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The Ultimate 'Build-A-PC' Thread. Complete With Pricings & Recommendations (06/06/10)


#3121 io   ... Super Moderators   23887 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:46 AM

What resolution are you planning on playing at?


Eh - I figure for the most part just standard HD (1080p). I might output to the same TV he plays the 360 on. But I also have a completely unused Sony 3D display (that doesn't have to be used in 3D). I assume that is 1080p max. I don't believe I have anything in the house that can do any better, to be honest (even my relatively new PC display). But going forward maybe it would be important to go higher - but that definitely isn't a priority. I'd think decent frame rate and higher-end graphics (compared to a 360) at 1080p is fine. And simply the ability to run newer PC games without it looking terrible.

#3122 aShufflinZombie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:48 PM

Eh - I figure for the most part just standard HD (1080p). I might output to the same TV he plays the 360 on. But I also have a completely unused Sony 3D display (that doesn't have to be used in 3D). I assume that is 1080p max. I don't believe I have anything in the house that can do any better, to be honest (even my relatively new PC display). But going forward maybe it would be important to go higher - but that definitely isn't a priority. I'd think decent frame rate and higher-end graphics (compared to a 360) at 1080p is fine. And simply the ability to run newer PC games without it looking terrible.


Here's a build. I actually use a GTX 650 but I would recommend overclocking the card a bit to push some extra frames. The card is fantastic for the price. Past the OC'ed 650, the price:preformance decreases and it looks better than the 360 ;).

It is a little bit out of the $500 price that you said but you and your son will be pleased.

BTW the Sony 3D display is amazing. To fix the RLOD, turn the brightness down to 5 or 6. The sharpness of the blacks make text very easy on the eyes.

#3123 spiderman4657   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   336 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

spiderman4657

Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:01 AM

Hey guys I'm looking to buy my very first pc and need some help so far I am pretty positive I am going with an intel i7 processor 3770k. I need help choosing a motherboard and a power supply.

I have a few cases in mind either the or the corsair carbide series 200r or the fractal design define R4 the first is on sale for 30 dollars after a mail in rebate the 2nd costs about 80 dollars. I heard the 2nd is better because of the sound damping but other than that not much else.

I would also like some advice on a power supply to buy I heard you should always buy gold certified and a cooling fan I was looking at the Noctua NH-d14. Any help from an experienced builder would be appreciated.

P.S. The case is only on sale for today the R4 so I am going to have to pick a case today most likely.

#3124 io   ... Super Moderators   23887 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:24 AM

Here's a build. I actually use a GTX 650 but I would recommend overclocking the card a bit to push some extra frames. The card is fantastic for the price. Past the OC'ed 650, the price:preformance decreases and it looks better than the 360 ;).

It is a little bit out of the $500 price that you said but you and your son will be pleased.

BTW the Sony 3D display is amazing. To fix the RLOD, turn the brightness down to 5 or 6. The sharpness of the blacks make text very easy on the eyes.


My Sony display died in the first 2 months I had it (about a year ago) and got fixed (or replaced) for free by Sony. We haven't used it AT ALL since then though. The kids were using it as a second display when the other was using the big TV but now my younger son doesn't play the PS3 much any more so we haven't needed it.

Thanks for the link. I guess I had an idea of all the components needed but it is nice to see them all laid out like that. The good news for me is that I don't have to buy Windows since I have an MSDN license. So I can just grab Windows 8 Pro from that. So that brings the total cost of that build under $500.

BTW, I can justify using my MSDN on that because the system can double as a testing machine for me for my work (which is developing custom applications for my company's software). My laptop is riddled with development software and debug versions of the code. I work off-site, so when I build an installer to send back to corporate I could use a test machine to run on a clean install of the base software to make sure everything works. I've had issues with then booting stuff back to me because I forgot a file or two in the installer in the past. So, yeah, I'm going with that ;).

#3125 aShufflinZombie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:13 AM

Hey guys I'm looking to buy my very first pc and need some help so far I am pretty positive I am going with an intel i7 processor 3770k. I need help choosing a motherboard and a power supply.

