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#1831 lolwut?

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 10:05 AM

Great stuff guys; so much info to read, haha. Kind of pointless to post I guess, since Corvix just posted with a similar price range as me, but I'm looking for some help as well, as I'm trying to build a PC in the $800 range. I'm probably going to spend $1000 total, but that last $200 is going toward the monitor, and although I'd like to run everything on max settings or whatever, I'd prefer the computer to be cheaper, haha.

I'm reading through the suggestions in this thread, but I'm a little lost as I haven't really dealt with anything PC related since the GeForce 6800 was the new shit, looool. I know about SSD's, but I don't know much about dual-core CPU's and all that, sans the small bit my friend filled me in on.

I'd be using the computer mostly for gaming, watching HD content (though Blu-Ray isn't really required, as I have a PS3 and do most of my viewing on that), and typical PC stuff (internet, music, schoolwork). Any help or suggestions you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this thread, as I want to get one soon (probably within the next two weeks).


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Posted 02 June 2011 - 05:20 PM

Putting one together here are the specs: Suggestions on anything worth changing?
Decided to use an online site instead of building this one myself.


CASE: * Coolermaster HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Red LED Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port
CASUPGRADE: 12in Meter Light - 8 speed (Blue Color)
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: LG WH10-LS30K 10X Internal Super Multi Blu-Ray Rewriter (Black Color)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K 3.40 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) (500-1,200 RPM T.B. Silence Black Color with Blue LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA)
FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
FREEBIE_CU1: FREE Game - Shogun 2 Limited Edition Coupon: Total War
FREEBIE_CU2: FREE! PCI Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card
FREEBIE_RM: 30 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk
FREEBIE_VC: Razer Arctosa Black USB Gaming Keyboard
HDD: 96 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk (Single Hard Drive)
HDD2: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
HEADSET1: * Corsair HS1NA USB Gaming Headset
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Kingston HyperX
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8Z68-V Pro Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ BT GO! LucidLogix Virtu and Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 4x SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: * 1,000 Watts - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 Plus Power Supply
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
TEMP: NZXT Sentry-2 Fan Touch Screen Fan Control & Temperature Display
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
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#1833 Draekon

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 05:48 PM

I'm assuming the case is a HAF-X 942, which is a very nice (and very large) case. Great cable management if you don't mind it being huge and pricey. You don't need liquid cooling unless you're completely overclocked out the ass and want everything to be as silent as possible. You should only be hitting upper 60C temp wise on the CPU with air cooling while under a very heavy load.

CK64 said something earlier in the thread about getting a 2500K over a 2600K. I never read a whole lot about unlocking processors, but it might be worth looking into. You're already set with an i7 anyways as it has hyperthreading and turbo boost.

You don't need 16GB of RAM unless you're doing virtualization out the ass, which I assume you're not. I'd not recommend going above 8GB unless you do heavy video/image editing or virtualization.

You don't really need an SSD either. Toss it for a standard HDD. Hell, put two 1TB SATAIII drives in RAID0 if you want a performance boost with drive speed. SSD's are still pretty much a waste of money right now for normal users. Especially if you don't take all the precautions to make sure it's optimized.

I also don't recommend a 6970. Though if you're buying through a site, their 6950's may not unlock to 6970's which is the recommended course of action.

Power Supply... you don't need that much. You could easily bump it down to an 800Watt which will leave room for expansion. I'd calculate your needed power, but I'm too lazy and crystalklear64 wrote a recent thread about it.

And I don't know why people build such extravagent computers and yet always go with their OS being Home Whatever. Professional is usually recommended. Though I doubt you'd be editing GPOs, using a home server, etc.

#1834 crystalklear64

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 10:04 PM

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looks like a wicked sick superfly build bro. be sure to get diamond screws for your case, they're 24% more efficient than normal screws and cost 50 times as much.

also the 6970 is slow ass worthless junk shit card. get a 6990 instead and overclock it and use absolute zero uranium to cool it.

