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First time building a PC, looking for advice

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Stephen_L Dec 24, 2012 09:08 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Hi, I'm looking to build a PC for myself, but I've never done it before and I don't really know anyone who could show me. I've tinkered around with my old one a bit and it doesn't seem too complicated, and I know most of the software-side of computer set-up, so I'm not too worried there.

I don't know what tools and parts I would need, and I wouldn't really know anything about what brands or models work best for what I'm after.

The budget works like this: I got $550 for christmas, and I can augment that with my own money, but I'm trying not to spend too much since I still have to get a monitor as well (I have everything else). Ideally I'd like something that is gamer-quality, but I don't really care about being able to play everything on max graphics. Generally I'm fine with mid to high graphics.

As a benchmark, I'd like to be able to play Planetside 2 smoothly, and their optimal system spec recommendation is this;

OS: Windows 7
Processor: Intel i5 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 15 GB free
Video Memory: 1,024 MB RAM
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 500 series or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
Sound Card: DirectX compatible

I'm not sure what that'd look like cost-wise.

So anyways, what I'd like is a list of what I need in order to build a computer, and/or links perhaps to youtube tutorials or something that can show me the basics? Aside from that, I'd like some recommendations for parts that would suit what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance.

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McMada Dec 24, 2012 09:37 AM Reply | Bookmark
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rough idea for you cost wise what you be looking at for a nice system
cpu/mobo= 340
video card= 275
ram= 40
psu= 80
ssd= 160
storage= 109
case= $100 roughly, you can pick which one you like
OS= 98
cd/blu ray drive= 30-70

your looking about 1250, tack on a nice monitor, brings you to $1500
you can drop  the ssd, that will just slow load times, you would still have good graphics

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Stephen_L Dec 24, 2012 10:50 AM Reply | Bookmark
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A good place to start. So that's all the parts I need, right?

Not sure if I've had an SSD on one of my computers before. That's optional, from the look of it?

Also, what about the cooling system? Do the fans just come with the motherboard and case, or does a cooling system need to be purchased separately?

Thanks again for the reply.

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Clucker Dec 24, 2012 10:58 AM Reply | Bookmark
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i like mcmadas build but to save money you could go without an ssd(they are awesome though). get windows8 instead cause its newer and bootup times are faster too. a few bitfenix cases look nice for the price and the corsair ones too. also more importantly is the fact that ncix can build it for u for 50 bucks and comes with a one year warranty

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Clucker Dec 24, 2012 10:59 AM Reply | Bookmark
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oh yeH u need a cpu cooler to

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Chicoman Chicoman Vip Member Moderator Dec 24, 2012 11:08 AM Reply | Bookmark
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The CPU comes with it's own heat sink but if you intend to overclock later it's better off you install an aftermarket CPU cooler now while you have the build taken apart.
Hyper 212 Evo is a great choice.

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Stephen_L Dec 24, 2012 11:31 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I considered having them build it, but I live in Montreal, and I'm not sure of the logistics of shipping an entire built-PC that far. I don't want to get it and find out something doesn't work.

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jett_k Dec 24, 2012 12:04 PM Reply | Bookmark
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though i agree with these guys... you do not need to spend 1500 to have a solid computer.... to save some money i would recomend that you go with an amd apu and utilize hybrid crossfire to get the increased power of the graphics at a lower cost... intell is great if you plan to overclock but by the sounds of it you are not ready to be doin OCing just yet, 7770 wont crossfire but its strong and u can use the integrated gpu for low power and card for high or hd6670 in hybrid crossfire, use the h80 with 2 noctua fans in a push-pull config

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Clucker Dec 24, 2012 01:31 PM Reply | Bookmark
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i woulndt go with amd apu. not a solid system. ive seen lots of builds and i can not recommend this. the cpu is slow. there are other ways to cut the costs by like 100 dollars but since its an investment and not a side usage thing , i would not leave intel and go for weak apu. youll be sorry.

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