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    So I'd like to maybe get back into gaming and am looking to build my first pc in order to do so. Being that this is my first time doing this, I thought I'd post what I'd like to purchase and to see whether or not I've made some massive error. Any other critiques or advice are welcome!

    $55 Case: NZXT Tempest 210 CA-TP210-01 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Power-Supplies)

    $90 Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341018)

    $100 Mobo: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131873)

    $110 CPU:AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103996)

    $40 Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104173)
    I'm not sure if I should bother going for 16Gb or not

    $250 GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102983)

    $100 SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227791)

    $90 HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822236345)

    $835 total

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    Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

    http://www.tacticalgamer.com/hardwar...ing-guide.html

    A more recent and very similar discussion:
    http://www.tacticalgamer.com/hardwar...lar-setup.html

    Another semi recent, yet very similar discussion:
    http://www.tacticalgamer.com/hardwar...d-upgrade.html

    http://www.tacticalgamer.com/hardwar...my-system.html This thread specifically talks about AMD versus Intel; goes into specifics about which SSD and why; and if memory serves correct goes into PSUs and GPUs why and why not to buy. This is a very good thread to read and than go back to your build.

    http://www.tacticalgamer.com/hardwar...-upgrades.html

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    • #3
      Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

      Also:
      Vishera AMD CPU, or why not to use AMD CPUs
      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...view,3328.html

      Best GPU for the money, October
      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...view,3107.html

      Best CPU for the money, October
      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...lock,3106.html

      FX-41XX vs Intel i3
      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...arks,3314.html

      Building guide for August, most of it still holds true:
      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...mark,3276.html

      I know this seems alil terse, but there have been five other threads just like this one in the past three months, and an almost identical post by another member just this week. I think it might be the thread just below this one.
      Last edited by Beinseth; 10-23-2012, 09:47 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

        Yeah, if I went with a quad core AMD I'd go with the Phenom 2 965. The FX CPUs aren't what they were supposed to be. Hopefully when it's time for my new build, the Excavators will have been released and I'll be able to judge whether I want AMD or Intel (I personally favor AMD, but I'm running Intel for the moment).

        A good thing to post in your OP is your budget before people start dropping $1.5k or $2k rigs at you. And FYI, the link for your case is the same for your PSU.

        The GPU you have selected is a good one to go with. Sapphire makes good cards and I haven't heard anything bad about the 7870 from the people I know who run them.

        For the price you're paying for that PSU, I suggest bumping it up 1 notch and getting a Corsair TX750M http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139030
        It's semi-modular, only $25 more, but more importantly 80 plus bronze certified, which means it's more efficient (and will help save on that electric bill).

        I really suggest against a 500GB HDD. Especially when you can double your capacity for $20 more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533

        Everything else looks pretty good. If you plan on overclocking, I say get an aftermarket cooler such as a Cooler Master Hyper 212. They run around $25-30 on Newegg. I personally run 3 SSDs in my rig and can't get enough of them. But I won't ever use an OCZ SSD to put my OS on. I have no problems putting my games on it, but I won't stick my OS on it. I just don't trust them enough as I've heard too many horror stories of rigs being down for weeks on end waiting for the SSD to RMA.

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        • #5
          Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

          Thanks for the input guys. Sorry about the repetitive nature of the thread.

          Regarding the CPU, I think I'll probably go with the Phenom II as opposed to the i3. Your links seem to show that the i3 is marginally better than the Phenom II & FX series, but the intel motherboards seem to be significantly more expensive. I'd like to keep my budget at around 1000$.

          I appreciate the advice on the PSU & HDD as well.

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          • #6
            Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

            No one seems to see that you can get an intel i5 2500k or even an Ivy Bridge i5 for the same money as an AMD and still get a good GPU...yeap, go with the slower and lower end AMD.

            Did you not even look at this link? http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...mark,3276.html
            $1000 Enthusiast System Components
            Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty P67 $100
            Processor Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz $230
            Heat Sink Xigmatek Loki SD963 92 mm CPU Cooler $25
            Memory Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) $55
            Graphics Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 GV-N670OC-2GD $400
            SSD OCZ Agility 3 60 GB 60 GB, SATA 6Gb/s $60
            Hard Drive Seagate 750 GB 7200 RPM, SATA 6Gb/s $60
            Optical Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22x DVD Burner $17
            Case Rosewill Redbone $40
            Power Corsair CX600 V2 600 W ATX12V, $70
            Total Cost $1057

            Drop down from a GTX 670 to a 660 or a AMD 7870 for about $230-240 and this gets you under the $1000 mark. Drop the 60gb SSD and now you have enough for the OS as well. Or opt out of the 750gb, use that towards a 120 gb SSD. There are alot of options here. The main one, not ham stringing yourself with an AMD system. And as I have posted in numerous threads, I am not an Intel fanboy, I just go where the performance is. And since the Core 2 and Core 4 days, that has been with Intel. When AMD can build CPUs that can compete, I will switch back some day.
            Last edited by Beinseth; 10-25-2012, 01:09 AM. Reason: I edited my but off to make it all pretty and I end up with that mess in the middle.

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            • #7
              Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

              sub $1000 build on newegg with I5:
              http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=18255831
              here is another:
              http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=20435425
              Take the OS out of this one and your at about $980
              http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=20482272

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              • #8
                Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

                Well, I guess at this point it would be stupid not to go with the i5 considering the performance. If I don't intend to overclock, do I really need the non-stock CPU fan?

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                • #9
                  Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

                  Most stock heat sinks and fans that come with cpus are bunk. Cant hurt o pick up a $20 aftermarket fan and heat sink, just for the sake that less heat = longer life expectancy of your components.


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                  • #10
                    Re: Getting back into gaming with a new PC

                    Originally posted by Belander View Post
                    Most stock heat sinks and fans that come with cpus are bunk. Cant hurt o pick up a $20 aftermarket fan and heat sink, just for the sake that less heat = longer life expectancy of your components.
                    Agreed, if for no other reason it will keep your CPU cooler and prolong its life.

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