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New computer build for $1,500 - $1,700

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March 3, 2012 8:46:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: August

Budget Range: $1,500-$1,700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School, Movies, and Music

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Does not matter what type I use

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Using my T.V as a monitor, it's a 720p

Additional Comments: I want my Computer to be quiet, and at least 2TB of Hard Drive Space along with 16gb or more of RAM



Okay so as you can probably guess by my vague description up at the top I really do not know much about computers, so I am trusting you with the parts to get a good gaming computer, I do not know a whole lot about computers so please help me with the best specifications to get a good quiet gaming computer

Thanks in Advance

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March 15, 2012 10:06:59 PM

Ok,that is what I spent (about 1700) without monitor. I spent a long time researching builds,components,manufacturers,etc. I have worked with computers since they hit the scene in the 1970s. Yes, I am an older guy,and I do a lot of gaming. Check my build on my profile. I'm an engineer and did my homework. Here is what i'm thinking,

Intel i5-2500k CPU(mine is i7-960)
Cpu cooler like Corsair or Ultra ChillTec
Gigabyte Motherboard, x58 or 79 chipset
Solid State drive for Operating system and best games, standard Hard drive for storage,ie 1 TB
Evga 570 Superclocked Graphics card(I have 2 in SLI,best bang for the buck)
CoolerMaster 800w 80 Plus Gold PSU (1000w if 2 570 cards)
Memory of your choice, Corsair Vengence is good
Optical drive of your choice,combo drive

My system runs all the new games on max settings,no problem

Upgrade to a real Computer monitor when you can, the 720p TV will not give you the graphic output your system can handle. With 2 Graphics cards you can progress to multiple monitors for surround vision later'

Good luck
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March 15, 2012 10:27:47 PM

larryargus said:
Ok,that is what I spent (about 1700) without monitor. I spent a long time researching builds,components,manufacturers,etc. I have worked with computers since they hit the scene in the 1970s. Yes, I am an older guy,and I do a lot of gaming. Check my build on my profile. I'm an engineer and did my homework. Here is what i'm thinking,

Intel i5-2500k CPU(mine is i7-960)
Cpu cooler like Corsair or Ultra ChillTec
Gigabyte Motherboard, x58 or 79 chipset
Solid State drive for Operating system and best games, standard Hard drive for storage,ie 1 TB
Evga 570 Superclocked Graphics card(I have 2 in SLI,best bang for the buck)
CoolerMaster 800w 80 Plus Gold PSU (1000w if 2 570 cards)
Memory of your choice, Corsair Vengence is good
Optical drive of your choice,combo drive

My system runs all the new games on max settings,no problem

Upgrade to a real Computer monitor when you can, the 720p TV will not give you the graphic output your system can handle. With 2 Graphics cards you can progress to multiple monitors for surround vision later'

Good luck


Ugh, I will veto without hesitation any recommendation of Ultra anything - I've used their PSUs before and they caused nothing but problems. Most of what Ultra makes - knowing experience from working with their stuff for so long - is flat out junk.

X58 is two generations old now, X79 is a good idea but you can't really get a setup like that on a less than $2K budget. A 2500K won't run on X58 or X79 - for X79 you need the 3820, for 2500K you need a Z68 board. Generalizing parts on a build is never a good way to go - you need specifics.

Here's what I would recommend on a $1500 - $1700 build:

Case: NZXT Phantom - $119.99
PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333Mhz 1.5V - $42.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $99.99
HD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black - $139.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $459.99

Total: $1,559.89

Use the difference and get a wireless keyboard / mouse set, and a Windows license and you're good to go.
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