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#1835 Draekon

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 10:09 PM

lol


Should really petition a mod to turn the OP into a wiki post. Probably make half the things in this thread easier.

#1836 j-cart

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 07:50 AM

And I don't know why people build such extravagent computers and yet always go with their OS being Home Whatever. Professional is usually recommended.


Most are first time builders. The one thing they assume is that the most expensive/newest tech will make their PC *pop*. What they don't realize is that anything past the $1000 mark is buying for digits of fps. The other part too is that I don't think many people understand how un-HD console gaming is.

Once they get a taste of PC gaming (hey hook it up to your tv if you want couch gaming!) they'll see how much they are truly missing.

I would say the sweet spot for first time PC builders is $650-$800 (excluding monitor, speaker, m+kb). Won't break the bank, but will also be able to play the newest/future games at HIGH settings. The point is to have a quality gaming machine that isn't a money drop but also a learning experience.

They also need to understand that a personal built PC that costs $800 is not worth $800, it is worth more. Almost double in price compared to major brand names. That is where the confusion I think is often made.

#1837 Megazell

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:26 PM

Most are first time builders. The one thing they assume is that the most expensive/newest tech will make their PC *pop*. What they don't realize is that anything past the $1000 mark is buying for digits of fps. The other part too is that I don't think many people understand how un-HD console gaming is.

Once they get a taste of PC gaming (hey hook it up to your tv if you want couch gaming!) they'll see how much they are truly missing.

I would say the sweet spot for first time PC builders is $650-$800 (excluding monitor, speaker, m+kb). Won't break the bank, but will also be able to play the newest/future games at HIGH settings. The point is to have a quality gaming machine that isn't a money drop but also a learning experience.

They also need to understand that a personal built PC that costs $800 is not worth $800, it is worth more. Almost double in price compared to major brand names. That is where the confusion I think is often made.


I would like to add that some new builders also don't read the fine print. I fix PCs on the side for friend and the like (you know how it is when ppl know you know about computers) - they fail to read or implement their warranties. I've had quite a few people ready to buy sometime and come to realize they can save a lot of money by sending parts back for replacements like sound card, hard drive, RAM, video card and such.

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#1838 pbnate88

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:17 AM

So for the builders ot there, where is everyone getting Windows 7? Any cheap places?

#1839 ROB64

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:41 AM

Newegg has OEM version (can't be transferred) of Home Premium for $99.99. If you can find a copy of Vista or XP on the cheap, you can upgrade to Windows 7 Professional for $30 if you have a student (college) email address.

http://www.microsoft...ow/default.aspx


EDIT: thinking about getting a desktop with upcoming birthday money, can anyone offer suggestions/edits to this list?
http://secure.newegg...Number=16272745

The main thing I want to do with this is video editing/music, so it doesn't need to be extravagant, but I'd also like to be able to play Portal 2 on decent settings (1600x900, with a playable framerate). Any idea if the integrated video would be good enough for that? Thanks.
Also, I don't think these components need that wattage, but I'm just trying to future proof a little bit (in case I decide to put a decent video card in it.)

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#1840 Finishoff

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:00 PM

Hey I'm looking at a prebuild computer for $800. Here are the specs.
Coolermaster Scout Gaming Case
i7 2600k
Asus P8P67
GTS 450 SE 1GB GDDR5
1 TB HD
Power supply 650w
8 GB ram sticks (1600)

Just wondering if the price sounds good. And what video card I should update it to with a budget of 300, thanks.

#1841 crystalklear64

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:06 AM

looks ok for the price as for as prebuilts go.

i'd say get a 570gtx on the high end, a 6950 1gb to save some duckets, or if you're feeling lucky, a 6950 2gb that you can try to flash into a 6970.

