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New to PCs, need help with building a $2,000 gaming PC for Arma 3

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June 20, 2012 4:36:05 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Early August

Budget Range: $2,000 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least: just gaming, and internet. Games: BF3, Starcraft, Arma, MMos.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, stuff like that.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : Intel CPUs, Nvidia GFX, nothing else really, I don't know who is the best.

Overclocking: Maybe in the future, Im NLT sure about what it is.

SLI or Crossfire: it depends on if I need it.


Monitor Res: Hoping for the best :p 

Additional Comments: Full-Tower preferred, with lots of cooling space. I just want my PC to be manageable, but the best for gaming.
June 20, 2012 6:09:57 AM

What resolution will you be playing at (this is important to recommend a good computer suited for your needs)? If you don't have one, how much money are you looking to spend on peripherals like your keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers?
June 20, 2012 6:39:08 PM

1920 X 1080. Whatever the best omens. I already have the peripherals bought. I spent about $700 on that.
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June 20, 2012 7:26:25 PM

At that resolution you can spend quite a bit under 2k to max out every game you have listed @ 1080p.

Intel i5 3570k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 230$

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 190$

Mushkin 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 49$

Cooler Master Hyper 612- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

Asus DirectCU II GTX 670- http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-GeForce-GTX-670-DC2-2GD5-GTX... 420$

Cooler Master Storm Trooper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 150$

Rosewill Capstone 750w PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 110$

Lite-On 24x DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 20$

OCZ Vertex 4 256gb SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 240$

Samsung F4 2tb HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 120$

Total=1579$

June 21, 2012 2:01:21 AM

Looks good, should I spend the money on a Gtx 680? I heard they are good as well.

Also, I have a few questions:

1. Is it good to get an ssd and hdd, and why?

2. Do I need to get any cables ?

3. Do I need thermal paste?

4. Are these all the parts I need to build my PC as far as hardware?
June 21, 2012 3:18:43 PM

USMC0353 said:
Looks good, should I spend the money on a Gtx 680? I heard they are good as well.

Also, I have a few questions:

1. Is it good to get an ssd and hdd, and why?

2. Do I need to get any cables ?

3. Do I need thermal paste?

4. Are these all the parts I need to build my PC as far as hardware?


- No you don't. The GTX 670 and GTX 680 both perform similarly, the GTX 680 obviously a little better at stock speeds but if you overclock the GTX 670 they can be pretty much equal making the GTX 670 a better deal overall. The 670 that I linked to has a excellent aftermarket hea tsink allowing it to be overclocked quite a bit.

1. Yes it is good to have both an SSD and HDD. The SSD is for your OS, most used applications, and games to make them load faster, and save you time. The HDD is more of a storage drive where you put your music, movies, and things like that which don't need an SSD to load very quickly.

2. No you will not need any cables. Maybe another black SATA cable to make your rig look better but you don't need it.

3. No the Hyper 612 comes with adequate thermal paste already.

4. If you have a screwdriver already then yes, these are all the parts you need to build your computer.

Do you have an OS already? If not here it is, it's only 100$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 21, 2012 11:19:02 PM

Alright. I don't know how to overclock, but I'll look around and see. I heard it's easy to overclock this CPU to 4.0 ghz. Though, the reviews on that HDD are bad, so I might get a different one. Thanks for your help.
June 22, 2012 12:19:39 AM

USMC0353 said:
Alright. I don't know how to overclock, but I'll look around and see. I heard it's easy to overclock this CPU to 4.0 ghz. Though, the reviews on that HDD are bad, so I might get a different one. Thanks for your help.

Yes it is very easy. You just need to change the CPU core multiplier to 40x to get a 4.0ghz oc.
I just checked out the reviews and since Seagate bought Samsung they must have changed what they are shipping. That is disappointing Samsung made the best HDD's.
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