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Need a powerful computer, but complete newbie!

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January 3, 2012 12:52:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 months

Budget Range: 1200$-1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,gaming,gaming!

Parts Not Required: The mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Both

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: Needs to run games like GTA IV, Skyrim, Battlefield 3 and such at awesome quality, I am a complete noob when it comes to building so please help me out! I am also willing to dish out a couple more bucks if needed to get the right parts. Hopefully my PC won't blow up on me just because I did something wrong!, but please share some info if needed for the parts, that would be great!

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January 3, 2012 2:36:12 AM

Anyone could help please?
January 3, 2012 3:06:11 AM

Is this your first build?
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January 3, 2012 7:36:09 PM

You're a bit ahead of yourself.
Spend a month researching - mags, tech sites, forums and such.

But to start you off:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k
Mobo: Asus z68
Ram: 8gb G-Skill
GPU: Radeon HD7970
Case: HAFs and Corsairs are popular
PSU: Decent brand - Antec, Corsiar etc, probably 850w (maybe more - I haven't seen specs for new cards)
SSD: Boot/OS drive
HDD: Data storage
January 3, 2012 8:40:28 PM

I am afraid for ya like others above. That is a huge budget meaning the parts you'll be working with most likely will be expensive and not the best for "learning" on. I'm sure as you've seen there are tons of people on Tomshardware who can help you and there are good youtube videos out there too. I agree specifically with longpig above. Please do some reading and learning before you spend the money. It would be a shame to mar your first build with an easily covered mistake. (take a friend of mine for example. He was building his computer and forgot to put the motherboard standoffs in. A simple thing for sure but he didn't read and research and it cooked a 300.00 motherboard :(  )

Here are my recommendations for a rig:
CPU: Intel I7 950
Mobo: EVGA X58 FTW3
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 12gb (3x4Gb)
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX570
Case: Corsair Graphite 600T
PSU: Corsair 750w
HDD1: Crucial RealSSD c300
HDD2: Western Digital 500Gb
Some items people often forget on their first build:

OPTICAL DRIVE!!! : Asus DVD burner/reader
Thermal Paste: Artic Silver 5

One final thing, do yourself a favor and purchase a copy of Windows 7. Illegally obtained copies can be altered or have malware embedded and can even be damaged on arrival. These can make for a HORRIBLE(and Illegal) experience building your first machine. Add Windows 7 Home Premium for 100.00.

So if my math is right and everything is linking properly your grand total including a copy of windows is: $1640.00 or so with $40.00 in rebates. Again I can not stress enough to read and research before you buy all this stuff. Knowing what to do with the components and how to handle/treat them will save money, time, and stress. It also encourages parts to last longer.
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January 4, 2012 4:09:47 AM

No. Sandy Bridge both better and less expensive for gaming.

For $1200:

Except substitute i5-K and Asus Z68 motherboard because:

newegg has a three part "Build your own PC" video on their website.

Build it yourself:

And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes: