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    Hey guys, I could use a little help. I'm looking to build or purchase a new PC for gaming for no more than $1000.

    Requirements:

    1) Solid state drive. 128GB is enough.
    2) Good video card, thinking Nvidia 630 something or other, not familiar with the newest ones. Don't necessarily need SLI.
    3) Minimum quad core, possible 8 core if its a good deal.
    4) No monitor needed, already have a good one. Just need the case and all the components.
    5) Windows 7 64bit (if not included, as an add-on purchase). Would prefer a clean install and not a bunch of garbage like buying it from the store :)

    I've built many computers (although its been about 5 years since my last one) and I'm capable of building it myself if its a better deal, but I'm also open to buying a package deal if its a good setup (preferred). I'm not worried about overclocking it since its for my folks so I may not need extreme grade RAM or things like that. Only thing I really want if pre-purchased is arctic ice on the CPU. An excellent CPU fan is also a plus!

    I'm looking for recommended sites in particular for buying full builds (I've bought through newegg\amazon before), and and looking for recommendations on good sites. I've heard good things about the i5 and i7 intel line, but am unsure what the difference is between them.

    Computer usage:
    1) Mainly something that can play most of the latest games well. Doesn't have to be extreme performance, but should be future proof around 4-5 years if possible.


    Any experience you guys can impart on me would be much appreciated!!!
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    Re: Need recommendations for gaming computer!

    Do you have any components left over you would be able to re-use?

    A case, PSU, disk drives... if you can save a couple hundred on re-using components...

    Otherwise, check out iBuyPower. They've got some pretty good package deals and regular sales.

    My last rig, I bought AMD. The top-of-the line 8350 appears to out-perform any of the i5s and is on par with the mid-range i7s but for quite a bit cheaper.

    For your needs I priced out a system for 1021 USD... before tax.

    http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/AMD_F...rator/w/175099

    Fiddle around a bit with it and see if you see anything you like.

    AZZA Solaris Case
    Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
    AMD FX-8350 (fastest AMD chip on the market)
    Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU cooler
    8GB 1600 MHz RAM
    AMD Radeon 7870 2GB (or NVIDEA GTX 660 2GB, similar performance, similar price)
    750W Corsair CX750 (plenty of extra wattage in case you want to Crossfire in the future)
    120 GB ADATA S510 SSD
    1 TB 7200rpm Secondary Hard Drive

    And as a tidbit, they throw in Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite and Farcry 3: Blood Dragon with teh purchase of an AMD 7800-series GPU. (Buying a NVIDEA 660 gets you Metro: Last Light and 25$ of in-game credit each for Planetside 2, World of Tanks and Hawken)

    Edit: I just realized, that's priced without an OS. It's 104 USD for Win7 Home Premium. Adjust accordingly.
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      Re: Need recommendations for gaming computer!

      I won't be reusing any components since the previous computer is about 8 years old now (amd athlon xp 2400+ single core). I remember reading that intel is typically more expensive than amd, but I'm not familiar with the most recent amd stuff. I'll take a look at that link!
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      • #4
        Re: Need recommendations for gaming computer!

        Take a look at this build sheet:
        https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...nc&output=html

        Pretty good starting point and suggestions on different best-bang-for-buck configurations.
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        • #5
          Re: Need recommendations for gaming computer!

          Jeez, what are they, Intel distributors?

          And screw pre-built, I almost got one a year ago and I'm glad I didn't. I built a rig twice as powerful for the same price ($2,200).

          Anyways, here we go:
          Case-COOLER MASTER Elite 431 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119256 $49.99
          Motherboard-ASRock 970 EXTREME3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157280 $84.99
          CPU-AMD FX-8320 8 Core http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819113285 $159.99
          CPU Cooler-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099 $33.99
          GPU-SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7790 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202029 $139.99
          RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314 $64.99
          PSU-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139020 $89.99
          SSD-SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147192 $139.99
          HDD-Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822236339 $69.99
          Disc Drive-LG Black 12X BD-ROM Blu-ray Combo Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136252 $49.99
          OS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116986 $99.99

          Grand Total-$983.99 ($990.66 w/ shipping to me in Oklahoma, not sure where you live but I doubt it'll be much of a difference)

          With this rig you'll have a good motherboard, a great CPU as your base and a pretty damn good GPU (my roommate has a 7770 and I'm surprised at how well it handles games-he plays Bioshock Infinite at medium-medium high settings and gets around 30fps, so this GPU should be awesome).

          Essentially, the most vital parts are great as a whole for any future upgrades you could want to do (like plug a bigger, better graphics card in it).

          If I were to suggest anything that could put you ever so slightly over your budget (and by that I mean $10-15), I would go for this motherboard:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157281

          It has the newest chipset for AMDs CPUs and would allow that Piledriver to really run free on games.

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            Re: Need recommendations for gaming computer!

            I dunno, Mange. I like building PCs, but it's hard for me to argue that they're better value anymore. I built my current PC, but only because A) I wanted to and B) I saved a few hundred bucks keeping the case, fans, PSU, disk drives, media card reader and sentimental value.

            If we put the same components into the iBuyPower "configurator" we get 1015$ http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/AMD_F...rator/w/175251

            It's a 31 dollar difference. Although...

            the iBuyPower gets a liquid CPU cooler because they've apparently decided heat pipes are archaic.

            And 80 $ worth of games (Bioshock Infinite + FarCry 3 Blood Dragon)

            And a 2 TB HDD because it was a free upgrade during the Father's Day sale.

            And of course, labour.

            And most importantly, a 3-year labour, 1-year parts warranty on top of the component manufacturer warranties.

            Shop around the sales though, and you'll find some pretty good deals. For example, take the above PC, and Upgrade to a 2GB NVIDEA 560 Ti... Saving 29$. http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/AMD_F...rator/w/175253

            986$.

            2$ gets you a stronger GPU, liquid cooling, bigger HDD, 75$ of game credit, labour, warranty...


            Unless you're really digging for deals on components, I just don't think it's going to be worth it from a value standpoint.
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            • #7
              Re: Need recommendations for gaming computer!

              Originally posted by Strait Raider View Post
              If we put the same components into the iBuyPower "configurator" we get 1015$ http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/AMD_F...rator/w/175251
              But then you get testimonies, like mine. I f*cking despise ibuypower. I bought a laptop from them and the screen went out a week (well within the 30 warranty for the screens) and sent it back for repairs. I get it back with a note inside saying it wasn't covered and they couldn't repair it unless I paid for it. It had no physical damage, it just blinked and went dead. The laptop still sits in my room unrepaired, and it's not even a year old. Their customer server SUCKS. After that I vowed I wouldn't buy sh*t pre-built from companies like them anymore (i.e. ibuypower, cyberpowerpc, etc.).

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              • #8
                Re: Need recommendations for gaming computer!

                Building is more fun (and most likely a bit cheaper).
                -You get to open all kinds of boxes.
                -You get to smell that new electronics smell.
                -You get all the warranty papers and manual for each part.
                -First time, you get a nice "puzzle" to solve.
                -You get a better selection of components (and probably better quality for the same price)
                -You get a nice sense of accomplishment once completed.
                Viking

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                • #9
                  Re: Need recommendations for gaming computer!

                  Originally posted by DaViking View Post
                  Building is more fun (and most likely a bit cheaper).
                  -You get to open all kinds of boxes.
                  -You get to smell that new electronics smell.
                  -You get all the warranty papers and manual for each part.
                  -First time, you get a nice "puzzle" to solve.
                  -You get a better selection of components (and probably better quality for the same price)
                  -You get a nice sense of accomplishment once completed.
                  agreed, on all counts

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