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December 1, 2012 1:58:25 AM

I have 2500$ i want a gaming tower that will run any game out so far flawlessly that means skyrim on ultra and all that jazz. What do i need for this. I will be building it myself and i hope i can i heard it is pretty easy. So yea thats it i think i just want a pc that kick ass at playing games is fast and smooth.

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December 1, 2012 2:05:55 AM

First of all, the good news is that you may not need to spend much more than half of that to get a PC that will max current games. It would be centered around an air-cooled i5-3570K and a single HD7970; no more than 550W would be needed to run it.
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December 1, 2012 2:10:03 AM

im guessing those are the important components ill need to worry about?
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December 1, 2012 2:20:10 AM

Here you go:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qmrc



CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($110.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($185.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1871.24
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December 1, 2012 2:43:04 AM

I don't like to niggle, but I don't care for that build. Oh, it's quite powerful, but is a lot more expensive than it needs to be.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
The i7 offers no advantage in games over the less expensive i5-3570K.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
The Xigmatek Gaia was found at Frostytech to offer similar performance with less noise, and it costs less too ($20).

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
IMHO, Asus > ASRock = Gigabyte >>> MSI.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
More than needed. An 8GB kit is around $30 now.

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Good choice here; retains a five year warranty. Is this a CA price though? I see it as $110...

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Also a good choice; avoid Sandfarce drives. The Samsung 830 is another good choice, if it's cheaper.

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Nope. An HD7970 is < $400, and is a little stronger (although they do trade in some games). Also, its Compute capability is not crippled, unlike the nVidia offering.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($110.50 @ Newegg)
Too many better cases to list them all, but I'd go Fractal Design, Antec, or Rosewill, such as the Blackhawk for $90.

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($185.98 @ Newegg)
Nice PSU, but much bigger than needed. No more than 600W is needed; 750W only if you plan to run two graphics cards.

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Ok; one optical drive is much like another.

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Same, if you want Blu-Ray.

Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Ok; that's a nice price for LED backlighting if you want a screen that large. FWIW, I prefer my 21.5" monitor to my 23" monitor.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
There's a promo code for $20 off if you're on their mailing list (you have to be on their list for the code to work, so I didn't waste your time posting it).
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December 1, 2012 3:02:52 AM

is one graphic card good or would i want two?
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December 1, 2012 3:24:36 AM

Your requirements will be well-met by a single powerful card. You might want a second one only if you planned to play on an Eyefinity or 3D Surround setup, but for 1920x1080 I would not expect a second card to do much more than waste power.
Considering that some games still don't play nice with multiple cards (at least until driver bugs get fixed), a single card is the way to go.
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December 1, 2012 3:39:44 AM

i dont have to overcloak or anything do i? Im new at this lol, an also would that tower be good for years with the games coming out?
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December 1, 2012 3:48:12 AM

No, you do not have to overclock. That's something you could think about doing in a couple of years if new games become a lot more demanding and your system starts to feel slower; more than likely a graphics card upgrade will fix that.
People are still doing quite nicely with five year old CPUs even now, so I think this rig will last at least that long, possibly with a graphics card upgrade, but even that may not be needed unless you start playing on multiple monitors or get a much bigger monitor (e.g. 2560x1440).
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December 1, 2012 3:55:44 AM

ok so what graphic card and stuff be better with a larger monitor and or multi monitors? I will prob be running the tower off a tv hdmi
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December 1, 2012 4:09:01 AM

If you got a three-monitor Eyefinity setup, a pair of HD7970's would be good.
HardOCP often does image quality analyses on new games. For 2560x1440, usually a GTX680 or HD7970 is sufficient, sometimes with one or two settings on high but not "UltraMaxOhWOW!" A single HD7870 is often playable at this resolution as well, with a few more settings reduced.
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December 1, 2012 4:19:53 AM

the graphics card you have inbuild would stand a tv hdmi? Sorry im so new to this x.x
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December 1, 2012 4:26:47 AM

I don't quite understand your question...
If you are asking if the integrated graphics can be connected via HDMI to a TV, generally yes (if the mobo provides the HDMI connector; some may have DVI and DisplayPort).
Whether or not it would work at the same time that a graphics card is running a monitor, I'm less sure, but I think you can do that, especially if you use Virtu MVP.
You would not want to play demanding modern games using Intel's IGP, even the HD4000, although some titles could be run at 720P resolution.
OTOH, if you bought a graphics card with a HDMI output, it could be connected to your TV, yes, and be used to play games.
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December 1, 2012 4:30:05 AM

sorry lol, yes i mean connect the tower to a 60 inch plasma. The graphics card in your build can that be connected to a 60 inch tv without a problem. by hdmi
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December 1, 2012 4:40:08 AM

Ok, the size of the monitor or TV isn't what matters, it's the resolution. If the TV is 1920x1080, it will take no more graphics horsepower to run it than a 21.5" monitor that is also 1920x1080; so yes, you could run a HDMI cable to your 60" TV.
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December 1, 2012 4:47:30 AM

OOOOHH lol alright thank you x.x i think ill build what u gave me
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December 1, 2012 5:35:34 AM

What graphic card should i exactly get im stuck on which one thier is so many x.x
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December 1, 2012 12:09:50 PM

Sorry, I went to bed.
Anyway, if you can afford it, a single HD7970 is sufficient. I have a HD7870, and it works quite well for me, although I do not play the latest demanding shooters. I have GW2 maxed, except for LOD on High rather than Ultra.
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December 1, 2012 3:47:46 PM

Bottom line OP; an i5 or i7 build with a single gpu for about $350 to $400 will play any game on the market on ultra settings.
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