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First build. Need Help.

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Dave E Dec 09, 2012 05:04 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I am new to computer gaming. I finally got tired of play ps3 and decided to switch after some friends convinced me. I have done some research but want to leave it to the experts on what to buy. I want a computer that can play games on ultra. I will only play on one monitor and I want a computer that is upgradable so I can upgrade it when game become more advanced. I don't care if it is amd or intel. I do want a 4 core cpu since gaming is going that way. Also, I will only use this computer for gaming and occasional web surfing and typing papers. Any suggestion would help. My budget is 500-700. Lower is better lol.

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Q-Ball 7 Q-Ball 7 Dec 09, 2012 11:16 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I don't think you're looking to overclock so I'm going to suggest Intel for this build.

A Core i3 and B75 board is what you want; the graphics card is going to make more of an impact on games than the CPU ever will. Of course, you could always buy that AMD 1045T and comparable AM3+ board (the CPU is on special) but unless you're planning on overclocking I wouldn't recommend it.

As for memory and a case are concerned, anything is fine. Anything over 1333MHz is just extra, so anything in the sale will be fine (8GB is what you should look at; 4 is fine, but 8 is still about 30-40 bucks and should outlast the machine). For the case, get what looks good.

As far as the hard drive goes, you can decide how much space you want. Get a 7200RPM drive, though; there's really no excuse not to considering how the Seagate 7200RPM drives are the same price as the WD Green/Red (5400RPM) drives. You pay for this in warranty, however. If you want/will be interested in an SSD, take that into consideration also (the Plextor M5S/M5P is the drive to buy); keep in mind that if you partition your hard drive with a future SSD in mind (shoot for 240GB, as the prices for a drive of that size should be better in 6 months or so) the transfer process is even easier.

550W will be enough power for this build and subsequent GPU upgrades. This power supply is one of the better ones.

Once all is said and done, simply get the most powerful GPU you can afford.
Cards like the GTX560Ti 448 or GTX570, or Radeon 7870/7950 are good cards to have; but even if you can only spare 100 on a Radeon 7770 it's not like it's going to be a downgrade in visual quality compared to a PS3 regardless of the card you choose- but running games on Ultra is best left to the above cards.

As always, make sure to pricematch components.

And that's it for now.

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jett_k Dec 23, 2012 05:40 PM Reply | Bookmark
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i agree.. if you want to play every game on ultra you are talking some serious cash on GPU, if you plan to play games such as minecraft and cod then the lower cards he mentioned would probly do... but if you want to play planetside 2 on ultra you are going to need at least dual 7770's or gtx560ti... so if you could say the games you plan to play... we could help out better... sli/crossfire would need a solid PSU 650+... so let me know and i will do some research for you on how the cards bench on the games you like...

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