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October 30, 2011 12:46:11 PM

Hello all,

I am looking for some general advice (or any advice) on building a new rig for the first time. I have done some research myself but there's a lot of info out there and even more products. I want to build a good base that will play Skyrim on High or even Ultra (my goal). I want to spend around $1000 preferably less, but I'll put out for quality. Any suggestions, advice, anything would be greatly appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: Next month or two. Probably have to buy piece by piece.

Budget Range: 500-1000.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, some more gaming, and internet (netflix)

Parts Not Required: Need just about everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, but open to suggestions

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I'm probably going to get a midtower case, i5 2500k processor, other than that I am open to suggestions.

Overclocking: Maybe, I would like to have the option. Even if I never do it.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, same as above.

Monitor Resolution: Don't know at the moment. Probably be the last thing I buy.

Additional Comments: Doesn't have to be the prettiest thing on earth. I just want to have a decent computer.
October 30, 2011 2:15:17 PM

Parts Not Required: Need just about everything
Does that also include keyboard/mouse/monitor?
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October 30, 2011 2:21:43 PM

vx53c said:
Parts Not Required: Need just about everything
Does that also include keyboard/mouse/monitor?


I have a basic laptop right now so pretty much. I'm not too worried about keyboard/mouse. I wouldn't mind a monitor recommendation. I don't want a huge monitor and I don't plan on using more than one monitor at the moment.
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October 30, 2011 2:30:49 PM

If you're planning to buy stuff in a couple of months time, might as well hold out a while longer for the new range from Intel, AMD and Nvidia due out early next year.
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October 30, 2011 2:47:35 PM

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $35.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $74.99

Open Box: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $110.99

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400

XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $229.99

GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model GEC38GB1333C9DC $41.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99.99

OCZ Vertex Plus OCZSSD2-1VTXPL60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $68.99

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $149.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM $17.99

Subtotal: $1,020.90

You can have the ssd caching or install your OS and a game at a time. if you want to spend the money elsewhere, well..
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October 31, 2011 2:05:30 AM

calguyhunk said:
If you're planning to buy stuff in a couple of months time, might as well hold out a while longer for the new range from Intel, AMD and Nvidia due out early next year.


Thanks for the heads up.
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October 31, 2011 2:07:42 AM

vx53c said:
NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $35.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $74.99

Open Box: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $110.99

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400

XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $229.99

GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model GEC38GB1333C9DC $41.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99.99

OCZ Vertex Plus OCZSSD2-1VTXPL60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $68.99

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $149.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM $17.99

Subtotal: $1,020.90

You can have the ssd caching or install your OS and a game at a time. if you want to spend the money elsewhere, well..


Thank you for the hardware recommendations. I will definitely keep them in mind.
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November 7, 2011 12:20:30 AM

Best answer selected by ekimthegib.
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