Want to build a gaming rig

Hello, I just became fascinated with building a great gaming rig but don't have a clue as to what would be best for me. Any recommendations, ideas, assistance or tips would be greatly appreciated as this will not only be my first gaming computer, but first computer building project.

Approximate Purchase Date: None, but hopefully by the end of the year in time for Christmas.

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 but less would be fantastic

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, school work, streaming online videos, etc.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, printer

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg or Amazon

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: None really (but, need a gpu that supports hdmi)

Overclocking: I have never done this, so I'll eventually work to it.

SLI or Crossfire: Not really unless its a better deal to get 2 of a specific type over 1.

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Full tower with extra space for potential upgrades

I plan on playing games such as Portal 2, GTA 4, Team Fortress 2, All Valve games, Battlefield Bad Co. 2, and especially Battlefield 3 when it comes out.

My goal is to build a solid computer to play these games at high or max settings at 60fps to fully enjoy them. And thank you to anyone who is willing to share some ideas as this will be a big assistance in helping me jump into PC gaming for the real first time.
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  1. You might want to wait for BD if the date is so loose, but heres an SB build.

    i5 2500K $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128493
    MSI HD6950 Twin Frozr 2GB $280
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127588
    8GB Gskill DDR1333 $65
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422
    Hitachi 1TB $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304
    PC P&C 950W $135
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
    Zalman Z9 $55
    http://www.amazon.com/Z9-Atx-Mid-Tower-Case/dp/B004I44JCE/ref=pd_cp_e_1

    Total: $985 +shipping before rebates.
    Do you really want a full tower (ie.HAF X) or you mean an ATX tower?
  2. AMD Phenom II x4 980 BLACK EDITION <- The black edition lets you OC $190
    OR
    AMD Phenom II x4 840 $105
    AMD Radeon 6870 $190-210
    MSI 870S-G46 $80
    HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 $65
    Windows 7 64 Home premium $100
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 $80
    Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS 8GB DDR3 RAM (2 x 4gb) $80
    DVD/CD ROM - $20 for 1

    Zalman Z9 $55 <- too bored to search up any cases so I used the case from the guy ahead of me

    Total: $775-$860 +shipping

    phenom II 840 is 3.2GHz clock while phenom II 980 is a 3.7GHz clock
    Compared to the Intel specs listed by Timop the AMD is:
    AMD phenom II x4 840:
    - $210 cheaper
    BUT 100Mhz slower
    Includes Windows 7 and an optical drive
    AMD phenom II x4 980:
    - $125 cheaper
    AND 400Mhz FASTER
    Includes Windows 7 and an optical drive

    So, If you are not an EXTREME (x100) hardcore gamer then AMD is better cause its cheaper
  3. Thanks very much for the assistance, I wasn't sure if I should spend more to get a 580 or if there was something better.

    Also, do you recommend any good speakers w/ 7.1, any gaming keyboards, or any gaming mouses since I'm doing a total gaming over haul?
  4. Quote:
    Do you really want a full tower (ie.HAF X) or you mean an ATX tower?


    I really wanted to get the bigger case so that down the road I can sli/cf if I choose or adjust to any size mobo or card so I only need the one case.
  5. datguy88 said:
    Thanks very much for the assistance, I wasn't sure if I should spend more to get a 580 or if there was something better.

    Also, do you recommend any good speakers w/ 7.1, any gaming keyboards, or any gaming mouses since I'm doing a total gaming over haul?


    I'm pretty sure gaming keyboards have extra keys for macros so if you do repetitive stuff, then that would be good, or u can learn how to program in AHK (autohotkey.com) and program ur own macro, which imo is a lot funner
    Quote:
    I really wanted to get the bigger case so that down the road I can sli/cf if I choose or adjust to any size mobo or card so I only need the one case.

    The full ATX cases are twice the cost, how about this own
    Azza csaz-100 Solano 1000 $99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=41023&CatId=1510
  6. BTW, is it a better idea to get an AMD Phenom quad like 980 Black, or just go with an intel 2500k or 2600k as I've heard that they have better performance with better OC'ing for the price?
  7. datguy88 said:
    BTW, is it a better idea to get an AMD Phenom quad like 980 Black, or just go with an intel 2500k or 2600k as I've heard that they have better performance with better OC'ing for the price?


    Amd is enough for the average-extra gamer
    2500k is for EXTREME gamers
    both are good, if you have a small budget, AMD is better, if you want better performance for more money Intel is the way to go. its up to you

    EDIT: If you want to get AMD, get the AMD's AM3+ socket cause you can later upgrade to the 8 core bulldozer CPU, although they are a tad bit more expensive
    EDIT x2: If you're buying this computer this Christmas then you should wait and ask again within a week before ur buying cause the CPUs and parts will be A LOT cheaper
  8. Whoa, thanks for all the awesome imput.
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