I have a few cases in mind either the or the corsair carbide series 200r or the fractal design define R4 the first is on sale for 30 dollars after a mail in rebate the 2nd costs about 80 dollars. I heard the 2nd is better because of the sound damping but other than that not much else.

I would also like some advice on a power supply to buy I heard you should always buy gold certified and a cooling fan I was looking at the Noctua NH-d14. Any help from an experienced builder would be appreciated.

P.S. The case is only on sale for today the R4 so I am going to have to pick a case today most likely.


Here goes the same old question.... Do you live near a MicroCenter?

#3126 EraserFace   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   4 Posts   Joined 7.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:58 AM

Hey guys, I’ve recently built my gaming PC back in April, but I kind of went over my budget when I was building it. So at the time I decided to skimp out on a GPU, until I had the extra cash to spend. Well now that time is here, and I’m just looking for any advice on which card would be best for my setup.

My PC Specs:
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Advanced
CPU: Core i7-3770K
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 extreme4
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600
PSU: CORSAIR AX850

I’m looking for a GPU in the price range of $300-$400. I have been waiting for the GTX 700 series, but going by the rumors those cards will be out of my price range & not that big of jump in performance from the current cards out there.
So right now I’m thinking on maybe getting either the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 for $310 or 7970 for $400. How big of difference in performance is it between these two cards? Also, if I buy one of the cards off of Amazon, will I still be able to get the free games being offered from AMD? (The reason I ask is because Amazon doesn’t advertise the free games.)

#3127 chaosbob86   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   76 Posts   Joined 4.9 Years Ago  

Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:31 AM

Hey guys just got all my parts for my first rig wondering if I could get some input on how this will compare to next gen. Games are getting too expensive on consoles and I already have a cable box so I don't need xbox1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Zjb1

#3128 j-cart   PAPER TRAILS on a mountain CAGiversary!   5539 Posts   Joined 6.4 Years Ago  

Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:00 PM

Hey guys, I’ve recently built my gaming PC back in April, but I kind of went over my budget when I was building it. So at the time I decided to skimp out on a GPU, until I had the extra cash to spend. Well now that time is here, and I’m just looking for any advice on which card would be best for my setup.

My PC Specs:
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Advanced
CPU: Core i7-3770K
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 extreme4
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600
PSU: CORSAIR AX850

I’m looking for a GPU in the price range of $300-$400. I have been waiting for the GTX 700 series, but going by the rumors those cards will be out of my price range & not that big of jump in performance from the current cards out there.
So right now I’m thinking on maybe getting either the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 for $310 or 7970 for $400. How big of difference in performance is it between these two cards? Also, if I buy one of the cards off of Amazon, will I still be able to get the free games being offered from AMD? (The reason I ask is because Amazon doesn’t advertise the free games.)



The AMD game codes should come with the gfx card regardless if Amazon doesn't mention them. The codes are given by AMD and not the retailers. Also because you have an i7 listed in your build, get a 7970. Pair the best with only the best!


Hey guys just got all my parts for my first rig wondering if I could get some input on how this will compare to next gen. Games are getting too expensive on consoles and I already have a cable box so I don't need xbox1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Zjb1



Look into getting a FX-8xxx series. The FX series is not really representititve of their true cores and the 6xxx series is actually only a 3 core processor. Also welcome to PC gaming :D

#3129 Mako1215   Mr.OneOfWonder CAGiversary!   7057 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:52 PM

So getting a 780!

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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#3130 aShufflinZombie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

aShufflinZombie

Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:59 PM

Hey guys, I’ve recently built my gaming PC back in April, but I kind of went over my budget when I was building it. So at the time I decided to skimp out on a GPU, until I had the extra cash to spend. Well now that time is here, and I’m just looking for any advice on which card would be best for my setup.

