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First time building a computer; medium gaming rig

by a_bit_clueless / July 22, 2013 10:16 AM PDT

I'm looking at around $1000. Here is my friend's computer, which I was loosely basing mine from, and I quote from a text:

Nvidia GForce GTX 660
Intel i5-3570k processor
8gb Vengeance Corsair RAM
Toshiba 1GB HDD
550W power supply
Generic CD drive

I was basing mine on his, which cost him around $800, but I'm seeing quite a few different things across the internet.

I'd like to be able to run things like Bioshock or Elder Scrolls on medium to high (at least better than an XBox), as well as the new Final Fantasy MMO and some video and such.

I've tried to educate myself, but there are just so many different pieces...

I would appreciate any help or advice, and I apologize for knowing so little.

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by a_bit_clueless / July 22, 2013 10:19 AM PDT

I don't know how good or bad those components are. I'm obviously not looking for top-tier, but I'd like to be above average. I'd like it to least me a good 5 years or so.

I've looked at i7s, but the concensus seems to be they're not worth the price difference.

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And if you base it on this one
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 11:18 AM PDT

"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-4.html

But for gamers I think they should bite the bullet and try a machine like this one.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2040319/build-the-ultimate-intel-haswell-pc-for-under-1000.html

For me I'd copy that Haswell machine and if budget is an issue omit the SSD.
Bob

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If the link I posted doesn't work out
by a_bit_clueless / July 23, 2013 5:06 AM PDT

I may just assemble this PC. I might get a different case, though. I'd like a cool-looking case to show off a little bit, haha. Other than the price, will it make a difference? I may just buy the case from my Newegg link.

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Cases rarely make any difference.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2013 5:26 AM PDT

Unless the person gets one with poor air flow or installs too many motherboard mounting posts.

Years ago we learned to put our best gear in the worst looking cases and adorn them with stickers like Pentium 2 inside. Seems it worked as a thief stole the good looking PC.
Bob

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I see what you did there...
by a_bit_clueless / July 23, 2013 5:50 AM PDT

One last question. If/when I upgrade, what are my priorities? My main focus will be gaming, and I'd love to be able to play something like Skyrim at 30-60fps.

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Shouldn't the i7 Haswell do that as noted?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2013 5:59 AM PDT
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Found a similar article.
by a_bit_clueless / July 23, 2013 6:55 AM PDT
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That has a "next model up" GPU.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2013 6:57 AM PDT

The results would and did change.

As a gamer, you know that they go for any edge. There is no limit.
Bob

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Would help to provide more detail esp about the PSU
by VAPCMD / July 22, 2013 11:51 AM PDT

it's a key component and there's a lot of junk 500W PSUs

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I think it looks fine
by Bob__B / July 23, 2013 12:51 AM PDT

The I7 would be better but you pay premium bucks for it and you don't get much extra bang.

Psu.
Get a quality single rail unit........don't be afraid to spend a few bucks.
Less future headaches.

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PSU choices
by a_bit_clueless / July 23, 2013 4:56 AM PDT
In reply to: I think it looks fine

Any certain brands to stay away from? Recommend?

Also, is cooling a huge concern like some make it sound? Or are the odds better that I'll never really worry about overheating?

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I might have found one
by a_bit_clueless / July 23, 2013 4:58 AM PDT
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Just me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2013 5:27 AM PDT
In reply to: I might have found one

I'd build the i7 above given the small to no price diff.

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Looks nice
by Bob__B / July 23, 2013 7:29 AM PDT
In reply to: I might have found one

Everyone has their opinion about a gaming rig.
This cpu/that cpu......this gpu/that gpu......etc/etc.

I think that a top of the line I5 is all the cpu you will need for gaming.
I think that 16GB of ram is a bit of overkill....8GB might be a better fit.

You might want to spend some time and price the combo parts one at a time.
Cpu.
Combo price.......240.
Newegg price......220.

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