Want to build a coputer, no idea how. 650-900 price range.

Hey, I need a new computer, as my current one is 5 years old, and broken.
Filling in the blanks:

Approximate Purchase Date: Id like to have it working by the time D3 comes out, so sometime this month.

Budget Range: I have 650 saved, but I can get to 900 in a reasonable amount of time

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (D3, SC2, WOW, Minecraft, random fps), MS Office, Internets

Parts Not Required: I have an old monitor to use, I will upgrade later. Keyboard/mouse also reusable.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No real preference

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel / NVIDIA

Overclocking: Meh, probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure, so probably not

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, depends on what I upgade my monitor to down the line

Additional Comments: I'd like to put it together myself, which seems fun, but in shopping for parts, I keep going WAY over budget and requirements.

If anyone can give me a starting point, that would be great, thanks!
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  1. Check out my $650 build here or $850 build here:
    You may not plan to overclock or SLI/CF now but later in the future it's nice to have it.

    As for your Nvidia liking, I don't suggest going Nvidia at the moment until at least the 6xx series releases. The 7850 doesn't WOOP (It does beat the 560 Ti though
    ) the 560 Ti but it gives you future proofing and lower power consumption, cooler temps as well as better overclocking if you'll look into that. I honestly suggest learning to overclock as it'll give you the best performance out of the budget. Ultimately your choice to overclock or not.
  2. I keep on hearing varying completely different reccomendations in regards ATI vs NVIDIA. I was under the assumption that it was better to go Nvidia in almost all price points. Is it not?
  3. I tell all my clients if you don't buy a new computer every 1-2 years, DON'T OVERCLOCK. You're asking for trouble that you don't need to spend money on. ATI Has yet in their history to ever release any product with reliable drivers - stay far far away from ATI. Do not SLI if you don't have to, you will see random fps stuttering that's way more annoying than the average higher fps. I would also highly recommend sinking $300+ into your monitor, you'll have it a long time and its the most important part of your gaming PC by far. That being said,

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    all of that is free shipping except 1 item, which was $3 to ship. Then save up till right when d3 releases and pickup a 660ti or something. I'd give at least a couple weeks for the low end 600 series to come out. I just built this exact same pc for a client, except minus the ssd and a red case instead of white. It's a very nice case, everyone I've sold one to loves it.

    Here is a pic of what the inside will look like. You might have to turn off c3 and c6 in the bios if you hear a high pitched whining noise - its nothing to worry about just a common issue with all z68 motherboards.

  4. Lol DK, your first paragraph is by far the most ignorant statement I've ever read.

    Overclocking is great. If you do it correctly even better, the deterioration of a chip even after overclocking isn't that bad, it'll easily survive the test of time. It's not like you'll keep the computer for 10 years anyways. But even so, overclocking doesn't decrease the life of the computer all that much. It's ignorant to think otherwise.

    You're also mislead again about the drivers. In recent releases, 5xxx, 6xxx , 7xxx all the cards have had solid drivers that perform well. They provide no issues unless you're an ignorant person like yourself, dk.

    Also Another thing, micro-stuttering is worse if you have 2 weaker cards but the higher up you get the less there is. @ 560 Ti or 7850 you hardly notice anything in a dual card setup and in fact it's great benefit.

    For the monitor, another ignorant set of advice. Many people can't even tell the difference from a $150 1080P monitor and a $300 one. Not worth the difference in price when it can be spent elsewhere.

    rawr, what you heard is false. Nvidia and AMD both provide solid price points for their cards but currently Nvidia just can't match AMD's value right now in the price/performance. Anything below the GTX 560 Ti for Nvidia just sucks. The 550 Ti performs worse than the 6790 for the same price, it's almost as bad as a 6770 which is $30 less. The GTX 460 is the only thing left in the mid end of things keeping Nvidia up. The 6870 and GTX 560 (No Ti) are neck and neck but you might as well go with the 6870 to save some money since the performance isn't all that different.

    As for a build, seriously just go with my $650 or $850. You won't go wrong.
  5. Actually, 120Hz needs to be experienced to see the difference.
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