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February 23, 2012 7:27:01 PM

Okay so this is my first custom gaming computer, ive belt computers before but not this high end. my budget was 750 and i came up with these parts. I just wanted to see some feed back on these parts and if this will be a good 2012 gaming computer and if they are all able to work with each other and what type of games do you think it could run and at what settings?

so heres the parts

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

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

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

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

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

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

(hard drive wasent counted because im still looking for a good yet cheap 1tb hard drive, any suggestions would be great)

Thanks

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February 23, 2012 7:43:02 PM

Get a 2500k instead of the 2600. It is much cheaper and performs the same in all the games I know about.

Get a different PSU also. An XFX 650w would be a lot more trustworthy than anything from the Raidmax brand.

Raidmax case - Trade it out for an Antec 300 or HAF 912 instead.
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February 23, 2012 8:47:41 PM

thanks for the info but im gonna keep the i7 because thats kinda the main thing i wanted was an i7 system lol but the other suggestions thank you for
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February 23, 2012 9:26:18 PM

I just want to say that I'd also recommend that you get the 2500k. It will be faster than the 2600 for any game, especially if you overclock it. The only time an i7 is better is for video rendering.

It sounds like you just want the i7 because it sounds like its better than the i5. That's your choice if you wanna buy it, as long as you understand you're really only buying it because of the name and not the actual performance.
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February 23, 2012 9:36:13 PM

another +1 for the 2500k over the 2600.


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February 23, 2012 9:45:30 PM

also the 2500k has an l3 cache of 6mb and the i7 of 8mb also the i5 doesnt have hyper threading support and the i7 does would that matter much in gaming? or matter much at all?
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February 23, 2012 9:49:36 PM

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thanks for the info but im gonna keep the i7 because thats kinda the main thing i wanted was an i7 system lol but the other suggestions thank you for

For a gaming PC it's literally a waste of ~$100. The only difference between the i5 and i7 is hyperthreading (useless in games), and you get an unlocked multiplier with the i5-2500K for easier overclocking.

You can OC pretty easily on any P67/Z68 boards; a better board will have better voltage regulation, but that only matters if you start adding a ton of voltage to the CPU (which really isn't necessary).

I would pass on the OCZ PSUs - for cheaper PSUs look at Antec and PC Power and Cooling. There are a few reasonably priced 650-750W models.
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February 24, 2012 9:45:47 AM

also any ideas on a good cheap 1 tb hard drive? and am i missing anything at all?
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February 24, 2012 12:07:49 PM

I would also suggest lower voltage RAM. There is no reason to get 1.65v RAM any more. Something like this for the same price would be much better:

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

There is no such thing as a "cheap" hard drive right now due to supply shortages. I would suggest this one:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99

If your budget doesn't allow that drive, this one has a $25 off promo code EMCNHHJ38 which ends on the 27th:

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99

The WD drive has a 5 year warranty vs. a 2 year warranty for the Seagate drive. That says something to me...
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February 24, 2012 1:18:09 PM

chris24f22 said:
Okay so this is my first custom gaming computer, ive belt computers before but not this high end. my budget was 750 and i came up with these parts. I just wanted to see some feed back on these parts and if this will be a good 2012 gaming computer and if they are all able to work with each other and what type of games do you think it could run and at what settings?

so heres the parts

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

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

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

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

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

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

(hard drive wasent counted because im still looking for a good yet cheap 1tb hard drive, any suggestions would be great)

Thanks



Buy this CPU instead because you will have the option to Overclock its also supports hyperthreading

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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February 24, 2012 2:10:21 PM

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I would also suggest lower voltage RAM. There is no reason to get 1.65v RAM any more. Something like this for the same price would be much better:

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99


Good catch - didn't see the RAM. 1.65V RAM can cause a lot of stability and boot problems on the newer boards (which provide 1.5V to the RAM). G.Skill makes good stuff :) 

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There is no such thing as a "cheap" hard drive right now due to supply shortages. I would suggest this one:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99

If your budget doesn't allow that drive, this one has a $25 off promo code EMCNHHJ38 which ends on the 27th:

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99

The WD drive has a 5 year warranty vs. a 2 year warranty for the Seagate drive. That says something to me...

Agreed - I'd pick a WD over Seagate drive any day of the year. Samsung's also a good choice if you can get their 1TB F3 for the same price.


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Buy this CPU instead because you will have the option to Overclock its also supports hyperthreading

http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0354587

You apparently haven't been reading the thread at all - the i7 is worthless compared to the 2500K for the OP's usage.
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February 24, 2012 2:22:12 PM

If you want low priced hard drives, ncix usa has some good deals.
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February 24, 2012 2:24:06 PM

I agree with everyone here.. Getting an i7 because you want the name is wasteful, and you should prement the thread by saying, "I understand I will gain nothing from the i7, and that the extra money could make my PC much better, but I'm planning on wasteing that money anyway."
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February 24, 2012 6:13:41 PM

thanks for the ram idea im going with the g skill ram and also yeah im definitly doing the i5 you guys are right and it lets me spend more on the hard drive ill probably go for the wd
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February 24, 2012 6:15:12 PM

ill probably look on craigslist for a good 1 tb drive because buying it new for 130 brings my build to 800 $ witch i dont have but if i need to im definitly going for that, so will this computer run games like really well?
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February 26, 2012 9:00:57 PM

It depends on what you mean by "really well".

If you did what we asked and you get the good parts, it is "really well" in relation to the budget.

It isn't "really well" in relation to, say, what you would get if you had a $550 video card, though.

All you need to know is that it is "cost effective", as in you are getting the most bang for your buck.

If you don't get what you want out of this, you wouldn't get what you want out of anything else with the same budget either.
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February 27, 2012 11:11:04 PM

okay yeah thats what i ment lol, im ording it all tomarrow THANKS ALOT! ill probably post vids of the build and put the link on here if you want to watch thanks :) 
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