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 Post subject: First build; here's what I'm looking at (gaming)
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:31 pm 
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Hello! I've been planning on building my own PC for some time. Primarily, it'll be a gaming PC, but I'll be doing minor other work with it. I just have a laptop, and it's not taking the heat of my games so well. This is what I've been looking at in terms of parts. I'd like to stay at $2k if possible.

NZXT ATX Full Tower Computer Case
ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI N680GTX GPU
SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB RAM
WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB Hard Drive
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge @ 3.4GHz

With a monitor and keyboard, everything clocks in at around $1.8K.
I've never built my own PC before, however, I've taken a look inside them and watched videos on how to do it. I don't plan on OCing anytime soon; maybe in the future I'll learn how. I'd like to be able to play games like BF3, Planetside 2, the Total War series, etc. on max or at least high settings.


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 Post subject: Re: First build; here's what I'm looking at (gaming)
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:44 pm 
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WELCOME! Welcome to the MaxPC FORUMS. Please make sure you don't just play a voyeur - be sure to actively contribute, advise and help someone else out. This place is only as good as it's participants - it's all about quality and timely I/O.

Here are some improvements...
7970 Ghz Edition @ $385 with MIR
840 Pro 128/256 @ $120/$200
SS-660XP @ $100 with MIR
8GB of Magic ram @ $35
Thermalright True Spirit @ $30
W7 Pro, it's simply worth the few bucks more

The Fiscal Cliff prevention option could be...
3570k | $170
AsRock Pro4-M with $40 MicroCenter bundle discount | $60
8GB Samsung MV-3V4G3D | $35
Gigabyte 7950 | $270
Barracuda 3TB | $90
Samsung 840 120GB | $80
Antec NEO ECO 620W | $30
Samsung SH-222 | $15
True Spirit 120 | $30
Silverstone PS07 | $70 or Antec VSK-3000 | $20

$800


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 Post subject: Re: First build; here's what I'm looking at (gaming)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:00 am 
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Thanks for the reply and the suggestions! Regarding the 7970 Ghz, which one would be best? I'm looking at the Sapphire Vapor-x at the moment, and have read pretty positive things, aside from the noise/coil whine. I don't plan to use CrossFire; one card is more than sufficient, I think.

If there's anything I can do to reduce cost without sacrificing performance, I'm all ears.


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 Post subject: Re: First build; here's what I'm looking at (gaming)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:13 pm 
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@ $420 with MIR looks as low as you're gonna find until, mid next month.

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 Post subject: Re: First build; here's what I'm looking at (gaming)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:28 pm 
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Say I used that card with the other parts on my list; what kind of power supply am I looking for? Would 650 be enough, or should I think abut going higher? Also wondering about my mobo; I'm not that versed in what to look for.


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 Post subject: Re: First build; here's what I'm looking at (gaming)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:41 pm 
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Everything you need is included in that spec I gave you, nothing less and certainly nothing more.


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 Post subject: Re: First build; here's what I'm looking at (gaming)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Thanks for your help; I'll take a look at those parts. If, I really needed to build a budget rig for $1k to $1.5k, what else could I look at?


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