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First Gaming PC Build - Hardware Help


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Alex8810

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Hello I just came across this site and as I am a noob when it comes to this stuff I wanted to ask the experts here for some help. I am having a friend build me this rig. The PC will be used for School work, Gaming, Surfing the web. The games I will be playing are Diablo 3, SW:TOR (if it gets any better) and anything else worth playing that comes out. I want to be able to play them very smooth.
My Budget is 800-1000$. I am also trying to go as low as possible with the price as I am a student in college.

I have two different builds one from newegg and one from tigerdirect but I'll just show u guys the one from newegg because I don't wanna be a burden. If someone could please suggest whether the part I have is the most efficient and cheapest or I could replace it with something lower priced and it would not hinder the performance of the total PC then that would be greatly appreciated. Also if someone could suggest a good monitor then that would be great too.

New egg:
processor: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) : 294.99 processor

motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 :118.99 motherboard

memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 : 97.99 memory

video card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 249.99 video card

hard drive: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 99.99 hard drive

power supply: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 109.99 power supply

case : LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 89.99 case
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iammykyl

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Hi Alex8810<Posted Image

You have not include an OS, recommend W7 64bit . You may be able to get this as Student Software.
Do you have, monitor, mouse, keyboard?
The case you selected is OK, but does not have filters on the front intake fans. Would you consider this one,
> http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066
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phillpower2

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To add to what iammykyl has advised;

You have not included an optical/DVD drive to install an OS such as Windows 7!
A list of hardware for you to consider http://pcpartpicker.com/p/84jp

Your list and a couple of pointers for your consideration;
processor: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) : 294.99
A very good CPU but at almost $100 more than the 2500k IMO price to performance ratio the 2500k is a bargain.
motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 :118.99
Again a very good product but the Z68 platform MB has already been upgraded to such models as the Z77 version.
memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 : 97.99
8GB of Ram is the sweet spot for W7 64-bit so unless you are likely to have multiple demanding applications running at any one time any more than 8GB of Ram is a waste of resources.
video card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 249.99
A great card but have a look at the GTX480 benchmark at the link and note the position of the 560Ti
http://www.videocard...GeForce GTX 480
hard drive: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 99.99
Not a bad HDD but consider a smaller HDD and adding an SSD for your OS and other important programs.
power supply: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 109.99
My preferred brand of PSU, the TX750W is less expensive at the moment + it gives you that little bit more headroom for future upgrades.
case : LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 89.99
Nice case with a good cooling fan arrangement, I added the Antec case to my list as it has removable/washable dust filters.
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Hi.

You have not responded to the help G2G has given.

An update would be appreciated. Let us know how things are going.
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