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Building a new PC! Definitely need some help!

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February 19, 2012 8:41:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible, really? Tomorrow, being the earliest.

Budget Range: About 1000. After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'd prefer a reputable company like Tiger Direct. Also, I have a bestbuy credit card, and would relish the idea of financing!!!!

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I would like an i5 or i7.

Overclocking: Maybe. I'm really new to this kind of stuff. I put in my current power supply, but that is the extent of my knowledge.

SLI or Crossfire: Yessssss. Would prefer Radeon.

Monitor Resolution: (1440x900, but I'll be upgrading to full 1080p HD within a few months.)

Additional Comments: I want to run WoW at MAX at 60 frames. I want to load League of Legends in 5 seconds (heh), and I don't want to have to do this again in 18 months.

I'm so utterly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of parts available. I do have someone that can put it all together for me, so that's not an issue, but I need basically everything. :( 

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February 19, 2012 9:05:45 PM

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SLI or Crossfire: Yessssss. Would prefer Radeon.


It's not really doable under a $1K budget but if you already have that in mind it's best to prepare for it now and get the second one once you get the build up and running.

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Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'd prefer a reputable company like Tiger Direct. Also, I have a bestbuy credit card, and would relish the idea of financing!!!!


Best Buy does not sell computer parts, and the computers they do sell are pretty much crap for the most part - and then get you with their horrible Geek Squad service .

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Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'd prefer a reputable company like Tiger Direct. Also, I have a bestbuy credit card, and would relish the idea of financing!!!!


Tiger Direct is good, but they simply can't beat Newegg for service, selection, and support.

Try this for a build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Seasonic S12II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H-B3 - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $89.99
Optical: LG DVD Burner - $15.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 - $169.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,005.89
February 19, 2012 9:17:27 PM

Bestbuy doesn't sell computer parts; however, bestbuy.com certainly does! I don't give a goddamn about the geek squad. ^_^

And I'm curerntly looking over this build! Looks amazing thanks a lot!
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February 20, 2012 9:43:17 PM

dmbrandon said:
If I get this video card and crossfire it:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+HD-687A-ZDFC+Radeon+H...

Will this power supply be enough?:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...


Ultra PSUs are flat-out junk - I had a modular one of theirs and it caused nothing but problems. It would fail on me when I ran any program that didn't use my PC on idle (games and such). They're pretty much a crap brand. Go with a Corsair or Seasonic PSU and save yourself a lot of trouble. Something like this: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
February 20, 2012 9:56:41 PM

650w will handle 16gb of ram and two of those video cards I listed?
February 20, 2012 10:07:56 PM

dmbrandon said:
650w will handle 16gb of ram and two of those video cards I listed?


Yes but PSUs are one area where you get what you pay for - and if you go too cheap like the one you posted, it has the potential to be disastrous later on. There's some really good resources on the main page about what to look for in choosing a good PSU, I'd heavily suggest reading them:

- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-re...
- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-protec...
- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/low-cost-psu-pc-pow...
February 21, 2012 12:06:01 AM

I'd rather err on the side of caution!
February 21, 2012 1:56:26 AM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
It is supposed to be a REALLY good PSU, albeit a little expensive.


They're expensive but one of the best on the market.

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I'd rather err on the side of caution!


On PSUs especially you want to err on the side of caution - you do not want to skimp on this area. Bad things can happen if you do.
February 22, 2012 5:25:51 AM

Here's the list of things I went with. Sorry if I ignored anyone suggestions, I got a lot of help from a friend of mine who went step by step.

With this, am I looking at a serious build?

Graphics:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+HD-687A-ZDFC+Radeon+H...

PSU:
http://****/api/click?format=go&key=984ed3ed6aa9a69986f88d56d10e7616&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomshardware.com%2Fforum%2F336995-31-building-help%...!%20Definitely%20need%20some%20help!&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2FCorsai%20%5B...%5D%20%26amp%3B...

Case:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004I44G5E/newbc...

Motherboard:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0050DQSLW/newbc...

Processor:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Enthusiast+Series...

Optical Drive:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002QGDWLK/newbc... (Cheaped out on this one.)

RAM:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Channel-Memory-...
February 22, 2012 3:08:44 PM

That's a much better build - the Zalman case is OK - I'd suggest looking at the HAF 912 or the Antec 300 Illusion.
February 28, 2012 11:41:24 PM

I ended with an Antec actually. I also spent a bit more for an SSD! Thanks to everyone!
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