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February 5, 2012 7:24:50 PM

im looking for a good gaming build that will run games like mw3 and bf3 really good and will run future games good enough that there wont be any lag or anything, im not very good with computer parts, but i would prefer a 6 core cpu with 16gb ram dual graphics cards and a sexy case that lights up. there also needs to be space for atleast 2 hard drives to store in it. also if you could provide some nice gaming keyboards and mouses and headsets with a microphone that would be awesome. i don't need a os or a hard drive.
if its possible id like to spend less than $2000 on it, and if you can find a prebuilt one that would be great because im not so confident in my building skills but if you could just provide parts i'll look up a computer buildin guide to read while im building it.

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February 5, 2012 8:17:05 PM

thats cool, but i honestly don't know what i should pick to be sure it will run most games very well and also how can i be sure theres enough room for my hard drives i don't really need a new one i wanna put a 1.5tb and a 1tb hard drive which i already own in it.
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February 5, 2012 8:24:40 PM

You will definitely get a better build by buying your own parts and assembling them together. Before you start looking at parts, check these videos out teaching one to build a gaming computer:
Part1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
Part2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls&feature=rela...
Part3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=rela...

They are very helpful to someone who is new with computers.

This is my computer suggestion for you:

CPU: Intel i7 2600k $315
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I72600K-Core-i7-2600...
This is one of the better CPUs on the market. It is fully overclockable and has 4 cores. It can hyper thread and turn the 4 core CPU into 8 threads. This CPU is overkill and the i5 2500k is cheaper and gives similar performance, but with this, you don't have to worry about having to upgrade parts anytime soon.

Graphics: 2 x SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 for CF $900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is one of the best GPUs on the market, only surpassed by the HD 6990, gtx 590, and HD 7970. With 2 of these in CF mode, you won't have to worry about your system going out of date any time soon.

MoBo: ASRock Extreme 3 Z68 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is an amazing motherboard for the price. It has 2 PCIe 3.0 slots which allows SLI and CF. It is also a z68 chipset allowing you to overclock your CPU if you want.

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a very reliable PSU from a reliable company. It is 750W, which is more than enough for your needs. It'll allow you to SLI or CF the graphics card AND OC the CPU without needing more power.

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is an awesome looking case that happens to be full-tower too. This case is large enough for ALL your components and more.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is just the storage drive. It is 500GB and is decently priced, if you require more room, then you can go with a 1TB drive.

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the boot drive, it is supposed to hold Windows 7 and any applications that you use a lot such as Word and games.


RAM: Team Elite 8GB Memory Model TED38192M1333HC9DC $36
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This 8GB RAM is kit more than enough for what you need. It's from a reliable company and I highly doubt you'll even utilize 4 of the 8GB of RAM.

Heatsink+Fan: CM Hyper 212 EVO $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great HSF for overclocking. It'll keep your CPU cool and is extremely decently priced.

DVD-ROM: LITE-ON DVD Burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This DVD burner is terrific, it has high ratings and is decently priced. If you are going to watch Blu-Ray movies, then go with a blu-ray drive.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 as OS to do stuff...you must get 64bit in order to use all 8GB of RAM.

Total: $1961
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February 5, 2012 8:41:12 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
You will definitely get a better build by buying your own parts and assembling them together. Before you start looking at parts, check these videos out teaching one to build a gaming computer:
Part1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
Part2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls&feature=rela...
Part3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=rela...

They are very helpful to someone who is new with computers.

This is my computer suggestion for you:

CPU: Intel i7 2600k $315
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I72600K-Core-i7-2600...
This is one of the better CPUs on the market. It is fully overclockable and has 4 cores. It can hyper thread and turn the 4 core CPU into 8 threads. This CPU is overkill and the i5 2500k is cheaper and gives similar performance, but with this, you don't have to worry about having to upgrade parts anytime soon.

Graphics: 2 x SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 for CF $900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is one of the best GPUs on the market, only surpassed by the HD 6990, gtx 590, and HD 7970. With 2 of these in CF mode, you won't have to worry about your system going out of date any time soon.

MoBo: ASRock Extreme 3 Z68 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is an amazing motherboard for the price. It has 2 PCIe 3.0 slots which allows SLI and CF. It is also a z68 chipset allowing you to overclock your CPU if you want.

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a very reliable PSU from a reliable company. It is 750W, which is more than enough for your needs. It'll allow you to SLI or CF the graphics card AND OC the CPU without needing more power.

