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How do i build a good gaming pc?

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November 24, 2013 2:14:39 AM

Sorry if this is the wrong category, this is my first post.

Anyway, i want to build a gaming pc that is good enough to run the latest games like crysis or battlefield 4. I have never built a pc before and i want to know what parts i have to get, and what brand of parts you recommend?

Also how much would this total up to in cost?
(i also need a website that will ship to australia)
Thanks a bunch.

My budget is $1500, australian dollars.

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a c 223 4 Gaming
November 24, 2013 2:59:06 AM

What's your budget?

Here's one to get you started, I did not include a Windows version/monitor or any other accessories with the pricing

Many gamers prefer intel due to their superior single threaded performance in their CPUs, so their quad cores can take on AMD's 8 cores and perform very similar, AMD CPUs have improved over time and newer games such as BF4 have began to take advantage of their additional cores

Asrock, Asus and Gigabyte are some of the decent motherboard brands

8GB of DDR3-1600 Ram is currently the optimal amount for gaming nowadays

The GPU would be one of the main priorities since you're looking at gaming, for demanding games like Crysis and BF4, I'd be looking at a GTX 760/7950 or a Radeon 7970/280x if you have enough room in your budget for it, anything below a 7850/650 Ti Boost would be considered fairly weak for modern gaming

Don't go below an 80+ bronze for the PSU, it's worth spending extra on a good unit

The recommended PSU brands are generally Seasonic, XFX, EVGA, Corsair and Antec, the thing to look out for would be the rating on the +12v rail, this determines how powerful a card you should pair up with it

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($264.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.00 @ PLE Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.00 @ PLE Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($319.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($89.00 @ PLE Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1406.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-26 12:33 EST+1100)

Currently PCCaseGear is one of the more popular sites for these parts in Australia

You can also search for local prices and stores using this

http://www.staticice.com.au/advanced.html

This list would be a fair step down, but slightly more budget friendly (no SSD, cheaper board etc.)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0598 45.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($20.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.00 @ PLE Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($199.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Thermaltake VN900A1W2N (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($85.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $758.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-24 22:13 EST+1100)
a b 4 Gaming
November 24, 2013 3:16:34 AM

Edit: or you can go with the above lol, I'm not recommending too many specifics in mine, just the way to go about shopping

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/

use this site as your resource, you can compile parts on it in system build, you pick individual parts according to your price point/liking, and it will tell you which retailers/e-tailers currently have the product in stock and at what prices, it will automatically update to use the lowest price of any retailer available.

For a base machine you will need:
CPU
Motherboard
Storage
Memory
Video Card (integrated graphics are obviously not enough)
Case
Power Supply
Operating System

the rest is up to you, you don't NEED an optical disk drive, since you can always boot your computer from a USB, however it's generally recommended that you get a cheap one. CPU coolers are not a necessity since CPUs usually come with a stock, but if you want to overclock your system, get one. Case fans are optional but recommended if you know what kind of cooling you want/need, cases usually come with 1-3 fans themselves but a higher quality one never hurts. For keyboards, mice, and headphones you should consult other people/sites rather than use the part picker.
sound cards are generally considered luxury, and may not even fit on your mobo if you are on a tight budget. Wireless adapters are cheap but usually unnecessary because desktop.

Now, down to the nitty gritty:
CPU - you have 2 choices, AMD or Intel, AMD is generally recommended for budget buyers because of their incredible value, but Intel takes the cake in performance. If you want to run the latest and greatest games, I recommend at least an FX 6300 or above for AMD, and an i5 3330 or above for Intel. The FX 6300 has weak single thread performance but has 6 integer cores, is unlocked, and loves to be overclocked, can reach i5 performance with enough of an O.C. i5's have really strong single thread performance but is limited in multi-threaded apps (multiplayer in BF4 would be an example), but they are still very strong processors, the i5 3570k and the i5 4670k are considered the sweet spots of gaming today because of their strong performance and overclockability.

Motherboard - rule of thumb: you get what you pay for in a motherboard. Do not cheap out on this component, a bad one will be the end of your system. I generally recommend brands that use solid parts for their mobos like Asrock and Asus, though some research on sites like http://www.overclock.net/t/1144067/amd-990x-970-am3-mot... will be very helpful.

Storage - 1 TB is usually what average consumers go for nowadays, it's a good amount of storage for usually good prices, go Seagate and Western Digital, solid brands.

Video Card - the minimum you want to do for these sorts of games is Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 and AMD Radeon HD 7870, good brands include Asus, Sapphire, MSI, EVGA. Powercolor often has killer deals but questionable quality.

Case - watch the reviews is all I can really say, this one is most up to preference out of all parts. Do not go for bells and whistles in cheaper boxes, instead look at what features you need and which cases fit those requirements.

Power Supply - an EXTREMELY important part, do not go cheap here either, http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
this is a good guide on what to look out for, do not go under tier 3 is my general recommendation.

If you want a CPU cooler, a cooler master hyper 212 Evo will likely be the way to go, you cannot beat it's value.
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