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Old 09-12-2011, 06:37 PM   #1
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It's been about ten years since I've had a PC that was remotely capable of playing modern games. With a slew of enticing titles on the way, I'm going to invest $1000-$1200 into a gaming rig. The problem is, I have no experience with desktop PC's -- I've always had laptops.

I'd like to build the computer myself, even though I'm intimidated by the process. The notion of zapping parts to death via static electricity frightens me.

Ideally, I'd love to hire a local that I trust (anyone?) to do it for me.

So, OT, I beseech thee -- help my compile a list of parts that fits my budget?

Thanks.

EDIT: Here is the build I decided on. It runs BF3 at high/ultra settings:

Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case

Monitor: ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Graphics Card: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

Power Supply:
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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Gah, I wish I could.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:40 PM   #4
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if i was you i get one with lots of gaming power as like one with very high output for gaming not a weak system then you can be able to play games with enough power and not be slow as slow machine wouldnt be good for what youre looking for so try and get a good machine
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Laptops? I hear Razer has a new one coming out.



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if i was you i get one with lots of gaming power as like one with very high output for gaming not a weak system then you can be able to play games with enough power and not be slow as slow machine wouldnt be good for what youre looking for so try and get a good machine
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i know a guy. he built my dads. the thing is insane!! its liquid cooked and has like 5 fans and is strictly for gaming
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I will put together a list later but just wanted to say that you should do it yourself. The process is really easy and the chances of zapping parts is very minimal if you follow a few basic steps like working on floor and not on carpet and touching the case before you touch the part etc... The hardest part will be the CPU into the MB and even that will depend on how far you what to take it (lapping, arctic ice etc..)

One thing I will say right now, depending on the cooler, be prepared to bleed
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http://www.hardware-revolution.com/b...c-august-2011/

You don't need to go four digits. Save some cash and snag a kickass monitor.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:43 PM   #10
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i know a guy. he built my dads. the thing is insane!! its liquid cooked and has like 5 fans and is strictly for gaming
Oh yeah? Does he have a website or is he just a local tinkerer?

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I will put together a list later but just wanted to say that you should do it yourself. The process is really easy and the chances of zapping parts is very minimal if you follow a few basic steps like working on floor and not on carpet and touching the case before you touch the part etc... The hardest part will be the CPU into the MB and even that will depend on how far you what to take it (lapping, arctic ice etc..)

One thing I will say right now, depending on the cooler, be prepared to bleed
I ain't got time to bleed?

Thanks for the advice, I should probably just take my panties off and build the thing myself.
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http://www.hardware-revolution.com/b...c-august-2011/

You don't need to go four digits. Save some cash and snag a kickass monitor.
Oooh, thanks buddy.
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The problem is, I have no experience with desktop PC's -- I've always had laptops.

I'd like to build the computer myself, even though I'm intimidated by the process. The notion of zapping parts to death via static electricity frightens me.
Simple solution: Get more realistic notions of computer building.


Are you a hyperactive douche that drags his feet on carpet and giggles maniacally when you shock something?

No?

It's easier than putting a medium-sized LEGO kit together.
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Simple solution: Get more realistic notions of computer building.


Are you a hyperactive douche that drags his feet on carpet and giggles maniacally when you shock something?

No?

It's easier than putting a medium-sized LEGO kit together.


Ok, good to know. I can certainly do LEGOs.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:47 PM   #14
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Lifehacker did a really good series on building a computer from scratch. I hope this helps:

http://lifehacker.com/5828747/how-to...complete-guide
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Also:

http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
(this is updated regularly)

And:

http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/f3efg
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Lifehacker did a really good series on building a computer from scratch. I hope this helps:

http://lifehacker.com/5828747/how-to...complete-guide
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Recent image by The_FalconO6 on Photobucket

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Awesome, Greg. Thank you.
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Awesome, Greg. Thank you.
Np, brah.

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At one time, building a computer and configuring to perform well, if at all, actually took skill. Rest assured, those days are over.

You can do this, Zatch. With one hand tied behind your back.
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At one time, building a computer and configuring to perform well, if at all, actually took skill. Rest assured, those days are over.

You can do this, Zatch. With one hand tied behind your back.
Thanks for the encouragement.
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That Lifehacker video is great.
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here you go in 10 seconds:

CPU ($300):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115071

mobo ($210):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131730

RAM ($100):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233198

video card ($300):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150517

sound ($100):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102019

SSD ($200):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227729

Supply ($150):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139010

cooler (not sure about this one) ($80):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018


that leaves you with about $500 for extras like a case, monitor, keyboard and mouse, and speakers.

keep in mind that this was a quick list so i haven't had a chance to really get down to the small details but it should at least give you an idea of what to expect.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #23
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Thanks for that, Rattles!
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A little expensive, and not a desktop, but I would kill to be on BF3 with this bad boy upon release.

http://www.engadget.com/photos/razer-blade-0/#4396101
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Whitford, if you can assemble an ikea table, you can assemble your own computer. Just get a static strip to go around your wrist and ground it, everything else is actually surprisingly easy. Plus you'll feel like a badass and save some dough.

Since you aren't going full nerd on it, don't bother with anything but air cooling, it should be fine. Don't bother with overclocking either. It's just a good way to void your warranty for a tiny performance bump and most likely burn up your hardware.
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