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January 3, 2012 2:54:52 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: a month

Budget Range: 1200$-1400$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and gaming only

Parts Not Required: The mouse and keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Whichever one will be compatible with the parts.

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: I am a complete noob when it comes to building a computer, I don't know anything about which parts go with which, this is my first time building such a computer. I would like to have a computer which can run ARMA, Skyrim, GTA and such games with no issues. I'm willing to spend a couple of extra bucks if there is a better part out there for it.
January 3, 2012 4:39:51 AM
January 3, 2012 4:45:40 AM

1195 dollars total
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January 3, 2012 4:47:44 AM

i5-2500k 219.99 (If you have a microcenter around buy from there for substantial savings)

Any Z68 or P67 board, there's virtually no difference in the overclocking potential of these boards, so find one that supports the features you like.

Any 2x4 GB DDR3 kit that is on the motherboards Quality Vendor List, again this is a decision that for typical users makes virtually no difference, just make sure it's a compatible kit.

6950 1GB for the games you listed. If you want to run more graphic intense games like BF3 or Metro 2033 at the higher settings then a 570 is the entry into that segment.

Depending on your graphics decision pick a psu that supports the number of pci-e power connectors needed (6pin, 8pin ect). You can find that information on the gpus detail page. Stick with name brands like Corsair, Antec, PC Power and Cooling, ABS, Silverstone. Try to find one with a single 12v rail and 80+ certification.

Case, the most important thing is to ensure it'll hold your video card and heatsink/fan. Most modern mid-tower cases and larger do, but double check with the forum if you're unsure. Opinions on cases rage across the board but as long as you stick with a quality vendor like Antec or Cooler Master you'll typically be fine.

HDD: Right now the only HDD I feel even remotely comfortable recommending is the Seagate 500GB for 84.99 at newegg. The prices on these things have skyrocketed due to flooding in Thailand and until the prices come back to a reasonable level there really is little incentive to spend any more than you absolutely have to.

SSD: With your budget you could probably squeeze a decent SSD in there to act as a boot drive and still be large enough to stash quite a few games. At this budget I'd be looking at the 120GB drives that are based on the Sandforce 2281 controller. I typically recommend the OCZ Vertex 3 as I own OCZ drives, can attest to not only their quality but the topscale level of support you get on their forums.

DVD: Most people typically only spend about $20 here. The Asus DVD-RW is probably the single most common component in most builds. If you want to do something extra like Blue-Ray playback just make sure that the drive ships with BD encoding/decoding software otherwise you'll have to buy it separately in order to have this functionality.

I probably forgot a thing or two, and I know it isn't a part by part list, but I'd rather see you look into some of the things mentioned so that your knowledge of the parts grow. The more you understand what it is your buying the more confident you'll be that you've made the right decisions, and the more you'll understand your rig once it's ordered, built, and running. Good luck with it.
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January 3, 2012 5:08:09 AM

Check my sig. Especially the $1500 build. The blog also includes a ~1.5 hour video on how to build your own PC. In a month the prices should be down to your budget range.
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January 3, 2012 5:35:27 AM

zero whats your rig
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January 3, 2012 6:53:29 AM

demar3214 said:
zero whats your rig

what rig?
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January 3, 2012 7:20:07 AM

I think he means what do you OWN?
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January 3, 2012 8:02:05 AM

oh,

I got this.

Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.8GHz
Asus M4A77TD
Corsair XMS 3 2x2GB 1600MHz
Axle 3D GTX560

Serving me pretty well so far :) 
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January 3, 2012 2:43:20 PM

cpu: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
intel core i5 2500k - $180

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $47

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $38

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $130

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

case: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Corsair Carbide Series 400R - $90

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) - $90

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 - $480

screen: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" - $170


total: $1369 after rebate excluding shipping
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January 3, 2012 4:44:10 PM

Zero_ said:
oh,

I got this.

Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.8GHz
Asus M4A77TD
Corsair XMS 3 2x2GB 1600MHz
Axle 3D GTX560

Serving me pretty well so far :) 

hows the 560 i just ordered one?
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January 3, 2012 4:57:38 PM

Basically, get a p67/z68 motherboard, i5 2500k, gtx 580, 8gb ram because of the insanely cheap prices at the moment, an 800w ish psu for sli later, and a 500gb hdd at 7200rpm, choose your own parts for the mobo, ram, psu by looking around and your set!
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January 9, 2012 7:38:47 AM

demar3214 said:
hows the 560 i just ordered one?

Pretty good actually. I'm playing BF3 on ultra with just SSAO and 2x AA and getting a solid 40fps @1920x1080 which is good enough for me.
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January 9, 2012 7:49:22 AM

If you can, get the 7970.
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