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May 26, 2012 9:43:09 AM

So basically I'm new to this, I've always wanted to and always have been into tinkering and upgrading slightly when I was younger (When I had a desktop). Needless to say, I had absolutely NO idea what I was doing and ended up ruining the family computer. Now, within a month or so I'd like to actually build a desktop from the ground up, after doing a little bit of research and what I believe to be common sense (Guessing what goes where, what to get) I've come up with a basic entry/mid gaming pc... Now, in all honestly, I have no idea if this is correct or if I have the parts right... So, that's basically why I'm here, I'd really appreciate any and all help, guidance, suggestions (To make it better, cheaper etc...) and if I actually got the right parts to make a working computer.
Here it is:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now, I'd like to keep my main focus on something I can pretty much get, put together (without much complication), be able to play games (Civilization V, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, BF3, etc... Pretty much a variety of old and new games of various genre's) at a good graphics level, but more focused on playability, but it have the core things (Case, Motherboard, PSU) all be higher end, with everything else being more open to upgradability over time (RAM, Graphics card, CPU), all 700$ or under, preferably. Any and all help would be much appreciated! Thank you very much

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May 26, 2012 10:43:37 AM

Here's a build suggestion for around the same budget, but stretches a bit, but includes better CPU, GPU & more RAM. Have a look:

CPU & HDD: $247- i5-2400 & WD Cavier Blue 500GB(A quad core CPU , just great for gaming, and a roomy HDD)

Motherboard & RAM: $94- Asrock H61US3 & Corsair 8GB(Cheap motherboard that supports USB 3.0 & SATA 6GB/s, and cheap RAM)

PSU & Optical Drive: $55- Corsair GX450 & Samsung(PSU good enough to power this sysyttem

OS: $100- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit

GPU: $200- Sapphire 6950 2GB(A beast for this price)

Case: $33- Apex TX381(Cheap, but gets the job done)

Total(Excluding Rebates): 729 USD

Rebates: 10 USD
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May 26, 2012 11:08:43 AM

Thank you very much for your help, I will probably go with something along these lines, the budget IS slightly flexible. I appreciate your input... The only thing I worry about, is if I decide to choose something else, or take the majority of what you put together and try to switch something, is if it would match up. How can I tell if one part will match up with another? Thanks again for your help
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May 26, 2012 12:33:12 PM

farestar said:
Thank you very much for your help, I will probably go with something along these lines, the budget IS slightly flexible. I appreciate your input... The only thing I worry about, is if I decide to choose something else, or take the majority of what you put together and try to switch something, is if it would match up. How can I tell if one part will match up with another? Thanks again for your help


Whatever I choose does not necessarily mean that you will like it. So if you don't like something feel free to replace it. And about matching it with other parts, after deciding on what to buy. Post your final build here. If there are any incompatibilities we will notify you.

I gave these parts suggestion with combos as they would help save some money and accommodate better parts within the budget.
Select any case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If your budget is flexible, I would recommend getting a better case.
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May 26, 2012 12:48:20 PM

Quick guide on compatibility.

Intel processors only go in Intel boards.
There are 4 different sockets for CPU's. But the only one that mainstream consumers have to worry about is 1155pin (Supports Sandy and Ivy Bridge). So when looking at Motherboards and CPU's just make sure they both have the same number. Only other ones that really apply are 1156 and 2011, But 1156 is old and 2011 is mainly for Server hardware.

AMD Processors only go in AMD boards. (not exactly knowledgeable in AMD processors, so bear with me)
They only have 5 sockets right now, AM, AM2, AM2+,AM3 and AM3+. Modern processors use the AM3 or AM3+ socket. An AM3+ CPU can fit into an AM3 socket, but its generally not advised.

RAM comes in two varietes, DDR2 and DDR3. DDR2 however is a defunct standard, so you wont find any of that for sale anymore. DDR3 is what replaced it and is essentially what all RAM is nowadays. Just make sure that your motherboard supports DDR3.

For CPU coolers, itl state somewhere what socket itl fit onto. Common CPU Coolers like the CM Hyper 212 EVO are universal and will fit onto most sockets.

SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s and IDE are three methods of connecting drives to the motherboard. IDE is so old that any modern drives just dont use it, so you dont have to worry about that. SATA 3Gb/s (or SATA2 as its known) is still around and in the process of being replaced by SATA 6Gb/s (SATA3). SATA3 devices can however work on SATA2 ports, you just dont receive the extra bandwith that comes with SATA3.

Bit of a Misc is physical sizing. Make sure that the parts will actually fit together. A common one is the CPU cooler taking up the space where the RAM should be. Getting Low Profile RAM is the solution to this problem.
Next is Motherboard and case sizing. Motherboards come in M-ATX, ATX and E-ATX. Essentially Micro, standard, and extended. Make sure your Case supports your board size. Another note is that its wide enough for large CPU coolers and long enough for big Graphics cards).

That should cover you.
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May 27, 2012 12:00:49 AM

Thank you two for replying and replying so fast! I really do appreciate it. I should be well on my way to actually building what I need now. I will for sure post my final build on here just to confirm that I did everything right and that it'll all work together perfectly.
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