My PC Specs:
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Advanced
CPU: Core i7-3770K
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 extreme4
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600
PSU: CORSAIR AX850

I’m looking for a GPU in the price range of $300-$400. I have been waiting for the GTX 700 series, but going by the rumors those cards will be out of my price range & not that big of jump in performance from the current cards out there.
So right now I’m thinking on maybe getting either the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 for $310 or 7970 for $400. How big of difference in performance is it between these two cards? Also, if I buy one of the cards off of Amazon, will I still be able to get the free games being offered from AMD? (The reason I ask is because Amazon doesn’t advertise the free games.)


If you are looking for price:performance, look here.

#3131 aShufflinZombie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:06 PM

Look into getting a FX-8xxx series. The FX series is not really representititve of their true cores and the 6xxx series is actually only a 3 core processor. Also welcome to PC gaming :D


BTW that mobo doesn't support the 8xxx series 125W requirement. If chaosbob86 does want that mobo, I could give him a killer price. I bought it 2 hours away and didn't realize that it wouldn't support my 8320 until after I got home. Then I said Fuck it and never returned it. It's been sitting on my shelf for 6 months now, still in the box.

#3132 Shimrra   Hello Ladies !!! CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:17 PM

Anyone mess around with Alienware X51? At the cost of $699 it looks good but is it even worth it?

A beautiful 35-year-old ain’t as as good lookin’ as an ugly 19-year-old. Women expect us to like them but they don’t even like each other” Patrice O’neal

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#3133 aShufflinZombie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 12:18 AM

Anyone mess around with Alienware X51? At the cost of $699 it looks good but is it even worth it?


It's terrible. If it wasn't alienware, it would be a couple hundred dollars cheaper.

#3134 Shimrra   Hello Ladies !!! CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:21 PM

It's terrible. If it wasn't alienware, it would be a couple hundred dollars cheaper.


Good to know :)

A beautiful 35-year-old ain’t as as good lookin’ as an ugly 19-year-old. Women expect us to like them but they don’t even like each other” Patrice O’neal

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#3135 bizarro13  

Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:08 AM

I'm looking at upgrading my video card, potentially because I might be skipping the new consoles this year depending on pricing and features.

This is my current PC:

Intel Core i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz
8GB RAM
GeForce GTX 460

I don't keep up with PC parts so I'm looking to upgrade and not spend a fortune. Maybe keep it to about $300 or less.

Suggestions?

#3136 spiderman4657   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   336 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

spiderman4657

Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:33 AM

Here goes the same old question.... Do you live near a MicroCenter?


Closest microcenter is in tustin I am about 40 min away.

#3137 chibilaharl   CAGiversary! Validating   152 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

chibilaharl

Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:44 AM

hey guys, so i've been living with my pc for about 5 months now and it works great. thanks for all the recommendations you guys gave. Looking to the future, im begining to think about things i can buy to 'trick' out my pc. looking to you guys for suggestions.

For referance my pc is AMD phenom x2, HAF912 case, 120gb ssd, 2TB sata HDD, gigabyte 7850 gpu, corsair PSU, Bluray drive.
Currently looking to sell or trade: Duke Nukem Forever Complete Pack, Borderlands GOTY, Mafia 2, and more all activate on steam. PM me with offer.

#3138 spiderman4657   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   336 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

spiderman4657

Posted 25 May 2013 - 08:34 AM

hey guys, so i've been living with my pc for about 5 months now and it works great. thanks for all the recommendations you guys gave. Looking to the future, im begining to think about things i can buy to 'trick' out my pc. looking to you guys for suggestions.

For referance my pc is AMD phenom x2, HAF912 case, 120gb ssd, 2TB sata HDD, gigabyte 7850 gpu, corsair PSU, Bluray drive.

Why not go for the i5 3770k over the amd processor?

#3139 Mako1215   Mr.OneOfWonder CAGiversary!   7057 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2013 - 02:33 PM

hey guys, so i've been living with my pc for about 5 months now and it works great. thanks for all the recommendations you guys gave. Looking to the future, im begining to think about things i can buy to 'trick' out my pc. looking to you guys for suggestions.

For referance my pc is AMD phenom x2, HAF912 case, 120gb ssd, 2TB sata HDD, gigabyte 7850 gpu, corsair PSU, Bluray drive.


