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 Post subject: $1500 gaming build
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:59 pm 
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So I am a complete newbie when it comes to computer components and price vs performance as well as which pieces are actually compatible with each other. For $1500 I'd like a desktop that can run games like Skyrim, Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, etc... at high quality and frame rate. Also I've heard how noticeable a difference SSD drives make so I'd like at least a small one for a boot drive while still having a larger hard drive for everything else. Also included in the cost I need a nice monitor, so in reality that might make this more like a $1300 build. While I've done research on my own, I don't really understand how to know which parts work well together, nor which are the best currently considering how fast components change. So things that could help would also be tutorials or articles to learn more about the parts.


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 Post subject: Re: $1500 gaming build
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:49 pm 
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Welcome to the forums, Lemonades! I hope you end up enjoying computers as much as I do.

I'm glad to see that you're willing to learn (as opposed to, "build me a rig, please"). That being said, learning about computers, the components and building takes some time. I've always recommended that ANYONE wanting to build a computer (not matter what level of expertise) should spend ~40 hours researching what is available and what they want.

The first start is setting a budget - which you've done. Well done. Word of advice: stick to your budget - don't go beyond it, but be sure you spend every bit of it.
The next part is determining what you want to do with it - which I think you've started. You should evaluate any other work you'll be doing on the computer. Are you an audiophile? Then you'll probably want a sound card. Need a whisper quiet PC? Then you'll have to evaluate the case and fans. I think you catch my drift.

As for suggestions and builds, I recommend you look at other postings in the forum - see what other people are building and what people are saying. Also, you can check out MPC's PC Blueprints article from November 2012 - it gives you 3 builds at three different price points. These would be good starting points and you can modify parts based on your needs and your budget.

Finally, check these out for tutorials on building PCs:
Kick-Ass Ivy Bridge PC
Small gaming PC how-to


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 Post subject: Re: $1500 gaming build
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:33 pm 
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Indeed, welcome to MPCF. Try this spec on for size, mATX size that is. This first time builder got everything you're looking for.



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