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Hi, im pretty new to the forums. I've been doing a bit of creeping around without registering or posting to this point to find info but i gave up so my question is pretty self explanatory. i have a $1200 budget, give or take $100, to build my first gaming / surfing rig. Since this is my first I'm obviously new to building pc's and finding the best parts and deals. My friend offered to help me assemble it but i would rather get many opinions on the hardware situation.

I'm looking to go Intel and whatever graphics card you think is best for my budget regardless of make / model. This PC is strictly going to be used for gaming and surfing. I already have two monitors, mouse, and keyboard. no OS needed and i will be running at 1920x1080 resolution.

It will also be in the basement of my house and the router is upstairs, i don't know if that would make much of a difference but i was just throwing it out there.

I would like it to be reliable and remain easily upgradable. Multi-tasking is a must, i would like to be able to run a game on one screen and be playing music and surfing on the other without lag of any type. now if this isn't possible on a $1200 budget please let me know and ill aim for something more realistic. As anyone else on these forums, I'm just looking for the biggest bang for my buck.

Thanks in advance for any help provided
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Originally Posted by esparker726 View Post
Hi, im pretty new to the forums. I've been doing a bit of creeping around without registering or posting to this point to find info but i gave up so my question is pretty self explanatory. i have a $1200 budget, give or take $100, to build my first gaming / surfing rig. Since this is my first I'm obviously new to building pc's and finding the best parts and deals. My friend offered to help me assemble it but i would rather get many opinions on the hardware situation.

I'm looking to go Intel and whatever graphics card you think is best for my budget regardless of make / model. This PC is strictly going to be used for gaming and surfing. I already have two monitors, mouse, and keyboard. no OS needed and i will be running at 1920x1080 resolution.

It will also be in the basement of my house and the router is upstairs, i don't know if that would make much of a difference but i was just throwing it out there.

I would like it to be reliable and remain easily upgradable. Multi-tasking is a must, i would like to be able to run a game on one screen and be playing music and surfing on the other without lag of any type. now if this isn't possible on a $1200 budget please let me know and ill aim for something more realistic. As anyone else on these forums, I'm just looking for the biggest bang for my buck.

Thanks in advance for any help provided
Hi welcome to ocn

With that budget you will be able to build a nice rig that will play games on high/max detail i recommend the following parts.

Intel i5 2500k cpu 2600k is better for multitasking but is dearer
asus p8p67 pro motherboard, or any mid range p67 board
ati hd 6950 graphics card or if you prefer nvidia go with a gtx 560ti
samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hard drive
4gb 1600mhz 1.5v memory, Plenty to choose from like, corsair, g-skill, mushkin etc
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Intel I7 6700k Asis Z170 Deluxe MSI GTX 1080 Gaming x 16GB Corsair vengence DDR4 3200 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung M2 256gb nvme Custom loop, 360+120 rads Windows 10 64bit Asus 28" MG28UQ 4K 
PowerCase
Seasonic X series 750w gold Corsair 400c 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung M2 256gb nvme Custom loop, 360+120 rads Windows 10 64bit Asus 28" MG28UQ 4K 
PowerCase
Seasonic X series 750w gold Corsair 400c 
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post #3 of 16
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Thanks for the welcome How about the i7? and any cases you would recommend? i was told by a friend to get this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119197
Edited by esparker726 - 5/27/11 at 3:04pm
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oh never mind the 2600k is the i7 lol my bad
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Thanks for the welcome How about the i7? and any cases you would recommend? i was told by a friend to get this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119197
the 2500k and 2600k are the same in games but in heavy multitasking/video encoding etc the 2600k is slightly faster so it's upto you if you want to spend the extra $100 on it

Nice case but i preffer the nzxt phantom If you like the haf case go for the haf X
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k Asis Z170 Deluxe MSI GTX 1080 Gaming x 16GB Corsair vengence DDR4 3200 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung M2 256gb nvme Custom loop, 360+120 rads Windows 10 64bit Asus 28" MG28UQ 4K 
PowerCase
Seasonic X series 750w gold Corsair 400c 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k Asis Z170 Deluxe MSI GTX 1080 Gaming x 16GB Corsair vengence DDR4 3200 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung M2 256gb nvme Custom loop, 360+120 rads Windows 10 64bit Asus 28" MG28UQ 4K 
PowerCase
Seasonic X series 750w gold Corsair 400c 
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post #6 of 16
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ok cool, ya i was just looking at the case you had from your system info. i like that one too, i think ill go with the black / green full case
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I have the Inwin Griffin its a Good Case for the Price
My Gaming Rig
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Intel i5 2500K 4.7GHz [24/7] Gigabyte Z77 ATI Radeon 6950 (XFX) Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 500GB HDD's [RAID 0]  A Non-Branded DVD-DL Burner Zalman CNPSX 10 Performa Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x iiyama Prolite E2407HDS Razer Tarantula 600W OCZ NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
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Logitech G500 Wooden Desk - LOL 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500K 4.7GHz [24/7] Gigabyte Z77 ATI Radeon 6950 (XFX) Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 500GB HDD's [RAID 0]  A Non-Branded DVD-DL Burner Zalman CNPSX 10 Performa Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x iiyama Prolite E2407HDS Razer Tarantula 600W OCZ NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G500 Wooden Desk - LOL 
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post #9 of 16
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well after browsing newegg for a couple hours im a little lost to be honest... since this is my first time building a pc and gathering parts im a little overwhelmed lol. I have the recommended products by chewy in the cart ready to purchase but then i ran into this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.653785

It seems to have basically everything he recommended already in it, let me know what ya guys think. If its a better idea just to buy all the parts and assemble it instead of getting this and expanding on it let me know
post #10 of 16
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Any opinions on that build???
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