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 Post subject: Building my 1st PC. Looking for on par with console.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:00 am 
8086
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Hey there,

I've always preferred PC but stuck console for convenience. i've had bad experiences with 'retail' pre build gaming PCs in the past. I need help with components. Budget is under 1 grand. Cheaper the better, i can cut corners on keyboard and mouse, HD, and disc drives. No monitor needed.

I'm looking for smooth performance like a console. I don't need mind melting graphics, on par with console is fine. Main game would Skyrim with mods, non graphical. Diablo 3 and GTA4 with mods I assume can be played? I'm satisfied with something that can run 720p resolution without a hitch. Also, something that can hold up hardcore sessions, few hours at a time. ventilation? case? thanks for helping a newbie out.


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 Post subject: Re: Building my 1st PC. Looking for on par with console.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:22 pm 
8086
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Here's my recommended build for you

i5 3570k $229.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116504

8GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3 RAM $57.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820145313

EVGA 660 Ti $299.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130810

NZXT 410 $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811146093

WD 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive $84.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822236339

Power Supply Corsair CX600 $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 9020048-NA

Heat sink Hyper 212 $29.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835103065

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6832116986

Optical drive LG 17.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827136247

Optional is an SSD which will make your boot times faster, but you won't see any performance boost in frame rates and you'll fork out an extra $100

Kingston Hyperx 120GB SSD $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820239045

Total cost $990.91 without SSD

With SSD $1090.90


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 Post subject: Re: Building my 1st PC. Looking for on par with console.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:52 pm 
Boy in Black
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Anything NEAR $1000 does not come close to a $300 console bub. You've seen what a 2005 era console's guts look like, right?

i3 3225, iTX H77 board, 8G ram, slim DVD drive, pick your drive, Antec ISK150-300...done.


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 Post subject: Re: Building my 1st PC. Looking for on par with console.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:27 pm 
Klamath
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Chumly wrote:
Anything NEAR $1000 does not come close to a $300 console bub...

amartinez89 wrote:
...I'm satisfied with something that can run 720p resolution...

Har har!

720p = 1280 x 720 resolution, which would be I guess the equivalent to a 19-inch panel at 1366 x 768. Any decent $1k gaming build will run decent FPS at 1920 x 1080 resolution, so you should have no worries. And since you've made the decision to custom build instead of prefab buy, you won't regret it!

Overall, chriszele has a decent build imho. I would tweak a couple parts though:

- Get cheaper RAM. If you are interested in overclocking, then I could suggest some fantastic RAM that is still cheap. Otherwise, you can do something like this Kingston set for $36

- Unless you specifically desire/need the reference design GPU, I'd suggest an aftermarket GTX 660 Ti, as performance and cooling will generally be slightly better. Here are two goodies:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 38566&SID=
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 38566&SID=

- Get a 1.5 TB or 2 TB HDD (better GB per dollar value)

- Do get an 128 GB SSD for about $80 for your OS and select programs. The speed boost will amaze you.

- Have fun :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Building my 1st PC. Looking for on par with console.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:31 pm 
Coppermine
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I need help with components. Budget is under 1 grand. Cheaper the better, i can cut corners on keyboard and mouse, HD, and disc drives. No monitor needed.

So your requirements are FAR lower than $1000. Normally, I would say if you have a $1000 budget, you need to spend it...but here's a build that should fit your needs:

OS: Win 7 Premium 64 bit $100
Case: Three Hundred Two $68
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4GHz $100
CPU Cooler: Artic Cooling Alpine 64 $16
Mobo: MSI 970 AM3+ $87
GPU: eVGA 550 Ti $115
RAM:Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 $40
PSU: Corsair 430W Builder Series $45

Total: $571 (includes shipping, but I did not discount any rebates)

Few notes:
**The CPU is an older generation, but more than capable for your wants; the motherboard is capable of handling the FX series in case you decide to upgrade the CPU later.
**You can stick with the stock cooler, but the Artic Alpine is an extremely quiet cooler and very capable.
**I don't see a need for an SSD - especially since you're trying to keep the costs down.

According to your post, you already have keyboard, mouse, HDD, DVD & monitor so the components above should do it.

Hope this helps.

Edit - I don't know why, but I forgot a PSU in my original post. I've updated to include.


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 Post subject: Re: Building my 1st PC. Looking for on par with console.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:36 am 
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I'd go with the second post. you want a rig that you wont have to upgrade for a while


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 Post subject: Re: Building my 1st PC. Looking for on par with console.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:15 am 
Smithfield
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If you want to save more money and you really aren't that needy for fastest performance ever, then you can go with a Core i3 setup instead. Any modern video card you can purchase today will smoke any console in both graphics and performance. And probably even future consoles.


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 Post subject: Re: Building my 1st PC. Looking for on par with console.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:02 pm 
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Thank you for all the responses. I will definitely do my research on the suggested builds. I am excited about building it. Thanks again!


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