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February 27, 2013 10:52:26 PM

This is my first time building a computer, and I would like it to be a gaming computer. I have allocated about 400 dollars for my graphics card, and since this is my first time building a computer, I don't know what to look for. I will use my computer primarily for gaming (games such as League of Legends, Minecraft, TF2), and I will also have two monitors, one new monitor (1900x1080) and my current monitor, a really old square one (1024x768). I hope to get at least 60 FPS, although I am sure that almost any 400 dollar graphics card can supply that. I really don't mind an overkill GPU as long as the price is under 400 dollars. What is my best choice?

Edit: A little over 400 dollars is okay

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February 27, 2013 10:56:03 PM

and the rest of the hardware is? and don't forget the PS.
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February 27, 2013 10:57:43 PM

I'm getting a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard, Inter i7 3770k, 16GB RAM 1866, not sure how much power supply I'll need yet, I'll decide on that once I figure out what GPU I want
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February 27, 2013 11:00:14 PM

And also I know the GPU might be overkill, but my current computer has horrible graphics and I can't even play games like PS2 and stuff, so I do plan on playing games like PS2 when I build my new computer.
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February 27, 2013 11:08:28 PM

For games a 3570k is a wiser choice and 8GB of RAM is plenty 2x4GB. 1600 RAM for games will be fine as well.
-Bruce
Edit - what you save on the cpu & RAM you can get a SSD - I would suggest a 240/256GB but a 128 will do.
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February 27, 2013 11:11:59 PM

LoL will get 100 FPS on max settings with a 3.4ghz phenom II and a HD 4850. Not much different than my I5 3570k and a hd7870. You definitely don't need to spend that much to max out.
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February 28, 2013 12:02:40 AM

This will be my computer for my time during high school, and I am going to go to a very tech and compsci oriented high school so I do want some extra power in case I want to VM or run Emulators for programming.
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February 28, 2013 12:24:20 AM

Yizbenlazzer said:
This will be my computer for my time during high school, and I am going to go to a very tech and compsci oriented high school so I do want some extra power in case I want to VM or run Emulators for programming.


I'd suggest toning down from the 7970 to a 7950, and spend the extra $100 or so on a 120GB SSD. IMHO, the speed that an SSD will provide in regular usage is far more rewarding than the performance difference between a 7970 and a 7950 in games, considering what you play.

Also, an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must if you're going to overclock that 3770K. (A Hyper 212 EVO would fit the bill for modest overclocking.)

Edit: Just re-read your post - Slightly off-topic but worth noting: A high school CS curriculum that involves virtualization and emulation? That's pretty awesome.
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February 28, 2013 12:50:26 AM

xomm said:
I'd suggest toning down from the 7970 to a 7950, and spend the extra $100 or so on a 120GB SSD. IMHO, the speed that an SSD will provide in regular usage is far more rewarding than the performance difference between a 7970 and a 7950 in games, considering what you play.

Also, an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must if you're going to overclock that 3770K. (A Hyper 212 EVO would fit the bill for modest overclocking.)

Edit: Just re-read your post - Slightly off-topic but worth noting: A high school CS curriculum that involves virtualization and emulation? That's pretty awesome.


Haha I think I misphrased that, I meant that I would do High School CS AND Virtualization on my own, separately xD Wish my high school was that awesome xD
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