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March 4, 2013 1:19:55 AM

Hello everyone, I'm new to computer building but I know that building one yourself is cheap and all-in-all it can get me a better system.

Now down to the specifications. I need a gaming computer (Intel or AMD based) that will run basic games like League of Legends, but also newer MMO's like Guild Wars 2 (Possible streaming???) at high graphics and stable 60 fps. At max it can be $1,200.00 but I would like to keep it down to $1,000.00.

I will need a whole new computer because my old one is worhless and nothing is useful from it(Intel Pentium D? Lol wtf is that?). Operating system and monitor are optional. I have Windows XP 32-Bit and a monitor that supports up to 1280x1024 resolution. I guess the operating system is the least of my worries. They are optional mainly because I can either get them later or if it is just more important to have the better system for the games and possible streaming.

Overclocking and Crossfire etc., is also optional. I'm not really experienced in either one so idk how that would plan out.

If you guys could help me out that would be great. The case isn't really a big worry of mine either, I would like it to look cool of course but I don't need a high end insane case that will take up a lot of money. LED fans would be great. Again, I am more worried about the system in general than how "cool" it looks.

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March 4, 2013 1:31:46 AM

Considering the games you are playing. i don't think overclocking would be completely necessary. So that will save you a little money. I would also suggest buying windows 7 64 bit. To make use of the 8gigs of ram. Otherwise just buy 4gigs since that is all windows xp 32bit will recognize.


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 NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1065.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 22:30 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 2:06:09 AM

A 3470 will perform the same as a 3570. I chose an ASRock z75 pro3 mobo, it's cheaper and allows a bit of overclocking in case you upgrade the cpu to an unlocked one later. Memory, storage and optical drive are cheaper at ncix.com. Also changed psu to a better brand. My build leaves $100 open, so you can save up for a better monitor or just go all out and get a cooler case with some LEDs or a better gpu, even though the 7950 should max everything on your resolution.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: G.Skill 2x4gb RAM ($39.99)
Other: LG optical drive ($14.99)
Other: WD Cavier Blue 1tb ($67.99)
Other: xfx psu 550w ($63.99)
Total: $853.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:05 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 2:14:33 AM

realchaos said:
A 3470 will perform the same as a 3570. I chose an ASRock z75 pro3 mobo, it's cheaper and allows a bit of overclocking in case you upgrade the cpu to an unlocked one later. Memory, storage and optical drive are cheaper at ncix.com. Also changed psu to a better brand. My build leaves $100 open, so you can save up for a better monitor or just go all out and get a cooler case with some LEDs or a better gpu, even though the 7950 should max everything on your resolution.


This is true - there's not a lot of difference between 3.2 and 3.3 GHz. Don't purchase the 3570 without getting the unlocked version.

Also Corsair CX power supplies are not good. Just because it has the Corsair name on it doesn't automatically mean it's better than anything else.

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 ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1040.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:13 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 7:16:16 PM

g-unit1111 said:
This is true - there's not a lot of difference between 3.2 and 3.3 GHz. Don't purchase the 3570 without getting the unlocked version.

Also Corsair CX power supplies are not good. Just because it has the Corsair name on it doesn't automatically mean it's better than anything else.

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 ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1040.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:13 EST-0500)

So this would probably be my best choice overall? I've heard that the graphics card is more important when it comes to gaming.
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March 4, 2013 7:19:20 PM

visuore said:
So this would probably be my best choice overall? I've heard that the graphics card is more important when it comes to gaming.


Yup that is correct, however having a good CPU is just as important. So I always try to strike a balance between the two.
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March 4, 2013 7:45:46 PM

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March 4, 2013 11:16:28 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Yup that is correct, however having a good CPU is just as important. So I always try to strike a balance between the two.


Do you think I would be able to stream while playing League of Legends and the highest graphics at 60 fps or higher? Or will streaming really not be an option here?
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