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First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
08-03-2012, 11:36 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-03-2012, 11:37 PM by Captain jOE.)
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First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
Hi everyone! First time post here for me.

I've been wanting to build a gaming pc for a bit here. But I got a smaller budget. I'm so glad a found this site. Good information and it helped me break into the techy information.

Ok, so I've been wanting to build roughly a tier 2 gaming machine, but I want it at least a bit future proof if I'm going to spend all of this money on it. (just starting college, don't have money up the wazoo).

So here is the build I'm currently looking at.

(Link removed, see rule #9: http://forums.hardware-revolution.com/sh....php?tid=5 ) /dNcs

First of all, do all of the parts gel? Do I need a larger power supply, different motherboard, or different graphics card? Second, is there any better bang for my buck parts I could swap out? Third, just HOW good is this machine at gaming?

My budget is roughly $700 USD (give or take, prefer take...) The big wrench in this whole plan is I don't have a monitor, so advice on getting a cheap monitor is appreciated. (size doesn't matter too much, I'll be sitting right in front of it)

Thanks in advance for any help you folks can offer.
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08-04-2012, 01:05 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-04-2012, 01:41 AM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
I wouldn't buy the 2gb version of the 6870 it's just not worth it. get this ONE to save a little more money. also if you could stretch the budget a little, Getting an i5 3550 would be a tremendous upgrade.



Article for Monitors. http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-...ring-2012/
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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08-04-2012, 07:53 AM,
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
This GPU costs as much as the 6870 but is less noisy and consumes less power. Also -30,- after m.i.r.

Let's just say you go with the cheaper Radeon 6870 suggested above. You upgrade your motherboard to this one: ASRock Z77 Micro ATX.

This makes your pc more futureproof. As you can wait for the 3rd gen cpu's to drop in price and upgrade after a year. Sell your current cpu and get a 3550 or even an overclocked (3550k) one. If you upgrade your cpu to an overclocked one in 6 months, your pc will benefit a lot and you keep components fresh.

When you upgrade cpu you can also upgrade some more ram to 8gb for not that much extra.

It's a maintenance mindset.

Hope this helps!
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08-04-2012, 08:08 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-04-2012, 08:09 AM by ricky07652.)
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
3550K? Might want to check that over.Tongue
IMO Micro-ATX should be used only when absolutely necessary.
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08-04-2012, 08:29 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-05-2012, 01:46 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
Thanks alot for the advice!

So here is a modified build, my school bill was a little less than expected, so I might have a BIT more to work with.

(Link removed by admin)

Here is what I am considering at the moment. I'm kinda really pushing my budget limit, but I figured the i5-3450 would make it more future proof and I could upgrade my graphics at a later date when necessary. I changed the motherboard to one I could get on Amazon, I'm pretty sure it's all compatible. And I upgraded the ram.

With upgrading to the i5, do I need a larger than 450W power supply? If so I might have to drop back down to an i3-2120 to accomodate my budget. And then hang on to the cash for later upgrades in the next year or so.
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08-04-2012, 08:57 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-05-2012, 01:46 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
(08-04-2012, 08:29 PM)Captain jOE Wrote: Thanks alot for the advice!

So here is a modified build, my school bill was a little less than expected, so I might have a BIT more to work with.

(Link removed by admin)

Here is what I am considering at the moment. I'm kinda really pushing my budget limit, but I figured the i5-3450 would make it more future proof and I could upgrade my graphics at a later date when necessary. I changed the motherboard to one I could get on Amazon, I'm pretty sure it's all compatible. And I upgraded the ram.

With upgrading to the i5, do I need a larger than 450W power supply? If so I might have to drop back down to an i3-2120 to accomodate my budget. And then hang on to the cash for later upgrades in the next year or so.

The power supply will work fine. but i would change the case to this one to save a few dollars and change your HDD back to the other one you had.
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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08-04-2012, 09:10 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-05-2012, 01:46 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
(08-04-2012, 08:57 PM)Brandonsr Wrote:
(08-04-2012, 08:29 PM)Captain jOE Wrote: Thanks alot for the advice!

So here is a modified build, my school bill was a little less than expected, so I might have a BIT more to work with.

(Link removed by admin)

Here is what I am considering at the moment. I'm kinda really pushing my budget limit, but I figured the i5-3450 would make it more future proof and I could upgrade my graphics at a later date when necessary. I changed the motherboard to one I could get on Amazon, I'm pretty sure it's all compatible. And I upgraded the ram.

With upgrading to the i5, do I need a larger than 450W power supply? If so I might have to drop back down to an i3-2120 to accomodate my budget. And then hang on to the cash for later upgrades in the next year or so.

The power supply will work fine. but i would change the case to this one to save a few dollars and change your HDD back to the other one you had.

Oops, my bad. I forgot to change the HDD back, thanks for catching that.

Well....I probably should grab that case to save money. I kinda wanted the other case 'cause I wanted some sort of visual appeal. I wanted something functional and bad***, not just...a box. But oh well...

Thanks Brandonsr!

One last question for you guys. My desktop won't be by my available router to plug straight in. What's a (cheap) but good wireless card to buy for my build?
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08-04-2012, 11:02 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-05-2012, 12:07 AM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
If you scroll down in this article you will see some recommend wireless adapters.

http://www.hardware-revolution.com/budge...july-2012/
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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08-04-2012, 11:59 PM,
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
(08-04-2012, 11:02 PM)Brandonsr Wrote: If you scroll down in the this article you will see some recommend wireless adapters.

http://www.hardware-revolution.com/budge...july-2012/

ha ha, I feel like such an idiot. I've read that entire article not long ago. I forgot that section was there...Rolleyes

Thanks for being patient. Smile
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08-05-2012, 12:10 AM,
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RE: First time build. Got some questions/need advice.
Don't worry about it, that's what forums are for Smile
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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