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Let me start off by saying thank you in advanced for any tips / advice / support you give me. I know absolutely nothing about computers, aside from they fact they bring much enjoyment to me. My friends have helped me put together what I have so far, and we are still running over the things I have, and they say this is a good computer for the price it will cost. I am looking for more input (not that I don't trust them, I would just like to see if there are alternatives that we may have missed.) The computer I currently have is quite old, around 2001 or so; running things on it needless to say does not go over to smooth. I am mainly looking for a computer that can run games effectively (the comp I have at this time can't even play super meat boy, which is something I have been looking forward to playing for quite some time.) I can always upgrade over time, so I really just need something that can run things, and if I -need- to get something better later down the road I can. However, my budget is set in stone, at 1,200 maximum at this time. Thank you so much in advance for the responses, if I get any.

Sorry if this is a bit long, I am just new to all of this.

TL;DR I am a computer noob, so some friends help me put together a PC for gaming. Thanks for your time <3

Component Product Price Link
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Processor Intel Core i5-2500K $180 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 $135 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0378096
Memory 8GB-DDR3-1600MHZ $42 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311
Video EVGA 550ti 01G-P3-1556-KR $134 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625
HDD-Store WD 500GB $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
PSU Corsair 550W $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
Monitor Samsung 21.5 LED" $140 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1164507&CatId=4420
Mouse Deathadder $50 http://www.amazon.com/Razer-Deathadder-Precision-Infrared-Gaming/dp/B004M8ZY0W
Keyboard Microsoft Keyboard $13 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0345390
Case NZXT Tempest 210 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146084
Mouse Pad RAZER Goliathus $16 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826999067
CD Drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Price
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$1010
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p.s My friend made me promise I would get a Deathadder mouse because it's the best mouse ever, and I should just get two and use one as the keyboard, the other for the mouse.

Edit : Updated the parts.
Edited by Meowskies - 1/31/12 at 9:27am
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I'd change the motherboard, go for a gigabyte or asus i'd say. and with that budget you can do much better with a graphics card, at least a 560ti and 8gb of ram
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Originally Posted by The Muffin Man View Post

I'd change the motherboard, go for a gigabyte or asus i'd say. and with that budget you can do much better with a graphics card, at least a 560ti and 8gb of ram

Thanks for the fast reply <3!

My other friend had also said to try and go for another MOBO, but would not help me find one. I will pester him about it, as well as go over some other graphics cards. As far as the ram goes, I had one person saying ''nono you only need 4GB for now'' and another going ''just get 8gig.''

Again thanks for the quick reply!

(I am not sure if quoting you sends you a message, or a ding of sorts so I am sorry if it spams you, just let me know and I will not use quotes <3)
post #4 of 77
think id change that 2500k to a 2600k as well better deal i think for an added $80
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Originally Posted by Meowskies View Post

Let me start off by saying thank you in advanced for any tips / advice / support you give me. I know absolutely nothing about computers, aside from they fact they bring much enjoyment to me. My friends have helped me put together what I have so far, and we are still running over the things I have, and they say this is a good computer for the price it will cost. I am looking for more input (not that I don't trust them, I would just like to see if there are alternatives that we may have missed.) The computer I currently have is quite old, around 2001 or so; running things on it needless to say does not go over to smooth. I am mainly looking for a computer that can run games effectively (the comp I have at this time can't even play super meat boy, which is something I have been looking forward to playing for quite some time.) I can always upgrade over time, so I really just need something that can run things, and if I -need- to get something better later down the road I can. However, my budget is set in stone, at 1,200 maximum at this time. Thank you so much in advance for the responses, if I get any.
Sorry if this is a bit long, I am just new to all of this.
TL;DR I am a computer noob, so some friends help me put together a PC for gaming. Thanks for your time <3
Component Product Price Link
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Processor Intel Core i5-2500K $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Motherboard Intel ATX X58SO2 $123
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502
Memory 4GB $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104140
Video EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR $134
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625
HDD-Store WD 500GB $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
PSU Corsair 550W $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139032
Monitor Samsung 21.5 LED" $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001488
Mouse Deathadder $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153072
Keyboard Microsoft Keyboard $9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109233
Case Antec Nine Hundred $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
Mouse Pad RAZER Goliathus $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826999067
CD Drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
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Total $1143
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Shipping $72
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p.s My friend made me promise I would get a Deathadder mouse because it's the best mouse ever, and I should just get two and use one as the keyboard, the other for the mouse.

Do you live near a Microcenter? You can get a 2500k cheaper there.
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post #6 of 77
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think id change that 2500k to a 2600k as well better deal i think for an added $80

I may do that, but I would have to cut the prices of some other things as well. My mother is already flipping peanuts at the price, and I am quite paranoid about prices as well. Thanks for the advice though!
Quote:
Originally Posted by itzhoovEr View Post

Do you live near a Microcenter? You can get a 2500k cheaper there.

I am not quite sure if I do live near one, though I don't even know what a Microcenter is! I will look into it though, I am sure google or something can tell me if I do live near one, and if I do that's good for me if it does save me money thank you! <3

Edit : That's interesting it says ''Micro Center is an American computer department store founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1979 by two former Radio Shack employees.'' I live in Ohio, so I am sure there has to be one somewhere around here haha
post #7 of 77
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Originally Posted by vedaire View Post

think id change that 2500k to a 2600k as well better deal i think for an added $80

Give me one reason. Unless he's rendering heavy stuff, I would call that 80 bucks wasted.

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post #8 of 77

Odp: 1,200 gaming PC budget, this is what I have so far. Good or bad?

8 gigs of ram will surely help. It's cheap now anyway. RAM timings don't matter much, you won't notice the difference between, say, CL7 and CL9 without any benchmarks.

From what I've heard Asus makes some of the best mobos around. As for the graphics card you can try a 560 ti as mentioned above or go for a Radeon 6950 (the refference versions can be unlocked to be similar to 6970)
post #9 of 77
yea absolutly no need for a 2600k, spend that extra on gfx. 4gb isnt enough for gaming, 6gb is (wont work on this platform) so 8gb is better. get a cheap gskill kit
Edited by The Muffin Man - 1/30/12 at 2:46pm
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500gb Seagate Barracuda 12, 1.5TB Samsung Silent LG Super Multi Water Cooling Windows 7 64bit Home Premium 
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Intel i7 920 d0 Gigabyte EX-58 UD4P Gainward GTX 570 GS Gskill nq 6gb @ 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500gb Seagate Barracuda 12, 1.5TB Samsung Silent LG Super Multi Water Cooling Windows 7 64bit Home Premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung BX2240 Steelseries 7G Thermaltake EVO Blue 750w Corsair 700d 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G700 Razer Goliathus 
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post #10 of 77
stick with the 2500k. add 4gb for a total of 8gb of ram (try a 2x4gb kit, like this)and get a 560ti. get a cheaper case like the haf 912, and do whatever you can to not buy a hard drive. i think this will set you on a good path.
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