Help me build a gaming desktop - prize?

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Ichigar

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01-02-2012

Anyone have any more ideas?


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fruitie

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01-02-2012

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 2600k CPU $319.99 (anything above this isnt worth paying for imo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790 MOBO $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102957 6970 GPU $349.99/ $329.99 rebate (feel free to buy another one, or even wait for the 7k series)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 8GB RAM $48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022 850W PSU $134.99/$124.99 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 1TB HDD $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276 DVD drive $18.99
=$1197.93 not including the rebate

You will need a case, but thats mostly cosmetic, so you might want to search one yourself. However Heres a quick link to a case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 case $69.99

SSDs can be an option, you can go for less space for a boot up drive, or more space to store your main programs. You might not find the cost necessary so you can skip it if you want. SSD prices will come down in the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706 120GB ssd $189.99

Some notes: Ivy bridge will be coming early in the year. AMD 7k series will be coming too. And probably nvidia (both will be expensive on launch day and then come down later on, but theres newer stuff coming out all of the time, so its not a bad thing to buy now, or wait if you really wanted to.

This is a system thats pretty cost effective and high end and also made me jealous i dont live in the US (UK is more expensive ). For the ram you can always buy another set if in future you wanted more. But 8gb should be plenty. Its just an option for upgrade-ability. Unfortunately hdd prices are still higher than they were due to the floods in Thailand a while back but theyre getting back to normal.

edit: seeing how we were under budget, you might prefer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015 (briefly had the wrong link, sorry, fixed now) instead of the other psu, its modular so the cabling is easier to manage, its got higher efficiency, 2 years longer warranty

If you're overclocking your cpu you could use another heatsink to keep temps down (otherwise stock should be fine)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
Its cheap (not a bad thing) and does the job.
There's also liquid cpu coolers such as:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017
If you wanted, or you could go more adventurous for a real water-cooled rig, but you'd need to look more into it, and that's only if you wanted it.
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Come on guys... stop downvoting people when theyre just trying to help


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itsokayitsme

Junior Member

01-03-2012

You should buy custom Gaming PC's from http://Cyberpowerpc.com
Pretty okay deals,without building


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Gabemo

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01-03-2012

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
There ya go.


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Rekka

Member

01-03-2012

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iris View Post
look, im not gonna lie, people here are absoloutely clueless and know nothing about computer hardware here.

ask on this forum:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/\

just make a thread in the appropriate section and you'll get plenty of good answers.
2500 dollars can buy you a LOT. you'll be able to play any game @ 1920x1200 with max settings. ANY game. that includes any games coming out in the next few years.

if you want, you can buy a pc from falcon northwest.
honestly, they have amazing customer support. they are like alienware, except a little pricier, and you are paying for way better customer support. oh, and they do free repairs, etc for life. not worth it all, of course, but if you're gonna buy premade, get a pc from falcon northwest.

heres what i would sugggest though

asus p8z68 (most expensive make you can get)
Intel Core i7-960
nvidia geforce gtx 580
corsair vengance 8gb (2x4gb)
250gb ssd

figure out what case you want, and other main parts yourself. the parts i listed above are excellent, and will bring you pretty close to 2 grand if you pick them up.
Agreed but Toms also lists pre-built systems according to price/ performance going from :
budget ($500), mid range ($1000) and enthusiast ($2000).

If you are lazy but too cheap to mess with Alienware (no judgement, I wouldn't buy from them either) they will list pricing, parts, specs and you may learn a thing or two. I don't go to any other site ex this one. I've been using this site since 1995 / 1996 - it set the hardware benchmarking standard all others reach for.


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Dynasty

Senior Member

01-03-2012

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bjX
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bjX/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($191.99 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($163.17 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.89 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($184.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($174.95 @ Adorama)
Total: $1823.30
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-01-03 04:47 EST-0500)


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McRibblets

Senior Member

01-03-2012

Commodore 64
5 1/4 Floppy drive disk
8400 baud internet connection
12.1" Monochrome screen


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SevereBananas

Junior Member

01-03-2012

get 2 590's or the new series from nvidia and i7960 12gb ddr3 1600 mhz im too lazy to look al the parts up mastercooler HAF 922
aaand watercooler OC the cards and u dont need a new one for 5 years lol


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moothz

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01-03-2012

Go for the Core i5 2500k tips. They're the most cost efficient for a low price. They're pretty badass.

Don't buy SSDs unless you know what you are doing. It's not worth the price, you'll pretty much get 5 secounds slower loading times without it, but a secondary monitor, better headsets, better keyboard, better mouse can make a lot more difference in comfort. Get youself a nice chair, but don't get SSDs unless you plan on disabling writting.

Ps.: I like how the guy sets a 2k price range and people are like "Get 2600k and double 590".

Edit: Just finnished reading Dynasty's post. I can not recommend it as much as I would like it. It's a pretty solid build that will last you a long time (if consoles continue with their ****ty graphics, it'll last for VERY long).
Go for it! All those parts are pretty badass and you won't regret ever.
If I was to change anything, it would be the video card, into a HD6990. But the GTX580 is so awesome...
Man, that config is so badass it was 1800 dollars. If want to get into your price range and **** **** up, get two GTX580 cards (and a better power supply)

But as I've said before, don't go for the SSD if you don't know what you are doing. The performance comes from good use, not from good parts.


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LoneThrasher

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01-03-2012

For a gaming PC, getting an i7 is a waste because games do not support hyperthreading.

~$200: i5 2500k -- can be overclocked to 4.5 ghz easy on the stock air cooler no problem, especially with extra case fans.
~$220: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe B3 Intel P67 Motherboard -- quality motherboard with 3x PCIe 16x (for fastest possible sli/crossfire)
~$220: Corsair HX1050w -- quality, reliable, quiet and powerful PSU (won't sound like a leaf blower when your computer is gaming)
~$60: Any case
~$60: 3x Any case fans
~$120: 12 gb any 1800 mhz ram (even 12 gb is prob over kill for right now, but youre future proofing)
~$500: Monitor -- Dell IPS monitor (don't plan to 3d game) OR Any 120 hz monitor (if you do plan to 3d game)
~$100: Steelseries mechanical keyboard
~$100: Steelseries mouse
~$100: low capacity SSD or high capacity mechanical HD

~$1000: Video card -- 2x EVGA GXT 580
OR
~$750: Video card -- Radeon 6990

Total: ~$2200 or ~$2500 depending on your video card choice.

This would be the best bang for your buck for 100% as of today.

If you can wait about half a year, then get an Intel Ivy Series CPU and an upper Radeon 7000 series video card.

Hope that helps.

P.S. whatever you do, don't skimp on a crappy PSU. With a $2.5k budget you will surely be getting some nice video cards. Make sure they can reach their max performance without straining your PSU or you WILL have heat issues and it will be LOUD.


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