How much are you trying to spend?

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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#3140 aShufflinZombie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 05:35 PM

Closest microcenter is in tustin I am about 40 min away.


Save money on the 3770k then.http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx

#3141 chibilaharl   CAGiversary! Validating   152 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

chibilaharl

Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:35 PM

Why not go for the i5 3770k over the amd processor?




because the MOBO i bought was amd compatable at the time. And Im kinda just pricing things for now, looking to see what other things i can do with it. I probably wont do any upgrades for a few months, im just trying to plan and price cool things i could do to it.
Currently looking to sell or trade: Duke Nukem Forever Complete Pack, Borderlands GOTY, Mafia 2, and more all activate on steam. PM me with offer.

#3142 aShufflinZombie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

aShufflinZombie

Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:43 PM

hey guys, so i've been living with my pc for about 5 months now and it works great. thanks for all the recommendations you guys gave. Looking to the future, im begining to think about things i can buy to 'trick' out my pc. looking to you guys for suggestions.

For referance my pc is AMD phenom x2, HAF912 case, 120gb ssd, 2TB sata HDD, gigabyte 7850 gpu, corsair PSU, Bluray drive.


Whhhhyyyyyyyyy are you looking to upgrade when you've only had your pc for 5 months??!!!

#3143 chibilaharl   CAGiversary! Validating   152 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

chibilaharl

Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:55 PM

Whhhhyyyyyyyyy are you looking to upgrade when you've only had your pc for 5 months??!!!


Im not looking to upgrade neccesarrily. Im curious at to what else i could put in my computre like a capture card, water cooling etc that would simply increase the badassness of my pc?
Currently looking to sell or trade: Duke Nukem Forever Complete Pack, Borderlands GOTY, Mafia 2, and more all activate on steam. PM me with offer.

#3144 Rhett   Global Defense Initiative CAGiversary!   2283 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:40 PM

Not entirely sure where else to post this, but this seems like a good spot for the moment.

I'm going to have 2 sticks of practically brand new RAM (2x4GB DDR3 1600mhz) if anyone's interested. I ended up buying some RAM, as my cousin was going to give me some of the same ram but things got in the way of him mailing in a timely manner. I should have it next week...

Here's the RAM (Corsair Vengeance)

I simply don't need 16GB. It's pretty awesome ram (though beware the fins if using an aftermarket CPU heatsink).

Also, my FX-6300 build is complete. Love it so far.
Steam: Rhett816

#3145 aShufflinZombie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   722 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:20 PM

Not entirely sure where else to post this, but this seems like a good spot for the moment.

I'm going to have 2 sticks of practically brand new RAM (2x4GB DDR3 1600mhz) if anyone's interested. I ended up buying some RAM, as my cousin was going to give me some of the same ram but things got in the way of him mailing in a timely manner. I should have it next week...

Here's the RAM (Corsair Vengeance)

I simply don't need 16GB. It's pretty awesome ram (though beware the fins if using an aftermarket CPU heatsink).

Also, my FX-6300 build is complete. Love it so far.


What kind of money are you looking for?

#3146 spiderman4657   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   336 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

spiderman4657

Posted 26 May 2013 - 12:07 AM

Hey guys I'm looking to buy my very first pc and need some help so far I am pretty positive I am going with an intel i7 processor 3770k. I need help choosing a motherboard and a power supply.

I have a few cases in mind either the or the corsair carbide series 200r or the fractal design define R4 the first is on sale for 30 dollars after a mail in rebate the 2nd costs about 80 dollars. I heard the 2nd is better because of the sound damping but other than that not much else.

I would also like some advice on a power supply to buy I heard you should always buy gold certified and a cooling fan I was looking at the Noctua NH-d14. Any help from an experienced builder would be appreciated.

P.S. The case is only on sale for today the R4 so I am going to have to pick a case today most likely.

bump.

#3147 Rhett   Global Defense Initiative CAGiversary!   2283 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 26 May 2013 - 05:12 AM

What kind of money are you looking for?


