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October 8, 2012 5:32:13 AM

Hello,
I am a first time builder looking to build a gaming computer of my own. I can spend 2,500 on the computer and I was wondering what a good build would be.

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October 8, 2012 7:53:01 AM

Hi Tomcg22

I would recommend to spend more on Mobo + Processor + RAM + GPU and distribute rest on other stuff.

Go for Core i7 3770 (K series if you want to OC), ASUS z77 mobo (may be Sabertooth), Physx enabled GPU.
Then you can plan rest of the components.
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October 8, 2012 9:09:25 AM

No point in i7; get a 3570k if overclocking or cheaper i5 if not. Hyperthreading makes little to no difference in most games
No point in sabertooth.
Asus do not make the only good motherboards in the world.
Almost nobody uses PhysX anymore.

I assume this is in USD?
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October 8, 2012 9:31:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($197.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($312.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($312.86 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.37 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2711 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($794.54 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.22 @ Amazon)
Total: $2240.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Add your choice of case, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. ~$250 left
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October 10, 2012 4:32:34 AM

Thanks for all the help it's much appreciated!
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October 10, 2012 9:10:11 AM

Here you go,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG278HE 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($499.00 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.39 @ Amazon)
Total: $2452.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

That 144Hz refresh monitor would be perfect for the CF 7970 Ghz edition!

P.S - The CPU is only for in-store pickup. I suggest you go get it since they have this CPU+Mobo promo, you can get discounts on both.
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