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is an awesome looking case that happens to be full-tower too. This case is large enough for ALL your components and more.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is just the storage drive. It is 500GB and is decently priced, if you require more room, then you can go with a 1TB drive.

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the boot drive, it is supposed to hold Windows 7 and any applications that you use a lot such as Word and games.


RAM: Team Elite 8GB Memory Model TED38192M1333HC9DC $36
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This 8GB RAM is kit more than enough for what you need. It's from a reliable company and I highly doubt you'll even utilize 4 of the 8GB of RAM.

Heatsink+Fan: CM Hyper 212 EVO $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great HSF for overclocking. It'll keep your CPU cool and is extremely decently priced.

DVD-ROM: LITE-ON DVD Burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This DVD burner is terrific, it has high ratings and is decently priced. If you are going to watch Blu-Ray movies, then go with a blu-ray drive.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 as OS to do stuff...you must get 64bit in order to use all 8GB of RAM.

Total: $1961

that looks good, but im looking for a case that comes with built in led lights, and if i buy those exact items will the build work well without compatibility problems? how do i know if the case is big enough to fit everything i bought inside it? and how do i make the 2 graphic cards run as one?
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February 5, 2012 8:49:55 PM

alarm1337 said:
that looks good, but im looking for a case that comes with built in led lights, and if i buy those exact items will the build work well without compatibility problems? how do i know if the case is big enough to fit everything i bought inside it? and how do i make the 2 graphic cards run as one?


You worry too much...the case is a FULL SIZE case, meaning it's HUGE, you should worry whether or not the computer can fit in your room rather than if the components can fit in the case...and yes, the components WILL fit.
This is another case that is a bit more expensive but has a red LED in the front:
Rosewill Thor v2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
size: 9.14" width x 22.84" height x 21.89" length

The previous Phantom had 1 Blue LED on top.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
measurements:
25.74" length x 8.74" width x 21.32" height

I'm sure you'll find them to have ample space for all your components



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February 5, 2012 8:55:58 PM

alright cool thanks :) 
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February 5, 2012 8:57:53 PM

No problem! If you need any more help, don't hesitate to post on Tom's hardware!
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February 5, 2012 10:19:48 PM

I really wouldn't recommend dual graphics cards to a new computer constructor. The extra complexity or configuring and cooling these systems is better handled by a more experienced person.

Id just recommend a decent GTX580 for the build. Look at reviews on this site and the feedback comments on sites like newegg to find a card that has proven to be reliable.

I agree with getting a 120 gig ssd for the boot drive. You will have room for a few commonly played games as well as the operating system. However your main steam directory will need to go onto the standard hard drive or you will run out of space.

Red LED fans can be added to almost any case. Most decent sized tower cases have room for 6 or more hard drives, so very few people ever run out of space. If you seriously have that much data id look at an external raid box. I have had some very bag experiences using motherboard based raid.



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February 5, 2012 10:45:09 PM

im going to be going with r0aringdrag0n's suggested build minus the os, and hdd, and instead of 8gb ram there will be 16gb. will there be enough cooling?
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February 5, 2012 11:08:37 PM

Sorry about all the typos in the previuous post. I should learn never to post stuff before having my morning coffee.
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February 5, 2012 11:49:28 PM

its all good but does anyone know if there will be enough cooling for my build?
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February 6, 2012 3:58:15 AM

i'm buying fans to fill all spaces avaliable just incase just to be sure theres enough cooling going on, and they really aren't too expensive so why not.
this is the cases fan specs:
front: 1 x 140mm
top: 2 x 200mm (1 included with case)
rear: 1 x 120mm (included also)
side: 1 x 200/230mm, 2 x 120mm (included also)
this is the case i have choosen: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so i picked out 2 200mm fans with blue leds 1 for the top and one for the side (newegg didnt have any 230mm fans) and i also picked out one 140mm with blue leds also.
but heres what im wondering, if they fan is the right size will it work with the case and computer without a doubt or is there something else i should be looking for in the fans details to be sure?
here are the fans i picked out:
2x 200m + blue led 32$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1x 140mm blue led fan 12$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
will those work with the case and other computer hardware?

will this psu have enough watts for everything i'm going to have included in my system?
this is the psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( its the same one r0aringdrag0n recommended) if not will you provide a link to one that will please.