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#1842 WongTongSoup

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 02:17 AM

http://www.newegg.co...D=1dhomj29h1sdy
Can this video card support two monitors? Someone said it supports two monitors but the picture newegg shows only has one monitor output. (The white one). Correct me if I am wrong though!
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#1843 danielisawinner

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:56 AM

So... it's been a hella long time since I've actually upgraded anything in my computer. I've spent the last week or two researching parts for a all-new setup and am trying to get some advice:

I'm shooting for roughly $1200. It's going to be almost entirely a gaming PC, so I realize some parts I've included won't be necessary. The 2600k over the 2500k is a bit useless for my purposes, but honestly... I want it. I want my threads to be hyper as shit. And 8gb of RAM isn't totally necessarily, but again... I want it.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 1600 DDR3 (2x 4gb)

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - Shit's extreme.

CPU: i7 2600k - Yup.

GPU: 6950 - As for the brand... I'm leaning towards Sapphire due to their higher rates of success with unlocking, which I plan on doing. Oh, and I am considering getting two in crossfire, but that would probably be later.

PSU: Corsair TX750

HSF: Noctua NH-D14

SSD: Crucial C300 64GB - I'm still debating between the C300 and the M4. The C300 apparently has better boot times, which is primarily what I'm going for. I only plan on loading my OS and a few programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) on here.

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB - I already own this... so... yeah.

It's no SUPERMAXEXTREMECOMPUTERMACHINE.com/ALIENWARE build, I know...

#1844 Firvagor

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 12:44 PM

CPU: i7 2600k - Yup.

As state previously in this thread, get the 2500k instead. You'll save $90 and won't even be able to tell the difference. "I want it" isn't a justification.

PSU: Corsair TX750

According to Newegg's PSU calculator, if you plan on getting another 6950 you'll need a ~900W PSU. Up to you when you want to get one.
(Everyone else, let me know if I'm way off on this because I just stuck the closest values into the calculator)

SSD: Crucial C300 64GB

I hear the C300 is amazing. That is all.

#1845 danielisawinner

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 03:30 PM

As state previously in this thread, get the 2500k instead. You'll save $90 and won't even be able to tell the difference. "I want it" isn't a justification.


But... but... I really want it. All of that hyperthreading technology... mmmm...

FINE! You convinced me. I'll go with the 2500k and spend the extra bills on something slightly less useless.


According to Newegg's PSU calculator, if you plan on getting another 6950 you'll need a ~900W PSU. Up to you when you want to get one.
(Everyone else, let me know if I'm way off on this because I just stuck the closest values into the calculator)


You're probably right, bro-chief. From what I read and calculated, an 850 (which is what I was originally considering just to be safe) would do it for 2 6950s in Crossfire. But, hey, I could be wrong, too.

On a related note, would I need a considerably more powerful PSU if I plan to OC the 2500k? Nothing too crazy-extreme, just enough to get it to 4.0-4.2 ghz.

I hear the C300 is amazing. That is all.


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#1846 crystalklear64

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:06 AM

Here's what I've come up with for my 1200$-ish build as well as some simple options to drop it into the 1000$ and less range:
Mobo- GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 (i suck gigabyte's dick)

COMBO!- save 15$
CPU- i5-2500k
RAM- 8 gb corsair vengeance ddr3

HSF- CM Hyper 212

COMBO!- save 20$
PSU- Corsair 750tx
CASE- NZXT Phantom

GPU- evga gtx 570 (the -ar version of the card just incase the 600 series hits within 3 months)

SSD- ocz vertex 2 80gb

HDD- samsung f3 spinpoint 1tb

CD/DVD/Penis- Newegg is all out of stock what in the Fuck is going on? +20$

Comes in at 1336$ and about 1280$ after rebates. This is specifically built to SLI 570's in the future.

Places to save $. **= you should do this, i would, but i'm dumb and cannot be reasoned with.

