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February 6, 2014 9:23:07 PM

Hello I am new to the gaming PC community and I would like help finding a good PC that would be primarily used for gaming. My first question is how much would I have to spend to be able to get a gaming desktop that is already built and able to run any or atleast most games such as skyrim or anything of the sort at max visuals without overheating or making to much noise? I am looking for something that does not cost to much but something I won't have to replace before 3 years is over. I would also need to know where to find and buy the computer if possible. Thanks for your time.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 9:27:45 PM

What is your budget?
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February 6, 2014 9:31:01 PM

I would like to spend less than $1500.00 but I the max I can spend is $2500.00. I have one built at walmart.com through I buy power for 1982.00 but I am not sure how good it is honestly. I will post specs in just a minute.
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February 6, 2014 9:33:05 PM

This is the specs for the computer from walmart.com as well as the price.
Case
(Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene Chassis)
Motherboard & Processor
(Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E Quad-Core Processor)
Operating System
(Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-Bit Edition)
Memory
(16GB G.Skill Ripjaws)
Hard Drive
(120GB SSD + 1TB HDD Combo (Desktop BYO Bundle))
Graphics Card
(NVIDIA GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card)
Keyboard Mouse
(Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000)
Accessories
(12-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader)
Accessories
(Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System)
Accessories
(120mm LED Fan (Desktop BYO Accessories), Green)
Accessories
(PNY 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive)
Monitors
(HKC 19" LED Monitor (N1812-13 Black))
Software
(Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013, 3 Users)
Software
(Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013)
Networking
(NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router)
Optical Drive
(DVD / Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive)
I realize there are some extras in there but all of it together cost $1982.00 before tax if this a good enough computer for the price I will buy it if not then any suggestions would be wonderful.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 9:48:35 PM

Nah that is a overkill for gaming you can pick i5 and 8gb memory and put the save money towards even better gpu...do you need OS/keyboard/mouse/monitor?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 9:57:14 PM
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February 6, 2014 9:59:25 PM

If you wouldn't mind me asking why is that overkill? And yes I believe I do need an os as far as keyboard and monitor I am open to suggestions I like the look of razer products myself but don't know how good they are. As far as the screen anything really good for gaming is preferred I also want to learn how to mod games like skyrim so they look even better if that info helps at all.
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February 6, 2014 10:09:36 PM

Also I would like to know if the computer you suggested would be quiet and would stay cool under heavy gaming?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 10:11:10 PM

It is overkill because i7 is not for gaming it is mainly for heavy work like 3d modeling/editing/rendering and multi tasking between those programs etc...i5 is perfect for gaming believe me you don't need anything more and it will be waste of money if you do get i7 for gaming and as for 16gb just like with i7 CPU 16gb is needed when you are doing heavy work and multi tasking and games use max of 3 to 4gb so 8gb ram is perfect and like I said by getting i5 and 8gb ram you can spend rest of the saved money on getting a better gpu since that is the most important thing for gaming
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 10:16:46 PM

Yes with proper cooling and fans it should stay cool and quiet...they also have a special settings that you can select that they make the pc even more quiter. As for the keyboard mouse the razor products are really good, you will definitely like it but there is also corsair and they have pretty good keyboards and mice. Also Logitech has good line up of keyboards and mice, there are a lot to choose from. For the monitor I chose on that build is good, asus makes pretty good monitors
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February 6, 2014 10:17:08 PM

I am sorry I am not exactly tech savvy but gpu is the graphics card correct? The memory and CPU of what you have suggested me would be enough to run games at max settings? Again I do apologize for not knowing a lot about this and I do appreciate all the help and advice.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 10:20:54 PM

Not a problem and yes gpu is the graphics card. As for the CPU and the ram they will be more than enough to max all the games out but mainly maxing out the games is the gpus task. You can also overclock your CPU down the road
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February 6, 2014 10:23:51 PM

What exactly is the benefit to overclocking? And the link you sent does not have a monitor or anything in it also it is telling me the CPU is i7...maybe I am just doing it wrong.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 10:54:29 PM

Overclocking helps boost game performance especially to CPU intense games...here is another link see if it works...you can click on details above right of the specs to see the full list of specs http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/cart/showcart.aspx?url=%2fs...
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February 6, 2014 10:59:53 PM

