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New Build for a friend. Two suggested builds. Opinions?

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July 5, 2012 3:51:38 PM

I know very little about computers, but recently decided I wanted to get into pc gaming. After talking to a friend about it, he decided he wanted to get in on it as well. Being as he has the cash on-hand, he wants to get in on it now.

I was given two suggestions for builds through a forum that I post on, and wanted to come here and ask what the th community thought. Any suggestions are very much appreciated. He is trying to stay relatively close to the thousand dollar range, but he would be up to going a little higher if it meant a real difference in performance.

Also, if anyone can suggest a good 'how to' articles or videos, it would be much appreciated, being that we decided to go through the process ourselves. I've heard people say the process is fairly simple once you learn what there is to learn.

Anway, here are the builds -

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Keyboard: Logitech K200 Wired Standard Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech M305 Wireless Optical Mouse
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
July 5, 2012 4:02:47 PM

needs improvement.
max budget please?
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July 5, 2012 4:04:54 PM

Wouldn't be able to get in contact with him at this moment, but I would say twelve-hundred would probably be the cut-off.
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July 5, 2012 6:24:45 PM

id go get a ivy bridge i5 3570k instead of the 2500k.

for the GPU, id get the asus one since the cooler is great

for the case, id get the 300r

for the PSU, id either get the corsair tx650w or the xfx 650w
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July 8, 2012 6:43:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Will be buying parts separately through the next few months.

Budget Range: $1000 - 1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and internet.

Parts Not Required: Needs everything aside from a monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and TigerDirect.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Was hoping to get suggestions as far as this goes. Was planning on going with an Intel processor.

Overclocking: Yes, as long as you can recommend this for first time builders.

SLI or Crossfire: Going with a single card for the time being, but this may be an option in the future.

Monitor Resolution: Planning on using his current television for the time being. It's a 1080p Samsung.

Additional Comments: He just wants a reliable gaming pc that can play most modern games well at 1080p and around 60 fps, at least. Wants it to last him at least two years without upgrading, if possible.
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