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Alright its time for me to get a nice, amazing desktop computer for christmas :smile:

The problem... i know nothing about building computers but my dad builds them :smile: I just have no idea what all would be needed and/or go together well, so i'm building from essentially the ground up :O

Spending limit is gonna be around 700$ but that can be a bit higher since i've got a job :smile:

I wanna be able to play games and have great graphics, i use to game back in the day but gave it up for xbox, now i'm considering coming back.

So... go go go :wink:

Thanks in advance :smile:

MAJOR EDIT FOR FINAL BUILD SPECS!:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qXaY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qXaY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qXaY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.59 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1142.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 22:02 EST-0500)

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

Mouse: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q4U5DK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

Keyboard: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008U5ZNIG/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00

Headset: http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Beach-Call-Duty-Universal-Mac/dp/B005CGL06K (i already own these)

Operating System: Windows 8 Pro :smile:

I think... that's everything. I'll buy a few games but that's it. Probably just Battlefield 3 and CS:GO
 
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Few questions:
Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor/mouse/etc.)?
What games/apps do you intend on using and what will this computer be used for?
What country are you in?
This is custom built, right?
 
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Few questions:
Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor/mouse/etc.)?
What games/apps do you intend on using and what will this computer be used for?
What country are you in?
This is custom built, right?
I have headphones, mouse, and keyboard. I'd probably wanna get a new keyboard/mouse more "game tuned" but that i'll have as a separate fund. I've also got a HDMI cable tv, that i can use for a monitor.
Gaming wise, i wanna be able to play top of the line stuff without much issue.
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And yes custom built

I'd do everything myself, but its been a long time since i did much on computers for gaming so i'm a bit out of the loop.
 
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I have headphones, mouse, and keyboard. I'd probably wanna get a new keyboard/mouse more "game tuned" but that i'll have as a separate fund. I've also got a HDMI cable tv, that i can use for a monitor.
Gaming wise, i wanna be able to play top of the line stuff without much issue.
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And yes custom built

I'd do everything myself, but its been a long time since i did much on computers for gaming so i'm a bit out of the loop.

This should refresh your memory hopefully;
 
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This should refresh your memory hopefully;
Thats a long video ill have to watch that later :smile:

As far as actually building, that i've got help with. I've just fallen behind on whats good and whats not :frown: So i come to the experts.


Edit: I'll also be building and putting it together myself to save money
 
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qEgL

A little something i just put together, yes i realize its a bit over my original 700$ limit but hey might as well go hard right :smile: Can anybody look that over for me, and maybe help pick out a suitable case? And make any suggestions as to what i could get inside of a certain part :smile:
 
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Get the 3570K, it's the same price as the 3570 but has an unlocked multiplier so you can overclock.
Go with the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard.
Get a 7850 as performs better than the 560Ti.
Drop the soundcard as the Extreme4 sound will be suffice. Cheap soundcards do the same job as any decent motherboard audio.
8GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming, there is no need for more as you won't see any performance increase.
Go with the CoolerMaster 212 EVO as it can perform roughly the same as the Antec 620 for less, I would only consider the H100/i or H80/i if going with a pre-sealed watercooling loop.
 
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Get the 3570K, it's the same price as the 3570 but has an unlocked multiplier so you can overclock.
Go with the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard.
Get a 7850 as performs better than the 560Ti.
Drop the soundcard as the Extreme4 sound will be suffice. Cheap soundcards do the same job as any decent motherboard audio.
8GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming, there is no need for more as you won't see any performance increase.
Go with the CoolerMaster 212 EVO as it can perform roughly the same as the Antec 620 for less, I would only consider the H100/i or H80/i if going with a pre-sealed watercooling loop.

I took some of your suggestions, but actually decided to go with the i7 instead, i know its a tiny bit more but might as well.
Changed to the motherboard you suggested.
Dropped the soundcard.
Debating on changing the graphics card, i've always sworn by Geforce and with 2 of them and SLI it might make a big difference.
Decided against water cooling as i don't wanna deal with that mess.
Also changed the ram in a way that its only 2x8gb now instead of 4x4gb for the same price.

