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March 21, 2012 7:57:08 PM

Hey Everyone,
I put this in the New Build section because it wont let me do both that and pre built. I'm looking to buy a pre built system or build my own for a grand or cheaper. I know very little about computers and am not a very hardcore pc gamer either. What I want is a system that will play any game at mid to ultra settings very well(w/o lag) when needed. I might play 5 hours a week I might play 8 a day. I just want the system to be ready when I need it. I am not an idiot so I assume with the help of tutorials and advice I could figure out how to build my own. I was online the other day and seen a Alienware X51 for $700. This seemed like a good deal since I thought it would play the games well and is decently priced. Though I may be wrong considering my ignorance on the subject. I don't need a monitor, keyboard or a mouse. Everything else is fair game. I know everyone is gonna go straight to "build your own" but if you have any suggestions for pre built systems I'd love to hear em'. Also I know their probably hundreds of threads with the same question it is just the ones I looked at were old and I just wanted to post a new one as to involve newer products if applicable. If you could help me out with any tools or other products I may need that most dont just have lying around it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for helping the computer illiterate. Game on...

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March 21, 2012 8:07:00 PM

FIrst of all, do you have any parts you want to salvage from your old computer? Hard drive, DVD drive, etc? Save those 2 parts and you'll save a $100.

Also, Alienwares are expensive as hell. The X51 is terrible, when you can build a computer for the same price that's quad core, has 8GB or RAM, and can play games with maxed settings. I'll be back in a few min. with a build.
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March 21, 2012 8:11:39 PM

Thanks for the advice on the X51. With the old parts I might be able to find some in storage but I doubt it. So lets say no and I'll post later on if anything changes.
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March 21, 2012 8:14:22 PM

Also, the wishlist doesn't take the rebates into account, so it will be $20-$40 cheaper.
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March 21, 2012 8:25:26 PM

Would a cooler or an ssd be needed? May be a stupid question. Would that setup be able to play Battlefield 3 at ultra? Also I didn't see an os anywhere but I might be wrong. Thanks for the reply btw keep em up.
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March 21, 2012 8:30:36 PM

At 1080p, its 60+FPS(according to the YouTube footage of the card in action). If you overclock get a cooler, but luckily they're cheap(luckily the motherboard will let you overclock, if you want to). The best one is the Hyper 212 which is $20 after $10 rebate. I'll add it to the wishlist. And yeah, I forgot the OS. SSD? Nah, unless you really need the quick boot up time. Do you want Storage vs. Speed. If storage, get an HDD, if speed, get an SSD.
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March 21, 2012 8:36:55 PM

Thanks a bunch bro. Looks great and as you seen total comes out to about $810. Nice build. Ima let the thread ramble some more ideas out for a couple days n see if anyone has any other ideas but by the looks of things thats probably what I'm doin. Thanks a lot. Back to researchin. Game on...
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March 21, 2012 8:52:38 PM

Changed to 1.5TB HDD and 8GB of RAM. Now $846. I can always change it back if you want. Also, do you live near a microcenter? They're cheaper than newegg by a large margin. Also, do you need anything else changed? Better case, i7, better video card, crossfire, sli, bluray burner, etc.
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March 21, 2012 9:16:19 PM

obsama1 said:
Changed to 1.5TB HDD and 8GB of RAM. Now $846. I can always change it back if you want. Also, do you live near a microcenter? They're cheaper than newegg by a large margin. Also, do you need anything else changed? Better case, i7, better video card, crossfire, sli, bluray burner, etc.



I would suggest at least a 7200 rpm HDD; The one that you was picked is only 5900;
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March 21, 2012 9:29:48 PM

Changed to a Samsung 7200RPM drive, with a $15 code so it's only $70.
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March 21, 2012 9:34:24 PM



$1100 build and you're using a 6870 and a $44 case?

I would also *NOT* recommend using a Raidmax PSU - most of their stuff is flat out garbage.

Here's what I would recommend:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 1TB - $109.99
RAM: PNY 8GB 1600MHz 1.5V - $42.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $259.99

Total: $1,035.99 - $25.00 MIR = $1,010.99
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March 21, 2012 10:49:45 PM

Forgot the o's so its 100 dollars over budget. To op, I updated the build withmore ram, a better case and a reliable antec psu.
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March 21, 2012 10:52:51 PM

obsama1 said:
Forgot the o's so its 100 dollars over budget. To op, I updated the build withmore ram, a better case and a reliable antec psu.


But you're still using an mATX board and on a full desktop system I *NEVER* recommend that. Your expansion options will be extremely limited and frustrating in the long run and you don't want to have to buy another motherboard if you can help it.
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March 21, 2012 11:23:10 PM

Both good points I'm fudging around with a lil mix n match as we speak. Will post the finished result for criticism later tonite.. Thx again keep it up.
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March 22, 2012 12:01:00 AM

Didn't see that it was matx, LOL. Changed it to a Biostar that's gotten a lot.of positive reviews. Z68 and usb 3.0
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March 22, 2012 12:19:03 AM

I noticed that the mATX board also did not have any USB3.0 connections from the mobo to the front panel USB3.0s. That is something to watch out for, but most mobos will have 2 in the back anyways.

tzcokc123, I was in the same position as you a few weeks ago, but just researched the hell out of a bunch of parts and figured out which ones worked wellish together.

