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$1200-ish Gaming Computer (First build)

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May 5, 2012 10:37:45 PM

I posted on here awhile back, but I'm now ready to buy it and I made a few changes so I'm back.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: $1200 ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, minor digital art


Parts Not Required: OS, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/amazon/tigerdirect

Country: US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...


Those are all the parts, but exchange some of them for these for cheaper:


HDD: Samsung Segate 1TB

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...

i5-3570k
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Total: ~$1250 (after rebates)


How's it look? Sorry if I missed something
May 5, 2012 10:47:42 PM

Your wishlist link is broken.
May 5, 2012 11:42:00 PM

^ Make sure it's shared to public and all, and maybe get a spinpoint f3 instead of that samsung.
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May 6, 2012 12:42:22 AM

Brent H said:
Hmm, don't know why it wasn't working. Should be good now!

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Unless you have carpets or you are really paranoid, you shouldn't have to use an anti-static wrist strap.
As long as you touch a metal part of your case before handling your parts, you should be fine.
May 6, 2012 6:05:18 PM

darkclownjoe said:
Unless you have carpets or you are really paranoid, you shouldn't have to use an anti-static wrist strap.
As long as you touch a metal part of your case before handling your parts, you should be fine.



Alright, thanks man. I was feeling a little paranoid since I've never done this before, but thanks for the heads up.


As for the HDD... Is that Barracuda bad? I had originally looked at this one, but I figured for 10 bucks more I'd go for the 1TB instead of the 500GB. I know it would only be 20 bucks more to get the 1TB spinpoint f3, but honestly I'm already stretching my budget as it is and 500GB should be plenty for now if the Barracuda is a bad one.



May 6, 2012 7:50:53 PM

Brent H said:
Alright, thanks man. I was feeling a little paranoid since I've never done this before, but thanks for the heads up.


As for the HDD... Is that Barracuda bad? I had originally looked at this one, but I figured for 10 bucks more I'd go for the 1TB instead of the 500GB. I know it would only be 20 bucks more to get the 1TB spinpoint f3, but honestly I'm already stretching my budget as it is and 500GB should be plenty for now if the Barracuda is a bad one.

I think the Barracuda is fine, but with reviews like the Spinpoint F3 I'd try to squeeze in the F3 instead if I could.
May 7, 2012 11:13:52 PM

Alright, sounds good.

How does everything else look? I want to order it by tonight (Alaskan time) to make sure it's waiting for me when I get back. Everything is compatible/appropriate (e.g. not overkill on the PSU etc.)?
May 8, 2012 1:21:09 AM

Good great!
Only one thing: Get RAM without those heatsinks, like Crucial Ballistix Sport for the same price.
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