if the fans arn't right for my case or something will you provide links to ones that will work. (must include blue led lights)

thank you for all your help it's greatly appreciated, i'm just trying to make sure i've got everything ill need and the right parts :) .
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February 6, 2012 9:40:12 AM

alarm1337 said:
i'm buying fans to fill all spaces avaliable just incase just to be sure theres enough cooling going on, and they really aren't too expensive so why not.
this is the cases fan specs:
front: 1 x 140mm
top: 2 x 200mm (1 included with case)
rear: 1 x 120mm (included also)
side: 1 x 200/230mm, 2 x 120mm (included also)
this is the case i have choosen: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so i picked out 2 200mm fans with blue leds 1 for the top and one for the side (newegg didnt have any 230mm fans) and i also picked out one 140mm with blue leds also.
but heres what im wondering, if they fan is the right size will it work with the case and computer without a doubt or is there something else i should be looking for in the fans details to be sure?
here are the fans i picked out:
2x 200m + blue led 32$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1x 140mm blue led fan 12$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
will those work with the case and other computer hardware?

will this psu have enough watts for everything i'm going to have included in my system?
this is the psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( its the same one r0aringdrag0n recommended) if not will you provide a link to one that will please.

if the fans arn't right for my case or something will you provide links to ones that will work. (must include blue led lights)

thank you for all your help it's greatly appreciated, i'm just trying to make sure i've got everything ill need and the right parts :) .


You don't need all those fans. The cases comes with like 4 fans already, although only 1 of those 4 are LED. You'll find better cooling by going with a better HSF for the CPU
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February 6, 2012 5:57:57 PM

okay thanks for that ill look for a upgraded cpu fan then :) , also one more question i have is in that building pc video i saw he used thermal paste on the processer do i need to do that with my processor and fan too? please say if i will need to do it for both or one or the other, just to be sure and will any of these parts come with enough thermal paste to do so or do i need to look for thermal paste to buy?
this is a upgraded fan & heatsink i picked out, is this good enough and will it work?:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and also for all the fans without leds im gona buy ones with them
1 x 200mm fan: already included with leds
3 x 120mm fans: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
are those any good? will they work as good if not better than the 3 built in 120mm fans?? if not provide me a link for a better one?
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February 6, 2012 9:30:52 PM

alarm1337 said:
okay thanks for that ill look for a upgraded cpu fan then :) , also one more question i have is in that building pc video i saw he used thermal paste on the processer do i need to do that with my processor and fan too? please say if i will need to do it for both or one or the other, just to be sure and will any of these parts come with enough thermal paste to do so or do i need to look for thermal paste to buy?
this is a upgraded fan & heatsink i picked out, is this good enough and will it work?:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and also for all the fans without leds im gona buy ones with them
1 x 200mm fan: already included with leds
3 x 120mm fans: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
are those any good? will they work as good if not better than the 3 built in 120mm fans?? if not provide me a link for a better one?

Yes! You need to put thermal paste between the CPU and copper part of the fan to transfer the heat between the CPU and fan better. You don't have to worry because the HSF is pre-packaged with some thermal paste. If you don't use thermal paste (only a pea-sized amount or it won't work) then the CPU will overheat and shut off. Also, the fans you chose with LEDs are fine, although I don't see the reason to spend more money on something that already comes with the case.
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February 6, 2012 10:14:25 PM

alright thanks alot for the help thats the build im gonna get, also i dont know much about dual video cards other than the fact they need to be the same cards, is there any special thing i need to do or do i just simply slide them both into different slots?
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February 6, 2012 11:51:07 PM

Slide them into different PCIe slots and connect the Crossfire bridge, which you shouldn't miss since they're pretty unique
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February 7, 2012 2:23:31 AM

alright does that come with one of the computer parts? im guessing it'd either come with the graphics or the motherboard, if not is there anything special i should look for? provide a link if you can :) 
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February 7, 2012 9:37:12 AM

In fact, you'll get 2 of them...one in each graphics card box lol.
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February 7, 2012 5:56:59 PM

alright sweet, im out of questions now so thanks for the help man i appreciate it
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February 7, 2012 6:14:43 PM

Don't forget to choose the best answer and also if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask on Tom's.
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February 7, 2012 9:55:34 PM

Best answer selected by alarm1337.
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February 7, 2012 10:09:43 PM

done, thanks again man.
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February 8, 2012 3:10:30 AM

actually i have one more question about dust, does this come with filters that will keep dust out? if not do you know of any things i could buy from newegg or somewhere online to keep dust out?
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February 8, 2012 9:34:52 AM

I'm pretty sure it comes with some dust filters, although they're pretty useless imo.
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