And here's the updated build. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qEOJ

Please give some input :smile:
 
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Get the 3570K, it's the same price as the 3570 but has an unlocked multiplier so you can overclock.
Go with the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard.
Get a 7850 as performs better than the 560Ti.
Drop the soundcard as the Extreme4 sound will be suffice. Cheap soundcards do the same job as any decent motherboard audio.
8GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming, there is no need for more as you won't see any performance increase.
Go with the CoolerMaster 212 EVO as it can perform roughly the same as the Antec 620 for less, I would only consider the H100/i or H80/i if going with a pre-sealed watercooling loop.

Unless this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007PJVB3Y/?tag=pcpapi-20#productPromotions

Use this link instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Plus i'd get Farcry 3 and MOH 2 free

That good?
 
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I took some of your suggestions, but actually decided to go with the i7 instead, i know its a tiny bit more but might as well.
Changed to the motherboard you suggested.
Dropped the soundcard.
Debating on changing the graphics card, i've always sworn by Geforce and with 2 of them and SLI it might make a big difference.
Decided against water cooling as i don't wanna deal with that mess.
Also changed the ram in a way that its only 2x8gb now instead of 4x4gb for the same price.

And here's the updated build. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qEOJ

Please give some input :smile:
Dont go with the 2rd gen i7, go with a 3rd gen, and dont go with the 550ti, id go with 1 HD 7950 and when it will be older, crossfire it...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qEVX
 
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Dont go with the 2rd gen i7, go with a 3rd gen, and dont go with the 550ti, id go with 1 HD 7950 and when it will be older, crossfire it...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qEVX

I like your style :smile:

Quick question, does that Motherboard support crossfire? Because eventually i will crossfire it but i'd rather not then have to replace the motherboard at that time.
 
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I like your style :smile:

Quick question, does that Motherboard support crossfire? Because eventually i will crossfire it but i'd rather not then have to replace the motherboard at that time.
I think the extreme4 does, let me cheak :wink:
 
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I think the extreme4 does, let me cheak :wink:

If it doesn't and there's something relatively close in price range that does then that'll work :smile:
 
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If it doesn't and there's something relatively close in price range that does then that'll work :smile:
Yes it does, got 2 PCI Express 3.0, so with crossfireX with 2 card you should be fine :smile:
 
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Also, if you dont like the case, you can change it, just make sure its an ATX tower(NOT a micro ATX or Mini ATX)
 
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Yes it does, got 2 PCI Express 3.0, so with crossfireX with 2 card you should be fine :smile:
Wooooh :smile:

now will that card by itself be better than the 2 Geforce cards together, in terms of performance? Like... will i be able to get far cry 3 and just crank up the graphics and be good to go?
 
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Wooooh :smile:

now will that card by itself be better than the 2 Geforce cards together, in terms of performance? Like... will i be able to get far cry 3 and just crank up the graphics and be good to go?
Im pretty sure it will, let me see lol
 
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Im pretty sure it will, let me see lol
Hahaha just making sure i'm not sacrificing too much performance. Like i said its been a long time since i was in the PC group but xbox has gotten boring :frown:
 
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Hahaha just making sure i'm not sacrificing too much performance. Like i said its been a long time since i was in the PC group but xbox has gotten boring :frown:
Yeah, for me too, im mainly playing PC games now, and if you run Far Cry3 1080p, it should run @ 60fps
You might want to OC it a littlebit (Like 1ghz or 1.1ghz, it has dual fan so it should not run too hot)
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Yeah, for me too, im mainly playing PC games now, and if you run Far Cry3 1080p, it should run @ 60fps
You might want to OC it a littlebit (Like 1ghz or 1.1ghz, it has dual fan so it should not run too hot)
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Okay good to know :smile: I used to play PC all the time back when counter strike first came out, then i moved onto xbox for halo, but now i wanna go back to PC.

Well if the Video card is gonna be fine standalone then i think i'm good to go...
 
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