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February 9, 2013 4:24:23 PM

Hello!

So as I mentioned, this is my first time building a PC, and I'm very excited. Building a PC seems to be a very personal and fulfilling experience, and one that I look forward to. I'm glad that there exists a community of people that are more than willing to help those of us who are curious and willing to learn. Anyways, on to what I'm looking for!

My budget is around $900-$1100 including a monitor, peripherals (really just a keyboard), and OS (although...if there were a way to get that for free...). I don't play many games, however I would like the option to play current-gen games at high/highest settings while losing little-to-no frames. Basically, I just want it to be fast--really fast if possible. I'm currently using a 4-years-outdated HP laptop that is showing its age, but I've maintained very well. So I guess by comparison any new computer will be fast, but still...

I'd like an SSD for my OS, but it's definitely not high on my priority list. I'd also like something that isn't a glutton for power, but again, it's not a huge concern.

Also, I have no preferences as far as brand or manufacturer.


Again, you guys are awesome, and thanks a bunch!

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February 9, 2013 4:42:36 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ230ED 23.0" Monitor ($122.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($13.98 @ Newegg)
Other: XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze ($53.99)
Other: Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V ($38.50)
Other: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA ($59.99)
Other: Intel Core i5 3470 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.2GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retai ($179.99)
Total: $1086.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Pcpartpicker doesn't show ncix us parts, so it has to be custom links.
The psu : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&m...
The ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758
The hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58746&vpn=ST31000524AS...
The cpu : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72279&promoid=1332

Ncix offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart.
The rest of the parts includes the os, ssd, a good gfx card with two games free, a decent keyboard and a 23" 1080p led monitor.
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February 9, 2013 4:57:07 PM

An AMD suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VK248H-CSM 24.0" Monitor ($218.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech B100 Wired Optical Mouse ($5.49 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $1106.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 13:55 EST-0500)

I don't see anything wrong with djangoringo's suggestion either.

-Wolf sends
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February 9, 2013 5:32:10 PM

Thanks for the responses!

A few questions:

- Other than super-fast boot times, are there any major advantages to SSDs?
- Will I notice a difference between a 3.2 GHz CPU and a 3.3 GHz CPU?
- I've seen loads of people recommending the HD 7950...what makes it so special?
- Everyone so far as suggested buying a separate fan. Do cases usually come with a fan? Is one additional fan enough to cool the average PC if I don't plan to OC?

Thanks again!
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February 9, 2013 5:38:32 PM

The i5-3470 doesn't need an aftermarket cooler, it has the multiplier locked, it can reach up to 3.6 ghz with turbo boost, the i5 runs cool, so the stock cooler is fine.
The ssd will load the maps of the games faster and faster loading time, more responsiveness with some apps.
The 7950 now offers two games, crysis 3 and bioshock infinite, and it's a solid card, it can run any game at 1080p at high settings, and some with overclock, might even past the 7970.
Yes, the case comes with fans.
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February 9, 2013 5:50:48 PM

You guys are a great help, I'm not the OP but am interested in a build very similar to this.

Thank you
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February 9, 2013 7:57:48 PM

One last thing: any general advice you could give someone building their first computer? And I mean any and all advice including but not limited to purchasing, assembling, booting for the first time, etc.
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February 9, 2013 8:13:46 PM

8ballslackz said:
One last thing: any general advice you could give someone building their first computer? And I mean any and all advice including but not limited to purchasing, assembling, booting for the first time, etc.


For putting the parts together, refer to youtube videos such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
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February 10, 2013 6:28:12 PM

Best answer selected by 8ballslackz.
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