Need help building a gaming rig

I am looking for a new gaming desktop. I have decided to buy a pre built pc (yes yes i know building my own is way better and i am officially retarded) from cyberpower (or another suggested site). I don't know a whole lot about computers so I could really use some guidance.

My budget range is somewhere around $1500, but it is flexible. This system would be mainly for gaming but I would obviously also use it for web surfing and music. I plan on buying a monitor with probably a 1920 x 1080 resolution and at 20 something inches (any suggestions would be awesome). I am hoping to be able to play games like Skyrim on high res, also plan on getting battlefield 3 and diablo 3. As far as Intel or AMD, I don't really have a preference but from what I heard Intel is not really worth the price for gaming. Looking briefly online I was interested in something like the AMD Phenom II X6, but I am open to suggestions. I am not too interested in lots of bling and LED lights on the case but I could live with it if it was worth it under the hood.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, hopefully i have given enough information.
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  1. zlitch said:
    As far as Intel or AMD, I don't really have a preference but from what I heard Intel is not really worth the price for gaming. Looking briefly online I was interested in something like the AMD Phenom II X6, but I am open to suggestions. I am not too interested in lots of bling and LED lights on the case but I could live with it if it was worth it under the hood.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, hopefully i have given enough information.


    Woohhhh.. Just stop right there, Intel is the best for games right now.

    The i5-2500k is one of the best or preferred choice for CPU. AMD can't compete with the i5 right now and this is coming from an AMD addict.
  2. Well I said I don't have a preference, thats just what I heard.
  3. +1 ervin
    i5-2500K is the best bang for the buck when it comes to gaming without any doubt, and if the OP goes this route later on he can also upgrade from SNB CPU to a IVB CPU in year+ time.

    Have a look at this system (for starting reference):
    http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/page4.html
  4. Alright you guys won me over. The site you posted is a good start but when you are customizing the pcs on cyberpower there are sooooo many options with everything. Thats where i get lost and have no idea which one I should choose.
  5. Here is a set up I made on cyberpower.

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1DGK16

    I had a lot of trouble picking a motherboard since I really have no idea which one is best. I don't plan to do any overclocking and I dont even know what crossfire is. If any of you can help me refine this pick with better parts or things I should omit, that would be awesome. I don't really have any preferences on most of the stuff I picked, mainly stuff I heard was good or seemed to be the most logical choice.

    I also plan to pick up some Logitech Z623 speakers, unless anyone has other suggestions.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121048

    As for a monitor I was looking at these
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051

    I am obviously buying speakers so I don't need built in ones in the monitor, which is why I was drawn to the first one.

    So please please help me build this system, thank in advance.
  6. Just to clarify I only plan on a single monitor
  7. this is the first monitor i meant to link, but you get the idea
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236099&Tpk=Asus%20ML228H
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