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Out of the game for awhile, need help with new gaming rig please!

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October 15, 2012 11:48:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping: $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

so i have experience building many PC's but it has been a couple years so i am out of touch with the newest components, etc. i currently game on a decent Dell laptop but as with any laptop, it's sluggish. i need to start from scratch, even a monitor. only things i have are keyboard and mouse. i would post a starter build to work off of, but again, i just do not know what is worth the money these days for a good gaming rig. i normally do not ask for "free" help, but in the past the fine folks of the Tom's Forums have succeeded in helping so here i try once more. anyone? anyone? bueller?

p.s.
i prefer AMD on the proc side and NVidia on the GPU side but am open to Intel/ATi as well...

THANKS FOR THE HELP!

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a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2012 11:59:32 PM

AMD has been out lately. but AMD GPUs are a good buy

here you go
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kraD

-included windows just in case if you need it. if you dont, id suggest getting a gigabyte 7970ghz edition video card instead. performs a fair bit better but does cost a fair chunk more

-included a 750w power supply incase you would like to do crossfire in the future. if you dont, id suggest getting a smaller psu (550w)

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October 16, 2012 12:11:55 AM

It has flipped -- AMD CPUs are not competative with Intel anymore (according to most), but their GPUs are great buys right now, especially if you are doing high-res gaming, multi monitors, etc. I think the 7970ghz edition (they did something to it that made it faster) is the fastest single GPU card on the market now, although it still trades blows with the 680 depending on the game.

That being said, I personally prefer nvidia GPUs--I have a pair of 670s in my system as I game on a 120hz 1080 monitor and they provide excellent performance. It's a bit overkill but I really like high FPS. The 670 is a great all-round GPU and only a tiny bit slower than its more expensive big brother, the 680.

At the end of the day, however, I would recomend trying to fit that 7970ghz edition into your build--I'm sure there are people here who can make it work :)  The card is an absolute beast and it will demolish any game at 1080. I think the guy above me suggested getting that if you can skipp buying windows, etc. If you spend the extra cash now you will be set for a good while!

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October 16, 2012 12:46:41 AM

TheBigTroll said:
AMD has been out lately. but AMD GPUs are a good buy

here you go
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kraD

-included windows just in case if you need it. if you dont, id suggest getting a gigabyte 7970ghz edition video card instead. performs a fair bit better but does cost a fair chunk more

-included a 750w power supply incase you would like to do crossfire in the future. if you dont, id suggest getting a smaller psu (550w)

much appreciated for the time my friend. i do have Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) already so i am good in that dept. as well, i'll take a look at this build. again, i appreciate it!
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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2012 1:03:51 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/krB7

I was able to fit a 7970 GHz in there. You could go for a 7950/70 to save money and opt for a better CPU cooler and/or motherboard. Looks good though.
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October 16, 2012 10:29:19 PM

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October 16, 2012 10:30:12 PM

mastrom101 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/krB7

I was able to fit a 7970 GHz in there. You could go for a 7950/70 to save money and opt for a better CPU cooler and/or motherboard. Looks good though.


gonna run with this most likely with some tweaks. definitely want that vid card and proc though as the core. THANKS!
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a b 4 Gaming
October 17, 2012 2:15:49 AM

No problem! If you need any more help, don't be afraid to post.
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October 18, 2012 12:11:51 AM
a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 9:11:49 PM

Both power supplies are excellent, the 212 is also very good. No need to make any changes
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 10:54:19 PM

ahh but the U12P SE2 is waay better in terms of temps and noise level.
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