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hi guys, i am new to this forum, sorry if this is the wrong place to post this question. i am not very good with computers, but i am thinking of buying a new PC for playing starcraft and future games. i wonder if i should buy a built PC or trying to build myself, whats the benefits for each method and is it worth it? btw, the processor i am looking for is i7 2600k and decent parts come with it, budget is $1000- $1600, thanks in advance for any input.
If you have enough money, This is a good build. It is what im working on within a month

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=23290688

Here is a PC Build guide by linus tech tips. If you do not know him check out his channel. He can help in a lot of cases.


You don't need to watch all 31mins of it. But if you are new to it i'm pretty sure this will help
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post #42 of 53
I was in the same boat as you. Bit of a bigger budget £2000.

I went the Acer route and bought the flagship Acer Predator.
Now I wish I had been on this site where you get tons of info and help and would never ever buy pre built again.
Build yourself you can always get help on here and your rig would be made by you!
Just a thought, wouldnt it be great if overclock.net made PC's?
I would be up for that!!!!!
    
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post #43 of 53
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Let's just refresh some people's memories, 6 years ago the top of the line CPU was the Intel Pentium 4 570 3.8ghz SINGLE CORE cpu. Technology is moving a lot faster each and every year and in just a few years 8 and 12 core CPU's will be top of the line much like AMD's 6 core and Intel's 12 core.

The i7's might get the job done, but really components get outdated much quicker than they used to.
6 years ago was 2005 that was the year before the quad core! and dual cores were introduced in 2005! you need to check your facts! a single core was not top of the line in 2005!
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It's worth building your own rig. YOU control everything from the quality of components, care of putting it together and more importantly, the satisfaction of building it yourself.

Rig in sig was my first ever build and it while I was a little nervous, it was a rewarding experience.
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Yeah, there is this certain feeling of accomplishment and knowledge you get from building your own PC. Before I built my computer I knew only a little bit about computers, but after, I had learned so much more. Plus, that isn't the only thing you get, it is usually cheaper.. not sure about in the long run, because after a bit, you want to get NEW hardware and install it ! Hope it works out for ya!
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post #46 of 53
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6 years ago was 2005 that was the year before the quad core! and dual cores were introduced in 2005! you need to check your facts! a single core was not top of the line in 2005!
Haha yeah just looked at my post and now I feel like an idiot. For some reason I am way behind on my internal clock.
    
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post #47 of 53
A year and a half I was where you are. Can't say strongly enough how glad I am that I built my own. My 3rd coming soon. Learn to be comfortable googling or searching the forums for any questions that may come up, there will probably be 1 or 2 at least, hopefully nothing big. Be careful, do your research. Read the feedback on the Newegg site extensively for each of the components you think you will buy.


I will probably never buy another 'built' computer again.

Do it!
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post #48 of 53
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Rig in sig was my first ever build...
Our Rig's are similar enough, though yours is nicer, that they could almost be cousins or something, and for the money you'll never find an HP, Dell, Gateway or whatever with anywhere near the specs.

Just the fact that most store bought PC's have relatively crappy PSU's is motivation enough for me to never but a pre-maid desktop again.
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post #49 of 53
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seems like for gaming 2500k is enough, if i listen to music on itune, have firefox open, a poker site open, at the same time using photoshop, 2500k is still fine? (thats what i do often)
post #50 of 53
Not that you need another reason to go custom vs pre-built but since no one has mentioned it I will. Besides the fact of getting better components for the same price you also do not get a machine that is loaded to the gills with BS software you will likely never use or tweeked OS's to suit the mfg. That last point is more of an issue with your big names like Dell but it can still be a PITA.
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