Also, how long would you be willing to wait for a new GPU? I know most of it is hype right now, but Nvidea is releasing a new line of cards soon which might (based on price wars in the recent past) lower the prices a little bit. I am personally using the same processor as mentioned above (2500K) for graphics while I wait to jump on any potential price drops. It should be able to handle Skyrim, for instance, on medium settings with no difficulty or laggy framerates. A $200 dedicated card can max it out.
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March 22, 2012 12:28:51 AM

Kepler is way overhyped, just like bulldozer. nVidia is expenive compared to AMD. Besides, as soon as you buy Kepler, AMD is going to come out with their Pitcairn(not sure if it already came out)/Sea Islands. nVidia is delaying it because they have nothing to show for. It's all rumors until it comes out.
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March 22, 2012 12:42:34 AM

obsama1 said:
Kepler is way overhyped, just like bulldozer. nVidia is expenive compared to AMD. Besides, as soon as you buy Kepler, AMD is going to come out with their Pitcairn(not sure if it already came out)/Sea Islands. nVidia is delaying it because they have nothing to show for. It's all rumors until it comes out.


Um, rumours ad leaks have it that the 680 gtx is faster than the 7970 and uses significantly less power, rumoured to launch at $500. southern islands just came out and are really good but quite expensive. sea islands likely will not be out until december or early 2013.

I think toms leaked some tests

Buts as you said, its all just rumours.

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March 22, 2012 1:44:39 AM

I'm in no rush to buy anything right away but patience isn't one of my favorite things either. I am bvasically gonna mix and match some of these and other parts and research the crap outta them till I find somethin that works. Ill post somn later tonite or tom for further review. Keep it up. Game on...
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March 22, 2012 2:17:49 AM

You're welcome. We're here to help anytime. :) 
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March 22, 2012 3:10:39 AM

obsama1 said:
Didn't see that it was matx, LOL. Changed it to a Biostar that's gotten a lot.of positive reviews. Z68 and usb 3.0


Yeah but it's Biostar though - they have a significantly higher fail rate than anything Asus, Gigabyte, Intel, EVGA, or Asrock make. Don't judge a product by the number of positive reviews on Newegg it gets - look at multiple sources and magazines.
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March 22, 2012 4:05:48 PM

Hopefully i'm doing this right I might have to repost its my first time dealing with the attatchments/url on the forum. This is what I've come up with for my build. Goes about $17 over budget but whatever w/o shipping or mir. Lemme know what you guys think. Game on...

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...
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March 22, 2012 6:52:30 PM

Sorry, can't view it. Need to make it public so we can see it, otherwise only you'll be able to view it.
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March 22, 2012 6:55:09 PM

Yes kepler is still pretty much hype, but as you've probably read, Tom's HW just did a full benchmark and review of the 680 compared to amd's cards. I like the news because of the potential price drops. I'm still waiting to see amd's response, and see more reviews of the new card.

Is there a public link you can post? That link goes to the wishlist of any particular user instead of yours. Thanks.
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March 22, 2012 7:00:23 PM

Replaced mobo with an ASROCK(Very reliable and Proclockers reccomended)
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March 22, 2012 8:04:44 PM

I keep selecting it and changing it to public but it wont show up on the list. And when I checked the list the last public was dated at the 20th so I think theres something wrong with the site or I'm jus an idiot. Anyway Ima try it this way...

Case: Cooler Master Haf 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-268X-UD3H-B3 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159.99

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$219.99

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$74.99

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$41.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$114.99

Optical: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$17.99

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$29.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

Total: $1,034.90 w/o s&h or mir's

Hope that worked. Game on...
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March 22, 2012 8:12:49 PM

Like the look of that Asrock mobo and bonus it would bring me under the threshold. Gonna look into it a lil more. Kudos.
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March 22, 2012 8:24:03 PM

Great. Just need some thermal paste. It's $10. Get Arctic Silver 5 from Newegg.

Also, ASRock is owned by ASUS, so they're good quality. Never heard anything negative about them.
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March 23, 2012 3:43:51 AM

Good point... Thinkin bout changin to the LITE-ON DVD Burner for 17.99 mentioned earlier. Also the Asrock mobo for $99.99. Would adjust total to $974.90. Thoughts on the mobo??? Game on...
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March 23, 2012 5:04:18 AM

What is the motherboard's link or model?
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March 23, 2012 3:48:14 PM

You might want to think about getting one with two PCI express slots
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March 24, 2012 4:31:12 AM

It's a good mobo. If you get it from microcenter, they'll give 50 dollars off the mobo plus the i5 is only 180 bucks there.
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March 24, 2012 3:25:36 PM

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It's a good mobo. If you get it from microcenter, they'll give 50 dollars off the mobo plus the i5 is only 180 bucks there.


Definitely what I'm going with. Thx for the assistance.
Anyone else got any other $1K build ideas??? Game on...
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