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$1000 range gaming build for ABSOLUTE NOOB

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January 9, 2012 8:58:10 PM

Hello :D !! I am looking to build my very first computer to use it for hardcore gaming. My range is anything below or slightly above $1000 (this includes case), and about $1300 if you count the monitor.
I know there is a guideline I am supposed to follow when asking this, but I am too much of a beginner to follow it: I know for sure, I will never figure out how to overclock anything, so that is not an option.
I just would like your guys' thoughts and opinions of the best system I could build for gaming in that price range ( I would REALLY appreciate it if you could give me full specs, and that you know all the parts you tell me will work together)
Thanks in advance for anyone who helps :D !!
January 9, 2012 9:02:05 PM

I have a small idea of what parts I think I want, but I honestly don't know if these are good or not, and what case goes with these =/
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155

Graphics card: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750

CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz Quad core

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
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January 9, 2012 9:38:04 PM
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January 10, 2012 2:12:01 AM

you forgot hard drive lol
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January 10, 2012 3:02:35 AM

Thats a good build, maybe just skimp on the case a little bit though. You can get a good case for 40 or 50.
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January 10, 2012 3:59:00 AM

Here is what I think you should get. Price includes shipping.

Optical Drive:
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$23

Case:
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$220

HardDrive:
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$87

RAM:
G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$37

Monitor:
Acer G245HQABD 23.6" LCD Monitor Black 5ms Full HD Widescreen 300 cd/m2 ACM 80,000:1 (1,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159

Motherboard:
MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$115

Power Supply:
Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$92

Graphics Card:
(2 of these for SLI) ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$400

Grand Total: $1183

Thoughts:
You'll be able to play any game for the next few years. I saved you $117 out of that $1300 to get a decent mouse/keyboard/controller etc. My only suggestion for building it is PUT IN THE DVD DRIVE AND HARD DRIVE BEFORE YOU PUT IT TOGETHER. lol. When I built my first computer, I put everything in except those two. Then it was impossible to do it with everything blocking the way (motherboard, Ram, cpu) So I took it all out and put it back in. lol. Good luck, watch many videos to make sure what you are doing. This will play Battlefield 3 at probably 100 fps average if not higher. Most of these parts consist of my upgrade build (parts I shall be getting).
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January 10, 2012 2:58:46 PM

Lol don't know why I forgot HDD/SDD. Arlen10s GPU suggestion is great if you don't mind using SLI.

I use 2 x 560ti 2GB in SLI myself. They are considerably better than a 580 BUT...

If you do you need a half decent case and a lot of case fans to keep the temps under control.


The only thing about the 560s is to if your getting a new GPU get one with at least 1.5GB VRAM.

Games in the not so distant future will be eating up that VRAM. BF3 needs 1.5GB + to run ultra @ 1080p.
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January 10, 2012 4:17:43 PM

Processor Intel Core i5-2500K $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620w $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory G. Skill Ripjaw 8GB DDR 3 1600 $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card EVGA GeForce GTX 460 $160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive LG Black 12x Blu-Ray $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor Acer S200HLAbd $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard and mouse Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 $26 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
O/S Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64bit $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive Hitachi 500GB SATA II HDD $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand total: $1072 plus shipping and prices subject to change.


Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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January 10, 2012 6:38:09 PM

Thanks A TON to everybody who replied! I know I forgot the optical drive and hdd because I really don't know, but now I do.
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January 10, 2012 6:43:00 PM

2433565,6,1086132 said:
Here is what I think you should get. Price includes shipping.

Thanks, and this looks good, as far as I know. I really appreciate the help
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January 10, 2012 6:45:16 PM

2433822,8,544696 said:
Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it. As this is my 1st build and I will probably kill myself within the first 10 minutes I am trying to keep it as simple as I can, maybe in the future when I upgrade I will deal with SLI :) 

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January 10, 2012 6:47:58 PM

Mc_conor makes some good points. It's up to d3c0d3d to decide between the GPU's.
lol. I also forgot to include the OS hahaha. Well technically you can download the ISO, burn it to a DVD, then use a Windows Reloader program to get it for free. I don't suggest doing that. Some of my friends did that, unfortunately I didn't know until after I bought Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit O____o haha. Anyway, I do not suggest getting the GPU IntelEnthusiast suggested. It's a GTX 460, that's what I currently have (SLI) it's not good with only one running. You get maybe 30 fps on high, and 40 on low with the right parts. Either go with what mc-conor said or my GTX 560Ti SLI. Also, I don't mean to be mean or anything, but for gaming you are best sticking with what mc_conor and I put. No offence IntelEnthusiast. If you are looking for a gaming keyboard/mouse, these two I recommend.

