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1st timer building a PC...

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August 25, 2012 12:25:17 AM

Hello guys this seems like a great place to ask about building a new PC.. I'd like to make purchasing all these components worth every buck so instead of buying online with ibuypower or cyberpower, I was hoping I could just go through what I am looking to do with this desktop and what my price range is.

I want to do smooth gaming over medium-high settings with no hiccups. I learned my lesson buying the m11x alienware computer but I didn't really take care of it that well, and I learned my lesson not to leave it overclocked in 130 degree weather, lol. I also want to do 3d modeling and hopefully get smooth performance with that too.

I'm looking to spend 1000$-1500$ but here's the thing, I would like to "future-proof" it and make small little upgrades as time goes on, does that make sense to everyone? The components with the highest value, i would like to get the most bang for my buck. Example would be the value lasting over the longest time I would want it to last for awhile. So I'm not sure exactly what component is the most important but I know graphics cards change like 3 times over a year, lol (exaggerating) but yes, I'm really intimidated and it would be great to have some help along the way!

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August 25, 2012 12:23:57 PM

Just get a good base. Get a good CPU and graphics card so you don't have to change 3 times a year :) .

CPU: i5-3570k
CPU HSF: CM Hyper 212 Evo (optional to reduce temps and noise if not OCing, but really important if you want OCing)
2nd Option for CPU HSF: Noctua NH-D14 (This would work well when you plan a high OC
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H (Great SLI/CF Motherboard)
RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR3 2x4GB 1600 MHz (Cheapest right now)
Graphics card: MSI Power Edition Nvidia GeForce 670
2nd Graphics card option, if you like AMD more: HIS IceQ X^2 AMD Radeon HD 7970
Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW (this doesn't matter on what brand you choose)
HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200RPM (This also doesn't matter)
SSD: Crucial m4 128GB
PSU: Corsair TX750 (Will let you SLI/CF the cards I suggested)
Case: Corsair 600T (for this model you can wait it on sale :) )

Total:~$1425 (+$50 ($1475) if you're getting the noctua cooler).

This is going to be great for you and suit your budget well :) .
August 25, 2012 1:12:37 PM

HERES what i would recommend with your ambient temps... for performance and lengivity...

The H100 CPU cooler can actually be mounted in the front of the case so it has direct access to filtered fresh air which works very well in my experience.
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August 25, 2012 2:27:01 PM

Thanks for the reply... but I would like to ask about i7 Processors... it seems like I could easily buy under 1k and land an i7 processor but have to sacrifice a graphics card, i would like thoughts concerning both sides processor vs gpu.. and honestly this is great however I don't even know how to install these things, I don't want to accidentally break something, like i stated i'm a first timer lol.

Also, what is the most important and valuable component of a computer? and I also wanted to ask was there a build feature in the newegg website? how do you even know if these are compatible?

edit: I also wanted to ask about shipping I am more than happy to pay more for professional and care of shipping, but I live in apartments. I want to know which company ships because I don't want them just randomly throwing my PC over my small fence. It may sound stupid but I am paranoid about shipping since I ordered a book last week and it was just left on my floor for everyone to grab when I got home
August 25, 2012 6:46:20 PM

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