I didn't mean to pick a solution is there anyway to undo that?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 11:09:01 PM

Ya you should be able to click on unselect current solution under the post and as for the link that is just weird I don't know why it's not showing
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 11:17:44 PM

Here is the parts that I used to build the pc some might not be the exact ones but they are close enough

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($77.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1754.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 02:34 EST-0500)
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February 6, 2014 11:18:23 PM

I am apparently not having any luck tonight. I would really like to see your build but for whatever reason nothing is working...I can't even unselect the solution. What was the total price of your build?
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February 6, 2014 11:21:04 PM

Also you said the screen and keyboard you picked out was a good choice if it's not to much trouble what would they be?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 11:28:22 PM

My build total was $1991 before tax and the keyboard I picked was razer black widow ultimate and the screen was 24" Asus or 24" BenQ
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 11:37:27 PM

Checkout my post that I listed the parts you will find everything there
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February 6, 2014 11:38:07 PM

And this was built through cyberpowerpc? I hate asking so many questions in one go but I would like to know as much as possible before I spend any amount of money so... Is there a real point in liquid cooling? Does it require regular fluid transfers or adding fluid or anything of the sort? Do I need a hard drive cooling fan? If so do I need one for the sata and ssd? Should I choose the intel smart response technology? What's the difference between the sound cards and boards? I have a few more questions but I shall await your responses first...again I am sorry I am new to this and you have been very helpful.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 11:53:58 PM

Yes it was built through cyberpowerpc. There is no point in liquid cooling unless you are going to be Overclocking very high. If you buy all in one liquid cooler no maintenance is needed only sometime blowing the compressed air on the radiator. Hard drive cooling is usually taken care of by the case fans. I would say don't since you will have enough space on you ssd for is and other programs and a 1tb hdd for the other stuff. Sound cards are mainly used when doing audio based work since almost all the motherboards have on board sound I would say don't worry about getting a separate card. And no problem here to help. :) 
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February 6, 2014 11:57:45 PM

It gets rather expensive when I build it could you possibly save the configuration number so I may see how you do it? It would be a huge help. Also what is a good fps?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 7:22:38 AM

here is the full spec from cyberpowerpc.com and see if you can see it here http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/cart/showcart.aspx?url=%2fs...

CAS: CyberPowerPC X-Titan 100 MID-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Window Panel (Black Color)
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [-25] (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4670K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150 (All Venom OC Certified)
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
FREEBIE_VC1: Assassin's Creed Black Flag Game Coupon [+0]
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200 RPM HDD [-18] (Single Drive)
HDD2: 120GB Samsung 840 EVO Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 540MB/s Read & 410MB/s Write [+126] (Single Drive)
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ 5 customizable macro keys [+137]
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (G.SKILL Ripjaws X [+38])
MONITOR: 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 BenQ GW2450 Glossy 4ms (GTG) LED Backlight D-Sub, DVI, LCD Monitor [+169]
MOTHERBOARD: * GIGABYTE Z87X-HD3 ATX w/ On/Off Charge 2, Realtek GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 3 PCIe x1, 2 PCI [+13]
MOUSE: Razer Deathadder 6400dpi 2013 Essential Ergonomic Gaming Mouse [+64]
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 8.1 (64-bit Edition) + Office 365 FREE 30 Days Trial
POWERSUPPLY: 650 Watts - Corsair CSM Series CS650M 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular Ultra Quiet Power Supply [+64]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+475] (EVGA FTW Edition w/ EVGA ACX Cooler [+0])
PRICE: (+1972)
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February 7, 2014 10:35:14 AM

Should I use the intel smart response technology or does it matter?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 11:27:39 AM

Krachaos said:
Should I use the intel smart response technology or does it matter?


thats totally up to you it basically recognizes and automatically stores your most frequently used applications and data into the ssd while giving you full access to the large storage capacity of the hdd. it is usually done with small capacity and low cost SSDs to be used in conjunction with a high capacity hdd. the ssd basically functions as a cache for the hdd.
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February 7, 2014 2:52:26 PM

Well with the 120 gb ssd and the 1 tb hdd is it pointless to have it? Or would it make the comp better?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 8:09:34 PM

With 120gb I would say don't but if you want to change it to 60gb with the 1tb yes sure go ahead...120gb will be waste of money and storage for SRT
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