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First time looking to build a PC... What kind of specs will I need?

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July 5, 2012 9:39:19 PM

Edit for rules:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 6 weeks.

Budget Range: 2000 or below.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (high requirements a la Witcher), streaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Already have keyboard planned, Headphones, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't know. Looking for best parts at most affordable price

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Unknown. Have a certain loathing for Acer.

Overclocking: Would love to, no experience.

SLI or Crossfire: If it benefits, sure.

Monitor Resolution: Currently on 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Would love to have multi-monitor setup. Have had lots of heat issues with past computers.

My price range is fairly unlimited, but 2000 or below would be quite appreciated.

I'm a heavy duty gamer, playing all ranges of games. For example: Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Crysis, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Battlefield 3, CoD, the list goes on... plenty of high graphical demand games as well (I know lots of these on this list are fairly low requirements, but I play most every new game to come out, even down to games like The Witcher, Stalker, and whatnot.

I also plan to stream either on Twitch.tv or Own3d.tv, so I assume I'll need extra power to be able to process compressing and capturing.

What sort of specs am I looking at needing to buy for my price range? For someone who is just used to buying laptops, how hard would it be for me to learn to build a PC? I know that people who build PC's swear by it, and I would love to start.

In addition, as a new member of this community, what places can I go to find guides for building PCs? The only result I came up with in the search was from 2002 :( 

Thanks!

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July 5, 2012 9:57:20 PM

Acer? They don't make PC parts, (apart from monitors), haha.

Building a PC is a daunting prospect at first, but Newegg has a ver in depth tutorial on building computers. It's in three parts, and about 50min a piece. They are very informative, and the only really hard part is the wire management.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok

It's really fun, and it's a great experience! :) 

If you have a MicroCenter nearby, buy parts from them. Much cheaper than Newegg or Tigerdirect. Never buy from TigerDirect. They sometimes ask for your SSN just to buy something! I buy my parts from MicroCenter and Amazon. My rating:

MC>Amazon&Newegg>TD

Anyway, you'll want to get(core specs):
i5-3570K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8GB of 1600MHz RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 680: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Noctua D14 CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 5, 2012 11:18:29 PM

What's a good source for solid cases? This may sound dumb but I'm interested in flashy cases similar to the Alienware Aurora case. Is this viable?
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July 5, 2012 11:20:55 PM

Sounds like you want to keep things on the less expensive side, so don't get that 680. Get a 670, 8% less performance for 25% less.
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July 5, 2012 11:50:26 PM

obsama1 said:
Good source? Like place to buy? Or brand? Well, I'd suggest Amazon, Microcenter, and Newegg.

For a good flashy case, I found these(I stuck to cases with USB 3.0):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Good options. In terms of budget, I could increase it exponentially if I could sell my current laptop. I have an Alienware (no hate please :(  ) M17x R2 with solid specs. I may try to sell it on this site, and if I'm able to I could likely be much more luxurious in my purchases. I'm tempted to say raise the budget, but that depends on if I'm able to sell this laptop.
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July 5, 2012 11:56:33 PM

You will definitely get a lot for that Alienware.
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July 5, 2012 11:59:37 PM

For $2000 you could get a really good gaming pc.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bsCq

Add whatever monitor(s) you want to that build and you will be able to play any game you want on ultra. Then add another 670 when you need it.
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July 6, 2012 12:07:08 AM

I may be wrong, but at one point or another didn't this site have a section to buy/sell computers? I'm looking for a reliable/fast way to sell my laptop. I'll repost my budget once I can figure out what I'm able to sell this for.
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July 6, 2012 12:18:35 AM

eBay is good.
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July 6, 2012 12:25:31 AM

obsama1 said:
eBay is good.


Is it reliable?
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July 6, 2012 12:32:41 AM

Yes. I've been using it for years, and nothing's happened. If something does happen, Payapal has your back.
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July 6, 2012 12:40:33 AM

obsama1 said:
Yes. I've been using it for years, and nothing's happened. If something does happen, Payapal has your back.


I'm looking at price ranges and it seems they aren't getting sold even between 800-1300$...

My specs are:
Intel i7 X940 @ 2.13 GHz
1 TB Hard Drive (2x 512GB in Raid 0)
2x Radeon 5870M in XFire
1920x1200 Resolution Screen (Forget the exact name of this, it was RGB/LED hybrid that's more vibrant)
8 GB Ram
Windows 7 Ultimate 64x

What kind of price could this fetch?
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July 6, 2012 7:08:48 PM

Is there a dedicated site to sell this laptop? I've put it up on eBay but I'm not feeling like it will succeed.
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