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Looking to build gaming pc advice needed please and thank you

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March 24, 2013 8:48:00 AM

looking to build a gaming pc, my budget is from 1000-1500(im trying not to spend more than 1000 but if its worth going that extra 500 im willing to do so).i am looking to make this last for a couple of years,not sure if i should go amd or intel.now i am pretty capable of making a gaming rig myself, so if you want to make it a build, thats fine or from cyberpc i dont mind either.

I would like to play the newest games (bioshock infinite, tomb raider etc.) on ultra settings.

the only other 2 question i have is, with regards to sli or crossfire,if i do sli, wether i should install a cooling system( i have never done those before)or if its ok not too.
and i have a 32 " samsung tv, its a lil bit older than the newer models, but i was wondering if i should just buy a dedicated monitor or not. and im not too interested in 3d.
March 24, 2013 9:28:23 AM

Well to begin with... 1000-1500 what? Dollars, Pounds, Euro etc?

If you are willing to build your own it will always get you more for your money.

I always see SLI/Crossfire as an upgrade option and not something to begin with. But my advice on cooling would be getting a good quality case and 2 cards with Radial Cooling and not Axial. Radial cooling vents the hot air out the back of the case instead of re-circulating it inside the case. It does tend to make more noise though.

The TV really depends on it's resolution. If it only goes to 1920x1080 I can't see it being too comfortable at 32"

Oh yeah and are you looking to overclock? and do you need a copy of Windows included in the price?
March 24, 2013 9:37:13 AM

im sorry lol i was writing this on the way to work.
It is in dollars.
ahh ok so most graphics cards recently made in the last year are ok to leave alone? i havent done sli or crossfire before so im not sure how that even works but i will look into that.
and it does go to 1920 x1080 with my old computer a hp7 1010 it had a gt 240 and it looked splendid for my needs at the time ( skyrim, TF 2 and blacklight retribution. ) but i wouldent mind grabbing a monitor
This computer is ultimately going to replace my xbox 360.i live in tampa fl.
I do apologize if i did not include enfough information but any advice or suggestion builds are welcomed! and thanks for replying
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March 24, 2013 9:57:23 AM

Well if the TV was fine on your old system I don't see why it would be a problem on a new one.

Here is a suggestion to get things started.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($125.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($132.98 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1136.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


i5-3570k is the highest CPU that makes sense for gaming. i7's cost a lot more for little real performance increase (although this is slowly starting to change). It has unlocked cores so you can overclock if want (mobo also supports overclocking).

Motherboard supports Crossfire so if you feel the need to add a 2nd card in future you can. Power supply is also larger than necessary to accommodation for this.

In this price range you really need to be getting a SSD. It won't benefit gaming too much but is amazing for almost everything else.

Don't know if you need it but I threw in Windows 7
March 24, 2013 8:58:37 PM

casper1973 said:
Well if the TV was fine on your old system I don't see why it would be a problem on a new one.

Here is a suggestion to get things started.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($125.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($132.98 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1136.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


i5-3570k is the highest CPU that makes sense for gaming. i7's cost a lot more for little real performance increase (although this is slowly starting to change). It has unlocked cores so you can overclock if want (mobo also supports overclocking).

Motherboard supports Crossfire so if you feel the need to add a 2nd card in future you can. Power supply is also larger than necessary to accommodation for this.

In this price range you really need to be getting a SSD. It won't benefit gaming too much but is amazing for almost everything else.

Don't know if you need it but I threw in Windows 7



Thank you very much Casper this is truly ideal!!

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