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First Time Computer Build (Gaming). Tips greatly appreciated!

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November 8, 2012 3:23:42 AM

After doing some hard thinking I decided that my budget was a little too high for what I really want, I still want a gaming build of course but I have lowered my budget to around $900 max. Again, I appreciate all the help that you guys have given. With that being said here's the new build template I am looking at.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week up to/including Black Friday

Budget Range: $900-920ish with shipping and with a Monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Surfing the Internet, Streaming.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/n1nw
This template is basically what I want to base everything on, what you'll see here is pretty much everything that I want (unless I chose something really horrible, if thats the case please let me know if there are better choices for the money). With the exception of the Graphics Card and the Motherboard as this is where I am having the biggest trouble. I'm not sure whether to go for the i5 2550k/i5 3570k/i5 3550/i5 3450 or AMD FX-8320/FX-8150/FX-8350.

Forgot to mention that I do have access to MicroCenter, if that helps.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon preferred (whichever has the cheapest between these)

Location: New Milford, NJ 07646

Parts Preferences: AMD or Intel is fine with me, whichever you guys think will fit my needs. Also if there is a better GPU than what I have chosen with a lower price, by all means please tell.

Overclocking: Maybe (Not my main focus as I have not done enough research about it as I'm fairly new, but yes I would like to learn about it)

SLI or Crossfire: No, single GPU is fine with me

Your Monitor Resolution: The monitor I chose supports 1920x1080 resolution, which is a must-have for me as I want to play all my games at 1080p.

Additional Comments: Although I do consider myself as a gamer, I am not the one to care about a ~5 fps increase on the games that I play. All I really want is a very decent mid range gaming computer. The games I am planning to play and focus on are BF3, Diablo 3, League of Legends, Skyrim, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Guild Wars 2.

I do want to be able to play these games not necessarily on ultra, but I want the build to be able to handle 1080p resolution, high if not on ultra settings with a very good FPS without stress. Also a quiet PC certainly helps and I would hope for this build to last me quite some time before upgrading.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Main reason for upgrading is that I've had this computer since high school and I would like to treat myself to a good gaming build and I am also interested in how building a computer works, so why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone during the holiday season.

Thanks again for everyones time I love/ look forward to seeing your feedback.
November 8, 2012 3:32:47 AM

Your links don't work
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November 8, 2012 7:08:13 AM

here is a list i made up. if your gonna spend more than 1000 dollars on a pc than you have to go with intel and windows seven is still better than windows 8 in my opinion

case-coolermaster haf 912- $49.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119233

cpu- intel i5 3570k- $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504

gpu-radeon hd 7870- $219.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814161404

ram- G.skill ripjaws 8gb (2x4) 1600 mhz CL9-$39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231314

psu-SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W-$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151095

mobo-ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155-$114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293

cpu cooler-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO-$29.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103099

hdd-Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM -$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

monitor-ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor-$149.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236175

ssd Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820239049

you also get a free copy of farcry 3 and medal of honor warfighter
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November 8, 2012 7:09:57 AM

my links dont work but you ahve the idea those part are awsome for the money
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November 8, 2012 2:56:06 PM

Hey jrunv, I was looking through your post and I appreciate the feedback man, thank you. I was just wondering is an Intel i5 really necessary for what I want to do? My main focus is gaming but I will use this computer for everything basically. Also I noticed other people select lower PSUs, do i need a 750W PSU for the build I showed? Btw i saved the build you showed me also, thanks again but I'm just uneasy about buying an intel CPU because maybe it is too overkill. I wanna say that the most id spend on the Build w/o the monitor is $900-950ish, I know i said I got a $1200 budget but I do wanna save lol sorry for being unclear.
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November 8, 2012 3:58:13 PM

jrunv said:
here is a list i made up. if your gonna spend more than 1000 dollars on a pc than you have to go with intel and windows seven is still better than windows 8 in my opinion

case-coolermaster haf 912- $49.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119233

cpu- intel i5 3570k- $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504

gpu-radeon hd 7870- $219.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814161404

ram- G.skill ripjaws 8gb (2x4) 1600 mhz CL9-$39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231314

psu-SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W-$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151095

mobo-ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155-$114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293

cpu cooler-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO-$29.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103099

hdd-Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM -$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

monitor-ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor-$149.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236175

ssd Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820239049

you also get a free copy of farcry 3 and medal of honor warfighter


+1 WAY Better!
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November 8, 2012 4:24:47 PM

I'm guessing that Intel is the way to go for this kind of budget, I really appreciate the feedback btw thanks. It's really tough for me to decide on anything cause im really new to this. I'm going to make a new build and post it on here but I'm going to make the budget around $800 this time. Thanks for all the feedback again guys and more feedback is greatly appreciated or any kind of advice.
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November 8, 2012 10:36:44 PM

I decided to change my whole build around as I thought that my first build was a little too much for me. Hope you guys can check it out and make some comments as I am very eager to buy these parts so I can start building my first PC. Thanks guys.
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