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I've never built a computer before, though I don't believe I'll have any issues with getting it done. I've got a $1,200 budget (this includes money for a monitor, and a full tower case). I've always had prebuilt PC's that were terrible for, well, anything, and I'm tired of it. I want to be able to play the latest games and all that good stuff, y'know.

I'm interested in overclocking at some point, but I'm going to run it at stock for right now because I want to familiarize myself more with overclocking in general.

I'd very much appreciate your help in figuring out what hardware best meets my needs for my money. Thank you. =)
post #2 of 24
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/100500..._own_computer/

That's the video that got me started =] a very good visual walkthrough.

What do you want to use your computer for mostly? I got the games part but there has to be more than that lol
post #3 of 24
I really like AMD and all, my GF still runs a Phenom II, but at that price point you would be much better with a Sandy Bridge system. Until AMD's next gen CPU "Bulldozer" comes out, Intel really has them beat at the majority of the price points
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Building... will be done in ~5 min. likely.

How many monitors do you want?
Edited by Reista - 1/23/11 at 12:46am
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You think he can get more than 1 monitor with a decent setup for 1,2k?

go with 1 monitor, and get the damned i5 2500k, they're way better as for performance/price than any of the amd cpu's on the market at the moment.

A list of components could be something like this

i5 2500k
Radeon 6950
Gigabyte P67A-UD3
A good brand 650w psu
Some nice fans
a NZXT Phantom is my personal fav for a fulltower, but choose whatever you like.
CL7 or 8 1600mhz quality brand ram.
a NH-D14 (noctua) cpu cooler.
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@ Reista: Thanks for the link! And just one monitor. And to your other question, I want to mostly use the computer for gaming, but I don't want to skimp on other features like processing power of course. I don't currently use my PC for gaming (because it's completely useless for that), but I'm sick of not being able to play the latest stuff that comes out. =P I do a lot of hobby programming, so that's something else to consider perhaps. I like to watch lots of movies and I love listening to music, if that helps too.

@ Dopamin3: Well, to be perfectly honest I really don't care if it's Intel over AMD. I am not well versed in these things so I just randomly picked AMD. Although I did take a stab at making a build myself, which I didn't link because I thought maybe I'd get laughed at, hehe. Here it is, though:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128412 (motherboard)
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115215 (processor)
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131374 (video card)
PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139004 (power supply)
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277 (memory)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136544 (harddrive)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129043 (case)
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

You'll note that these links are for Intel products. I only switched to asking for AMD because someone told me AMD got me better bang for my buck, hehe.

Don't laugh! =P
Edited by koyeall - 1/23/11 at 1:06am
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Oh. Forgot. Here's the monitor & optical drive I picked out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236100
Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106276
LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
post #8 of 24
If you like programming could you not go dual monitors?

I find dual monitors really help when doing CAD work and with programming you might be able to have a few different implementation/header files open at once and work on them without going back and forth between screens.

If you get 2 monitors then that leaves $900 for a rig, and even then at that price point I still personally think the Sandy Bridge has AMD beat here. Also about the video card, don't forget about the HD6850 to HD6870 crossflash otherwise the GTX 460 is always a good bet.

Here's something I built on Newegg just now total comes to $1202.88 (if you decide to go with 2 of those ASUS monitors I've included below) and includes an SSD:

Antec 900 (EDIT: @ pLuhhmm: I don't care what others say I still love the aesthetics of the Antec 900 but you are right there are others such as the CM HAF 912/922/932, and yes I know my sigrig uses the Elite310 but that's cause it was what I could get at the time)
ASUS 21.5" LED backlit monitor (x2)
Phenon II X4 955BE
Gigabyte 880G mobo
4GB Team DDR3-1600 memory (I've heard good things about this brand but no personal experience with them)
Sapphire HD6850 (crossflash this to an HD6870)
OCZ 40GB Vertex2 SSD
WD Caviar Black 500GB
OCZ 600W Modular PSU
Scythe Ninja 3
Second fan for ninja3 (put this in a 2 fan "push-pull" config for better cooling when you decide to OC)
Edited by Amor - 1/23/11 at 1:34am
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post #9 of 24
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One final note! I'd like to have the ability to, in the future, upgrade individual components to meet with increasing system requirements. I hope my demands aren't too steep for a $1,200 budget. =(

@ ph10m: How exactly does one calculate how much power they need in a power supply?
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Originally Posted by Amor View Post
If you like programming could you not go dual monitors?

I find dual monitors really help when doing CAD work and with programming you might be able to have a few different implementation/header files open at once and work on them without going back and forth between screens.

If you get 2 monitors then that leaves $900 for a rig, and even then at that price point I still personally think the Sandy Bridge has AMD beat here. Also about the video card, don't forget about the HD6850 to HD6870 crossflash otherwise the GTX 460 is always a good bet.
I have several monitors laying around here if I decide that. Thanks for the tips.
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