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February 1, 2013 3:58:25 PM

Hey guys, Im starting to drift towards the PC side of gaming and with all the information on the net Im starting to get a little overwhelmed. I dont expect every build to be the same for each price range or usage. Im really just trying to get my thoughts out there so I can gear my build toward me alone. So heres some things I want from a build Im looking for.

First Ill state I have no PC building skills or have even seen one apart in person. So please add any wires/cords/screws/etc. I may need.

Budget: No more than $1200 (I plan on getting a monitor on different budget)

Time: Im hoping to get my computer built and playing by the start of May

Where to buy: Im hoping to keep all purchases from either the dealer or from one site like newegg (just personal buying style), or even if you know some good stores to buy from. (I live in Las Vegas)

What I want out of this PC: Graphics! Im so tired of playing games in low crap settings. I want to finally be able to play on at least high graphics settings maybe ultra while still have good playable FPS. I also dont want to have to get new gear in a year since all my stuff cant handle new games.

What I plan doing with this PC: I plan on having this mainly for gaming. I plan on playing MMOs like the new Elder Scrolls Online (main reason Im getting this PC) and some FPS like battlefield. I don't plan on doing multi screen or have music or other things in the background going while gaming. I only plan on opening a game and running that alone.

Any help or even a build you guys have that seems like what I told you above is for me then please reply. Thanks.



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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 4:06:56 PM

It's a long time by May, it's impossible to recommend anything now, the price of all components will vary a lot, there could be new products or the existing ones being discontinued, also worth mention, there's the announced release of the new intel haswell cpus for June, so it might be worth delaying it for June, it's just one more month, there's a possibility of getting also new generation gfx card from both sides.
a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 4:12:00 PM

^ +1 alot can change in 4 months
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February 1, 2013 4:12:50 PM

Better to start asking for advice on parts closer to ~1 month from purchase date. Between now and May almost all of the parts you would buy now will have a new generation released.
a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 4:25:57 PM

what you would look for in a gaming unit if someone built it for you or you did it your self. look for a 4 core i5 cpu or haswell.
8g of 1600 speed ram. low profile. (ram is cheap and can be ad by anyone latter on.). motherboards you have to look at the ports and features you want. a good mb for a one gpu system can start at 100.00.; most good gaming rigs use full size mb in the 150-200 price range that z77 chipped and have pci video slots running at 16x for one video card and 8x 8x with two.
with gpu you have to look at what card has at the time you buy your parts the best bang for the build dollars. most amd cards have better $$ then nvidia. make sure when you buy your power supply you bu a good name band one like cosair or seasonic and size it right. your better off buying a slightly larger unit in wattage..less strain on the larger unit.it run cooler. one thing people overlook on build is they buy for looks..led or case color. dont forget about fan sounds or pumps if you use a sealed water block. sometimes it pays to by a case with a fan controller or toss one into the build. motherboard do have fan plugs on them but it depends on how the mb firmware (bios is written) to see if the fans slow down or stop when not needed. having a fan controller you can set the fan up to a ballance of where there working but your not hearing them. also look into using good case fans...there making the newer fans lower noise then the older fan have been.
a c 247 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 8:09:32 PM

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dont forget about fan sounds or pumps if you use a sealed water block. sometimes it pays to by a case with a fan controller or toss one into the build. motherboard do have fan plugs on them but it depends on how the mb firmware (bios is written) to see if the fans slow down or stop when not needed. having a fan controller you can set the fan up to a ballance of where there working but your not hearing them. also look into using good case fans...there making the newer fans lower noise then the older fan have been.


Sealed water blocks aren't worth it, and if it's your first time building I wouldn't bother with a fan controller.

The thing is if you're going to buy in May you might as well wait another month as the new CPUs are supposed to be out in late June if the reports are accurate.
February 2, 2013 1:01:28 AM

The main reason Im waiting so long is Im moving to Korea then and I wanted to build it in the states where I can get a lot of help.
a b 4 Gaming
February 2, 2013 6:49:12 AM

Well I would start the build about 1-2 months before your move to give you lots of time to get the parts and RMA things if problems occur
February 2, 2013 3:48:42 PM

Here is an update using info I gathered. Still using what I explained above, will this build fit me? Also am I on a basic track for being a noob builder lol.

Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 AMD Motherboard
CM Hyper 212 EVO Cooler
WD10EALX 1TB Caviar Blue
Asus 24x OEM Internal DVDRW
XFX FX-775A-CGFV Radeon HD 7750 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
AMD FX-8120 Eight Core AM3+ Processor
Corsair Gaming Series GS800 CMPSU-800G 800W ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Power Supply
Corsair Vengeance? LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 240-Pin Desktop Memory, Model# CML8GX3M2A1600C9W
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 High Airflow Mid-Tower Case Military Green
ASUS PB Series PB238Q Black 23" 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
a b 4 Gaming
February 2, 2013 5:43:52 PM

^
get a CX or TX series 650W instead, you don't need that much power
Get a 8230 instead since its the newer generation and cost about the same
For a motherboard a Gigabyte 990FX D3H will do fine for you needs
Put the savings into getting a 7850 2GB
February 2, 2013 5:56:44 PM

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core £161.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing £24.00
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 £76.20
Memory Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £43.85
Storage Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM £45.96
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD £77.94
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
Power Supply Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V £69.98
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer £12.98
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) £67.99

All together: £580/$980
a c 247 4 Gaming
February 2, 2013 10:38:39 PM

mdesrochers said:
Here is an update using info I gathered. Still using what I explained above, will this build fit me? Also am I on a basic track for being a noob builder lol.

Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 AMD Motherboard
CM Hyper 212 EVO Cooler
WD10EALX 1TB Caviar Blue
Asus 24x OEM Internal DVDRW
XFX FX-775A-CGFV Radeon HD 7750 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
AMD FX-8120 Eight Core AM3+ Processor
Corsair Gaming Series GS800 CMPSU-800G 800W ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Power Supply
Corsair Vengeance? LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 240-Pin Desktop Memory, Model# CML8GX3M2A1600C9W
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 High Airflow Mid-Tower Case Military Green
ASUS PB Series PB238Q Black 23" 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor


No - the Bulldozer (or Faildozer as I've heard them called the other day :lol:  ) are bad news... go Intel. Here is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($313.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1044.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 19:38 EST-0500)
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