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My First Gaming PC build, need help!

post #1 of 33
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Hey there guys, been into console gaming since I was a kid (now 20) and am now looking to jump into PC gaming. Therefore I really want to experience the joy of building my first desktop but I'm a little confused and could use some experienced guidance. Before I list my prototype build I want to detail my budget and list exactly what I want to do with this rig so you guys can have as much information as possible.

1. Want to be able to play games like Guild Wars 2 and Black Ops 2 as well as Crysis 3 although for sure not maxed out on Crysis.
2. I want to be able to render 720p videos in Sony Vegas in a fair amount of time. ( usually takes me 3-4 times the time of the video now for rendering, want to get the ratio down to 1:1 or 1:2 max) This is because I have a YouTube channel and like to do let's play's and the like.
3.Want to be able to play these games at a acceptable framerate, hopefully 40-60 FPS.

Budget is around $600 max for the tower.
Here is a sample build I found:

Motherboard

ASUS M5A97 AMD 9 Series ($100)

CPU

AMD Phenom II X6 1045T ($110)

RAM

Corsair 4GB DDR3 (1333 Mhz) ($25)

Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti SuperClocked (1GB) ($125)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB ($60)

Optical Drive

Lite-On Internal DVD Writer ($18)

Case

Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 ($50)

Power Supply

Cooler Master Elite Series 460 Watts ($40)


Total Cost: $528 (USD)

Is this any good? Will I be much better off in terms of video rendering with a Intel i5?
Is this system fairly easy to overclock for a beginner?
Thanks for all your input and your time!
post #2 of 33
Get a 7770 instead of that 550Ti.
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Core i5 6600k Asus Maximus VIII Ranger G.Skill Ripjaws V 2x8GB DDR4 2400MHz Samsung 830 128GB 
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Crucial M500 960GB Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer C Dell S2216H Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Cherry MX Brown 
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Crucial M500 960GB Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer C Dell S2216H Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Cherry MX Brown 
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post #3 of 33
Ram is cheap, I would get atleast 8 gigs.

Also, dont forget to calculate in a Operating system.
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Check the market place here.. You may be able to have a better build with some used items.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3770k 5.2ghz  GIGABYTE G1 Assassin Sniper 3 7950 with Alphacool block 7950 w/ Alphacool Block 
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7950 w/ Alphacool block G.SKILL Trident X 2500mhz 2x4gb SanDisk Extreme 240gb sata III 6gbs x5 SwiftTech Apongee Drive II 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Monsta 360 86mm thick rad X 4 MCP 35X Pump x2 400ML Frozen Q Fusion res x3 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
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CatLeap 2560x1440 + Acer hn274h bmiiid 120hz 3D Logitech G19 Corsair Ax1200 watts  Mountain Mods Ascension 
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7950 w/ Alphacool block G.SKILL Trident X 2500mhz 2x4gb SanDisk Extreme 240gb sata III 6gbs x5 SwiftTech Apongee Drive II 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Monsta 360 86mm thick rad X 4 MCP 35X Pump x2 400ML Frozen Q Fusion res x3 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
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CatLeap 2560x1440 + Acer hn274h bmiiid 120hz 3D Logitech G19 Corsair Ax1200 watts  Mountain Mods Ascension 
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post #5 of 33
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Another card a lot of people recommend is the AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB. What are the relative merits and downsides to each?
Also will the build be cool enough? I mean again I don't have much experience with desktops, does the power source work as a fan as well????
post #6 of 33
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I was thinking of just this since the difference will probably only be 20 or so bucks. Is 8 GB the sweet spot in your opinion? also what brand of RAM is best?
post #7 of 33
ok for what your doing it sounds like editing will be its primarly use but need a soild gamer in your case cores and ram are the tools you need to get the job done. cooling is done by air movement or by water for your budget you will have to stay with air. The diffrence between the the 6850 and the 7770 is this,, the 6850 is a 256 bit the 7770 is a 128 bit so the 6850 has a faster transfer rate but a slower core then7770 so its about a wash the main diffrence in the 2 is the 7770 draws less power so it will run a bit cooler. Before I make a recmendation I like to know how coffterbale are you with over clocking or do you want to just build it and havfe it perform its best
post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by StringentHydra9 View Post

I was thinking of just this since the difference will probably only be 20 or so bucks. Is 8 GB the sweet spot in your opinion? also what brand of RAM is best?

I've personally used Kingston and G.Skill and those worked pretty well. I think Mushkin and Corsair are alright too?
post #9 of 33
IMH i would drop the AMD and grab a 2500k (2600k if you need to do some video rendering add 100 to the price ) with a cheap Z68 board for around the same price as the AMD you posted ( used of course ) new will be a tad bit more. Grab some G.skill 8gb 2133 cl9 ram for around ~$60 from the egg, either the snipers or the ripjaws. I would also grab the h100 from the egg for $95 atm. Upgrade that PSu to something like a Seasonic 650, a power supply is very important and i see a lot of people skimp on them all the time then regretting later. I know this will go over your 600 budget but not by much and in the long run you will pleased you did.

Sniper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231518

Ripjaws
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231476

h100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

Seasoni x650 gold

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by truckerguy View Post

ok for what your doing it sounds like editing will be its primarly use but need a soild gamer in your case cores and ram are the tools you need to get the job done. cooling is done by air movement or by water for your budget you will have to stay with air. The diffrence between the the 6850 and the 7770 is this,, the 6850 is a 256 bit the 7770 is a 128 bit so the 6850 has a faster transfer rate but a slower core then7770 so its about a wash the main diffrence in the 2 is the 7770 draws less power so it will run a bit cooler. Before I make a recmendation I like to know how coffterbale are you with over clocking or do you want to just build it and havfe it perform its best

I definitely am going to overclock at least a reasonable amount, sounds like from what your saying the 7770 is a really good card and I think it will fit well within my budget. Part of the fun to me in building the pc is seeing how far I can take the CPU and GPU. With the case that I was talking about do you think that the 7770 will fit? Also if I'm going to overclock is my PSU ample?
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