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Hey guys,
I would like to build my own gaming computer and I have no knowledge of how to build one and what to buy. I am trying my best to learn all the tech specs and what they mean/do. I would like to be running games like crysis 1 and battle field 3 at the max setting for the best experience, well I would like all games to be played at max settings. This computer will be only for gaming and nothing else. The max Price that I would like to pay is 1000 but that price can be lifted if needed. It would be great if you could give me some suggestions of what I should buy!

Thanks,
Jesse
post #2 of 17
No way you'll be able to max BF3 without spending much closer to 2000 if BF3 is going to be like they say it will be imho
    
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Well Do you have any suggestions for building computer strictly for gaming for under 1200? What would you suggest for specs n stuff?
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I'd say Sandy Bridge 2500K, and a 560 ti and cheap out on some components somewhere, and you might be able to do it for 1200.
    
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Do you need a monitor? If not, what resolution is the device you will be using?
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I do but it doesn't need be included in the price
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The only way that you're going to achieve your goal is by getting really cheap case hareware/peripheral hardware. I don't have a lot of time right now, so I am going to give you an overview of what you want, and you can do some google searches for research.

For the CPU/Mobo, I would get an i7 2500. You can get the K series if overclocking sounds like something you might want to branch out to. Most p67 motherboards are pretty good, someone else can recommend a good cheap one. Both of these should set you have about $400 together or less if you live near a Microcenter.

If you buy a monitor with lower resolution, you can get higher FPS in your games with a less powerful card. Your cheapest option for graphics is to go with a 6950 2GB reference model and flash it into a 6970.

RAM can be found very cheaply. With your budget, get 4GB of G.Skill RAM off of newegg. This should be under $50.

A DVD drive can be had for $20, and a single hard drive for around $50 should get you about 640GB 7200RPM (which is probably fine for you).

You'll need a power supply, I reuse old ones, but XFX and corsair are good companies from what I've heard. Anything over 500 watts from those brands should be alright (over 500 watts from another company might not be, depending).

Get the cheapest case you can find. From my experience, all cases work alrightish for a normal build.

CPU/MOBO - $400
GPU - $230
RAM - $50
DVD/HD - $70
PSU/CASE - $100

total: aprox. 850 plus mouse/monitor/keyboard
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post #8 of 17
This is the reply I gave you in your other thread:

Give this a shot:

Case: CM HAF 912 $59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233

CPU: 2500K $224.99 (179.99 plus tax if you live close to a Microcenter) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Mobo: Gigabyte UD4 $179.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128478

GPU: XFX 6950 $239.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150523

PSU: Antec 500W $69.99 with another $20 off by entering the promo code http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371035

HDD: F3 Spinpoint $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

Ram: 4GB Gskill ripjaws $49.99 with another $10 off by entering the promo code http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231427

Cooler: CM 212 $34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231427

Total including using the promo codes is $899.92

You can add to this in anyway you like, but this would be a nice build for your budget that will run any game you throw at it. The mobo I picked will allow you to add another GPU in the future. If you think you are going to do that, then you might want to up the PSU to a 750W. You can increase the RAM to 8GB for another $50 and you could add a 2GB GPU instead of the 1GB I included for about $60 more as well. SSD would be sweet, but it would be tough to fit into your budget.

Hope this gets you started on the right track at least.
Edited by Lou3824 - 5/3/11 at 6:10pm
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post #9 of 17
imblind means a i5 2500K and if you want to overclock with a Sandy Bridge processor (1155 socket CPUs) you NEED a P67 motherboard

Edit: Follow Lou3824's build its looking pretty good to me, don't know how he afforded a 6950 in there lol, its a nice job
    
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[Asus] VG236 23 inch 120 Hz [HP]w2007 (Offset) [Logitech] G15 [Corsair] HX 750 
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post #10 of 17
$279 - i7 2600K (Overclock to 4.8Ghz with H70 or Noctua NH-D14) http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0354587 or $300 online
$180 - Asus P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-703-_-Product
$140 - 2x4GB G.SkiLL 1600Mhz CL7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231431
$250 - AMD 6950 2GB ($250 after rebate[unlockable to 6970 and OCs to 950Mhz-ask if you need a guide on this])
$70 - PSU Antec 500W
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 5/4/11 at 5:29am
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