Need help first time builder.

I'm wanting to build a gaming computer is it better to go with a AMD processor with higher end graphic card? Or an intel i5 processor with a avg graphic card?

Would i would like to do is spend around 600-700 dollars and build a gaming PC.

Would be nice if somoene could put together a build for me and I could just buy the hardware and install it I'm having a hard to pick out a motherboard.


I want to go with this processor. Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500.

Can someone help me pickout decently priced motherboard that will fit with this processor and a case and power supply?
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  1. The high end GPU is likely to deliver better results with an AMD CPU that the other option.

    I always suggest Gigabyte mobos for performance and quaility, having used all of the top mobo brands over the past 20 years. You can compare Gigabyte mobo features and prices on Newegg.
  2. what kind of AMD processor then would you recommend for gaming?
  3. I'd say wait for the upcoming release of AMD's Bulldozer FX CPUs which are rumored to be released Next month on October.

    Socket AM3+ Motherboard would be good like this one:

    What is your budget?
  4. well i was going to spend probably 800 at was just wondering if i could build something with the same amount of money that would be better.
  5. Do you have a monitor? and if you do what Resolution do you play at.
    Also what other parts of a PC do you have?
  6. I have two 20 inch monitors. I have 4x 1GB ddr3 at 1066 ram. Is that ram any good or worth using in a new computer I build? Also have a ATI radeon 4850 video card but I doubt this card is any good.
  7. well it'll be enough to play games since you only need 4GB of Ram for gaming, 8GB is just future proof.

    will you be OC the CPU or the GPU?
  8. don't know how would like to overclock though. I'm guessing its not that hard?
  9. No, I'll create a build for you with $700 in mind and giving you the options to OC and to add future upgrades in the future. Give me 10 minutes.
  10. ALright my only question is what about operating system? I would have to buy this also right?
  11. ALso when those new AMD processors come out how hard would it be to upgrade to one of those with the current motherboard you are picking out?
  12. Not hard since the Motherboard I'll select will be AM3+
  13. Best answer
    Now I have selected these parts because of the good reputation they have around the forums. With this build you can just buy the new Bulldozer CPU when it comes out and install it and your good to go OR you can wait for 2 more weeks and hope that buildozer is released (I'm also waiting for it).

    GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX [Motherboard] - Price: 149.99

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition [CPU] - Price: $119.99

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus [CPU Heatsink] - Price: $27.99

    MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 [GPU] - Price: $169.99 After Mail in Rebate Card

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB [Memory] - Price: $51.99

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB [Hard Drive] - Price: $59.99

    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W [Power Supply] - Price: $49.99 After Mail in Rebate Card

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black [Case] - Price: $59.99 or $44.99 before 28 of this month

    Total Price: $674.92
  14. Thanks for your help looks good to me. I'll just have to find an operating system somewhere.
  15. People BUY OS!?!?...Torrent that thing like the 10 million other users.
  16. Going to start buying parts today :)
  17. Best answer selected by williamlsu.
  18. Also can i OC this thing as is?
  19. yeah, The Cooler Master Heatsink will give you enough Cooling capacity for OC that will benefit your gaming and the 560 is a good Card with a lot of OC Capacity. Just check out the forums for guides and programs on how to start.

    ...Its not that hard.
  20. I could just use the CDROM drive out of my old dell in this new computer right?
  21. Yeah
  22. Do i need to buy some glue or whatever it is to set the processor or does that come with the aftermarket fan im buying for the processor?
  23. It comes with everything you need.

    The CM Hyper 212+ is one of the most efficient Sub $50 Coolers.
  24. Thanks will order everything tonight.. Ill let you know how the process turns out.
  25. Cool.
  26. removed.
  27. Willi need to buy anything extra to hook up my cd rom from my old dell desktop? OR will everything come with the power supply/motheboard to hook the old cd rom drive up?

  28. Can anyone help me with this? Will i need to buy something to hook up my dell cd rom to my new rig?
  29. Just wanted to let everyone know got the new computer build up and running. Only thing that was pretty difficult was the dang aftermarket color install that thing was hard to put on and i still don't know if i got it right.

    I have one question though I have windows 7 ultimate.. And every time I shutdown the computer it seems like it doesn't save little software settings.

    Also I didn't go into the BIOS at all and mess with any settings and its working fine... Should i go into the bios and make sure ram speed is right and everything etc??

    Anything else i should make sure i do?
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