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Making my first custom pc, need advice

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August 25, 2012 11:53:20 PM

I have no idea where to start with this. I have around $1000-$1200 to work with. I'm going for a gaming pc that can play new games on high settings and get 60+ fps. Thanks for any help.

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August 26, 2012 12:09:25 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In a month or so.

Budget Range: $800-$1000 after shipping and tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything in the tower.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Sahuarita, Arizona, US.

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900

Additional Comments: Would like it to be quiet. I mainly play games like Diablo 3, guild wars 2, and counter strike: global offensive.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current computer can't handle guild wars 2.
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a c 108 B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2012 1:45:03 AM

Sorry about the long wait, got called away to do something.

CPU: i5-3570k. $230
King of the gaming CPU's, you don't need anything more powerful than that.

Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $135
Great board with all the features you wold need.

RAM: G.SKill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1600mhz CL9 1.5v. $46
Fairly standard kit of RAM that looks good on the mobo.

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast 650W, 80+ Bronze. $90
Again, fairly standard PSU from a good brand.

GPU: Sapphire HD7850. $210

Case: Zalman Z9+. $65
Very nice case, has most of the features of higher end cases and looks pretty good.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit OEM. $100

Swap the optical drive from your old PC into this one.

Total: $966 (Before Shipping, rebates, promos or deals)

That will get you a nice gaming machine that is overclock ready, just need to strap an aftermarket heatsink to it (I recommend the CM Hyper 212 EVO). Should max out those games at 1080p, so at that resolution it'l do it quite easily.

a b 4 Gaming
a c 108 B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2012 2:07:28 AM

Links fixed.

It should fit, but the case itself isn't all that great. Not very good cable management options, front I/O is weaker than the Z9+, no transparent side panel, doesnt have the small things like a fan controller and less cooling.

The Zalman Z9+ is what I consider the best budget case.
August 26, 2012 2:11:07 AM

Alright, and what should I do for the optical drive? I don't need anything special for this, anything should do, so cheap is nice.
a b 4 Gaming
a c 108 B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2012 2:56:10 AM

Any cheap SATA drive will do.
Sony drive. $19
Most people only use the optical for installing Windows and some old games, so performance here doesn't matter that much.

Though again, if the optical in your current PC is SATA, you can use that one and save yourself $19.
August 26, 2012 2:58:37 AM

Alright, thanks a lot! Now I just need to make another $400 and i'll be set.
August 26, 2012 3:00:08 AM

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