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April 4, 2012 1:27:01 AM

I have just recently gotten into the computer scene and am really determined to make a build in a few months. My list of parts were chosen from Microcenter, my preferred retailer. I am making the switch from console to PC and need it to handle the latest games pretty well. What do you think? Any advice?

Hardware
$160.00 - 23.6" SyncMaster LCD Monitor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$50.00 - Microsoft Bluetooth® Notebook Mouse 5000
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$30.00 - Kensington Slim Type Keyboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$50.00 - Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$180.00 - Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$170.00 - Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$90.00 - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKX - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$53.00 - Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$140.00 - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M 750 Watt High Performance Modular ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$25.00 - Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$160.00 - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Software

$200.00 - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (PC)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 4, 2012 4:25:45 AM

For someone coming off a console you did a pretty good job picking it!

If you're a gamer, have you considered an SSD?
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 4, 2012 4:35:48 AM

You can get the power supply and Windows Operating System from newegg for a total savings of $150 (which you can add to your GPU)

TX 750 - $90 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This RAM is lower voltage and has lower latencies -$55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If this is for gaming, you might want to consider this $50-$60 gaming mouse:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For GPU, I would go with something more like a 7850, 7870, or 7950. $250, $350, $450, respectively.

On Nvidia's side, there's only the gtx 680 for the current generation of GPU's, but that $500 card performs better than the 7970, which is a $550 card, so you may consider waiting for their $350 (likely) gtx 670.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
April 4, 2012 4:44:15 AM

ebowling13 said:
I have just recently gotten into the computer scene and am really determined to make a build in a few months. My list of parts were chosen from Microcenter, my preferred retailer. I am making the switch from console to PC and need it to handle the latest games pretty well. What do you think? Any advice?

Hardware
$160.00 - 23.6" SyncMaster LCD Monitor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$50.00 - Microsoft Bluetooth® Notebook Mouse 5000
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$30.00 - Kensington Slim Type Keyboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$50.00 - Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$180.00 - Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$170.00 - Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$90.00 - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKX - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$53.00 - Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$140.00 - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M 750 Watt High Performance Modular ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$25.00 - Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$160.00 - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Software

$200.00 - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (PC)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


I don't care what the legalities are and there's been endless debates here about it but you don't need to pay $200 for the Windows license - you can get the OEM for $99. I've been using OEM versions going all the way back to Windows 95 and never run into that problem.

That's a really good build other than that. Upgrade your GPU to a 7850 and switch out your RAM with something like the Crucial Ballistix or G.Skill Ripjaw X.

If you want any suggestions here's a similar build I recommend:

Try this build:

Case: NZXT Phantom - $119.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $84.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda HD 7200RPM - $109.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

Total: $1,270.89

This doesn't include the OS - you can add the OEM version for $99.
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 4, 2012 4:46:25 AM

Have you considered waiting a couple weeks for Ivy Bridge? What's your max budget for this?
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 4, 2012 9:10:21 AM

that mouse is a notebook mouse. For gaming this is a good one. Razer Deathadder black edition. 9$ more and well worth it. i have it and its awesome!
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

edit: other great gaming mouses are steelseries xai and zowie black ec1 or 2. But i cant find it on microcenter.

and if you can spend a little more, you should consider getting a mechanical keyboard. They feel a lot better for typing and gaming than a traditional membrane keyboard (i can only speak for the brown and blue switches) Heres a mechanical keyboard guide.
http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-g...
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April 4, 2012 9:19:15 AM

Like the others said...get a different mouse. preferably a wired one..it sucks when you're playing online and the mouse dies on you or the Bluetooth drops out
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
April 4, 2012 7:26:32 PM

K3v1n said:
Like the others said...get a different mouse. preferably a wired one..it sucks when you're playing online and the mouse dies on you or the Bluetooth drops out


Even though I'm never one who has a preference when it comes to peripherals, I agree that Bluetooth mice SUCK. My little remote that I have for my HTPC has a Bluetooth adapter and it's pretty cool for what it does, but I'd never recommend Bluetooth on any gaming peripherals.
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April 6, 2012 2:17:20 AM

Revised Computer Parts List

Hardware

Monitor
$160.00 - 23.6" SyncMaster LCD Monitor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mouse
$60.00 - Razer DeathAdder 3500dpi Gaming Mouse Black edition
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Keyboard
$90.00 - Razer BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (PC)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Case
$50.00 - Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Processor
$180.00 - Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GPU
$170.00 - Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Hard Drive
$90.00 - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKX - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Ram
$47.00 - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
$105.00 - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD-Drive
$25.00 - Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard
$160.00 - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Software
$100.00 - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total Price: $1237

As a "final" list on parts will this build let me play games like Skyrim, GW2, AC Revelations and any other games in the near future? I really don't want/can't spend anymore money on this build; thanks for all the great advice.
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 6, 2012 3:05:14 AM

You can get the HD 6870 for the same price your paying for the 6850. (cheaper after mail in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

heres a comparison of the 6870 and 6850
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=540

With that setup, you should be fine. Also just a warning. That keyboard has a clicky noise (its has cherry mx blue switches). Kind of like the old IBM model M keyboards.
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 6, 2012 4:06:54 AM

Looks decent. With the money you saved by buying OEM copy of Windows, why not up the GPU to 7850. Splurge. Also, still consider waiting three weeks for Ivy Bridge.
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April 6, 2012 4:08:08 AM

Best answer selected by ebowling13.
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