*PSU, can easily pick an antec earthwatts 750 instead of the corsair and save 20$.*
*SSD, can easily not purchase a SSD and save 157$*
Motherboard, can easily save 40$ here and get a UD3 over the UD4.
Memory, can easily cut to x2 sticks of 2gb instead of 4gb, save 35$.
HSF, can easily use stock cooler and save 30$
Case, can comfortably purchase a different case and save 60$
GPU, can comfortably purchase a 6950 1gb or a 560 ti and save 100$

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#1847 crystalklear64

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:26 AM

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 1600 DDR3 (2x 4gb)

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - Shit's extreme.

CPU: i7 2600k - Yup.

GPU: 6950 - As for the brand... I'm leaning towards Sapphire due to their higher rates of success with unlocking, which I plan on doing. Oh, and I am considering getting two in crossfire, but that would probably be later.

PSU: Corsair TX750

HSF: Noctua NH-D14

SSD: Crucial C300 64GB - I'm still debating between the C300 and the M4. The C300 apparently has better boot times, which is primarily what I'm going for. I only plan on loading my OS and a few programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) on here.

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB - I already own this... so... yeah.

It's no SUPERMAXEXTREMECOMPUTERMACHINE.com/ALIENWARE build, I know...

Advice:
Get an i-5 2500k instead.
Get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus instead of your overpriced Noctua.
If you're going to be unlocking your 6950's keep in mind it will reduce their lifespan just like overclocking anything. As for the amount of power, a single 6970 takes a minimum of 38 amps (which is basically what your unlocked 6950 will become). A power supply with around 60 amps should be fine for two of them. I dunno wtf about someone getting 900w from newegg calc, but ~700 watts for the two cards isn't unreasonable. That Corsair 750tx should be enough.
That mobo is a waste of money but you probably knew that.

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#1848 danielisawinner

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 05:28 AM

Well... here's my semi-final build. It actually comes out to be $1142.41 before taxes and shipping. I'm buying from Amazon, Newegg, and Microcenter, so I'm saving on taxes or shipping on most items. I have FSSS with my Amazon Prime Student thing and I don't live in CA, so I don't pay taxes on orders from Newegg.

NZXT Phantom - $139.82 @ Amazon (no tax or shipping with FSSS)

G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 8GB - $84.99 @ Newegg (no tax and free shipping)

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $159.99 @ Amazon (no tax or shipping with FSSS)

i5 2500k - $179.99 @ Microcenter (tax only, in-store pick up)

6950 - ~$230-290 depending on brand

Corsair TX750 - $109.99 @ Amazon (no tax or shipping with FSSS and after a MIR)

Noctua NH-D14 - $87.65 @ Amazon (no tax or shipping with FSSS)

Crucial C300 64GB - $124.99 @ Newegg (free shipping and no tax)

WD VelociRaptor 300GB - $149.99 @ Newegg (free shipping and no tax)

I added the Velociraptor because I wanted a separate, high-rpm drive specifically for my games, on top of my Caviar Black for storage. Right now, my installed Steam game list sits at around 105gb and my non-Steam games are around 60gb. I briefly considered a 180-256gb ssd, but then I looked at prices and was all FFUUUUUUUUU-

And yes, I realize it and other parts are not entirely necessary. But, honestly... I can afford it at this point and I'd like to have it.

#1849 crystalklear64

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 05:40 AM

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $159.99 @ Amazon (no tax or shipping with FSSS)

I don't think so Tim.

I'd buy 2 right now if this was the price. I bet you've get the P67 picked out.

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#1850 danielisawinner

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 05:47 AM

I don't think so Tim.

I'd buy 2 right now if this was the price. I bet you've get the P67 picked out.


IT'S LIKE YOU KNOW ALL OF MY FLAWS. OH GOD.

Shit... yeah. You're right. My b, dawg. My b.

The Z68 is only $30 more. I'm okay with that.

