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Building my first gaming PC

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October 2, 2012 8:31:30 AM

Hi, first time poster here :) 

I'm planning to build my own gaming pc within the next couple of months. My budget is about 1200-1400 $ not including monitor, but as I live in Norway, the prices are approximately 20-25% above the US (as far as I can see..)

I've thought about the i5 3570K processor and the Asus GTX670, but I'm lost when it comes to just about everything else.
I would like advice as to which motherboard I should choose for this price range, and what a cheaper board limits compared to a more expensive one.
Advice on cabinets, ram and HDD is much appreciated. I have a 120gig Intel SSD (320-series, I think) which I hope to use in the new build.

My last wish for my build is that it should be as future proof as possible within the price range I mentioned at the top.

Cheers!

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October 2, 2012 9:35:45 AM

personaly i would say for the cpu to go for a intel i7-3770(if it is in your price range)or if not i would probly reccomend the amd fx-8150 as is really great for the price
October 2, 2012 10:28:05 AM

Any thoughts on the rest of the setup? I really don't know anything about the different chipsets on motherboards for example.
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October 2, 2012 10:41:13 AM

Your CPU and GPU choices are solid.

As for mobo get the ASRock Z77 Pro3 or the Extreme4 if you're planning SLI in the near future.

I like the Swedish Fractal Design cases.

8 GB 1600 MHz RAM is fine, make sure it's 1.5V or less and get the cheapest one.

The SSD is good. Pair it with a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD for storage.

These choices should maximize your value.
October 2, 2012 8:27:55 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Your CPU and GPU choices are solid.

As for mobo get the ASRock Z77 Pro3 or the Extreme4 if you're planning SLI in the near future.

I like the Swedish Fractal Design cases.

8 GB 1600 MHz RAM is fine, make sure it's 1.5V or less and get the cheapest one.

The SSD is good. Pair it with a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD for storage.

These choices should maximize your value.



Thanks for the input!
I guess a build kind of like this then:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j98c

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $949.48

Anything else I would need to think about? Additional cooling, or is stock cooling for processor good enough? Extra/bigger/better fans?

Edit: Note, this build, after just a quick look in at stores, will come to about 1400$ where I'm from..
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October 2, 2012 9:15:30 PM

Yep seems brilliant. Grab the CM Hyper 212 EVO cooler.
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October 2, 2012 9:18:35 PM

Of course a cheaper case won't affect performance.
October 5, 2012 7:19:47 AM

FinneousPJ said:
Of course a cheaper case won't affect performance.


This sounds pretty sweet. I'll be using my pc for games mostly. My screen resolution for the time being is 1680x1050. Prices in Norway is a little higher than the US/UK, so if I would want to cut costs on the setup above, I guess going for a cheaper GPU would be the way to go?
For 1680x1050 (probably 1920x1080 in the future) gaming, not necesarily on Ultra settings, that is.
I want a computer that plays new games without problems, but I always try to find the best combination of price and performance, and even though I like the idea of a ass kicking setup, I feel that a 400$ GPU is sort of an overkill for my need..
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October 5, 2012 10:57:47 AM

I feel the HD7850 is the best value card for single screen gaming.
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