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Please help me build a gaming PC

by danman212 / January 24, 2009 4:14 AM PST

So I have a $1000 budget at the momeent, and I've heard that building a PC is way cheaper. I'm afraid of not getting the most out of my buck, so can someone with experience please help me out? I hear that newegg.com is the best site. So many parts and names and stuff. I'm mostly afraid of bottlenecking the graphics card. I know there's a search function for questions, but with the constant change of price of PC parts, I don't think any of them are relevant anymore. If it's really worth it, I can go maybe $100ish over the budget.

Thanks in advance ^__^

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Why not start by looking at what people have already
by VAPCMD / January 24, 2009 4:59 AM PST

posted here on CNET as 'gaming PCs' ?

When you've checked them out and spotted some you like...then put them into one list with links and repost here for comment.


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Basic Questions
by Ronsin / January 24, 2009 11:16 AM PST

The first thing you need to decide is what CPU you're going to run.
This then narrows down your possible choices of motherboards and sets a general performance range for the whole system.

Really the only two companies that make CPUs are AMD and Intel. Currently, Intel makes the fastest processors, but in the past AMD was better and Intel used to be known to overheat. At this point in time it's really up to personal preference, so pick a brand.

After that, you need to think about how many CPU cores you want. I've heard that very few modern games make use of more than two cores, but that could change, so pick a number, although I'd stay away from a single-core processor for serious gaming.

Next you want to think about speed. Over about 2.5ghz is pretty much mandatory at this point, and generally you want to go as fast as you can afford. I'd recommend looking for 3ghz and up unless you're going to overclock a slower chip.

That should be enough to get you started. You can figure out all the rest of the parts when you have your CPU pretty nailed down.

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GPU first
by repete_smile / January 25, 2009 1:24 AM PST
In reply to: Basic Questions

the GPU is the most important part of a gaming system
the ATi Radeon HD 4850X2 or 4870X2 or nVidia GTX280, 285 or 295

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budget and midrange gamer
by ramarc / January 26, 2009 5:58 AM PST
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