#1851 crystalklear64

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 06:41 AM

ok i spent a good number of hours trying to get this under 1125$ shipped and I finally did it:
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Its a complete build only missing a hard drive which you could add for 80$ and have a nice sub-1200$ build. I'll make some formal builds maybe tomorrow, but tonight I was exciting to find those 2 combo deals to shave off 50$.

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#1852 kube00

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 10:52 PM

Been awhile I am still planning to use the $500 toms hardware build
http://www.tomshardw...-6850,2903.html

AMD Phenom X4 925 $115:
http://www.newegg.co....-916-_-Product
ASRock M3A770DE $60:
http://www.newegg.co......ock M3A770DE
Antec Earthwatts 380W PSU $40:
http://www.newegg.co....-033-_-Product
4 GB Crucial RAM $40:
http://www.newegg.co....-262-_-Product
AMD 6850 $170:
http://www.newegg.co....-908-_-Product
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB HD: $45
http://www.newegg.co....-395-_-Product
Xigamatech Case $40:
http://www.newegg.co....0CPC-T45UE-U01
Lite-On 24X DVD Burner $20:
http://www.newegg.co......0iHAS 124-04
Total is $530 before shipping.

The processor is out of stock, any other recommendations for a processor?

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#1853 j-cart

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 12:30 AM

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103808

It is the same thing as the one you wanted but faster and the same price :)

I would need to look into your setup more, but I think that PSU would be a bit underpowered.

#1854 sinned47

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 10:57 AM

its summer time and i want to build my very first pc! :]
can anyone advise me? i have no idea what to look for in components. so far ive decided (but not actually purchased yet) my processor, motherboard, and video card. ive provided links.

core i5 2500k
asus p8p67 pro
geforce gtx 560 ti

im planning to be running on the on chip gpu rather than immediately getting the gtx 560 because of money. here are some questions i have on my mind right now:
1)ddr2 vs ddr3 ram: is there a huge difference? which one would you recommend?
2)what is an appropriate wattage my power supply should be? (i dont want the bare minimum but some room to work with)
3)how about heat sinks for my processor? (i definitely dont know much about those)

thanks in advance for the replies

#1855 crystalklear64

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 12:44 PM

2)what is an appropriate wattage my power supply should be? (i dont want the bare minimum but some room to work with)

now i remember why i stopped posting build advice at cag

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#1856 j-cart

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 02:31 PM

its summer time and i want to build my very first pc! :]
can anyone advise me? i have no idea what to look for in components. so far ive decided (but not actually purchased yet) my processor, motherboard, and video card. ive provided links.

core i5 2500k
asus p8p67 pro
geforce gtx 560 ti

im planning to be running on the on chip gpu rather than immediately getting the gtx 560 because of money. here are some questions i have on my mind right now:
1)ddr2 vs ddr3 ram: is there a huge difference? which one would you recommend?
2)what is an appropriate wattage my power supply should be? (i dont want the bare minimum but some room to work with)
3)how about heat sinks for my processor? (i definitely dont know much about those)

thanks in advance for the replies


First take a look at this:

http://i1002.photobu...Guide/Guide.png

Then look at this:

http://www.cheapassg...ad.php?t=296099

Then figure out how much you want to spend. Ball park for Price Vs. Performance is anything around $800 will run any current game and high or VERY high settings. $1500 is future proofing and anything above that is securing yourself for life.


now i remember why i stopped posting build advice at cag


More reason for this thread to become a wiki.

#1857 Mid Boss

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:01 PM

its summer time and i want to build my very first pc! :]
can anyone advise me? i have no idea what to look for in components. so far ive decided (but not actually purchased yet) my processor, motherboard, and video card. ive provided links.

core i5 2500k
asus p8p67 pro
geforce gtx 560 ti

im planning to be running on the on chip gpu rather than immediately getting the gtx 560 because of money. here are some questions i have on my mind right now:
1)ddr2 vs ddr3 ram: is there a huge difference? which one would you recommend?
2)what is an appropriate wattage my power supply should be? (i dont want the bare minimum but some room to work with)
3)how about heat sinks for my processor? (i definitely dont know much about those)

thanks in advance for the replies


If you want to use the integrated video, you're going to want either a H67(if you don't care about overclocking) or Z68 motherboard. P67 based motherboards don't allow you to use the i5's integrated gpu.