Cooler Master Storm Inferno ($40)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Inferno-Gaming-SGM-...

Logitech Gaming Keyboard ($60)
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002232-Gaming-Keyboa...

Both very well built. Also that monitor I suggest is probably the best deal I have seen in a while. 24 inches, full 1080p is a great deal for $150.

Good luck. Message me if you have any questions.
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January 10, 2012 6:48:01 PM

2433853,9,825230 said:
Thanks a ton for the advice :)  This build looks great too.
Do you know how to properly reply to a message, because when I do it just says quotemsg then a bunch of #'s.
Also, do you know how I can check like 'notifications' per say? Like if somebody replies to my thread?
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January 10, 2012 6:51:20 PM

d3c0d3d said:
2433853,9,825230 said:
Thanks a ton for the advice :)  This build looks great too.
Do you know how to properly reply to a message, because when I do it just says quotemsg then a bunch of #'s.
Also, do you know how I can check like 'notifications' per say? Like if somebody replies to my thread?
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Umm, lol. Not sure. I am new here also. I just hit enter/return twice and it works for me. If someone replies to your thread, you just go to "Forums", then "My Threads". If someone replied, the number of replies will increase. That's what I know anyway lol. There might be an option to get emails when ever someone replies. Yeah. Message me if you need any help building it :D .
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January 10, 2012 6:53:57 PM

Core i5 2500k 3.3Ghz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengance LP Black DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Radeon 6950 2GB Twin Frozr III OC - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer 620W PSU Bronze Cert - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Sata 6Gbps HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ACER 23 Inch 5ms LED 1920x1080 Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster CM690II Black Steel Tower Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - $1,398.89

Total with Rebates - $1,333.89


PROS -
i5 2500k is rediculously fast
Radeon 6950 is a wonderful card for 1080p
ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO has amazing stability and performance and allows for "One click" Overclocking (For noobs xD)
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ has excellent cooling performance and will keep your processor extremely cool even when OC'd
This one has the renowned Vertex 3 120GB SSD - And one of the fastest ones. Install windows on this beast and You'll go from off to fully booted in ~5 Seconds
Fast, Corsair Low Profile RAM so pretty much any CPU cooler can fit over the top with no issues
Coolermaster CM690II is a tried and tested Mid tower of high performance and high quality
High Quality Antec PSU providing enough power to drive even 2 Radeon 6950s

CONS -
Slighly over budget.
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January 10, 2012 8:41:52 PM

Arlen10: Oh okay, I didn't know that!

deadjon: Sweet, thanks for the suggestion!
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January 10, 2012 10:59:08 PM

one thing not to forget like i have when i first did my setup a few years back is the OS like IntelEnthusiast had listed. so make sure you have a os :D 

EDIT: oh yea just forgot to add that depending on what version of OS you get you might want to do some research since for different versions of os they have a limit to how much ram they can have
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January 10, 2012 11:43:42 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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January 10, 2012 11:46:28 PM

i5 2500K + Corsair LP 8GB DDR3 1600 $255
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ZS 750w $100 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte 560 Ti $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB + Antec 300 Illusion $123 ($8 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SanDisk Ultra 120GB $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 64-bit $88
http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miwi7hoprfuv6.h...
LG DVD Burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $1051 before rebates

Get a board supporting Ivy Bridge, PCI 3.0 (If you use Ivy) and one that can use SLI in the future, plus you get an SSD and a HDD. The PSU is enough to support OC'd 2500K and SLI 560 Ti OC.
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January 11, 2012 8:16:09 PM

You can always wait for harddrive prices to drop even further and just use your SSD until then.
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