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First time - Gaming rig under $1000 Advice Needed

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August 6, 2012 1:53:43 AM

Hey guys, I want to make my own computer. This will be the first time I ever made one. My brother told me that this place is extremely helpful, so I decided to come and ask for some advice. I'm going to be making it a gaming rig.

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Parts not needed: Graphics card and Monitor

Budget Range: Around $1000

System Usage: I'm going to be using this as a gaming computer, but i will also be watching movies and all that.

Are you buying a monitor: I'm picking that out separately at a later time, so not needed.

Location: Paramus, New Jersey, USA

Parts Preferences:
Case: A Mid-Tower Coolermaster or the NZXT that i have in my link below
HDD: 1TB
RAM: 8GB
CPU: The best for what it's worth can be AMD or Intel
Graphics: I already have a Gigabyte Super Overclocked Radeon HD5770

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

I'm currently on a budget laptop that i guess is alright. But, it's not a gaming laptop and it's starting to get worse compared to the newer games.


I made a part list that i found myself but i'm not sure if it's good or not. So comment and suggest.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dVZh
Thank You
a c 271 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 2:16:31 AM

Hate to tell you but that 5770 won't cut it with a lot of modern games. For $1K I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1029.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-05 22:16 EDT-0400)
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August 6, 2012 2:21:57 AM

Yeah, I figured it probably wouldn't be that good.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 3:33:24 AM



That all will work - the Phantom 410 is a great case.

However I'm not real crazy about that cooler - there's better choices for $50. Like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 6, 2012 3:49:35 AM

That one looked good, however it doesn't say that it is compatible with the Motherboard i'm looking at
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August 6, 2012 4:22:17 AM

In order to play BF3 or any other high end game on the highest settings (@1080p) you not only require a good GPU but also a good CPU. So, lets get started with the components now.

CPU: Intel i5 3570K -- a little overclocking for the future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504
$230

MOBO: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 -- a full atx board for wholesome goodness.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293
$134

RAM: 8GB 1333Mhz G.skillz -- Affordable and future-friendly, 8GB is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231311
$43

GPU (1080p): Nvidia 660Ti or ATI Radeon 7950 -- 660Ti is releasing soon, for $300!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125414
$350

PSU: 600W OCZ ModXstream Pro -- It's Modular!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341017
$75

HDD: 1TB 64MB 7200RPM Cache Seagate/WD -- 1TB comes at a good $/GB rate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840
$90

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred -- For that spacious gaming need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021
$97

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo -- Need overclocking? Get this.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Maste [...] ds=EVO+212
$31

Total................... $1050
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a c 271 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 5:05:59 AM

Solidust1337 said:
That one looked good, however it doesn't say that it is compatible with the Motherboard i'm looking at


It is - anything that uses socket 1156 or 1155 will work with that motherboard.

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CASE: Antec Nine Hundred -- For that spacious gaming need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021
$97


No. For that price go with a Corsair 400R, NZXT Phantom 410, or Cooler Master HAF 922. The Antec 900 is so old and outdated that it's hard to recommend it anymore. If you want to stick with Antec - their newer 1100 has better cable management and air flow.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 7:00:09 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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.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/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/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $80.14 & 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.tweaktown.com/articles/4873/nvidia_geforce_g... <----- GTX 660 ti 2GB (est. retail $300 & due for release August 16th)

Total: $848.08 *not including shipping & rebates


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/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Driv... $100.49 & 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

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