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 Post subject: Newbie Building a Gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:51 pm 
8086
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Hello all,
First, I apologize for my lack of knowledge.
So... I am building a gaming pc (current and future games at max graphics settings and 30 fps) but will also want to run Adobe Photoshop. I'd like to keep everything under $1000 but I am flexible. All I have to add to the equation is a copy of Windows 7, a Razer mouse, and an old DVD RW.

Of the research I have done so far here is what I've considered.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 $179.99 (hopefully can get a discount on that)
Graphics Card: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card N660 TF 2GD5/OC $179.99 (Refurbished)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower $69.99
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $69.99 (Refurbished)
HD: Western Digital WD Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99
MoBo: No idea as to what I need (AMD?)
Memory: Not sure 8g, 16g, 32g?
Monitor: Either LG EB2242T-BN ($124.99) or Acer S220HQLAbd ($139.99)
Keyboard: I assume any generic keyboard.
Headphones: I would love a recommendation here for a quality set.
Power supply: Again I have no idea.

So that comes out to $670 with no Mobo, Memory, Keyboard, Headphones, or power supply.

Here are some things that have been confusing me: What is the difference between a $40 mono and a $200 dollar mobo? Will I be bottlenecking by using any of these products? Is all of this compatible? Do I need more cooling or are the fans that come with the tower sufficient?

Finally I have until May before i "need" to get this so I can wait if prices will be going down.

Thanks for your help and I'm terribly sorry I don't know more :oops: but I'm willing to do the research, just wanted ya'lls opinion.
-Kyle


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie Building a Gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:29 pm 
Clawhammer
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If uizz lookin for opinions, you've come to the right place. My opinion is to nix your AMD daydreams, nowadays their procs get smoked at every task by Intel offerings. Try this Grand best-of-the best spec on for size...

3570k | $170
AsRock Pro4 with $40 MicroCenter bundle discount | $60
8GB Samsung MV-3V4G3D | $35
Gigabyte 7950 | $270
Barracuda 3TB | $90
Samsung 840 120GB | $80
Seasonic X650 | $90
Samsung SH-222 | $15
Thermalright Macho 140 | $40
Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra | $150

$1000


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie Building a Gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:54 pm 
8086
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There may be a couple issues with what you've recommended to me. I'm having a hard time finding a few of the parts for the price you listed pushing the pc well over my price range when you add in a $130 monitor, keyboard, and headset.

I don't mean to open a huge can of worms here but on the benchmarks/comparisons i've seen it seems like the AMD 8350 performs equally w/ the i5, so is there much difference since i could save $40 by going with the AMD?

Why the $150 case? shiny lights are cool and all but i'd be happy with something cheaper.

Anyway thanks for the quick response I'm just a little confused about some of your recommendations for my needs.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie Building a Gaming PC
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:00 pm 
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=701 Take a look at the games towards the bottom. The FX-8350 trails against the Core i5-3570K. Now in properly multi-threaded tasks, the FX-8350 will compete with the Core i7-3770. However, for games and other single-threaded tasks, Intel will smack AMD across the hall.

Cases are something you should probably find out for yourself. Everyone has their own tastes so we can't really recommend anything other than what we like. I mean, there are some objective points like if it has USB3.0 on the front, but otherwise, not really anything else.

Also Kleinkenstein likes to throw in the absolute cheapest where you can find said part. But unfortunately, not everyone can take advantage of said deals.


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