velliott5060

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I have little to no knowledge of how to build computers so I was hoping I could have builds recommended to me. I need everything besides a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Please try to show me the build on pcpartpicker.com through a link.




Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Budget Range: 1000.00(before shipping) US$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Do you need to buy OS: yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, any trusted US website

Location: USA, Baltimore, MD

Parts Preferences: What ever gets me the most power and is graphically pleasing

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe/I will be maybe 1 -2 years after


Additional Comments: I want to make sure what I get isn't going not bottleneck or run into any compatibility issues. Also, I want this gaming rig to play essentially any game you can throw at it from League of Legends, Diablo 3, Call of Duty, and other titles yet to be released. Please do not go over $1000.
 

boulbox

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This is an Intel build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $972.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 12:36 EST-0500)

but if you really want that AMD i am going to make another one
 

boulbox

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $902.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 12:42 EST-0500)

since i think you can live quite a long time with a 256GB SSD that is all i will add, if you need more there is space. Also leaves room if you want to upgrade things.
 

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You forgot the monitor.
 

DeusAres

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Here, try this...

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $958.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 13:57 EST-0500)

At a $1000 budget, I wouldn't even look in AMD's general direction. Intel will give you more bang for the buck. Since you stated you didn't want to overclock, the i5 3470 would be a great start for this build....along side the Asrock H77 motherboard. Considering you said you didn't plan on overclocking, there's no reason to get a motherboard with the Z77 chipset.

I was able to squeeze in a 256gb SSD. This will greatly decrease load times.

As for everything else, they're solid choices. I included a 750w PSU if you plan on doing SLI/Crossfire in the future.

And I'm not sure why people are recommending Windows 8. It's a new operating system...meaning it is still in the buggy stage. I'd go with one of the most stable operating systems out there. It's mature, fast, and familiar...Windows 7 will get the job done with finesse.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
 

velliott5060

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Oh my apologies but I do need a monitor for this build and I need it to be no more than $1000. I'm not sure why it says I don't need one in the first sentence. Please could you guys adjust your builds to these needs, I'm so sorry about that. Also, if you guys think Intel would be better go for that instead and also I'm curious why as well.
 

boulbox

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.27 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $976.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 14:52 EST-0500)

here includes pretty much everything you need, does not let that much upgrading inside though
 
The only way to afford an intel i5 would be to use a lower spec graphics card

And then ts going to game worse

FX 6300 $140
Asrock 970 Extreme4 $105
2 x4 gig of 1600 MHz Ram $38
Gigabyte 660 ti $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125440
HDD $70
DVD $17
Antec ONE case $50
Power supply $65
ASUS 24 inch monitor $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236174
windows 8 64 bit OEM $80

Total $985

Much better gamer than the intel builds , includes a 24 inch monitor .
No SSD so loading times will be a little longer , but thats not a killer issue
 

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i would rather get a 7870 because it performs on par to a 660 Ti but it is a great build, would also lower ram into the $20 patriot because you have no after market heatsink. i much prefer a LED backlit because of the better color
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
only 1" smaller and the price is lowered too

 

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In 2 out of 5 of those charts the 660 Ti is better. In the overall chart the 7950 is a staggering 1% faster than the 660 Ti. I'd call that pretty much equal. Get whichever is cheaper. You can't go wrong either way.
 

DeusAres

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Alright, here's my revised build including the monitor...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $937.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 01:55 EST-0500)

For the games you'll be playing, there's no need to drop $300 on a GPU. You can easily achieve max settings on those games you listed with the HD 7870....which is nearly $100 less than the gtx 660ti. I'd use this saved cash to buy a SSD. It will make your computer overall far more responsive.
 



motherboard lacks features . Cant crossfire or SLI , No internal header for front USB3 , worse audio

The monitor is small . The thing you spend all your gaming experience looking at is the monitor . 24 inch really is affordable . The OP should get one


The 750 watt psu is ridiculous overkill . It needs a 500 watt psu . To fit a more expensive model to a computer than cant crossfire or SLI is just wasted money