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April 25, 2012 8:40:43 PM

Hello guys, I need some advice for my first computer build. Thanks in advance

Approximate Purchase Date: May 15, 2012
Budget Range:$1500-2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, school work, surfing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country:USA
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This is my first computer build, I will not use any water cooling other than a closed circuit for the CPU (water and electronics together don't sit well with me), I'd like to be able to play the latest and greatest games on the highest possible settings with little to no lag, I would like to not have to upgrade any parts for at least the next two years, I dont ever plan on running eyefinity or nvidia surround, and I would like to not run into any overheating issues. Thanks again in advance!

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April 25, 2012 9:38:18 PM
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I will not use any water cooling other than a closed circuit for the CPU (water and electronics together don't sit well with me)


I hear you on that one - I may try it some time just say I've built one but I don't exactly have the money to replace anything if it goes wrong.

Even if you don't plan on running Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround it's nice to have them in case you do - most GPUs anymore include 3 - 4 monitor ports (2 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DP). If you don't want to run into overheating issues I'd heavily suggest reading this prior to setting up your system: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/LGA-2011-i7-3960X-A...

Try this build:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $103.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5v - $49.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $142.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $129.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
Video Card: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 OC Edition - *OR* - EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

Total: $1,706.90
April 25, 2012 9:46:47 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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I will not use any water cooling other than a closed circuit for the CPU (water and electronics together don't sit well with me)


I hear you on that one - I may try it some time just say I've built one but I don't exactly have the money to replace anything if it goes wrong.

Even if you don't plan on running Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround it's nice to have them in case you do - most GPUs anymore include 3 - 4 monitor ports (2 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DP). If you don't want to run into overheating issues I'd heavily suggest reading this prior to setting up your system: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/LGA-2011-i7-3960X-A...

Try this build:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $103.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5v - $49.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $142.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $129.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
Video Card: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 OC Edition - *OR* - EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

Total: $1,706.90

Thank you for your reply, I really like that you suggested a gtx680 however I'm so bummed out that they are out of stock everywhere! The rest of the build i like except for the optical drive. Why is it $80? I'm not too much of a techy so maybe you can explain some of the features of this one.
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April 25, 2012 10:01:15 PM

Skipper401110 said:
The rest of the build i like except for the optical drive. Why is it $80? I'm not too much of a techy so maybe you can explain some of the features of this one.


The price is because it's a Blueray player/burner. If you don't need or want that, a standard $20ish DVD player/burner would be just fine.
April 25, 2012 10:08:36 PM

Jaywill said:
The price is because it's a Blueray player/burner. If you don't need or want that, a standard $20ish DVD player/burner would be just fine.

I see, well i dont watch blue rays so i'll stick with a $20 one thanks!
April 25, 2012 10:09:04 PM

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April 25, 2012 11:11:07 PM

Skipper401110 said:
I see, well i dont watch blue rays so i'll stick with a $20 one thanks!


If you don't need it you can get a $20 one and use that money elsewhere like in the motherboard, or just eliminate it from your budget. That's still a more than capable system - I generally include BD-R in higher end builds because most people will be hooking their systems up to LED TVs (like I do) rather than a 23 - 24" monitor. But if you don't need it you don't need it.
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