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Hey guys,

I came here for my first desktop build in 2006 or 2007ish. Went on to buy a 17" HP laptop for when I started college. By now I've gotten somewhat tired of using a laptop for everything (especially gaming). I will likely still keep my laptop around to work on assignments or just play music through.

I am interested in building a new desktop given the following constraints but I always feel overwhelmed when looking for parts. Just looking for some pointers and recommendations. Thanks!

Constraints:
-Need 1 (or 2) monitors, decent size ~22-24", 1920x1080
-I don't need a ton of HDD space, 1TB is more than enough, I would be fine with just 320gb or 500gb (7200rpm desired). SSD would be great but I honestly don't know much about setting up a drive specifically for booting or anything about RAID setups
-CPU performance: won't be running too many processes at once, i.e media player, browser, ventrilo, game...so the CPU doesn't have to break the bank
-Graphics: would like to play games such as Heroes of Newerth, DOTA 2, and maybe swtor at high-max settings at 1920x1080 resolution...don't need a machine that can play the most graphic intensive games at max settings such as crysis 2
-I don't feel like messing with water cooling
-Case doesn't need to be flashy, I just want something with good air circulation
-Budget ~$1000 but that is just a rough estimate

If any more information is needed, please ask!

Thanks in advance
Edited by Snooze - 8/8/11 at 12:37pm
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you need ram,case,keyboard,mouse,psu?
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Originally Posted by iDaryl View Post
you need ram,case,keyboard,mouse,psu?
Haha, well I'm leaving that up to those with more knowledge than me. I won't need a keyboard or mouse, but I will need ram, a case, motherboard, psu, and all that is normally required for a build. I was just giving constraints/guidelines on the parts that I knew most about. I don't really know much about ram timings, good motherboards, or psu requirements.
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thanks for the quick respone. Would cutting back on the ram allow for an i5 around the same overall price or slightly more? I probably only need 4 or 6gb of ram. Also would a 650W psu be overkill?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Snooze View Post
thanks for the quick respone. Would cutting back on the ram allow for an i5 around the same overall price or slightly more? I probably only need 4 or 6gb of ram. Also would a 650W psu be overkill?
You should definitely cut back on some of the parts he listed and get the 2500k. I would put together a build for you w/ links but I'm at work. Get these parts (rough prices listed)

i5-2500k - ~200
ASUS P8P67 Pro ~185
8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X or Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 ~70
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200RPM ~55
GTX460 1GB ~130
PSU & Case (so many choices here, 650W is overkill) ~200 (MAX)
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ ~30

Total: $870. This leaves you roughly $130 for a monitor. If you want to save some money, you can find a good deal on a GTX460 for even less (~115), get a cheaper (but still quality) PSU and case, and drop down to 4GB RAM (save you ~$30). There's plenty of good monitors to be had in the $130-170 price range, so you should be fine. The above system will do everything you want and should play SW:ToR at roughly high settings.
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Okay I could find parts with your guidance. Is 8gb of ram necessary? Also I saw this on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...692056-_-Combo

It's build it youself, but Newegg just bundles all of the parts for you. How would that PC compare to the part suggestions here? I see it's cheaper by about $150.

Thanks
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Here is a build with a monitor that I put together for you. It's slightly over $1000 but is a pretty nice build. Considering monitor price, your combo + monitor would be approx $830. This build I threw together is ~$1050 with $75 in mail-in rebates ($975 after rebates). The performance difference between the two builds warrants the extra $200 or so, in my opinion.
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You found some nice prices. I'd replace PSU and Motherboard ($230 z68 necessary?) but overall nice finds and prices.

Uhh actualy Obsolete,

SubTotal:
$186.19
Shipping:
$90.86
Grand Total:
$277.05

That's when I added i5 2500k to my cart on that Chuck's site.
Edited by jagz - 8/9/11 at 12:03pm
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