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Looking to build my first gaming rig, could use some help

Last response: in Systems
September 11, 2012 3:53:28 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm new to TH and I came here on a recommendation from a friend who used this thread to help him build a rig recently. I am an avid gamer who has decided it is time to get a gaming PC. Please feel free to pick this apart and tell me I am stupid for picking one thing over another. I just want the best bang for my buck, also should i be going with the 7870 or the 7970 GFX chip they seem really similar.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month. (I am waiting for a paycheck)
Budget Range: $800-$1000

System Usage:Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes: but I am looking for a cheap copy since I am a student.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon since I have prime, Newegg, Tigerdirect.

Location: New York, New York, USA
Parts Preferences: I want an Intel CPU but besides that anything goes.
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: I am trying to stay under $1000 if at all possible, but I still want to have a relatively powerful rig. Also I need help with selecting a power supply and a case, as well as a wireless card.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a 4 year old Macbook that can't game for the life of it, and I am sick of it.

MOBO- MSI Z77MA-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS [...] 6813130647

CPU- Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K [...] PDKIKX0DER

GFX Card- ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5 [...] PDKIKX0DER

SSD- SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW [...] PDKIKX0DER

HD- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive [...] 6822148697

RAM- Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX [...] 6820104173

PSU- No idea, please help.

Case- No idea, but it does not need to be pretty, just functional and cheap.

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September 11, 2012 8:26:32 PM

Thank you for the help, but can you explain why you decided on that MoBo?
September 12, 2012 12:35:22 AM

because it is cheap, great, and has all the basic features to get you going
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