First Time Builder - Gaming/Multimedia Build Under US$1K

Hello All,

Been lurking around these forums the past few days and have found them very useful. I have been convinced to build my desktop rather than buying a prebuilt, even though I have never buil a computer and am not exteremely technical.

One thing I would really like your opinion on - Is it worth buying a new PC right now considering windows 8 will be out later this year? Also, in general, are there any known hardward advances coming out in the next year that may be worth waiting for?

I am looking to build a desktop for under US$1,000 to use for gaming (Diablo 3) and for storing and using movies and music. Along with the actual computer, I will need a monitor, speakers (no sub), keyboard and mouse along with a new copy of windows 7.

I would like the tower to be quite plain looking. I see most gaming rigs nowadays have windows/lights/etc. but I am pretty old school.

Can I humbly ask you guys to please put together a build list you would recommend. I will NOT be overclocking the machine.

I look forward to all of your replies and please let me know if I should provide any further information.

Many thanks for all the help!
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  1. There are always new hardware advances coming . Thats a certainty .

    Windows is an interesting issue . My personal choice is to never use a new windows release until everyone else has been using it for a year and MS have released a service pack .
  2. What do you guys think about:

    HP 2311x 23-Inch LED Monitor - Black - http://www.amazon.com/HP-2311x-23-Inch-LED-Monitor/dp/B004G8QO5C/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top $170

    HP Pavilion HPE h8-1220 Desktop - http://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-HPE-h8-1220-Desktop/dp/B006VG0HXC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top $850

    Total: $1020
  3. FX series CPU, red flag

    10GB of RAM? That's an odd number, but extra 2GB is useless nonetheless.

    5400RPM HDD for gaming? RED FLAG

    GT 530 for gaming is ok maybe 3 years ago.


    Do me a favor and build one yourself, you can build a much better one for same price, you deserve it.
  4. Thanks for the advice - any suggestions on the components?
  5. I put together a list for you [Public wish list doesn't work on Newegg???]
    If you live near a Micro Center store, You can get a combo deal of Core i5 3570K and Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H for about the same price yet you get better components.

    If you want to cut some corners, you could downgrade the HDD to a Blue Caviar instead of Black and save $20. GPU and PSU have MIR for total of $45, so total comes out to about $1,063 + tax and shipping. That's the best I can do for ya.
  6. Thanks for the reply...the link you posted did not take me to a list on newegg.

    Unfortunately I don't live near any Micro Centers, I will have to get everything online!

    Thanks
  7. Forget about Micro Center then, Newegg and Amazon usually have the best prices, so you can compare them for better price.

    I can't seem to make the wish list public on Newegg now, it's just not showing up, I can email the list to you if you have a dummy email address you don't mind sharing.
  8. Can you send a private message witht he list? Many Thanks.
  9. Copy & pasting text is kind of messy so here it is.

    http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n117/nismo365/th_wishlist.png
  10. From the above, since you're not OCing, get the Pro3 Gen3 H77 board.
  11. Many Thanks for the comments/suggestions.

    The only things I have changed so far from KivBlue's build is I swapped out the 500GB drive for the 1TB version and I swapped out the 21.5" asus monitor for the 23" as both of these only brought my total up $60.

    Is it worth going with more RAM than 8GB and as I will definitely NOT be overclocking, is there a better suited motherboard? I was kind of hoping to work a SSD into the build but don't see how that will be feesable.

    The current build is a bit over my budget ( :ouch: ) and I would still need to add mouse/keyboard/speakers (or my wife will really kill me!).

    Build

    1 Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129180 $69.99

    1 GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543 $119.99

    1 EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604 $229.99

    1 COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036 $89.99

    1 Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506 $199.99

    1 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $49.99

    1 Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136798 $134.99

    1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $17.99

    1 ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236175 $169.99

    1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $99.99

    Total $1,182.90
  12. Honest bump!
  13. Alright guys...ready to pull the trigger on my build just not 100% sure about the motherboard.

    Also am I right in concluding most monitors do not have speakers built in (may use the montior for my xbox as well.).

