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2012 Gaming Build Help plz

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February 17, 2012 12:18:09 AM

Hi Guys,

Havent built a computer in a long time and am trying to get back into it. It will be used primarily for gaming, and since iv been out of the game for a while any help would be appreciated. I dont really want to spend any more than $1200, and although i have never over-clocked id like to try it in the future. Any way keeping all that in mind the only thing I have picked out so far is the CPU so I have a long way to go. Hopefully with your guys help I can get an awesome gaming comp up and running. Next thing i want to pick out is the motherboard, any ideas?



Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can pick all the parts

Budget Range: dont really want to spend more than 1200 but could go to 1500 if I had to

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes, never done it but def want to try in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, dont really have a preference between amd and nvidia

Monitor Resolution: I have a separate budget for a Monitor havent bought it yet

Additional Comments: Havent done this in a while, looking forward to making the best build i can



This is what i got so far

CPU: i5 2500k

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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February 17, 2012 12:28:08 AM

Thanks

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can pick all the parts

Budget Range: dont really want to spend more than 1200 but could go to 1500 if I had to

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes, never done it but def want to try in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, dont really have a preference between amd and nvidia

Monitor Resolution: I have a separate budget for a Monitor havent bought it yet

Additional Comments: Havent done this in a while, looking forward to making the best build i can
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February 17, 2012 1:29:27 AM

Check the $1500 build on my sig. That's 2500k + HD7970 including OS. Dropping down to a HD7950 would put you at around $1300.
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February 17, 2012 1:33:31 AM

Here we go:

CPU: Intel i5-2500K - $230:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $20 AR:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $122:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + HDD: Corsair 500R and WD Caviar Black 750GB combo - $260 AR:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU: XFX 850W - $125 AR:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - $18:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz - $48:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB - $163:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GTX 580 - $460 AR:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That comes to about $1,446 after rebates (before taxes and shipping).

That will kill most games you play on 1920x1080 monitor resolution.

Ways to cut cost:

- Drop or reduce size of SSD.
- Downgrade GPU.
- Stick with SSD until HDD prices drop.
- Go deal hunting.
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February 17, 2012 2:09:59 AM

^ Ah right, I keep forgetting they came out. Ditch GTX 580 for 7950.
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February 17, 2012 1:49:12 PM

The ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is a popular budget motherboard for all your system needs. The Extreme4 has a few upgrades such as more PCI slots, more storage drive connectors, and onboard USB 3.0 connectors.

The ASUS board is a quality board (I happen to have it). The ASUS board has features similar to the Extreme4 Gen3. Most people, as I did, went with ASUS because of the longer warranty (3 years vs. ASRock's 2 years) and the highly regarded quality brand.

If you are willing to spend the money, I'd vouch for the ASUS.
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February 17, 2012 10:43:06 PM

Think im going to go with the asus z68, havent built a pc in almost 4 years. Is that board easy to get up and running? do you think ill run into any problems?
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February 18, 2012 3:03:16 AM

Building a PC is so simply these days... I built my first ever (and watercooled it) with ease.
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