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July 14, 2012 9:14:49 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/c5Mg

This is my first PC build, and I am not sure if I did it right. If I have done something wrong please tell me. I need a case, because i was not sure if it mattered which one I chose. Also, any advice on how to minimize the price while still keeping performance would be great. My goal is to play any game I want on high settings with out any lag. Thank you.

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July 14, 2012 9:24:12 PM

Tpull said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/c5Mg

This is my first PC build, and I am not sure if I did it right. If I have done something wrong please tell me. I need a case, because i was not sure if it mattered which one I chose. Also, any advice on how to minimize the price while still keeping performance would be great. My goal is to play any game I want on high settings with out any lag. Thank you.





http://pcpartpicker.com/p/c5UK This is the new link. Made 2 changes.
July 14, 2012 9:27:25 PM

What is your total budget? Do you need monitor?
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July 14, 2012 9:30:21 PM

i would like to try and get it under $700, but i can go $800 if necessary. I do need the monitor.
July 14, 2012 9:33:51 PM

Without sacrificing performance, a quad core OCable CPU isn't possible at your budget.
July 14, 2012 9:48:03 PM

There's no reason for an i7 if your just gaming NO REASON.
July 14, 2012 9:55:22 PM

azeem40 said:
Without sacrificing performance, a quad core OCable CPU isn't possible at your budget.


Pretty much right on. ^^^

As a rule, for a gamer, spend twice your budget for the graphics card as you do for your cpu.
The graphics card is much more important than the cpu.

In this case, look at a Intel 2120 @ $125 and a $280 7870GHZ
Few games use more than two or three cores, so the extra spent on the hyperthreads of a 2600K will not be useful.
Read this on <$200 gaming cpu's. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...

If you want the best gaming cpu, a 3570K $200, then look at a $400 GTX670.

The H67 based motherboard would not have let you OC the "K" anyway. Look for an inexpensive Z77 based motherboard. They are all good, and there is not much value in the more expensive ones.

Coolermaster psu's are iffy. Stick with known quality brands like Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, PC P&C, and XFX, You will need about 550w .

Cases are a personal thing. Look to Antec 100 or 300 for a good value case.
July 14, 2012 9:57:41 PM
July 14, 2012 10:01:54 PM

For gaming, the main element in your build is the Graphics Card, not the Processor. Also, some of the parts you chose such as the Motherboard and the Power Supply aren't very good.

Here is a much better build that will be many times faster and more reliable than the one you chose. I included the case and swapped out the hard drive for a 500gb so that you can spend more on your graphics card:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $778.44
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 14, 2012 11:38:29 PM

Wow. Thank you everyone. Just one last question, what about fans and cooling? I am really new so I have no idea. Do most of these come with their own fans? or should I invest in those.
July 15, 2012 12:18:46 AM

Do what come with fans?
July 15, 2012 2:10:54 AM

Tpull said:
Wow. Thank you everyone. Just one last question, what about fans and cooling? I am really new so I have no idea. Do most of these come with their own fans? or should I invest in those.


The cpu will come with a stock fan that does the job. No real need for an aftermarket cpu cooler/fan.

The cases will come with an adequate number of fans. It is easy to add some later, but I don't think you will want to.
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