
BTW, if you want the RAM to be faster it well involve Overclocking since SB OC well... OC to 5GHz or 4.5GHz than raise the memory to 2000MHz and see if it works... I was able to get my KHX2x4 1800MHz OC to 2002MHz(1.5v)(Also, I just got it today) with an i7 950 OC to 3.83GHz(166.9x23 at 1.22v)...

EDIT: The Z68 MotherBoards got a fix on SSD so if your planing to buy the SSD than get the Z68 but if you dont any SSD than get p67 but i would still go with Z68 since there's nothing different from p67...
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June 23, 2011 10:43:32 AM

This build assumes you don't need the OS. It's before MAIL-IN-REBATES

CPU: $220- i5-2500K (Same as LegendKiller)

Cooler :$30- Thermaltake Gaia( Cheap and Good). Here is the review of it.

Motherboard : $145-Gigabyte GA Z68X

PSU : $110- Corsair TX750 (Same as LegendKiller)
It's powerful enough to allow addition of another card

Case : 100$-Cooler Mastr HAF 922
You can go with your own choice as well. It's up to you to decide.

Optical Drive : 20$-Asus DRW

RAM : 75$-Gskill 8GB( Cheap at 75 USD)

HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1 TB (Cheap at 60 USD)

SSD: $115-Crucial m4 64GB
Gives good performance boost during boot times.

Video Card : $250-HIS 6950 2GB
It's allows for gaming at 1920X1080 resolution comfortably. It supports multi-monitor setup as well.

Monitor : $160-Acer 23" LED Backlit (1920X1080)

Here's a thumbnail :

Total : 1290 USD

June 23, 2011 11:22:32 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
^ ram, if you raelly want 2133mhz ram, theres 8gb for $100.

Secondly, psu; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

, it will meet or beat the 750w corsair tx and only for $85...much better value than the seasonic. Please don't care about efficiency; the average amount of wattage your system will use is around 300w; at an eff of 80% that'll use 360¬W, at 85% thats 345w.
15w difference.. considering 100w costs less than a cent per hour...
you save 0.15 cents per hour. (LESS THAN THAT). Thats... about 1 cent per 7 hours of using your pc. If you use it for 7 hours a day... thats 7 cents a week, 365 cents a year. $3.65 a year, 7 hours a day.

Not really worth it is it? Plus the 620W is far too low to sli; you should get either 500¬ watts or 750-900 watts, depending on your graphics and ocing..

500 for oc'd 570, 550 for good headroom.

750 for 2 non-sli'd 570's with a little headroom.

800-900 with extremely high overclocking 570s and ocd cpu with lots of headroom at the 850-900 area. 900 will also fit sli'd 580s comfortably.
June 24, 2011 4:35:35 AM

z_4 said:
This build assumes you don't need the OS.

CPU: i5-2500K (Same as LegendKiller)

Cooler : Thermaltake Gaia( Cheap and Good). Here is the review of it

Motherboard : Gigabyte GA Z68X

PSU : Corsair TX750 (Same as LegendKiller)
It's powerful enough to allow addition of another card

Case : Cooler Mastr HAF 922

Optical Drive : Asus DRW

RAM : Gskill 8GB( Cheap at 75 USD)

HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1 TB (Cheap at 60 USD)

SSD: Crucial m4 64GB
Gives good performance boost during boot times.

Video Card : HIS 6950 2GB
It's allows for gaming at 1920X1080 resolution comfortably. It supports multi-monitor setup as well.

Monitor : Acer 23" LED Backlit (1920X1080)

Total : 1290 USD

Here's a thumbnail :

]http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/1870/system1300withmonitoran.th.jpg

the hyper 212 plus is 30$ at amazon and it beats out that cooler by 1 degree celcius
June 24, 2011 5:54:47 AM

I'd get the CMH212+ from other sites because Amazon kinda sucks due to creating accounts and stuff... I recommend searching from PriceWatch.COM because the CMH212+ is $29.99 and you don't need to create account for most sites but you'll have to for Amazon...
June 24, 2011 2:29:20 PM

legendkiller said:
I'd get the CMH212+ from other sites because Amazon kinda sucks due to creating accounts and stuff... I recommend searching from PriceWatch.COM because the CMH212+ is $29.99 and you don't need to create account for most sites but you'll have to for Amazon...

you need to create an account to buy from newegg. you dont buy from newegg?
June 24, 2011 4:50:51 PM

@mjmjpfaff I didn't bought anything from newegg.com before XD all i know is that Amazon needs an account to buy... Other sites just need info and payment so they can send it... never really actually bought anything from newegg.com before but i well soon enough LOL...
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