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January 30, 2013 6:16:09 PM

Hello,

I'm currently looking for a new pc. I'm fine with my monitor for now, but would like a completely new tower.
My main use for the pc is heavy online gaming. That's it. I game 20-30 hours, sometimes more, a week, and aside from Hulu, Netflix, etc of the same ilk, my machine is devoted to gaming.
I would like to continue doing so, but not at my current performance with my 'old' pc.

I have $800-$1000 available to operate with...

Admittedly, I'm new to the whole buying and building. Would someone please give me some advice, etc.?

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January 30, 2013 6:47:01 PM

Right, I'll go through the main parts:

CPU: i5 3570K, I wouldn't waste money on an i7 for gaming as you're only paying for the i7's Hyperthreading technology mostly and there's a virtually 0% difference in gaming between the i5 3570K and the i7 3770K, Just get the i5 and over clock it.
One here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: For gaming I would reccomend the Sabertooth range from Asus, the Asrock Maximus from Asrock. They seem like popular gaming boards and have adequate PCie slots and what not. Just a hint though, I recommend a Z77 for an i5 CPU. NOTE: some of those motherboards are for AMD, be careful!
Here's some gaming motherboard reviews: http://www.techradar.com/news/computing-components/moth...

RAM, HDD and SSD: For gaming I would recmmend at least 8 GB of RAM, or 16GB is even better. Corsair Vengance seems to be the trusted brand for gaming RAM. Here's 8GB but you could buy 2 for 16GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would recommend at least 1TB HDD for all the gaming storage:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and an SSD (Solid State Drive) for speeding up loading times for example, of at least 124 GB, here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: For a fairly high budget of yours I'd recommend an AMD HD 7850 or a Nvidia Geforce GTX 670. They're excellent cards, but not too expensive. Just make sure the're compatible with your Motherboard Here's the AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The Nvidia: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: For powering the hardware there you will need at least a 500W PSU, but I'd recommend 600 or 700W PSU. Just to give you some headroom for upgrades and whatnot. Cooler Master, Corsair and OCZ are good brands. Also, look for an 80 PLUS certificate for efficiency. Here's 600W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here's 700W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And that's pretty much it for core parts.
The build here comes to $1080, but you could cut down on some parts such as a smaller SSD, 8GB of RAM or a cheaper motherboard than $220.
There are others such as CD drive, case, cooling to think about aswell, but they are more personal. :) 

Regards,
Dan.
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January 30, 2013 7:18:17 PM

NoooOoOOOOooo don't go for Sabertooth, the non-sabertooth Asus boards are quality and pack more features for less. Thermal armor is a major gimmick.
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January 30, 2013 10:54:21 PM

TheGreatHoylando said:
Right, I'll go through the main parts:

CPU: i5 3570K, I wouldn't waste money on an i7 for gaming as you're only paying for the i7's Hyperthreading technology mostly and there's a virtually 0% difference in gaming between the i5 3570K and the i7 3770K, Just get the i5 and over clock it.
One here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: For gaming I would reccomend the Sabertooth range from Asus, the Asrock Maximus from Asrock. They seem like popular gaming boards and have adequate PCie slots and what not. Just a hint though, I recommend a Z77 for an i5 CPU. NOTE: some of those motherboards are for AMD, be careful!
Here's some gaming motherboard reviews: http://www.techradar.com/news/computing-components/moth...

RAM, HDD and SSD: For gaming I would recmmend at least 8 GB of RAM, or 16GB is even better. Corsair Vengance seems to be the trusted brand for gaming RAM. Here's 8GB but you could buy 2 for 16GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would recommend at least 1TB HDD for all the gaming storage:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and an SSD (Solid State Drive) for speeding up loading times for example, of at least 124 GB, here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: For a fairly high budget of yours I'd recommend an AMD HD 7850 or a Nvidia Geforce GTX 670. They're excellent cards, but not too expensive. Just make sure the're compatible with your Motherboard Here's the AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The Nvidia: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: For powering the hardware there you will need at least a 500W PSU, but I'd recommend 600 or 700W PSU. Just to give you some headroom for upgrades and whatnot. Cooler Master, Corsair and OCZ are good brands. Also, look for an 80 PLUS certificate for efficiency. Here's 600W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here's 700W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And that's pretty much it for core parts.
The build here comes to $1080, but you could cut down on some parts such as a smaller SSD, 8GB of RAM or a cheaper motherboard than $220.
There are others such as CD drive, case, cooling to think about aswell, but they are more personal. :) 

Regards,
Dan.

That is FAR from what they need. An i3 is already more then they will use. Anyway why would they need a k CPU?
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January 30, 2013 11:18:36 PM

melikepie said:
Why do you need that?



Hi :) 

For the best graphics in the world on three 27in IIYAMA Monitors...

All the best Brett :) 
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January 30, 2013 11:26:43 PM

First off I'd like to say that you should completely ingore TheGreatHoylando's build, it's overpriced and not what you need, not to mention he/she didn't mention any other parts of the build.

So I came up with a build that will give you the performance you'll like. I would also like to say that as far as how the build is, that you should also focus on things such as the keyboard, mouse, speakers and other things you may want for your new PC.

CPU: For this I chose the i3 3220 because it's a simple dual core for tasks like what your doing. I've seen this specific CPU in action and it works great, makes a low amount of heat and uses a low amount of power. I would also like to say that it has integrated graphics so a graphics card is not needed, you can plug the video cables into the motherboard's ports in the back of the case. The graphics isn't the best for advanced games like Dirt 3, Battlefield 3, Minecraft (it runs decent but not perfect) and a lot more but assuming your not doing these you'll be just fine and it will save you money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: I went and picked out a micro atx motherboard so you can use smaller cases, assuming your not gonna be using 7 different slots for different PC expansions ;) .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: You don't need a CPU cooler since Intel's CPUs all come with one (AMD does that to) but because it makes a small annoying noise people like to replace it with something else (one major reason is so that they can overclock) and I went a step further with a replacement and choose one that's completley fanless, so the only noise left if are the case fans (assuming you chose the power supply I chose). Also don't worry that it has no reviews, I looked up a review and they said it was good, they said the only problem is that it couldn't cool a 130w CPU (yours is 55w) although newegg says it can cool anything about 150w but anything 95w+ needs a fan.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: I'm not gonna choose a case because it's your choice of what you want your PC to look like. So loo through this list and pick out what you think is good (if you want it to be small look under "Form Factor" in the case's details page and check if it's a "Mini Tower":
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Power Supply: I've chose another fanless part, it allows more power since it's a 400w but you can expand your pc:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: This is a good 8GB of RAM.......... that's all.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm gonna leave you to choosing you storage, look on how much the case you choose can hold and look for a nice DVD drive and HDD (look into SSDs).
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