Under $1200 Build (My very first build)

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week or Next Week
Budget Range:$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Video Editing, Writing, Drawing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, A monitor is optional

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA
Parts Preferences: I don't care who manufactured them, as long as they work very well.

Overclocking: Maybe, Is it worth it?
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, probably not

Monitor Resolution:1024x768

Additional Comments:I wanna play Battlefield 3, Crysis, Crysis 2, Skyrim, Left 4 Dead, GMOD, other Valve and Bethesda games lol. I would like a cool looking case lol but that is the least of my worries

Could you give me a nice cheap build?
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  1. easily.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5o8Q

    and an asus 23' 1080 or something around there usually goes for 150 or so.
  2. This is a build I recommended to some one else. nothing is set in stone. with your budget there is room to play. Like doubling up on the ram, or changing the case. you could get an ssd. Also there is the option of upgrading to a am3+ processor like the 8100 series that is an eight core. 1200 bucks is a good starting point for a badass system that is up gradable.

    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125357

    rosewill blackbone case
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ 6811147023

    seagate barracuda 500gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148136

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    Total = 828
  3. From the above, bump up the CPU to i5-2500k, GPU to Radeon 6950, keep PSU the same, case to HAF 912/Corsair 400R, RAM to a lower profile version, and Motherboard to a Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 or P8Z68-V.
  4. If you want to overclock, here are the specs I'd recommend:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K($224.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600($46.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P($189.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio($54.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

    Video Card: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC($239.99)($209.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB($159.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    ODD: LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM($18.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276

    Chassis: Fractal Design Define R3($109.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352013

    PSU: Corsair TX650W ($89.99)($74.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020&Tpk=corsair%20tx650%20v2

    Monitor:Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight($174.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117&cm_sp=Cat_Monitors-_-Sale-_-24-236-117

    Subtotal: $1310.81($1265.81 after MIR)
  5. To cut back on costs from the above, he could get a 500GB HDD for now then another one later when prices drop even more. If he doesn't want to do that, NCIX USA sells HDDs at a very good cost.
  6. With your budget definitely do Intel CPU, like the i5-2500K if you want to overclock or the i5-2400 if not overclocking. It is easy to overclock the i5 and you just need like Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or the Hyper 212+ as an aftermarket cooler. Get the suggested Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 or P8Z68-V motherboard. I would grab a mid tower around $100, not Corsair 650D, something like the Cooler Master HAF 922, or Corsair 300R. Then get the G. Skill RAM and Corsair PSU, and a 500gb HDD, and spend the rest on a GPU based on... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html

    Dont get a $190 Motherboard, you dont need it, again the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 or ASUS P8Z68-V is what you need.

    peettreedish, your links dont work.
  7. Or go crazy with

    SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F-O ATX Server Motherboard Socket G34 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182230

    AMD Opteron 6128 Magny-Cours 2.0GHz 8 x 512KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache Socket G34 115W 8-Core Server Processor OS6128WKT8EGOWOF
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819105266

    Order 4 of these kits for a total of 32 gb
    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop
    Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231&Tpk=KHX1333C9D3B1K2%2f8G

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58 Black CECC Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112237

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    GIGABYTE GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125357

    All that for $1155 at newegg
  8. For his uses, there is no way AMD is a better option, so unless you have backup, I recommend not recommending it to him. :P
  9. Delirious788 said:

    Dont get a $190 Motherboard, you dont need it, again the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 or ASUS P8Z68-V is what you need.



    Still within $200 is still a good value board to me but others might think different, so I recommend the asus P8Z68-V as the motherboard(Not the asrock) if you want to save more
  10. EzioAs said:
    Still within $200 is still a good value board to me

    True but I think for what he is going to do, just doesnt justify the cost to me, when a $120 board will be good enough for him.

    Also I just wanted to mention that for $250 the new Radeon HD 7850 is available in like 10 days, and from reviews it is looking to be somewhere between a 6950 and 570, so I would get that as your GPU
  11. http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-performance/page7.html

    This link shows testing with various amd/intel cpu's. Damn near the same results. Now it is just depends on what some one wants to spend for a one point difference.
  12. Delirious788 said:
    True but I think for what he is going to do, just doesnt justify the cost to me, when a $120 board will be good enough for him.

    Also I just wanted to mention that for $250 the new Radeon HD 7850 is available in like 10 days, and from reviews it is looking to be somewhere between a 6950 and 570, so I would get that as your GPU



    I agree. The 7850 is looking to be quite promising, but availability is scarce at first so don't get your hopes too high . Really love the power consumption of the cards. Very efficient
  13. Peettreedish said:
    http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-performance/page7.html

    This link shows testing with various amd/intel cpu's. Damn near the same results. Now it is just depends on what some one wants to spend for a one point difference.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html
    More recent.
  14. Peettreedish said:
    http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-performance/page7.html

    This link shows testing with various amd/intel cpu's. Damn near the same results. Now it is just depends on what some one wants to spend for a one point difference.


    Battlefield 3 is a game that can really handle multicores in a good way and it's just one of the games where 4 cores matter more. Skyrim on the other hand, favors the 2500K and most games do too
  15. Even so, a GPU will be the better determiner of the performance in BF3, but I agree with the above.
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