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August 2, 2012 10:14:16 PM

:hello:  my name is Elliott I'm 15 years old and I just received the first item of my computer build the nzxt phantom, now I've done tones of research on what to get but I just can't decided I need help on what type of power supply to get,motherboard,CPU,ram,SSd,memory,DVd drive, I'm getting a corsairs CPU heatsink its water cooled, but I also need help with the graphic cards so basically everything I have a budget of 5-7 hundred I would like it to be a good gaming computer and I'm doing the window mod to my case and installing LEDs and a touch screen fan controller so please I need some help on what to get. Please be pacific. :D  :bounce: 
August 2, 2012 10:23:11 PM

Welcome to Toms :) 

Firstly, to help us give you the best possible advice, would you please answer the following questions:


What country do you live in?: (so we know what websites to link to)
What's your maximum Budget?:
What are you going to use your PC for?: (if gaming, please specify what games and what settings youd like to use)
What screen resolution will you be using?:
Do you need peripherals?: (i.e. monitor, mouse, keyboard etc)
What size Hard drive do you require? (250GB, 500GB, 1TB+)




August 2, 2012 11:00:03 PM

You didn't say, but I'm going to assume that you're in the US since you said dollars.

Can't stress this enough. Don't water cool. It'll eat up at least $100 of your budget and you won't need it unless you're doing pretty extreme OCing. If you want to OC, get a nice Noctua or CoolerMaster air cooler, it'll be more than good enough.

Ok, so here's a build for a basic gaming computer: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dHsC

Total is $699.46, and does not include an OS, monitor, or other peripherals. I also put in a 650W PSU, which is more than this needs but you'll be able to move it to your next build.
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August 2, 2012 11:25:02 PM

Okvthank you,to gallarain I would like to have around 500-1tb I live in the USA, I would like to play skyrim and diablo without lag, good for Internet and good quality and reliable, I do very much like what jmer806 gave me but what is over clocking I'm not understanding it also jmer806 should I get any thing else for the build or is this all? Im getting most of this for my birthday and already have a super good monitor and mouse and keyboard but so now I have the next case and all the stuff you just gave me would I be good to just go into making it? I do have a few more questions I might ask tomorrow if that's fine I'm going to do my research on all the components you gave me in the link.Thanks elliott
August 2, 2012 11:45:55 PM

GTX 660 ti is due for release August 16th. It should range from $250 - $300. I would wait two weeks to check out the benchmarks on that card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $266.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios


This psu down below is manufactured by CWT and is the non modular version of the Corsair TX550-M.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 - $44.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $86.63 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $88.73 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Driv... $104.58 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-120G-G25
August 2, 2012 11:46:01 PM

Kingxx said:
Okvthank you,to gallarain I would like to have around 500-1tb I live in the USA, I would like to play skyrim and diablo without lag, good for Internet and good quality and reliable, I do very much like what jmer806 gave me but what is over clocking I'm not understanding it also jmer806 should I get any thing else for the build or is this all? Im getting most of this for my birthday and already have a super good monitor and mouse and keyboard but so now I have the next case and all the stuff you just gave me would I be good to just go into making it? I do have a few more questions I might ask tomorrow if that's fine I'm going to do my research on all the components you gave me in the link.Thanks elliott


Since you already have a case, the only other thing that you will need is an operating system. A system builder version of Windows 7 will run you around $100 dollars.

But physically, yes you'll be able to build everything with what I gave you.

OCing, by the way, means overclocking. If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it.

You'll be able to play D3 without any problem, but Skyrim is a more CPU intensive game that might lag a bit with an i3. You can spend an extra $50-$100 and move your CPU up to the Intel i5 2500 or 2500k (the 2500k is unlocked so that you can overclock it if you ever choose to, it's a better CPU but is more expensive) to get 4 more cores. It will play Skyrim better, but will be more expensive. To save a few dollars you can drop the air cooler I included, since with no overclocking it's not really necessary.
August 2, 2012 11:52:26 PM

Why_Me said:
GTX 660 ti is due for release August 16th. It should range from $250 - $300. I would wait two weeks to check out the benchmarks on that card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $266.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios


This psu down below is manufactured by CWT and is the non modular version of the Corsair TX550-M.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 - $44.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $86.63 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $88.73 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Driv... $104.58 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-120G-G25


Dude, his budget is max $700. Your components put him at over $730 without a graphics card.

ETA: Although some of your components will be money savers over ones I picked. That's up to OP. I'm just sayin, this is a nice build but it's too expensive.
August 3, 2012 12:35:53 AM

I'm going with jmers setup but will the power supply be able to withstand all the power I'll give it as in LEDs and a touch screen fan controller and it monitors heat, and all the fans the nzxt can hold? Also so if I move up to an i5 2500 will that work with skyrim?
August 3, 2012 1:01:21 AM

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gt...
also in sept the new i3 ib should be out too. so for the same money you get a little faster cpu. I would swap the x68 for a h77 mb or a z77mb. if you have a local micro center you can sometime get good cpu and mb combo deals. (look at there sales flyer.)
for power most fans and led use very little power. it the cpu and gpu that suck up most of the 12v plus line. nxzt has a few led products out there. one new one is the hue where it a 5 inch bay dmx controller and few fet of rgb leds. so you can have any color or brightness of the led in your case. they also make 1 and 2 meter led strips in soild colors. there are also on new egg and on ebay led that connect to 4 pin molex..there one color and non adjustable in there brightness. with cpu i3 and i5 what your getting is two more cores. so that when you play a game and have a good vidoe card there less chance of bottlenecking the video card. toms and other forums did tests with low end cpu and gpu..some gpu and some games did bottleneck on the lower end i3 cpu. the i3 not bad cpu for gaming..it makes a very good entry level gaming system. just dont make an error thinking that it blow the doors off some of these high end games. (with the newer 6xx video cards a lot of these high end games should be playable). I also look into tossing in a wifi n card (pci) into the build. there cheaper most time then the usb stick ones.
August 3, 2012 2:21:51 AM

Kingxx said:
I'm going with jmers setup but will the power supply be able to withstand all the power I'll give it as in LEDs and a touch screen fan controller and it monitors heat, and all the fans the nzxt can hold? Also so if I move up to an i5 2500 will that work with skyrim?


Yes, power-wise you'll be fine with 650W, or even less really.

The 2500 will play Skyrim better, but I am not sure if the difference would be significant.
August 3, 2012 3:33:55 AM

Ok, thanks. I might go with an i5 processor but one question I forgot to ask everything will be compatible right?
August 3, 2012 4:03:30 AM

Ok I'm in a bit of a pickle for cases wether to go with the nzxt phantom or the nzxt m59? Which one I think the m59 because the price is cut in half please help
August 3, 2012 10:16:56 PM

I thought you already had the case?

I can't tell you which case to get. I *personally* don't care for the look of the NZXT Phantom and so would get the M59, but that's really a personal decision. Get whichever one you like better. But only get the Phantom if you like it twice as much since it'll cost you twice as much :p 
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