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Need Help Building my first Gaming PC?


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spareparts

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I am about to embark on building my first ever PC and a gaming PC at that. I am in need of some advice on a variety of processors that would be good enough to run almost any game as well as what I need to look for in a GPU. Then of course what type of Mother board I will need. A wide variety of options would be nice. I am going to build this PC piece by piece I am not rich and do not have the money to buy the top of the line but I don't want to skimp either so give me some ideas please as to what I should look for and what I maybe able to sacrifice on to get the best overall performing gaming PC. Thanks so much. Also the type of games that I would be playing are shooter games. COD,Crysis etc.
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:welcome: spareparts

You have told us the intended use of the computer but can you also tell us your maximum budget and the country in which the parts will be purchased.

The CPU and the GPU tend to be what most people new to building computers focus their attention on, this often leads to an imbalance in their list of parts when they choose a slow speed Ram which can bottleneck the performance of the CPU they have chosen or they select an underpowered and/or poor quality PSU.

An AMD based build would cost less than an Intel build if that helps at all.
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I really don't have a budget as far as overall spending. I am just building it piece by more or less. I just want to of course save where I can on things that won't completely effect the overall performance of the PC. I have been leaning towards AMD. Though I have read that the new Haswell processors will be out next month in June so I may wait to get the processor I suppose. Should I get a full tower or a Mid tower? The system will be used in the USA. Thanks
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I really don't have a budget as far as overall spending. I am just building it piece by more or less. I just want to of course save where I can on things that won't completely effect the overall performance of the PC. I have been leaning towards AMD. Though I have read that the new Haswell processors will be out next month in June so I may wait to get the processor I suppose. Should I get a full tower or a Mid tower? The system will be used in the USA. Thanks


You should really consider setting a maximum budget for yourself.
It will be very hard for anyone to help you if they don't know what amount of money you are willing to spend on your system.
Your budget will be your starting point for building your gaming PC.
Once you have a budget I'm sure the people on this board will be able to get you started on the right track for building a system to get the most bang for your buck.

e:
I just purchased all of the parts for my new gaming PC today.
I made a budget for myself of $1,500 and posted my chosen parts on the forums and philpower2 pointed out a few changes I could make to save money without
sacrificing very much at all in terms of performance. He helped me save over $200 on my gaming PC and it perfectly suits my needs for now and has room for expansion later.
Here is the build I ended up with: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/XJi1

Just throw a number out that you would be willing to pay and you'll have a much easier time getting the help you've requested.
The cost cutting can start after you have the basics picked out.

Edited by Eddie87, 16 May 2013 - 07:58 PM.

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OK I will place my budget at 1250 then.
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Gday.

I am going to build this PC piece by piece
** In that case, I would buy these parts first, Case, Optical drive, SSD. HDD. OS.


Then.

the new Haswell processors will be out next month in June so I may wait to get the processor
** Motherboard and CPU, (my estimate, cost about $80 more than Ivy Bridge parts.)
RAM, 8GB, select from the MB site QVL.
PSU. Factor in the required wattage for the
proposed video card, but buy it later.



You would be able to build and run the computer using the much improved Intel integrated graphics and add the GPU of your choice when funds available.
> http://uk.hardware.i...ecomes-iris-pro
> http://uk.hardware.i...l-about-haswell
> http://uk.hardware.i...gn=hardwareinfo
> http://uk.hardware.i...gn=hardwareinfo



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Thanks so much for the advice.
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Your welcome.
Below is a start configuration, if you register on the site, you can edit the build and then copy and paste the Permalink into your posts.

If you live within an easy drive of one of these stores, please give us your Zip Code > http://www.cpuid.com...64-setup-en.exe
What monitor will you be using?

17th May, Part build, waiting to see Haswell pricing. > http://pcpartpicker.com/p/XQLG
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iammykyl

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Gday.

Been researching the new Haswell CPUs. The won't actually bring any performance benefits to gaming builds.
Have you been looking as well?
Do you still want some help configuring a rig?
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