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    Building new computer

    Looking to build a new computer and I haven't kept up on tech lately. I need some ideas for components and such. My budget is about 1000-1200 dollars. Gimme some ideas. I want it to be mainly for gaming, so gimme some good specs. Thanks.

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    Are you in need of monitor/windows?
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    Nope. I have windows 7 and I have all the other components for the computer. The tower I have now still works, I am just looking to upgrade.

    ---------- Post added 2013-01-14 at 01:46 PM ----------

    I was looking at just getting an Alienware desktop, but all in all, building your own desktop can save quite a bit of money.

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

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    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1118.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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    ---------- Post added 2013-01-14 at 06:53 PM ----------

    Yes, you will save alot of bucks and have extended warranty on single items. Better parts/performance as you get to choose different brands of hardware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffie View Post
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xzFX
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xzFX/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xzFX/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.71 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1118.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 12:52 EST-0500)

    ---------- Post added 2013-01-14 at 06:53 PM ----------

    Yes, you will save alot of bucks and have extended warranty on single items. Better parts/performance as you get to choose different brands of hardware.
    Very nice, may want to go with some lower profile RAM and a bigger/better Aftermarket cooler depending on if you want to OC it or not. Thought waht is there is fine for a mid-range OC.
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    Thanks, I'll take a look at it all.

    ---------- Post added 2013-01-14 at 02:02 PM ----------

    However, you don't have a case or a dvd/cd drive on it, was that on purpose? o.o

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    You can recycle your dvd drive or never actualy need one if you instal your os with a usb !

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    Well I am most likely selling this current tower with all it has for some money to fund the new one. So a drive wouldn't hurt. Especially for if I buy PC games that use a cd to install. Even though I download most games now via steam.

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    I thought you had one?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xzN5

    You budget went up alittle, but it's so much worth it.
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    Hmmm. Didn't go up too too much. Thanks! I'll see what I can do.

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    Shaved a few $ off with a couple switches of parts from Toffie's build.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xANu

    Puts the build right under the $1200 mark.
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    Why exactly did you put a crucial m4 ? The samsung 830 is quite better.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/532?vs=355
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    Again, I was switching things that wont make a ton of difference to get the build under the original budget.

    Also, any SSD is outrageously fast compared to a HDD. (which is what most people come from)
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    Question. Is the SSD necessary with a 1tb hard drive....or....what? Like I said, I'm a little outta the loop on tech stuff nowadays....so...yeah.

    Oh and update to Toffie, the build you gave me with the case, it says that the case is not compatible because of no slots for front usb ports....or something to that effect.
    Last edited by Atious; 2013-01-15 at 01:23 AM.

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    The SSD is totally worth it. Basically, it speeds up everything that takes load time.

    Now, in the builds that are posted above, you could drop the SSD to 128GB. This would save you a bit more $.

    The thing about the case is that the front panel doesn't have USB3.0, though the MB has the header for it. Really not a big deal.
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    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xF5Q


    How is that? It's under $1100 and shouldn't be too bad. I thought about getting a sound card, but my headphones are usb and the mb should have integrated sound, right?

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    USB headsets have their own soundcard built in.

    Drop the 750W PSU down to something around 550W and get a 128GB SSD or you will bash your head in later on when it gets full from windows and 1 game alone.
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    When I have a 1tb hard drive? What do you think I am going to be putting on the SSD honestly...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atious View Post
    When I have a 1tb hard drive? What do you think I am going to be putting on the SSD honestly...?
    If you are smart all your programs. You put your files, pictures, music on the HDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atious View Post
    When I have a 1tb hard drive? What do you think I am going to be putting on the SSD honestly...?
    Well most people put their programs on the SSD and 2-4 games. I'm struggling with my 120GB SSD and will be looking to get a 256GB as well.
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