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So I've been looking into building a new comp all together.

5) If you had a budget of saaaay $1200? what would YOU get for a gaming PC?
6) Do you believe $1200 to be enough to build a comp that'll last me for awhile?
All the overclocking questions will be answered in time on this forum, provided you realize that overclocking is a POTENTIALLY delicate art-form (it's actually very easy so long as you're safety conscious thus slightly conservative at first).

The same philosophy applies to building a new PC. It's bloody easy, so long as you can read manuals, follow directions, watch youtube videos and use common sense. Most often, there is only one place that cables can plug into, and everything is subject to its own specific standards applied across the board in computing hardware. RAM fits in the RAM slot. CPU in CPU slot. GPU in GPU slot. Screw this. Tighten that. Place that there. Tuck cables away. Double check your work. Done.

Trouble shooting is easy too, you'll learn EVERYTHING you need right here.

As far as your budget, you are in luck. That's a wonderful budget. Here's a build I've put together that will BLOW you away and last for years to come.



It also comes in @ $1,062 (minus $35 in rebates) before tax/shipping - we'll deal with this later.

Intel i5 2500k + Corsair A70 (heatsink/fan)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.615253

MSI P67A-GD65 + Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4gb 1600 CL9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.616706

Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62 + Antec TPN 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.612974

MSI Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127562

Samsung F3 1TB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

ASUS DVDR/W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204


These are all top quality components, compatible, and very good value. The system is well balanced too. The Sandy Bridge CPU should overclock to 4.5ghz with ease on that cooler, with that motherboard, and the RAM should run tighter timings at those speeds.

I choose a 6950 that will most likely NOT unlock to 6970 (through a bios mod) which people may disagree with, but the 6950 overclocked performs almost as well, and this one has better cooling that is also quieter (which matters to me).

The Antec TPN-750w PSU WILL NOT support adding a 2nd 6950 down the road along with the above system, all overclocked, which is a shame because that's an easy upgrade path. The combo with that case has $125 in discounts - WAY too good to pass up.

But this setup will run games @ ~max beautifully for the next 1.5 - 2 years without a hitch, the only upgrade needed at that point being a newer graphics card. The case will fit everything and is lovely.


Now to the "left-over" money. You should consider a few things:

A) SSD and HDD storage - the included 1 TB HDD is enough for now, but you will need more eventually. It is fast enough to run as your main drive, but an SSD for your operating system is a great tech-update and makes a large difference. I vote for Samsung F4 2tb storage, but that's me.

B) Peripherals - mice, keyboards, speakers, headphones etc. These things matter too, and it's important to have decent ones to enjoy your experience. I vote for a mouse - they fail the quickest and make the biggest difference to me.

I was going to mention monitor but yours is easily enough to do this build justice. Hope that helps at all.
Edited by willibj - 3/23/11 at 5:05pm
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So tell me, is Dell.com a good place to custom build your PC?

Or is there other, cheaper websites to do it through?
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post #53 of 58
Dell.com is NOT custom building.
It's choosing parts and IT ARRIVES PUT TOGETHER.
Dell and other companies (Hp, acer, etc.)
are usually a waste of money.

I suggest you make a NEW THREAD in either the AMD or the INTEL GENERAL section on building your PC. GOOD LUCK!

Basically, you buy stuff on this website
http://www.newegg.com/Store/Computer...puter-Hardware

and put it together.
DO LOTS OF RESEARCH FIRST THOUGH!

Building a PC CORRECTLY is generally not THAT hard.
I'm 13 and I've researched for ~2 months only and I've built like 3 computers.
    
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Asus DirectCU GTX 580
Uh no, 3 slots is ridiculous. I say 6990!
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Right now its def not the 590! LMAO!! Burn baby burn!
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A 5850 and a above will bottleneck with your current CPU...
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Yea deff need to upgrade MB and cpu...
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What you are going to want to do is buy every single part that goes into the computer (including a case) separate and then when they arrive piece the together like a puzzle. Building a custom computer is done by the end user, and not by any single company, you do all the work yourself.

Edit: Use a site like Newegg.com to find the parts you need, if they are too expensive you can always use it as a resource for brands/products and buy through another site like amazon. This is what I did to avoid the 9% sales tax they charge people in California... BS imo!
Edited by saph27 - 3/25/11 at 2:11am
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