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August 11, 2011 3:24:40 AM

Hello and thank you for your advice. So I'll start with the build/parts i have in mind with the little knowledge I have on building a gaming pc. Some of these are taken from other threads on here and some are just by Newegg most reviews/best rated, etc.

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower with USB 3.0 $159.99

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower $189.99


GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $159.99

ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $249.99


MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP $289.99


PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $159.99

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER $174.99

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC $114.99

Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-128M2S 2.5" 128GB SATA III $218.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $89.95

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $59.99



COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 $29.99

Second I play mmorpg's (AION mostly) and most likely thats only type of games I'll be playing, if that matters at all

The questions I have are as follows....This build to much for Aion? I'm thinking I could get the i5 or something even chearper and save some cash. Which leads me to my next question if i were to get a lesser cpu/mobo and upgrade in a few years when newer mmorpgs come out how will the rest of the components perform? From what I've gathered so far the major upgrades are cpu mobo and gpu unless somethin else breaks. So basically could i go with a cheaper build and save several hundread bucks to upgrade cpu/mobo/gpu or whatever is recommended in 3+ years.

And since i dont really know much whats neccessary to spend lots on on like ive seen people say the cheaper gskill ram is fine for 2000 build and then on high end intel thread people have gskill ram thats $30+ compared.

Sorry if these questions are already answered on a sticky. Im just a super noob and dont have to much time to research this stuff. and sorry if my thoughts are jumbled a little unsure how to ask these questions.

also if theres recommendations for different parts im totally open to that. but id like to stick with intel and reliable brands/parts. :]

Thanks for your time and help

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August 11, 2011 9:24:42 AM

How many links must a man click on, before they call him a... oh wait...

Too lazy to click all those. Would be nice if you could name the parts and their prices. I'll check back later :) 

In the meantime, check the $2000 build on my sig.

After just a quick check, massive overkill for the requirement. Go with the $1000 build on my sig.

The i5 2500k is the best gaming CPU you can buy, and it will last half a decade easily. Only upgrade I'd recommend is adding the SSD from the $2000 build, which would take the cost upto around $1160. The Z68 motherboard is also good enough to last a few upgrades. The only upgrades you will need in the next 3 years is probably a GPU upgrade (GTX7xx series probably) and maybe 4GB more RAM. You can even go for the 8GB from the $2000 build straight away for just $25 more.
August 11, 2011 1:55:45 PM

i don't think anyone "needs" to spend 2000 on a computer anymore, that's so 80's/90's when it was hard to get a good one.
800-1200 pcs are the ideal place for most high end gaming systems, anything more is enthusiast space and unless you game on multiple screens or super high resolution or need to use the pc for professional work, you won't need anything near 2000.
I can't click on zero's link from work, but if his 1K build is a 2500k w/z68 8gb ram & a 560ti or similar/better, i am sure you'd be happy with any game you play
to be honest on the upgrade path unless you have been there, done that (usually every 12 months),,, you probably won't because by the time you get around to it 3 or more years from now, it will seem like a waste to upgrade what you have and want to buy the new stuff all over again.
that being said, you can at least add a second video card to extend the playability of this system.... most of my systems last me quite nicely for 5 or so years and by then I'd rather just go for a full upgrade.

--- i never looked at the game in question's requirements, HOWEVER, i feel this system would work for ANY game.
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August 11, 2011 3:43:54 PM

Good advice already posted here. I will reinforce the theory that you can build a great gaming rig for considerably less than $2000. Since you have a healthy budget available, stick to high quality parts, most importantly the PSU and case, as these can last through multiple rebuilds. Z68 is the latest Intel chipset and will last for quite a while, along with an i5-2500k. Go with a high-end GPU now (HD 6970, GTX 570, GTX 580) and when you feel a need for an upgrade, you can get a current high-end GPU (probably two generations from now). Might as well go with 8GB of RAM's cheap and when you feel you need more you will have 16GB :)  Once a memory and GPU upgrade doesn't cut it any more, it will be time for a complete overhaul.
August 11, 2011 10:01:16 PM

Yea I realized later that I didn't put any descriptions but have a chance to go back and change it. I was just going to do a new post with them on.

Thanks all for the advice. I was kind of leaning towards a lower build after posting this origionally from looking at the high end builds vs the budget builds. Seems like every chooses a great cpu momo & gpu & cuts costs on other parts.

And I think ill take that advice on doing a new build in say 5 years. Sounds better then relying on older parts that cost me more & may not cut it anymore.

Edit: ill make the changes once I get home posting on cell at the moment.
August 13, 2011 8:20:56 AM

Took all the advice into account. happy i dont have to pay more to have a good build, and in case you guys happen to check back at all this is what ive come up with. any suggestions or info would be appreciated.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: $99.99

Antec 761345-75026-4 120mm Red LED Case Fan: 14.99 EACH

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68: $118.99

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit: $314.99 MIR

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W: $134.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost): $219.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 65.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $59.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner: $20.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1: $39.99

Total $1285 before MIR

thanks agian helped big time
August 13, 2011 6:41:08 PM

Zero_ said:
Nice build. Probably a bit overkill on the PSU. 550-600W would be plenty for a single GTX570.

Check out the Antec Earthwatts 650W going for just $50 on Amazon.

I'd rate Antec just as high as any Corsair product.

Ah ok I guess I misunderstood others advice. I was thinking higher for upgrades future/new build that would use 2 cards or would I just be better off getting a new one in the future?
August 13, 2011 6:57:15 PM

Fyi...chances are I won't be getting into any new games mmorpg or other genre for about 3-4 years...depends on when Final Fantasys 3rd MMO comes out. I may be getting into the new star wars mmo if any of this info matters.
August 14, 2011 11:57:24 AM

kalykos said:
Fyi...chances are I won't be getting into any new games mmorpg or other genre for about 3-4 years...depends on when Final Fantasys 3rd MMO comes out. I may be getting into the new star wars mmo if any of this info matters.

In that case, you wont be needing ANY new hardware. Go for the cheaper PSU now and get a new card in around 2 years.