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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hawkgoalie, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. hawkgoalie

    hawkgoalie Thread Starter

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    hey im thinking about building a gaming pc soon but i dont quite know much about the specific parts, i know i want a intel core i7, and probly gonna do about 12 gbs of ram, but looking for suggestions for cases, powersupplys, vid cards, motherboards, etc... any info will help and be appreciated. also im trying not to spend a ton of money, and will most likely upgrade as i go. but want to start with something that will work for awhile and will be able to run just about anything
     
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    that expression will be different for different people . ie £1000 or £5000 maybe a ton
    can you give a specific number or absolute maximum - I cant help here , but others will , and you can spend a lot of money just on a graphics card
     
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    you will have to choose the video card before you know what power supply you need

    always buy case and power supply as separate items
     
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    i was thinking about not going much over about say $500-$600 if its possible again it doesnt have to be top of the line stuff.

    and dai, that is the problem i dont know enought about graphics cards to chose which one to get and not get ripped off in the process.
     
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    As i say, i cant advise here - but with that price budget, it will now be easier for someone to help
    i'm not sure it will be a high spec gaming machine at that budget

    so what sort of games are you after playing ?

    and does this include the Screen, keyboard,mouse - OR just the tower box
     
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    as of now i many just play arma 2 and league of legends, but that is purely because my current pc cant handle very much as it is a big box pc. and i would like to stay somewhat in that price range for everything but willing to flex.
     
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    upgrading what you have will save on the cost

    m/b
    ram
    cpu
    video
    power supply

    drives ,keyboard,mouse,screen and drives from you current system can be utilised
     
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    You can't build a good gaming system with a new i7 chip for that money, I just built a i5-3570k 3.4ghz system with 16gb ram and spent $600 using integrated Intel 4000 graphics, it works great but for real gaming you will have to add at least $200 more for a good graphics card.
     
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    with the system i have right now the only thing i could use is the case pretty much and cases arent that expensive so i would just buy one
     
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    dont need a monitor, kb, or mouse i have them already
     
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    also would it be better to get say a core i5 and then upgrade at a later date to a core i7 when i get more money
     
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    I7, that is a given, about 250.00 (I5 is about 50.00 less ,but if you game or heavy video apps, I7 is the way to go)

    Asus P8Z77 motherboard about 149.99

    G-Force GTX 560, 2 meg, about 160.00

    16 megs of 1600 memory, 99.00

    phantom 410 about 99.00

    ATX , decent size, good wire management ( fans really quiet)

    Power supply not something to skimp on 600-750 Antec about 89.00

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus cooling fan 26.99 ( really quiet and efficient)

    I like an 256 SSD, but you may also consider a pair of 3 gigs sata's in a raid array as an option
     
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