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First Time PC Build - $1200 USD

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July 12, 2012 2:56:57 PM

Hi guys, I'm really new towards computer hardwares and would like some advice on some of the components that I might need for building a gaming computer.

System usage: Mainly for gaming (Assassin's Creed, WoW, COD etc), being able to surf the internet, stream videos, run multiple applications

I have done research on the parts that I might need and would like your input on them:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570/3570K Processor - $235
http://ark.intel.com/products/65520/Intel-Core-i5-3570K...(6M-Cache-up-to-3_80-GHz)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Pro - $210
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...

DDR3 RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit - $55

I don't intend to overclock.

Parts not required: Power supply, keyboard, mouse, computer case, hard drive

Additional comments:
I am now looking for a suitable graphics card but am confused by vast amounts of different cards they have out there. I am looking mostly at Radeon HDs but don't mind getting an NVidia card.

I am being advised to buy 2 Radeon HD 4830/4850 but am not sure how crossfire or SLI works.

I would prefer to have a quiet PC and lots of cooling because the space where my computer will fit in is rather enclosed, so any tips on that would be greatly appreciated :) 

Thank you guys!

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July 12, 2012 3:02:39 PM

If ur not gonna OC even in the future, then get the non-K edition

4GB is a bit low.....grab 8GB's [2x4GB] will make a slight improvement :) 

Get a SINGLE card like the HD 6870 for instance...the HD 4000 series is really old....read this to help yourself decide on a graphic card for your budget :) 
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
July 12, 2012 3:07:26 PM

$hawn said:
If ur not gonna OC even in the future, then get the non-K edition

4GB is a bit low.....grab 8GB's [2x4GB] will make a slight improvement :) 

Get a SINGLE card like the HD 6870 for instance...the HD 4000 series is really old....read this to help yourself decide on a graphic card for your budget :) 
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


Hi Shawn, sorry I forgot to mention that I intend to get two of those :p 

Am wondering how much should I spend on a graphics card in tandem with my motherboard and cpu. I heard that if I spent alot on a single graphics card and bought a less than decent cpu, the performance would suck either way.

But thank you for your input! I appreciate it :) 
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July 12, 2012 3:07:30 PM

$hawn said:
If ur not gonna OC even in the future, then get the non-K edition

4GB is a bit low.....grab 8GB's [2x4GB] will make a slight improvement :) 

Get a SINGLE card like the HD 6870 for instance...the HD 4000 series is really old....read this to help yourself decide on a graphic card for your budget :) 
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


Hi Shawn, sorry I forgot to mention that I intend to get two of those :p 

Am wondering how much should I spend on a graphics card in tandem with my motherboard and cpu. I heard that if I spent alot on a single graphics card and bought a less than decent cpu, the performance would suck either way.

But thank you for your input! I appreciate it :) 
July 12, 2012 4:02:11 PM

What is your total budget....if your not OC'ing, you can save yourself quite some money by getting a $120 range mobo :) 
July 12, 2012 4:16:29 PM

$hawn said:
What is your total budget....if your not OC'ing, you can save yourself quite some money by getting a $120 range mobo :) 


My budget is $1200 USD

I want my parts to last for quite awhile so I don't mind paying more in case I want to upgrade or anything in future.

What would you recommend for a non-overclocking motherboard though? :) 
July 12, 2012 8:22:57 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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