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post #1 of 10
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Hello all!

I'm pretty new to building PC's for personal use, I have experience working on computers but not on designing my own rig.
I've done some research and lurked through a fair amount of the rigs on this site to get a bit of insight.

My limit for a rig is about $1000.
I already have all of the following:
- monitor
- OS
- keyboard/mouse

I'm looking to use it primarily for gaming. I'm not a heavy gamer by any means but I do like to push the limits from time to time and am in desperate need of a system that can handle the likes of BF3, Skyrim, Borderlands, etc.

Here's what I have pieced together so far:
Current Plan

Like I said, I would really just like some feedback from you all on potential upgrades or better components that I could swap any of those out for or just on things I've completely overlooked. I'm not the most knowledgeable about the current components and parts out there, and could definitely use a little schooling!

Thanks!
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by NC1llusi0n View Post

Hello all!
I'm pretty new to building PC's for personal use, I have experience working on computers but not on designing my own rig.
I've done some research and lurked through a fair amount of the rigs on this site to get a bit of insight.
My limit for a rig is about $1000.
I already have all of the following:
- monitor
- OS
- keyboard/mouse
I'm looking to use it primarily for gaming. I'm not a heavy gamer by any means but I do like to push the limits from time to time and am in desperate need of a system that can handle the likes of BF3, Skyrim, Borderlands, etc.
Here's what I have pieced together so far:
Current Plan
Like I said, I would really just like some feedback from you all on potential upgrades or better components that I could swap any of those out for or just on things I've completely overlooked. I'm not the most knowledgeable about the current components and parts out there, and could definitely use a little schooling!
Thanks!

Change the GPU to 7950, makes a huge difference in performance. 2133MHz is just overkill for normal use, even a 1333MHz would be good enough and you'd never notice the difference (if you don't believe me, just google it). Also, you might as well get the Extreme4-M (its the same board with one less PCI-E, I doubt you will ever run 3x SLI or CFX), saves those precious $$$.

The build itself is looking good (expect the GPU), so when you're buying make sure you look for deals (wherever you happen to buy from), especially the GPU's and PSU's (be prepared to change the PSU decision when you see a good one being sold at a lowered price) thumb.gif

When will you be buying and where from?
post #3 of 10
I'd drop down to DDR3-1600 and swap out the Antec Kuhler for a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, and then put that money toward a GTX 660 Ti or HD 7950 instead.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to buy and build before the year is up. I will probably be buying from various internet retailers or Microcenter. I'll definitely look into swapping out those components. Thanks for the input!

As far as Intel vs. AMD goes with the GPU, is AMD typically recommended over the Intel?
post #5 of 10
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As far as Intel vs. AMD goes with the GPU, is AMD typically recommended over the Intel?

Not sure what you mean here? Are you asking about AMD and Nvidia in GPUs (which is pretty much a pick 'em) or AMD and Intel in CPUs (where Intel is the obvious choice)?
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Forceman View Post

Not sure what you mean here? Are you asking about AMD and Nvidia in GPUs (which is pretty much a pick 'em) or AMD and Intel in CPUs (where Intel is the obvious choice)?

I was just wondering why you recommended the 7950. I misread your initial post, sorry about that!


Also, as far as choosing a manufacturer for the GPU, is there one that's typically better than others?
Edited by NC1llusi0n - 10/10/12 at 4:58pm
post #7 of 10
On the Nvidia side, the reference cards are all the same so the only difference is warranty terms and price, really. If you want a custom card then you'd have to call it on a case by case basis. I'd say custom cards by Gigabyte, Galaxy, MSI, or Asus would all be fine. Not sure about AMD cards.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by NC1llusi0n View Post

I'm looking to buy and build before the year is up. I will probably be buying from various internet retailers or Microcenter. I'll definitely look into swapping out those components. Thanks for the input!
As far as Intel vs. AMD goes with the GPU, is AMD typically recommended over the Intel?
AMD gets often recommended over NVIDIA in the pricerange of 7850 to 7950, though 660ti is a great card for the price. Still, the 7950's have been getting a bit more better feedback in terms of performance per buck (though, probably not on reliability).

Any way you look at it, it is a tough pick. If they had the exact same price it would be a hard choice for me, if either was $20 cheaper, I'd take that one.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Forceman View Post

On the Nvidia side, the reference cards are all the same so the only difference is warranty terms and price, really. If you want a custom card then you'd have to call it on a case by case basis. I'd say custom cards by Gigabyte, Galaxy, MSI, or Asus would all be fine. Not sure about AMD cards.
Same goes for AMD. Other brands worth checking and Sapphire and XFX. Also XFX carries probably the longest warranty.

Oh and I was thinking about that cooler thing, but I've never read that many cooler reviews to be able to say anything trustworthy about them.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Alright, thanks a lot for the input! I appreciate the help with this!

I'll make some modifications to the build from the things you all said.

Thanks again!
post #10 of 10
With a $1000 budget, you should be grabbing at least a AMD 7950 if not a GTX 670. tongue.gif

Swap out the PSU for a Rosewill Capstone.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz stable ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 MSI GTX 980 Ti 32GB (4 x 8GB) 1866Mhz Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
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AudioOtherOtherOther
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