Building my first 'gaming' PC

Hi,

So I am in need of a new computer and in the past have ALWAYS bought computers pre-built. Reason being is because I have absolutely no knowledge on PC components and I guess all the hardware scares me off. So I am going to attempt to build my own and hopefully it works out for the best.

I would GREATLY appreciate the help.


My budget is going to be around $1000.00 (all for parts, no monitor/keyboard/mouse required) but if possible would like to spend less. I am wanting a computer mainly to handle BF3, does not need to be on all ULTRA settings but at LEAST be able to run medium perfectly fine, maybe high on 1680x1050.

I am hoping to make this a weekend project and would like to buy whatever I need at MicroCenter. If you guys could make a list of everything I need to build this computer completely it would be GREATLY appreciated.

http://www.microcenter.com/storefronts/byopc/index.html (I am from Long Island, so in the drop down menu at the top that's whats selected so it filters whats in the store I think.)

I know this sounds completely lazy but I am really dumbfounded when it comes to whats good and whats not good regarding PC components.

Again, a list of what is needed would be amazingly appreciated.
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  1. get an i5-2500K
    a Gigabyte or Asus or ASRock or MSI Z68 motherboard
    8 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM.
    500GB - 1TB Hard drive
    120 GB SSd for boot drive
    Hd 7950
    case and fans to your taste up to $50
    600-700w Power supply from corsair, Antec, or XFX
    Win7

    this should run $900-ish
  2. Right now they are having a good sale.

    Core i5-2500k processor - $179.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    Hyper 212 Plus Cooler - $19.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397

    Get one of the ASUS or Gigabyte z68 motherboards that they have on sale for $50 off with the combo deal.
    $69.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371775
    $59.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375352

    Kingston HyperX DDR 3 1600 ram 8gb kit(2x4gb) - $34.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360527

    Get whatever hard drive fits the budget. Western digital 500gb SATA 6gb/s. $99.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352164

    Coolermaster HAF case - $44.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0343331

    OCZ Power Supply - $49.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0301547

    Video card - Nvidia 560 Ti - $239.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365382

    DVD Drive - Samsung - $17.99 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364538

    Win 7 home Premium 64 bit - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361170

    With the exception of the motherboard/CPU combo, check prices against Newegg.com and Amazon.com, and TigerDirect.com If you find a better one, print the page out and and take it with you and Microcenter will match.
  3. Buy these from microcenter:

    CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179.99

    MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Z68 $159.99

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6 $99.99


    Buy these from newegg:

    Memory:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220484 $42

    Video Card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521 $150

    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $50

    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020 $65

    SSD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726 $125

    CD/DVDROM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 $23

    TOTAL: $894
  4. I'll give you a carbon copy of my build. I personally love it and would recommend it very highly.

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - 69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - 229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 154.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - 41.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    LG DVD Burner 24X - 16.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - 99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    TOTAL = 938.91 - 30.00 MIR = 908.91 (shipping not included)

    It more than runs everything I throw at it on maxed settings, overclocked easily even on stock cooling is completely stable, booted right up first try and was completely simple.

    Fortunately I live near a microcenter and got my 2500k and MOBO there and saved 100 bucks.
  5. Okay, so with all your guys help and some replacing of items so I can pick everything up tomorrow, I have these.

    CD/DVD
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364538

    Windows 7 64
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361170'

    HD
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352164

    CASE
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0383857

    CPU
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    MB
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366193

    RAM
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360527

    PS
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0348767

    GFX
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0369119


    Total of $976.49, everything look good? keep in mind aiming to run BF3 smoothly on at least medium, maybe high?

    This is a dumb question, do I need to buy fans for the case? do I need anything else to assemble this computer, cables ect?

    Do I need a heat sink or does that come with something? (like I said, I don't have any PC knowledge so thanks in advance!)

    Thanks for all your help!
  6. You can if you wish. I would recommend you do so. It will come with a 120mm rear and a 140mm top fan. I liked the look with the blue led's and all the fans come with the case, which is why I went with the illusion.

    Motherboard standoffs should be able to be screwed in by hand if not then use a 5mm nut driver, a fillips screwdriver, some black zip ties, and have fun.
  7. rEsage said:
    Okay, so with all your guys help and some replacing of items so I can pick everything up tomorrow, I have these.

    CD/DVD
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364538

    Windows 7 64
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361170'

    HD
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352164

    CASE
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0383857

    CPU
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    MB
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366193

    RAM
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360527

    PS
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0348767

    GFX
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0369119


    Total of $976.49, everything look good? keep in mind aiming to run BF3 smoothly on at least medium, maybe high?

    This is a dumb question, do I need to buy fans for the case? do I need anything else to assemble this computer, cables ect?

    Do I need a heat sink or does that come with something? (like I said, I don't have any PC knowledge so thanks in advance!)

    Thanks for all your help!


    Get Microcenter to do a Newegg price match on the Antec power supply. $16 savings.

    You can use the stock heatsing/fan that comes with the processor. The Coolermaster I included as extra was for future overclock purposes.

    If you are going to drop down to the 560 card, you might as well get a AMD 6870. Same performance and a better price right now. Sapphire is the best for AMD. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0369119
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