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October 26, 2012 3:01:00 PM

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for taking the time to review this. After looking all over the web I decided to take the plunge and build my first pc. I’m concerned about compatibility between parts so I’m hoping you can all steer me in the right direction. I have had issues putting ram into existing builds which always scares me! In addition to asking for build advice I’m looking for some good how-to tutorials that you all could recommend. Thanks in advance.
Approximate Purchase Date: Roughly December 2012

Budget Range: Shooting for 1000 and under

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web browsing, some video watching

Are you buying a monitor: No, at least not initially

Parts to Upgrade: Everything!

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 or 8?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Pittsbugh, PA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Maybe – Not initially

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe – Not initially

Your Monitor Resolution: I’d like a 1920X1080 but will probably push the purchase of a new monitor to 2013.

Additional Comments: I want a windows PC that runs relatively quiet.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’m looking to upgrade to try out new titles like Assassin’s Creed 3 or Black Ops 2.

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October 26, 2012 3:45:38 PM

I have a build here that would be able to have these. I would try a 7870GHz because it seems like a better bang for the buck according to TomsHardware's GTX660ti review, though a GTX660 or 660ti would be great as well.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lued

this one includes a 660ti. its about 50 bucks over budget, though, but the 660ti is beast.

if you have a microcenter nearby, you can upgrade to an i7 for a really good price(229.99)
http://microcenter.com/product/376491/Core_i7_2700K_35G...

Best of Luck!
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October 26, 2012 4:22:52 PM

Thank you! I'm curious as to why you don't recommend a soundcard. Is onboard sound good enough in most cases? Also, I saw one incompatability between the case and the usb 3.0 hub but that's NBD. Any other thoughts?

Really appreciate the response but I'd like to look at a few options and compare. :wahoo: 
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October 26, 2012 4:42:19 PM

You don't need an i7 for gaming though. The performance difference of the i5-3570K and i7-3770K are the same with that usage.

And yes, onboard sound cards are more than enough unless you have an epic audio system.

Here you go. This one isn't going to OC and Crossfire, but it has everything you need and a powerful GPU that can max out almost any game you throw at it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $992.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 26, 2012 5:15:18 PM

Thank you! I'm curious about Windows 8, what's everyone's experience with it? Also, I'm spending almost 1/3 of my total cost on the videocard in the build above. Is it really necessary to go that crazy? I'm new with this all so I'm making sure to ask as many questions as possible.
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October 27, 2012 1:38:27 AM

Generally the GPU is the most important part of the system in a gaming build.

I wouldn't go for Win8, having tried the release preview. It's full of irritating design decisions, like programs on both Desktop and Metro, but you can do some stuff in only one of them. Control Panel is hopeless.
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October 27, 2012 6:37:38 PM

If I wanted to go with an Nvidia gpu what would you recommend? Nvidia is all I've ever known ;) 

excella1221 said:
You don't need an i7 for gaming though. The performance difference of the i5-3570K and i7-3770K are the same with that usage.

And yes, onboard sound cards are more than enough unless you have an epic audio system.

Here you go. This one isn't going to OC and Crossfire, but it has everything you need and a powerful GPU that can max out almost any game you throw at it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $992.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 28, 2012 1:34:16 AM

GTX 670 all the way.
The 660 Ti is crippled by its bus rate and the 680 is a very overpriced card that performs real close to the 670.
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November 5, 2012 12:50:42 PM

Best answer selected by wbarger.
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November 5, 2012 12:53:13 PM

I went ahead and ordered most of these parts and will be building soon. I did order the 660ti, I considered a 670 but started to go above the budget I really wanted to spend. I'll post some info once I build!
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November 5, 2012 4:03:17 PM

Have fun ^^
I actually found a 560ti the other day on NCIX for about 95 bucks. so... tempted... to.. build... :/ 
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November 5, 2012 6:12:17 PM

I hope I am happy with the 660TI. I've heard mixed things but it semes like a pretty good card. I didn't want to spend any more to get a 670 or 680 as I already went above my projected budget. Here's to gaming!
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November 11, 2012 12:30:48 PM

Build is commencing today, thank you all for your advice and thanks in advance for your tech support :) 

This is my first build, I'll keep you all post!
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