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To start off I have never built a full computer before. I have a laptop and unfortunatly there is only so much you can upgrade on them before they become out of date. I have changed out a couple of the hardware components and now Iwant a little bit more of a challeng and would like to build my own desktop. I intend to use it primarily for gaming but also for other tasks. Upon searching on the internet I came across this kit:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2628602&CatId=332&SRCCODE=MDOTTD&MobileOptOut=1

I was wondering if anyone can put any input on the hardware as far compatitbility, reliability, what I should upgrade on top of it, or if I should choose the hardware individually, etc. If so my budget is not much more than $800 and like I said I plan on using it for gaming mostly. I'm starting with absolutly nothing andI would like it to play the most recent games with pretty good graphics. Thanks in advance for your input.
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  1. For $800 you can do way better - does that price include monitor / keyboard/mouse/OS? If not then I would definitely suggest something different. The problem with Tiger Direct kits is that the power supplies they include are absolute crap, as are the cases most of the time. The FX isn't a good choice when the dual core i3-2120 beats it in every single test, and if you're going $800 go with a 7850 as opposed to a 7770, it will be a far better GPU in the long run.
  2. First if you can get an i5 get it over the current batch of AMD CPU's. AMD FX series needs to be overclocked and tinkered with to come close to the stock i5 processors. Since you need an OS, Monitor, keyboard and mouse that is going to knock off about $250 right off your budget so your real budget for a rig is under $600. At that range it's doable but you'll need to settle for a mid range graphics card and maybe a smaller HDD.

    This will get you started. Maybe upgrade the CPU in a few months to an i5.

    CPU/MBO/RAM Combo: Intel Core i3 2120, BIOSTAR H61MGC, Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.979947

    HDD/PSU Combo: COOLER MASTER Elite 460, Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.976118

    SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    GPU: MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664

    Case: NZXT Source 210

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075

    Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" Full HD

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009306

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Grand Total: $775.12


    Just go to a local Best Buy, Walmart etc to get a keyboard and mouse.
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    amkronos said:
    First if you can get an i5 get it over the current batch of AMD CPU's. AMD FX series needs to be overclocked and tinkered with to come close to the stock i5 processors. Since you need an OS, Monitor, keyboard and mouse that is going to knock off about $250 right off your budget so your real budget for a rig is under $600. At that range it's doable but you'll need to settle for a mid range graphics card and maybe a smaller HDD.

    This will get you started. Maybe upgrade the CPU in a few months to an i5.

    CPU/MBO/RAM Combo: Intel Core i3 2120, BIOSTAR H61MGC, Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.979947

    HDD/PSU Combo: COOLER MASTER Elite 460, Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.976118

    SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    GPU: MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664

    Case: NZXT Source 210

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075

    Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" Full HD

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009306

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Grand Total: $775.12


    Just go to a local Best Buy, Walmart etc to get a keyboard and mouse.


    An SSD isn't worth it on an $800 build - drop that and upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7850. And Cooler Master PSUs have a horrendous reputation.

    Try this configuration:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $743.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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