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$1200 Gaming PC - First Time Build

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September 24, 2012 7:26:28 AM

Hey guys I am a really new when it comes to building a desktop, so please bear with me. I have been looking around at some prebuilt desktops and they all seem to be lacking in computer graphics and performance and so I have decided I want to build my own. Mainly, I am going to be using this computer to play games like Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 and would like to run these games on ultra graphic setting without any fps lag. Also the ability to easily multi-task would be an added bonus as well because I am a student and I will have some online classes to take care of in the near future. I have put together a build from people who have recommended a lot of these parts and I was wondering if I could get some feedback on how good it will run games on maxed graphics. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also is it easy to build a computer, I have heard some different things about it. Thanks!


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/inCT

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September 24, 2012 7:49:38 AM

If your not going to crossfire that card down the road, then i'd go with a 550watt or 650 PSU. With that build i believe its more then capable of playing SC2 and DB3 maxed on Ultra. Its a nice build, I'm sure some other people will point you to the right direction. As far as the build that looks great minus the PSU whether you crossfire or not. Good luck.
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September 24, 2012 8:00:14 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/inF3

unless you have plans to run your GPU in SLI, 600-650W is more than enough. getting a cheaper 80 plus Bronze PSU is an option as well.

it is KINDA easy building a PC, though it is highly recommended that you read the manual slowly all the way through. when in doubt, send the parts in to be build by a trusted third party for a price.

also check the motherboard manufacturer's website for your motherboard's compatibility with the RAM model you chose. yes, that is, and can actually be a problem.

you may or may not experience some hiccups so expect to RMA some of the parts at the very worst, the forum being a testament to that. if you're lucky, you may not need to troubleshoot anything and everything runs fine at first boot.
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September 24, 2012 8:10:27 AM

OK, I'll be honest this is a bit of an aged video.It's still teaching a novice how to build their computer. By the way this is not showing every step so it's just a basic guidePart 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw&list=PLB029F... Part 2 - Building Your Computer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls&list=PLB029F...
Part 3 - Installing an Operating System & Finishing Touches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&list=PLB029F... . I tweaked your build a little bit better bang for buck now take a look also you could get a lesser psu i just picked this one to give you breathing room

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1168.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-24 04:36 EDT-0400)

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September 24, 2012 8:46:10 AM

^ +1
All I'd change is the Mobo to ASRock z77 Extreme4. I doubt he'll need the extra stuff from the GA-Z77X-UD3H. + the ASRock has an intergrated LAN chipset already.
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September 24, 2012 9:28:21 AM

Add a case and choose a card. This build allows you to run two of any of those cards down below for a future dual card set up.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GH24NS90B-Super-In... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
LG Electronics GH24NS90B 24 X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk without Software - Black

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $180.00 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.70 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $750.66 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us.asp?Model=Z77%20Ex... <----- another look at that Asrock board up above

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $299.99 - $279.99 after $20.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

or...

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7950-TWIN-FROZR-3GD5/dp/B007... $321.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $306.99
MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC

or...

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N670WF2-2GD


http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-Dri... $84.79 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital 1 TB WD Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive
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September 24, 2012 9:46:44 AM

excella1221 said:
^ +1
All I'd change is the Mobo to ASRock z77 Extreme4. I doubt he'll need the extra stuff from the GA-Z77X-UD3H. + the ASRock has an intergrated LAN chipset already.
Thanks however as much hype as that mobo gets i don't think i would sleep well at night without letting OP know Asrock try to skimp on this mobo a bit to much i don't respect that or want to help encourage them to think it's o.k. to pull bs like they did with the Extreme4 in the future it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.

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September 24, 2012 9:55:08 AM

I think... I got the gist of what you were trying to say, and I understand where you're coming from.
But really no offense, I'm having a hard time reading your posts. |:
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September 24, 2012 10:00:41 AM

lol sorry i am over tired
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