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First time building a gaming computer, can anyone help me out?

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November 11, 2012 4:04:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks

Budget Range: Approximately $1100,

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/video editing (Hawken, Planetside 2, Mech Warrior Online, Warframe, )

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything.

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor, Nvidia GTX 670

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (need to buy)

Additional Comments: I'd like room to upgrade this computer in a year or so with upcoming games,

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: At the moment I'm currently using an Alienware m14x laptop for gaming, Generally at lowest graphics to get the most framerate. I'd like to be able to play with high settings and not be worried about dropping framerate too much.

All responses appreciated, maybe teach me a thing or two as well, haha.
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 12:57:01 PM

It's difficult to include CPU overclocking, monitor, OS, GTX670, and decent quality, even close to $1100. If you leave out CPU overclocking, it's reasonable, like this
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($191.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($168.04 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1136.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 09:47 EST-0500)

You could be closer to having CPU overclocking, using HD7950, for GPU.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($168.04 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1087.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 09:53 EST-0500)

You should note that the deal price on i5-3570K is in store, only, at Microcentre. Elsewhere cost is $50 higher.
There are areas where some savings could be made, with slight drop in quality eg case.
November 11, 2012 8:24:02 PM

I can probably do without a monitor for a while, I've got a tv I don't use that could work. Would that help at all?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 9:21:33 PM
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This would be fine. I've added a better mobo and hard drive, as there's more freedom, in budget. If you'd prefer to save money, you could go back to original choices for those items.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1074.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 18:17 EST-0500)

Remember that processor deal is in-store with Microcentre. Elsewhere you need to add aprox $50.
November 19, 2012 2:17:33 PM

Best answer selected by Lazy the Gypsy.
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