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First Time Gaming PC Build

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February 6, 2012 7:09:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $600-$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Diablo 3, Guildwars 3, Skyrim, etc), Web Design, Internet Browsing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd really like to be able to upgrade this in the future after I get something to work.with. I'm willing to sacrifice some performance for a better mobo and power supply. I'm also not dead set on Intel if an AMD build would be more acceptable with my budget. Overall looking for stability here nothing to over the top since I'm so new to this. Thanks!

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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 6, 2012 8:33:32 PM

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Additional Comments: I'd really like to be able to upgrade this in the future after I get something to work.with. I'm willing to sacrifice some performance for a better mobo and power supply. I'm also not dead set on Intel if an AMD build would be more acceptable with my budget. Overall looking for stability here nothing to over the top since I'm so new to this. Thanks!


Anything SB right now will pretty much run circles around anything AMD puts out.

Try this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

Total: $744.92
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February 6, 2012 8:43:06 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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Additional Comments: I'd really like to be able to upgrade this in the future after I get something to work.with. I'm willing to sacrifice some performance for a better mobo and power supply. I'm also not dead set on Intel if an AMD build would be more acceptable with my budget. Overall looking for stability here nothing to over the top since I'm so new to this. Thanks!


Anything SB right now will pretty much run circles around anything AMD puts out.

Try this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

Total: $744.92

Its a gaming build AMD is just fine to drive a single GPU and monitor LOL Intel only comes into play in desktop production apps not gaming LOL.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 6, 2012 8:50:06 PM

Gordon Freeman said:
Its a gaming build AMD is just fine to drive a single GPU and monitor LOL Intel only comes into play in desktop production apps not gaming LOL.


Please I'd love to see where you got this information from.
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February 6, 2012 8:56:23 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Please I'd love to see where you got this information from.

I run an OCed Phenom II 955 on a 1680x1050 monitor and I can run all the games just fine.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 6, 2012 9:34:39 PM

Gordon Freeman said:
I run an OCed Phenom II 955 on a 1680x1050 monitor and I can run all the games just fine.


Yeah but you're claiming that AMD is better than Intel when the only facts you have to base that off of is your own system. If you can find some claim where that actually proves to be the case, I'll believe it. But most of the benchmarks, reviews, and tests I've seen definitely prove otherwise.
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February 6, 2012 9:38:36 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah but you're claiming that AMD is better than Intel when the only facts you have to base that off of is your own system. If you can find some claim where that actually proves to be the case, I'll believe it. But most of the benchmarks, reviews, and tests I've seen definitely prove otherwise.

I would and never did claim AMD is better than Intel unless you are talking Video cards and here is a link that proves AMD CPU is just fine for gaming. http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-7970-cpu-scalin...
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 6, 2012 9:48:50 PM

Gordon Freeman said:
I would and never did claim AMD is better than Intel unless you are talking Video cards and here is a link that proves AMD CPU is just fine for gaming. http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-7970-cpu-scalin...


Now you didn't say GPU - and yes I will agree there easily. The 7970 has been owning 3-D Mark records left and right. But comparing an AMD GPU with an Intel CPU is two totally different things. :lol: 
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February 6, 2012 9:57:52 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Now you didn't say GPU - and yes I will agree there easily. The 7970 has been owning 3-D Mark records left and right. But comparing an AMD GPU with an Intel CPU is two totally different things. :lol: 

You off track man look at the 7970 in the link I sent you is it bottle necked much by even a lowly Athlon ?
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 6, 2012 10:04:25 PM

Gordon Freeman said:
You off track man look at the 7970 in the link I sent you is it bottle necked much by even a lowly Athlon ?


OK that's unreal - like only a 2 point difference between the Athlon X4 and the i7-2600K? OC'd at that! :ouch: 
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February 6, 2012 10:07:57 PM

g-unit1111 said:
OK that's unreal - like only a 2 point difference between the Athlon X4 and the i7-2600K? OC'd at that! :ouch: 

Look at the difference in the other games that is just one the difference is small but it is real even tho the Intel fan bouys will have people think differently and remember 60fps is the gold anything more is useless.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 6, 2012 10:20:18 PM

Gordon Freeman said:
Look at the difference in the other games that is just one the difference is small but it is real even tho the Intel fan bouys will have people think differently and remember 60fps is the gold anything more is useless.


True - the people going for more than 60FPS are mainly doing it for the bragging rights, I think it's pretty pointless to try and go for anything over that.
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February 6, 2012 10:38:48 PM

g-unit1111 said:
True - the people going for more than 60FPS are mainly doing it for the bragging rights, I think it's pretty pointless to try and go for anything over that.

I like to do a burn out and drag race my car once and a while just to remember what it can do for shits and giggles that dont mean I need to do a burnout and drag race all the time tho LOL.
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February 6, 2012 11:41:18 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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Additional Comments: I'd really like to be able to upgrade this in the future after I get something to work.with. I'm willing to sacrifice some performance for a better mobo and power supply. I'm also not dead set on Intel if an AMD build would be more acceptable with my budget. Overall looking for stability here nothing to over the top since I'm so new to this. Thanks!


Anything SB right now will pretty much run circles around anything AMD puts out.

Try this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

Total: $744.92

Would stepping down to an i3 work well. Just trying to stay in the budget
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February 6, 2012 11:50:58 PM

Drustin said:
Would stepping down to an i3 work well. Just trying to stay in the budget

That guy is regurgitating biased rhetoric if your just mainly gaming AMD is fine and I would defiantly skip core i3 and get a quad core cause that is the way of the future and even now dual cores are out.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 7, 2012 12:00:10 AM

Gordon Freeman said:
That guy is regurgitating biased rhetoric if your just mainly gaming AMD is fine and I would defiantly skip core i3 and get a quad core cause that is the way of the future and even now dual cores are out.


First off how is what I'm saying biased? That's one source and benchmark. I'd need to see more evidence of what they tested and what they did to achieve those numbers before I will pass this off as fact.

Second - the i3-2120 is an excellent CPU for the price - and I have one. It's far more blazing fast than anything I've used before it.
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February 7, 2012 12:18:16 AM

g-unit1111 said:
First off how is what I'm saying biased? That's one source and benchmark. I'd need to see more evidence of what they tested and what they did to achieve those numbers before I will pass this off as fact.

Second - the i3-2120 is an excellent CPU for the price - and I have one. It's far more blazing fast than anything I've used before it.



No point in getting a z68 motherboard if you are using the 2400 or the 2120.
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