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Console gamer here looking to go into pc gaming need help with build

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August 22, 2012 6:04:28 PM

hey guys im finally leaving xbox as I have seen how pc gaming is superior to console gaming, but really need help with a build. My mom has agreed to let me build one(15 years old and not a noob by the way) with a 1000 budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or the next

Budget Range: 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3, Minecraft, Arkham City), web surfing, ms office, etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 Home 64-bit Oem)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Parts Preferences: definitely an i5- 3450, would like a new 660ti :bounce:  if it fits in the budget

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Thanks in advance :) 

August 22, 2012 6:15:50 PM

How about something like the build below? Gaming @ 1080 resolution with a GTX 660ti is a bit of overkill unless you are using multiple monitors... Consider scaling down if you are only using a single monitor.


MB - ASRock Z75 Pro3 - $85
CPU - i5-3450 - $200
CPU COOLER - Hyper 212 EVO - $35
MEM - G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5v - $44
SSD - ADATA S510 120GB - $80
HD - Seagate 7200.9 500GB - $70
GPU - EVGA SuperClocked GTX 660Ti - $310
BD - LB 14x BD-RW - $60
PSU - Antec EarthWatts Platinum EA650 - $120
CASE - CM HAF 912 - $60
CASE FANS - Cooler Master 120mm 4-pack - $14

$1078

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100
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August 22, 2012 6:19:29 PM

like that build a lot as for the gpu i will be gaming on a single monitor what do you think about a gtx 560 or hd 7770 ghz
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August 22, 2012 6:50:05 PM

Single monitor at 1920x1080 would be...

Radeon:
HD 7770
HD 6850
HD 6870 (best performance per dollar)

GeForce:
GTX 550 Ti
GTX 560 SE
GTX 560
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August 22, 2012 6:59:01 PM

here's my suggestion for a $1000 build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($192.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G245HQ Abmid 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.63 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $955.07
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-22 14:55 EDT-0400)

its $975 before rebates, but includes shipping, which leaves you a bit to buy speakers.

this includes the system, an SSD, a 7850 for top-end games (EVERYTHING at Ultra now, and probably ultra/high for at least the next 2-3 years), a quad-core ivy bridge processor that can be lightly overclocked (4 bins) safely if you want to fiddle with overclocking. an SSD for your most important games and operating system, a large storage drive, a 23.6" monitor, Windows 7, a keyboard and mouse.

you have $25 left for some speakers and/or an XBox style controller or joystick.
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August 22, 2012 7:03:53 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
here's my suggestion for a $1000 build:


Good build! Don't forget about a PSU though...
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August 22, 2012 7:08:24 PM

I much prefer Screwy's build. He doesn't need the monitor, so put that money on the PSU.
You may wish to pick up the keyboard and mouse after a hands-on, such as at a local Staples, Office Depot, or Worst Buy.
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August 22, 2012 7:22:00 PM

Onus said:
I much prefer Screwy's build.


There really isn't that much difference sans the GPU... H77 vs Z75 is a wash in this instance. BD-RW vs DVD-RW is a wash as well. Same CPU and memory specs.... Storage options are very similar (Sandforce controlled SSD). With the two build options and thread discussion there should be little trouble putting together a system to meet alex2718's needs.
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August 23, 2012 12:41:29 AM

Oh, but there was, at least to me. Screwy's build had no CM products in it, which is a big deal to me. That company is provably dishonest; my quotation was inspired by that fact. I was also a little concerned that you selected a .9 HDD, although that wasn't as big a deal; if it works reliably and is inexpensive, hey why not?
If budget allows, if at all possible I'd suggest a non-Sandforce SSD as I'm still skeptical of their long term reliability. I had 2/4 fail, although I've got another couple I haven't yet placed into service. I take precautions and don't use dicey PSUs, so I don't think it's me. Forums and reviews are full of comments about some Sandforce drives, and I'm reluctant to recommend anything I'm not pretty certain will be trouble-free.
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August 23, 2012 3:26:58 AM

What do you guys think of my build after basing it on your recommendations:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($156.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Vulcan Black MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($69.94 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($57.08 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.37 @ Amazon)
Total: $769.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-22 23:19 EDT-0400)



Its missing a couple of parts like keyboard, blu-ray, xbox controller, etc. On newegg it comes to about $1000 exact right, in my budget :bounce:  Also what do u guys think of an h60, have always been a little curious water cooling
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August 23, 2012 4:18:02 AM

water cooling is completely unneeded with a 3450. Its for high-end overclocking. And the H60 is not as good as many similarly priced air coolers.

H100 is better, but again, completely unnecessary for your build. The Hyper 212 is also unneeded. the stock intel fan is all you need for a 3450 with very limited overclocking needs.

Use the $30 in the cooler for your video card (HD 7850 from XFX is the best value 1920x1080 card today)
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August 23, 2012 9:55:23 AM

I agree with Screwy there too. The stock Intel fan is also pretty quiet. You'll also need a hard drive. I just picked up a couple of WD Black drives for my wife's new PC because they're one of the few (if not the only) that still has a 5-year warranty.
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August 23, 2012 10:07:26 AM

his ice-q 7870 $239
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6814161404
h77 mobo $74.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6813135306
I5 3570 $214
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6819115233
2x 4gb gskill ares $43.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820231544
rosewill capstone 450W gold $69.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6817182066
90gb ocz ssd $69.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820227757
seagate 750gb 7200rpm hdd $59.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6822148702
slverstone tj-08 $109
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6811163182
lg dvd burner $18.59
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6827136247
120mm fan $9.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6811999346
$800 build (Canadian)
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August 23, 2012 9:38:32 PM

The brand is now fine, but I think 450W may not have enough headroom to offer longevity in this build. I think 500W-550W would be better long term choices.
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