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Author:   coryc
Date:   Nov 11, 12 at 12:38pm (PST)
Subject:   Where to get started?
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Okay, so I want to build my first computer. I'm looking to spend up to about $700-$750, and I'm looking to use it primarily for PC gaming. I want to be able to run (most) games at med-high settings and get fairly good performance. I have little experience. My main problem is I'm not sure what to buy for my specific situation and was hoping I could get some insight, or some suggestions on where to start. I live in the US, and any advice/suggestions etc. would be *greatly* appreciated.

- Cory



Author:   Crusad3r
Date:   Nov 12, 12 at 1:23am (PST)
Subject:   Where to get started?
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First things first

1. Do you already have a copy of Windows (i.e. do you need to purchase an OS. Since it's expensive, it'll affect your final build by a lot)
2. Do you already have a monitor screen? Reasons same as above
3. What kind of games are you looking to play? If you're not playing intensive games, then you can do without a graphics card altogether, which saves a lot of money



Author:   coryc
Date:   Nov 12, 12 at 10:07am (PST)
Subject:   re: Where to get started?
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1. No, I don't have an OS. I'm planning on getting Windows 7

2. I already have all my peripherals.

3. Basically I'm looking to replace my consoles with this PC, so I'm also hoping to get a decent video card.



Author:   Crusad3r
Date:   Nov 12, 12 at 10:35am (PST)
Subject:   Where to get started?
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Case - $80
PSU - $55
CPU - $210
Mobo - $120
RAM - $37
GPU - $140
Optic Drive - $17

That brings it to a rough total of $660, leaving you enough money to buy a copy of Windows

The graphics card is only an entry model, so don't expect miracles out of it. It was the most decent I could find under your budget that's a Nvidia card (which I'm a fan of). Perhaps someone can recommend an AMD Radeon card.

The motherboard leaves you room in the future for any graphics or RAM upgrades

The power supply will need to be upgraded if you plan on getting a real high end graphics card in the future



Author:   coryc
Date:   Nov 12, 12 at 1:55pm (PST)
Subject:   Where to get started?
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Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. I'll let you know if I have any more questions in the future. Thank you again!

- Cory



Author:   coryc
Date:   Nov 12, 12 at 2:53pm (PST)
Subject:   Where to get started?
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Hi,

I just realized there was no hard drive in the build...reason?



Author:   Crusad3r
Date:   Nov 12, 12 at 11:05pm (PST)
Subject:   Where to get started?
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Reason was that I completely forgot coryc. Apologies. How much memory are you looking to get? Are you thinking of HDD or SSD?



Author:   PureOCJim
Date:   Nov 13, 12 at 12:14am (PST)
Subject:   re: Where to get started?
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If your looking for a gaming rig, you should be looking at the AMD A10-5800K hands down. It is cheaper than the 3550K and you can crossfire a Radeon 6670 with the on die 7650D GPU and be over $100 cheaper. That will pay for your hard drive. I built a couple of trinity rigs and for the $, they are pretty darn good.


CPU: AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280 $129

Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157341 $95

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $59

Air cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD
FM1/FM2/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $29

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 $39

Hard drive: Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX 300GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136929 $69

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4011351&SID=skim3031X597716Xf61bb8e15f160d52a04ab9d620cdd9ff $17

Power supply: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031 $50

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R667D3-1GI Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125403 $70

Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $99

Total $657

At $700-$750, you will not be able to play ALL games at high settings. It is just the nature of the beast. $700 does not allow for a top tier GPU but this will run most games medium to high.

This easily gets you under $700 with hard drive and Windows7 and is the best bang for the buck out there...... Enjoy.


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