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Newbie in need of a new gaming desktop

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January 3, 2013 8:56:23 PM

I need to upgrade my desktop and I am on the fence about buying prebuilt or attempting to build my own. The only thing I have ever done with a computer is upgrade my graphics card. I am looking to spend no more than $1500 (the lower the price the better!) The desktop would purely be used to run the game The Sims 3 plus the expansions, so I would just need something that would run that game on max settings. I have a 1gb Radeon HD 6770 graphics card now, but I would be willing to upgrade if there is something better. Does this sound like something a newb would be able to do or is prebuilt the way to go?
Thanks in advance.

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January 6, 2013 4:48:13 AM

Newegg has a pretty well-made DIY video series for building your own PC. You should watch the videos and see if you feel confident enough to give it a shot.
http://www.newegg.com/Computer-Hardware/Store

You can save a lot of money building your own system plus you get to hand pick every component inside (with help from here). Pre-built systems are fine but you have less control over what goes inside. You can build a VERY solid and fast gamer for less than 1500.

Look on NewEgg in the wishlist section in the public wishlists and you'll see a lot of people's examples of gamer systems for every budget. I created one called "MIDRANGE GAMER" but it probably won't be posted until tomorrow sometime. My example came to 1200, including a 23" HD monitor (same one I have), and you can pop your 6770 in and should be good to go!

....or you can just go with something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 6, 2013 11:43:18 AM

This would be Better.
Even a GTX 660 can run SimCity on Max, but when you have the Money get the Best.
GTX 670 will max out any game.
I didn't knew what you needed. So added almost Everything

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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($378.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1088.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 6, 2013 5:49:27 PM

I'd have to say you can't go wrong with Sumukh's setup, FAR better than the pre-built one in that link, like I mentioned earlier. If you feel like you can do it, go for it!

The wishlist I created on NewEgg is similar, but did not include the graphics card and the one he selected is far superior to the 6770.
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January 7, 2013 11:16:13 PM

Thanks for all the help! Sumukh, your setup looks like it would be excellent. It looks like it is way better and a whole lot cheaper than the prices for pre-built desktops I came across!
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January 7, 2013 11:31:42 PM

If you don't want to overclock, you can save and throw more into the GPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1091.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 20:27 EST-0500)

Here are some benchmarks comparing 7970 GHz and 660 plus the 7970 will overclock better.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/618?vs=598

No need to spend that much on a case either and once again, you're not going to get that 3570k for $169.99 unless you live near a Microcenter because that is in-store pickup only.
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