1. Not really a choice with the processor you're using. Sandy Bridge chips only support DDR3.
2. Read this: http://www.cheapassg...ad.php?t=296099
3. That really depends on how much you want to spend, how much room you have in your case, and how quiet you want the cooler to be. FrostyTech only reviews heatsinks and should be able to point you in the direction of a good one.


#1858 cgarb84

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:26 AM

I'm looking to build a PC soon in preparation for this Fall's killer release schedule (BF 3 being "the one" lol). Well, not really build one all the way from scratch but rebuilding my current PC. What I mean is that I have some parts already I plan to keep in my new build. I'm going to use my same tower, PSU, optical drives, HDD's (1 TB Drive and 2 160GB Raptors w/RAID), and MAYBE my GPU (GTX 460).

But here's my question, nothing about specifics just yet, but more as to timing. I try to keep up on new releases from all these parts manufacturers but it's pretty damn tough. Also I am not the best tech guy, on a scale from 1 to 10 I'd say my PC tech knowledge is about a 7. Is this a good time to build a PC? I was going to wait until August but I'm starting to get antsy. If I do get serious about this in the next month is that a mistake? Is there anything new that I would want to have coming out before September?

Now I know there are always bigger and better things on the horizon but just generally speaking I need a little advice. I prefer Intel CPU's BTW. I'm not apposed to AMD I just have no real experience with them. Also what about SSD's? Are they worth the investment for gaming yet? Can you justify buying a 300 gig SSD for >$500?
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#1859 crystalklear64

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:42 AM

I'm looking to build a PC soon in preparation for this Fall's killer release schedule (BF 3 being "the one" lol). Well, not really build one all the way from scratch but rebuilding my current PC. What I mean is that I have some parts already I plan to keep in my new build. I'm going to use my same tower, PSU, optical drives, HDD's (1 TB Drive and 2 160GB Raptors w/RAID), and MAYBE my GPU (GTX 460).

But here's my question, nothing about specifics just yet, but more as to timing. I try to keep up on new releases from all these parts manufacturers but it's pretty damn tough. Also I am not the best tech guy, on a scale from 1 to 10 I'd say my PC tech knowledge is about a 7. Is this a good time to build a PC? I was going to wait until August but I'm starting to get antsy. If I do get serious about this in the next month is that a mistake? Is there anything new that I would want to have coming out before September?

Now I know there are always bigger and better things on the horizon but just generally speaking I need a little advice. I prefer Intel CPU's BTW. I'm not apposed to AMD I just have no real experience with them. Also what about SSD's? Are they worth the investment for gaming yet? Can you justify buying a 300 gig SSD for >$500?

nvidia's new GPU in q4 2011 or q1 2012, ati's in july or august, bulldozer coming "soon" (could be next month benchmarks already coming out, and it looks good), SSD's still a little pricey but for me a game's startup time is a big one. If a game takes a long time to launch I'm much more likely to play something else even if I like the game better. If you're like that a SSD is a godsend. I'd still wait though. So, if you can, I'd at least wait for Bulldozer to come out. It might just dethrone intel, and even if it doesn't, it should make intel lower their prices. With the GPU's you'll have to decide if you want to buy older tech for cheaper or buy better performing tech that hasn't got the drivers and support in place yet if you wait for those. But it wouldn't be a bad idea to wait till July.

and if you don't' know, bulldozer is amd's new processor line.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:35 AM

Thanks j-cart, yea I know that PSU is a little weak, I"ll get something else

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