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September 1, 2012 8:51:48 PM

Hello, Was wondering if I could get some advice on a new gaming rig. Looking to spend 900-1200. Mainly will be a gaming computer Will be my first complete build but do have some limited knowledge. Any help is really appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Coop
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September 1, 2012 10:19:46 PM

What currency is your budget? Do you need peripherals included (monitor, OS, keyboard/mouse)? If you already have monitor, what is the resolution? Do you have any particular games, you want to play (knowing CAN help decide whether you would be better with nVidia, or AMD graphics)?
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September 1, 2012 10:38:47 PM

It would help if you filled out the template on the systems section :) 
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September 1, 2012 10:45:57 PM

will fill it out now...sorry was tryin to post while my 4 yr old son was running around =)
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a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2012 10:47:35 PM

It's okay :) 
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September 1, 2012 11:01:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month or so

Budget Range: 1000 - 1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: will need it all

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Location: Alabama/ Tuscaloosa/ US

Parts Preferences: Intel CpU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Later

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 ?

Additional Comments: Games will be World of Warcraft...Maybe GW2 or capable of some of the new ones coming out

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: really old hp computer, have been out of the gaming world for awhile
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September 1, 2012 11:04:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1078.24
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 19:03 EDT-0400)

There you go :)  This leaves you with around $300-$400 to choose a nice 1080p monitor for yourself :) 

You can feel confident this rig will most likely be able to max out almost any title out there today without a problem!
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September 1, 2012 11:08:09 PM

Thanks very much Mocchan for the fast response!
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September 1, 2012 11:28:48 PM

You're very welcome! :) 

If you have a certain case in mind, or have a certain piece of hardware in mind, please let me know and I'll be more than happy to swap out any component!
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September 2, 2012 12:24:43 AM

Should I get a bigger PSU if I plan on SLI later? What about adding 3 monitors later as well will this support that?
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September 2, 2012 12:37:53 AM

To be honest, whilst that's a nice build, I think 500W is a bit light, especially if you want to overclock. Personally, I would prefer to have 600 or 650W. If you do want to add second card in crossfire, you would need at least 850W. Whether it's worth doing that now depends how likely you are to upgrade to tri-monitor, in the near future.
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September 2, 2012 1:08:08 AM

Is it possible to get a decent NVIDIA GeForce graphics card that is compatible, fast, and still in budget?
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September 2, 2012 2:30:02 AM

To he honest, the Radeon HD7950 won't use too much power to begin with, most models only use around 150-200w. That leaves the PSU with 300W headroom for the CPU, and other components, which is MORE than enough :)  The 3570k will use 77w at stock, and will only use around 100w once overclocked; thus PSU can provide enough juice.

Also, if you are planning to do SLI/Crossfire in the future, you may want to get a 750w PSU. For a 3 way 4 way SLI/Crossfire, you will want a 1000w unit.
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September 2, 2012 2:44:16 AM

Mocchan , I like you're setup also, but here is mine just in case.


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: AMD Performance Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Performance Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VM400M1W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Cougar 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: HP 481041-B21 DVD/CD Drive ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1152.41
(Prices include shipping

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September 2, 2012 3:19:28 AM

Laziirz said:
Mocchan , I like you're setup also, but here is mine just in case.


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: AMD Performance Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Performance Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VM400M1W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Cougar 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: HP 481041-B21 DVD/CD Drive ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1152.41
(Prices include shipping


Why get the 2500k when the 3570k is available? Better features, almost the same OC capability, and it's faster than Sandy Bridge.

Also why get the B75 chipset with a "K" sku CPU? You won't be able to do any overclocking, which is silly IMO :(  If you weren't looking to OC, get the i5-3450 with the H77 chipset.

Change out the memory for something different; why get AMD branded RAM with an Intel set up? That's just silly :ll:

HD7870 isn't worth the money, especially if you can invest more into something like an HD7950 or GTX660 Ti.

No need to get a 1000w PSU, a 650w will do fine for ALL GPU's on the market at the moment, as long as it's a single GPU card.

Is the optical drive you chose a BluRay burner? Otherwise that $100 price tag is overkill.

Finally, try investing in an SSD, it will make your computing experience much more pleasurable.

I think that's about all the recommendations/gripes I have.
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September 2, 2012 8:53:01 AM

Coop714 said:
what psu would you recommend Malbluff?
also is this a decent monitor, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

To be honest, having looked at the prices, you are getting a really good deal, so probably not worth going up to 600W, just to allow for agressive overclocking etc, as the cheapest good ones seem to all be around $80. If you are planning on crossfire, in near future, then you will need 750W.
Monitor is fine, quite like that one, myself.
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September 2, 2012 10:28:04 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... went with this PSU. It all should be here in a week or so. Thanks again for all that helped with this build.
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
cant get the link to work but this is the psu i used
Coop
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September 2, 2012 10:50:18 AM

Coop714 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... went with this PSU. It all should be here in a week or so. Thanks again for all that helped with this build.
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
cant get the link to work but this is the psu i used
Coop

Excellent PSU, and will handle crossfire, with ease. Just spotted a post re suitable nVidia alternatives. The new GTX660Ti is a good card, and whilst not vastly superior (to 7870) across all games, it is a lot better in some.
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September 2, 2012 12:04:50 PM

malbluff said:
Excellent PSU, and will handle crossfire, with ease. Just spotted a post re suitable nVidia alternatives. The new GTX660Ti is a good card, and whilst not vastly superior (to 7870) across all games, it is a lot better in some.





Should I get the GTX660ti? This will be my first amd card and I got to reading some feedback that it has some noise issues and drivers were lacking ?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2012 12:45:31 PM

You should check out benchmarks for games you want to play. I'm an nVidia fan, so perhaps a bit biased. The 660Ti is better than 7870 (competing with 7950, in some things), but more expensive. Better value? Debateable, it really does depend what game, what resolution, and even what country you are buying in. Most of the 660's come with free Borderlands 2, if that helps.
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September 2, 2012 2:41:18 PM

Parts have already been shipped so will be going with the Radeon 7950
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September 2, 2012 9:07:36 PM

Coop714 said:
Parts have already been shipped so will be going with the Radeon 7950

Great choice of GPU, the GTX660 Ti is a great card, however, it is easily beaten by the HD7950 at the $300 price point.
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