Negotiable, but I guess around $60 + shipping? If it matters, it scored 7.7 on WEI, and is apparently overclockable, not that I would bother. I'm also interested in certain PC games that I've yet to own, and would consider trade.

Wish I could help, spiderman4657. Best I can offer is to go through things within your price range, on www.pcpartpicker.com and see what has the best reviews/compatibility. Don't go cheap on the PSU or the motherboard, for sure. I got a Corsair 500w and I love it, but I wish I got modular. And make sure the PSU is a good brand (like Corsair, and avoid Raidmax).
Steam: Rhett816

#3148 io   ... Super Moderators   23887 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:23 AM

Any thoughts on this build:

http://www.gamersnex...-gaming-pc-2013

It looks like the 7850 comes with Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, and Far Cry Blood Dragon, all of which would be nice to have for the new machine (though both me and my son played Bioshock on the 360 already). It isn't clear if it comes when you buy it from TigerDirect, though, even though they are shown in one of the pictures. Newegg makes it pretty explicit though (in that you add them as a bundle) but they charge $40 more for the card...

This is all starting to get a little overwhelming - TOO MUCH freaking choice! ;)

#3149 Rhett   Global Defense Initiative CAGiversary!   2283 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:47 AM

Any thoughts on this build:

http://www.gamersnex...-gaming-pc-2013

It looks like the 7850 comes with Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, and Far Cry Blood Dragon, all of which would be nice to have for the new machine (though both me and my son played Bioshock on the 360 already). It isn't clear if it comes when you buy it from TigerDirect, though, even though they are shown in one of the pictures. Newegg makes it pretty explicit though (in that you add them as a bundle) but they charge $40 more for the card...

This is all starting to get a little overwhelming - TOO MUCH freaking choice! ;)


I got the Sapphire 1GB 7850 OC and it's awesome so far. I haven't tested it with anything like Bioshock or Tomb Raider (though I did get the codes - came on a pamphlet in the box by newegg) however. It's eating up everything else though. Borderlands 2, GR:O, Chivalry... still installing games, though.

This XFX Double D 1GB is on sale currently. Not sure how long the coupon code lasts, but it comes out to $132.49 after $25 MIR. Use coupon: EMCXRVS26

My last card (8600GT) was an XFX, and they have a limited lifetime warranty. Can't go wrong with them, I don't think. Or dat price.


Edit: Didn't notice it was a "build"... It looks good though. My brother ordered his newest PC last year, and got that CPU. It's still holding up, and easily overclockable... One of -the- highest rated CPUs around. I, personally, got an FX-6300 as I wanted something more recent, without having to immediately feel like I wanted to overclock it. MSI's a highly reputable brand (so I hear) as is Corsair, so you should be good there...

Edit 2: Even cheaper, higher wattage OCZ PSU with $20 off coupon + $20 MIR ($45 after all is said and done) - The one in that particular build is OOS. Or you can use the one I'm using, at $50: Corsair CXW500 (no rebates, no coupons, and also not modular)

Edit 3: Aftermarket CPU cooler instead of that "liquid cooler" on the build... The Hyper 212+ EVO - Much cheaper, and highly rated. I don't have one, but my cousin + brother do.

Edit 4: I agree. I was overwhelmed as well. So many choices. And the stress when I put it together? Through the roof. :P (first build, had my brother do my first two... one DOA mobo each build, from Newegg...)

Edited by Rhett, 26 May 2013 - 09:12 AM.

Steam: Rhett816

#3150 io   ... Super Moderators   23887 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 26 May 2013 - 09:22 AM

See here I thought a graphics card was a graphics card but it seems like they are packaged up by third parties with fans and casing and such and that's why there are so many choices!

But yeah, I didn't know about that coupon code so that would make that a pretty sweet buy. Does that coupon work on the 2GB model? If so, I wonder if that isn't worth the $20-$30 extra.

Any comments on the Corsair Carbide 300R case? It isn't quite as cheap as it was when they put that build together in January.