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November 2, 2012 9:38:27 PM

Hey guys, I was wondering about what I should do for a new gaming computer 2012. Probably around $2000 max, but best would be around $1700-1900.
Motherboard: AsRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 = $125
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500 = $204
RAM: 8G Kit 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws-X = $55
HDD: Intel 320 120GB = $185
Seagate SATA 3 2TB = $129
PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520 = $67
Bluray: SATA LG Bluray Combo = $58
Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D = $215
I also would like one screen extra. I already have keyboard and mouse, but if there's something really good, feel free to recommend it. I don't know what GPU to go for - thinking maybe a Powercolor 2GB 6950 for $249. What improvements should I make to this rig (found here http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1883541) using a couple hundred dollars extra? Feel free to post any suggestions. Also, are there any other really cool looking and practical cases for less than Corsair? I kinda like the setup though. I have Windows 7 already. I'll be reading this again in 24 hours, I'm busy till then.
November 2, 2012 9:56:59 PM

Perhaps an SSD for your OS? Or a bigger one? Crucial 512 GB Internal SSD Serial ATA-600 2.5" M4 Costs $422, and Kingston SSDNow 32 GB Internal SSD Serial ATA-300 2.5" V100 costs only like $65. Runs a lot faster than a normal hard drive. Anyone else agree?
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November 2, 2012 10:13:01 PM

I would get one of the new Ivy Bridge processors and a ASRock Extreme 3 or 4 motherboard to go with it.

All of the other parts look alright. And the GPU I would go for at that price is definitely the 7870, which is much faster and cheaper as well.

A case is a matter of preference, but some are definitely better than others.
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November 3, 2012 5:52:02 AM

So I'm not turning out to be that busy :p  I have summarised, edited and read up on my list.
Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 - $134.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
CPU: Ivy Bridge i7-3770k 3.5GHz - $319.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB) - $69.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 5900RPM 2TB - $99.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
SSD: OCZ Onyx Series 32GB Internal SSD - $49.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520C 520W - $54.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition - $249.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Case: Antex Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower - $99.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
I looked all the prices up on newegg to get an estimate, as you can see. This totals out to $1085, which leaves me with PLENTY of money left for a mouse / keyboard and extra screen (I already have speakers).
Keyboard: Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER Pro Gaming Keyboard Fan Cooler Black - $67.00 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Mouse: Raptor-Gaming 200dpi optical gaming mouse - $24.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Screen: ASUS Glossy Black 24" HDMI - $199.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Here are my questions (this is my first time making a computer):
Is that PSU good enough / fine?
Is that case big enough?
Is this future proof, and if so, for how long (do you think)?
Will this run all modern games?
How long does it take a first timer to build a computer - using only online guides
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November 3, 2012 8:24:53 AM

If you want to overclock that processor, you will need a CPU fan.

Though, if you are just gaming, there is no need for an i7, as the i5 gets the same job done cheaper at a lower price.

If you are overclocking, go for the 3570K, if you aren't overclocking, go for the i5-34xx and a H77 to save money without losing gaming performance.

The PSU should be fine, and the case (while a little expensive for me) should be sufficient.

It should play future games for as long as you will accept it. If you ONLY want to play on ULTRA settings all the time, you are going to have to upgrade every year. But if you are happy with high and medium or so, this should last a good 4 years on all the games coming out.

When I first built mine, it took me about an hour or so. Now, after building alot, it takes me 30-45 minutes WITH cable management and asthetic.
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November 3, 2012 5:52:47 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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November 5, 2012 8:18:41 AM

Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 - $134.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz - $229.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB) - $69.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 5900RPM 2TB - $99.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD - $104.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520C 520W - $54.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB - $429.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Case: Antex Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower - $99.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Keyboard: Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER Pro Gaming Keyboard Fan Cooler Black - $67.00 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Mouse: Raptor-Gaming 200dpi optical gaming mouse - $24.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
CPU fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU fan - $31.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Went to 7970 for GPU, removed extra screen.

Total: $1348

Questions:
Does all the wiring come with the computer parts/case?
Are there any special tools needed except for an anti-static wristband and a screwdriver?
Can you put both the SSD and HDD in the same case?
How loud will this computer be?
Is it a stable computer i.e. do all the parts play nicely together?
Can I overclock this computer?

I may or may not get answered for this. Chances are no one will view it, but if you do, please answer :D 
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