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November 12, 2012 8:25:17 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/xLe

After a couple months preparation I've finally built up the funds for my first build. This is what I have in mind but I'm still unsure about some things.

1. Will it be able to play new games lag free?

2. Should I buy Windows 8 because I've heard that its bad for gaming but I've also heard the opposite.

3. I've been hearing about some problems with the USB for the G400. Is that just a bad batch or is that a permanent problem.

4. I plan to add a second Video Card at one point or another. Will these parts support that?

Other than that I think I'm happy with everything. I don't want to go over 1,200 but I'm open to any criticism. I'm getting a good monitor for free so thats not included. The reason I have the processor under custom parts is because my local Microcenter sells it for very cheap. Thanks for the help.

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November 12, 2012 8:29:58 PM

Excellent build though I would recommend a few more dollars for the AMD 7950! Logtiech is really excellent with quality and support so no worries there.

Oh as far as Windows 8 goes, I would buy it since its only $40 right now and hold on to it for a while so that Microsoft can work out some compatibility issues. Definitley go with windows 7 home premium 64 bit for the time being!
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a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 8:42:27 PM

It looks pretty good as far as lag free what do you mean? What are your expectations in fps ? What res monitor will you be gaming on ? As for the G400 i heard the same thing i recommend you get one of these instead http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NTFATI/ref=as_li_s...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZMF26W/ref=as_li_s...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007Z1M50/ref=as_li_s...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q4U5DK/ref=as_li_s...
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a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 8:43:44 PM

patched things up a bit. new components + lower prices = needs changes
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nu5a

-cheaper faster ram
-faster ssd and its cheaper
-samsung drives are made by seagate and seagate is cheaper. why not?
-cheaper case but just as good
-7950 is worth the price. extra game and more performance + new boost bios
-much better gaming keyboard. membrane is no match for mechanical
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a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 8:44:26 PM

yeah as bigcyco said, the g9x is pretty good. i personally use the razer deathadder black edition.
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November 12, 2012 8:45:52 PM

1. Depend on the resolution of your screen and settings selected but for a few years you can run stuff at decent speed without sacrificing much detail.
2. Dont spend money on windows 8 yet.
3. No idea
4. Yes

There is a template on the forum you should have included so we would know more.
You plan to OC the CPU?No,then the i5-2500k is a waste of money and so is the heatsink.

Your motherboard is too good for your system!Sorry but i wouldnt buy a mid-low system with such a mobo.Buy something cheaper and get a better GPU.

Do you really need a SSD?Those are very expensive and the money would better go into a better GPU than gives you more gaming speed then the SSD does.

Your mouse and keyboard are very very expensive.I would put that money towards a GPU.You can buy the mouse/keyboard later but not the GPU.

So this is what I would buy:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nu3W

The build above is considering you OC the CPU.If you wont get rid of the heatsink and get and i5-3570(non 'k' series).
70$ save so you can wait a bit more and buy your keyboard/mouse combo.

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November 12, 2012 8:57:03 PM

TheBigTroll said:
yeah as bigcyco said, the g9x is pretty good. i personally use the razer deathadder black edition.
Nice i do not have that one.I have the g9x & Logitech MX 518 my son has Razer Deathadder & Logitech G700.The old lady has CM Storm Inferno.I honestly like them all :D 
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November 12, 2012 10:17:52 PM

blacknemesist said:
1. Depend on the resolution of your screen and settings selected but for a few years you can run stuff at decent speed without sacrificing much detail.
2. Dont spend money on windows 8 yet.
3. No idea
4. Yes

There is a template on the forum you should have included so we would know more.
You plan to OC the CPU?No,then the i5-2500k is a waste of money and so is the heatsink.

Your motherboard is too good for your system!Sorry but i wouldnt buy a mid-low system with such a mobo.Buy something cheaper and get a better GPU.

Do you really need a SSD?Those are very expensive and the money would better go into a better GPU than gives you more gaming speed then the SSD does.

Your mouse and keyboard are very very expensive.I would put that money towards a GPU.You can buy the mouse/keyboard later but not the GPU.

So this is what I would buy:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nu3W

The build above is considering you OC the CPU.If you wont get rid of the heatsink and get and i5-3570(non 'k' series).
70$ save so you can wait a bit more and buy your keyboard/mouse combo.


So what you're telling me is to not buy a keyboard and mouse and just buy a tower and monitor. You seem to forget that computers don't exactly work without a keyboard and mouse.

On a separate note, I'm not sure of the model or size of the monitor I'm getting (like I said, a gift from a generous person), but I do know it is 1920x1080 and the person I'm getting it from said its very nice. And I would take his word because hes a PC enthusiast. I'm definitely getting a 7950 now that I saw the price.. I'm leaving the keyboard the same for 2 reasons. I just don't like the clackiness of a mechanical keyboard and I don't think its nessecary to spend that much on one. For the mouse I'll go with the DeathAdder because its not overloaded with buttons (I find that a bit unnessecary for my type of gaming) and it has a nice sensitivity. So heres the updated list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nuSW
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November 12, 2012 10:26:55 PM

Oh and would it be worth it to crossfire a 7950 later on? Or is that just overkill?
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November 12, 2012 11:15:27 PM

yes it would when you find one for real cheap and when you need a kick in performance. right now crossfire is not necessary as a 7950 can max out most games
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November 13, 2012 6:12:09 PM

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