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November 30, 2011 7:21:21 PM

hello im looking to buy a gaming computer for my son for xmas he makes videos for youtube and he gets money from it and i know nothing about computers i was looking to spend around 1600$ if someone could make me a parts list or a link to a gaming computer for 2012 it would be great thanks and i can also go a bit over 1600$ if needed

the info i know about what he does is he plays on a 60" television and has a racing wheel and all those computer gagets he makes HD movies and watches them we are always buying him the newest computer games
he says his frames for seconds are low or something like that


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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 7:40:26 PM

Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

Well sir, you have come to the right place. However I'd like to discuss something with you.
Prebuilt Vs. Homebuilt?
I know you posted in the Prebuilt section, but you can get SUBSTANTIALLY more performance and value for your dollar if you're willing to put in a little time.
Here's the deal. These prebuilt gaming PC companies make their money by convincing people they can't build themselves. Truth is? It's just like a lego set. Follow the instructions and you'll be fine. For $1600, you could build a truly spectacular PC. However if you wanna go prebuilt (which is totally fine, I'm just trying to bring you to the dark side of DIY) you won't get the same amount of performance.

If you're convinced you can't build yourself (pfft, you can) Here's some excellent sites that cater to gaming rigs.
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
http://www.digitalstormonline.com/
You can also call up your local computer store and ask if they will build it for you if you bring in the parts.

So, what about it? I imagine it'd be a pretty cool father-son project to build a screamin fast machine. Your call, I'm happy to help either way.
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November 30, 2011 7:51:06 PM

thanks for the reply i wasnt sure on the place to put this but i would be ordering the parts and he could build it but i would love to help it would be a good project
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November 30, 2011 8:00:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: the next few days
Budget Range:1600-1900
playing new games and editing

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: best bang for the buck but from the same website

Country: canada

Parts Preferences: good proformance and that we will be able to upgrade easy when the time comes

Overclocking: yes if it is a good thing?

SLI or Crossfire: i dont know what this is

Monitor Resolution: 1080p 60" tv

Additional Comments: a cool looking case
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November 30, 2011 8:00:47 PM

is that good?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 8:18:29 PM

Ahh, Canada eh? (Couldn't help myself)

You'll want to order from these sites.
http://ncix.ca/
http://www.canadacomputers.com/
http://directcanada.com/
http://newegg.ca/
So, let's start making a parts list! (i'll try to make it all from one place, but prices may pull me to one place or the other)

CPU: Intel i5-2500k $232
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v...
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V $200
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM: Kingston HyperX 2x4GB 1600MHz $40
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12410BD7015&v...
GPU: AMD 6970 2GB $329
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GPU: AMD 6970 2GB $329
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750w PSU $100 (will need a power cord)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO $36 (not essential, but will allow your son to tinker with overclocking)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Windows 7 OEM $110
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v...
Hard drive: Seagate 500GB $120
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
(if you can find a better price locally/have some spare drives, PLEASE skip this. Prices are sky high right now because of the floods in Thailand.)
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB $200 (optional)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total is $1,696
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November 30, 2011 8:27:39 PM

thanks alot for the post it must have taking some time to put that together and he has a slazer or something like that gaming keyboard and mouse and a headset he just needs the box part of the computer and the list is 1400 i can still go a few hundred higher around 400-500 more but if this is and i think a case with lights would be cool
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 8:40:04 PM

Ahh, a Razer mouse? Excellent.

Hmm. Tell you what. It's homework time. Check out some cases (aka go to newegg.ca and look through some) and tell me what looks good. Personal preference is a bit part.

Here's a few top picks. They're all around $100
HAF 922 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Antec DF 35 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Corsair 400R http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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November 30, 2011 8:41:18 PM

CAses are usually personal prefernece. AMong good ones are from Corsair, Antec, Coolermaster.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 8:56:38 PM

Ahh, the HAF 932. An excellent case. Beware, it's VERY large.
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November 30, 2011 9:01:09 PM

no worries about the size and my nefew is here with me and he looked at the list and he said with an extra 500$ i should get a better gpu and a mother board i dont know what those are i was wondering if i can have some sugestions on where to spend the extra 500$
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 9:03:32 PM

Hmm. Well, could you give me a little information on what games your son likes to play? A better motherboard we can certainly do, but a new GPU may not be warranted depending on what games he plays.
You might want to talk to your nephew about an SSD, see what his opinion is. I have one and I'm never going back.
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November 30, 2011 9:12:10 PM

hes says and ssd plus a terrorbite? is what he would do and there is call of duty battlefield games umm i pay for world of warcraft each month and he is always making movies and editing them and my nefew says a good cumputer that plays all the new games on ultra is the goal
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November 30, 2011 9:26:30 PM

thanks so much for your help the list we have so far is 1400 can you help me upgrade the list so that its around 1900 and be able to play games on ultra im starting to get excited for some reason
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November 30, 2011 9:28:55 PM

one more thing my nefew says i should build it around a core i7 i have no clue what that means
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 9:34:15 PM

Nope, stick with the i5. The i7-2600k offers nothing but Hyper Threading, which games do not benefit from.
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November 30, 2011 9:40:13 PM

alright thanks a lot now the only this i should add is another 6970? and that would be able to play everything and if we wanted to upgrade in the future it would be no problem adding part by part?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 9:42:45 PM

If you'd like, add a 6970. If you want to upgrade later it's a pretty simple process, but you shouldn't have to upgrade for a few years.
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November 30, 2011 9:45:34 PM

alright thanks and can you post the list agian with the added upgrades so i can order the parts after work tomorrow?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 9:53:36 PM

Modified the list above.
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November 30, 2011 9:59:24 PM

thanks and i was looking around the forums and there is this one on a gtx 580 what is your optinion on that?
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November 30, 2011 10:34:05 PM

the gtx 580 sli is better it says and what is sli
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 10:36:40 PM

SLI is using two cards together. You're going to do that, except with AMD cards. AMD's version is known as CrossfireX.

GTX 580 SLI is better than the 6970's, yes. But it also costs $300 more for only a minimal return.
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November 30, 2011 10:41:04 PM

but i do have 300$ more to spend should i go with that
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a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2011 10:45:36 PM

No, stick with the 6970 Crossfire setup. It will be MORE than adequate to max all games out now.

P.S. I didn't factor in the HAF 932 into my total, so keep that in mind.
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December 1, 2011 12:53:56 AM

alright and is there a better motherboard i can get for for the extra 150 or left?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 1, 2011 1:14:01 AM

The one I linked is a high end mobo. I'd save the money and get some sweet games! Battlefield 3 is excellent if he doesn't already have it.
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December 1, 2011 5:22:08 PM

I wouldn't buy a GPU yet. Details on the HD 7000s are coming in less than a week and AMD has been talking about a December release for new lines through the HD 7800 series. If it turns out that you can get a 7870 in time for Christmas, (and we'll know on Dec. 5) then that will be the way to go. If it turns out that the new models won't be available for Christmas, then the 6970 is the obvious choice; Crossfire in the 6000 series scales better than any SLI setup, ever.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 1, 2011 8:35:12 PM

^Good idea. They hadn't released the information at the time of my posting (or I didn't read it) but it may be wise to wait.
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December 1, 2011 8:57:15 PM

For the benefit of OP, the 7870 will be just like the current gen 6970, but with a ~20% overclock. So it will match or beat a 580, hopefully for a lot less $$.
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