    Thanks!
  14. What are you unsure about regarding the motherboard? Tell us so we can help you out.

    As far as the monitor goes, ASUS models in particular have ones with speakers, if you think that's convenient for you with Xbox, it's certainly an option, but don't expect too much from those monitor speakers.
  15. bahtom242 said:
    Alright guys...ready to pull the trigger on my build just not 100% sure about the motherboard.

    Also am I right in concluding most monitors do not have speakers built in (may use the montior for my xbox as well.).

    Thanks!

    Get this Motherboard its better:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502
    Get this HDD its cheaper and better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Get this GPU its better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984
    Get this PSU its cheaper and better: http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA-650D-Green-BRONZE/dp/B004NBZAES/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337747223&sr=1-1
    I recommend this case, comes with 3 fans and have usb 3.0 too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060
    This monitor cost 149.99 after rebates: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059
  16. Most of the time I use headphones with my xbox so maybe the no speakers on the monitor is not too big an issue.

    Would you guys recommend getting a SSD to use as a boot drive or is it really not worth it at this point? What performance difference will there be? If we are only talking quicker booting/restarts I don't feel I would need it.

    Any preference on the two GPU's suggested above? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=rwj3u3ir66db VS. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-EVGA-_-14130604

    At $9 more...is this combo worth getting over my currently picked Motherboard and processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910439

    Many Thanks - almost there!
  17. I didn't put in a SSD because of your budget, but I recommend it because HDD is the biggest bottleneck for any system. If you can spare another $80, a Crucial M4 64gb SSD would be the best choice.

    Radeon 7850 is a better GPU, but it's $50 more, and out of stock, you should be able to play any game fine with GTX 560 Ti.

    I'm not too familiar with Z75 chipset, but nobody is since it just came out. Supposedly it's Z77 without Smart Response Technology, and probably has lower quality components than Z77 ones so I wouldn't choose it. If I go with ASrock mobo, I would only go with Extreme series for cost performance.
  18. kivblue said:
    I didn't put in a SSD because of your budget, but I recommend it because HDD is the biggest bottleneck for any system. If you can spare another $80, a Crucial M4 64gb SSD would be the best choice.

    Radeon 7850 is a better GPU, but it's $50 more, and out of stock, you should be able to play any game fine with GTX 560 Ti.

    I'm not too familiar with Z75 chipset, but nobody is since it just came out. Supposedly it's Z77 without Smart Response Technology, and probably has lower quality components than Z77 ones so I wouldn't choose it. If I go with ASrock mobo, I would only go with Extreme series for cost performance.



    So with the 64gb SSD...that would only hold windows is that correct? What performance increase would that provide other than boot/shutdown/restart?

    I think I will jus stick with your original motherboard/processor suggestion but I thought for a mere $9, maybe it would be worth it to get the combo.

    Thanks for your continued help.
  19. kivblue said:
    What are you unsure about regarding the motherboard? Tell us so we can help you out.

    As far as the monitor goes, ASUS models in particular have ones with speakers, if you think that's convenient for you with Xbox, it's certainly an option, but don't expect too much from those monitor speakers.



    My go for this monitor now as it saves me some $$ and I am actually worried about the other one being too big to be sitting a foot away from. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100
  20. The benefit of SSD is quite extensive, besides faster boot time SSD has much faster file transfer rates than HDD, the programs are much more responsive, big files open faster, uses less system resources than HDD since it does not need many background operations from the OS that HDD needs. The OS itself simply performs much better. As for the hardware, SSD is small, generates far less heat if any, requires far less power, immune against any movement since it has no moving mechanical parts, much easier to maintain than HDD, and possibly lasts longer on average as it has no mechanical failures to worry about. SSD also can be upgraded with new firmware, basically getting a new SSD on your existing one with better performance.

    Ideally speaking 120gb would be best for SSD so you can have OS and other programs on it, with 64gb the space is a bit tight but if you want it bad, it'll work.
  21. It is out of stock on NEWEGG. Try Amazon.
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