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November 10, 2011 4:27:44 PM

Hello everyone! I am brand new to this forum but have used this website for alot of intellegence for the last couple months on computers/gaming etc.

I have come to the conclusion that I will be building my own PC instead of buying a manufactured builded one. I am very thrilled but still after weeks and months of research I still don't know what exactly to buy. I will give you everything I know I want and everything I have ATM. Thanks very much in advance.

Budget $400-$600 Intel and Nvidia
400 would be nice but I could extend it to 600 as I will probably not be buying everything all at once. Newegg yes.

Use: mostly gaming and internet browsing
world of warcraft, black ops, mw2

Resolution: my monitor is native at 1360x768 and I don't think I will need anything more than a single 9800gt and medium settings are fine

I don't know much about overclocking so I don't think I will be doing it. All I have is the monitor so I will be needing everything else. I don't know if I missed anything but thanks in advance for any help or input!
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
a c 287 4 Gaming
a b Ý World of Warcraft
November 10, 2011 5:52:12 PM

9800 isn't going to cut it with today's games. You'll need at least a 550 or 560 at minimum. And with HD prices the way they are you're not going to hit $400 - fair warning. You might not even hit $600 right now.

Try this setup:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 - $149.99
CPU: 3.30Ghz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $25.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600Mhz - $48.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $109.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 550 TI 1GB - $149.99

Total: $793
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November 10, 2011 6:47:13 PM

Finneous gave you a very good starting point with this $576 link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970....

I'd suggest these modifications:

+ $100 for Windows 7 64-bit OEM

- $110 Substitute HD 5670 for HD 6850. You do not need more than this for your current monitor resolution:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-ca...

Sapphire HD 5670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- $15 replacing memory with this kit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You're at $550, and you will have a fine gaming system FOR YOUR SCREEN just within your budget if you can squeal by with a mouse/keyboard/speaker set for ~$50 . . . ignoring sales tax and shipping if any.
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
November 10, 2011 7:21:49 PM

I like my own build it was around $600:

Phenom II X4 970BE 3.5GHz (OCed to 4GHz)

Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600

ASRock 890GX Pro3 Socket AM3+ ATX

XFX Radeon HD5670 1GB GDDR5(OCed to 900MHz clk, 1.15GHz mem)

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 6GB/s 7200RPM HDD

OCz StealthXStream 700W PSU

Antec 300 ATX

16x DVD+/-RW
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
November 10, 2011 7:24:34 PM

Yeah I can run BF3 on medium at 1440x900 with that...
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Anonymous
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
November 10, 2011 7:57:12 PM

I would just go with the 500Gb version..
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November 10, 2011 7:57:53 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Lookie here for inspiration: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970.... ;) 

EDIT That's an AMD GPU though. They're better at that price point. Arguably so are AMD CPUs but the i3 is a great part.




Inspiration indeed! So an AMD would be cheaper to go, but is intel i3's, i5's, and i7's better than AMD phenom II x4 965?
The i5's are about $229, the i7 are much more but the Phenom is $129. If it fairs well I would rather get the Phenom and switch to an AMD mobo. Can you run Nvidia cards with AMD processors and mobos?
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November 10, 2011 8:05:10 PM

Twoboxer said:
Finneous gave you a very good starting point with this $576 link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970....

I'd suggest these modifications:

+ $100 for Windows 7 64-bit OEM

- $110 Substitute HD 5670 for HD 6850. You do not need more than this for your current monitor resolution:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-ca...

Sapphire HD 5670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- $15 replacing memory with this kit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You're at $550, and you will have a fine gaming system FOR YOUR SCREEN just within your budget if you can squeal by with a mouse/keyboard/speaker set for ~$50 . . . ignoring sales tax and shipping if any.



Yeah I'm definetly getting Win 7 64-bit :D  I have vista now on my laptop and it is Horrible.
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November 10, 2011 8:29:10 PM

Thanks all for your input so far. What I'm trying to research now is whether going with this processor

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

and this mobo http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

would be just as good or better than going with an intel i3 or i5. It seems to be cheaper going with an AMD3+ socket mobo

that can be upgraded in 3-5 years possibly more. But then again I am running low screen resolutions and do expect no

more than mediumish settings ingame.

Black edition is unlocked and overclockable right?

So if all is well with those (listed above) two I will start there and then maybe add

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... for case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for PSU

Seagate Barracuda 6 gb/s 250-500 gb Hard drive

120mm cooler fan

dvd/cd rom drive

Win 7 64-bit with 4-8 gb of RAM

Graphics card I'm trying not to spend more than 100 bucks on.

I will be looking forward to Black Friday coming up that's for sure!
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November 11, 2011 9:12:10 PM

You should just get the Phenom II X4 955 and save a few bucks, same as te 965, just factory clocked lower. Also a 600W psu would be best for future proofing, and even the stuff you have now I suggest it. Black Edition is OC-able and unlocked. For a sub one-hundred dollar gfx card get the Radeon HD 5770, should bet medium at 1080p at 60FPS in BF3.
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