$1k gaming rig, first time builder

By Armyguyclaude ยท 40 replies
Mar 17, 2013
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  1. Armyguyclaude

    Armyguyclaude TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Are you guys even interested in my comp anymore xD
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    You wont be disappointed. No worries if you are, SSD tech is always advancing, so any future upgrade will be great.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Sorry bout this, good choice. Me and St1ckM4n are just bugging each other lol.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Good choice, it's a solid SSD. Yes, we're still interested. :p

    The link I posted vaguely explains the difference. Pretty much, the non-pro uses cheaper cells which cause performance issues and they have a lot shorter lifetime. That's all I'm going to say, this article explains it pretty well too.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Ah ok. Sounds good.
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Regarding watching Blu-ray on your PC, FWIW, I sometimes watch a Blu-ray movie on my PC when our TV is busy with something else. Of course, it isn't as satisfying as on a big screen but you can still tell the difference between a Blu-ray disc and a DVD even on a PC monitor. Perhaps you want to build a Blu-ray disc library and watch it on a PC now with the idea that you will get a big screen later. There's nothing wrong with that but it's your choice.

    If you do get a BD drive, I recommend getting a retail version because they usually come with software to play the Blu-ray. Sometimes an OEM BD drive comes with software but you can't count on it. OEM ordinarily means just the bare drive and nothing else but Newegg sometimes includes extras anyway. There's no guarantee though. Checking the descriptions and illustrations at the website where you will buy it might be helpful.
  7. Armyguyclaude

    Armyguyclaude TS Rookie Topic Starter

  8. Armyguyclaude

    Armyguyclaude TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the help guys. it's been amazing. I didn't think I'd actually get this much support for something like this. It's cool to see such help on the net these days thanks.

    Other than trying to find a new cheapo DvD drive I think I'm done xD
    slh28, Jad Chaar and St1ckM4n like this.
  9. Armyguyclaude

    Armyguyclaude TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Any ideas on a cheapo optical drive are welcome. I'm having the darndest time trying to find one
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    1 final thought. I would recommend the ASUS Z77 over the Asrock, just from past experience. Also, I would cut back on some, I am just thinking of what, so that you can get a 7870, but I guess you are fine :confused:. Nice build. Good luck. Also rule of thumb: Never install drivers from CD (unless you dont have active internet). Also I love how Win 8 is $1 less than Win 7 lol.
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Keep in mind that your motherboard comes with SATA cables for your hard drive and optical drives and a retail (boxed) version of optical drives usually comes with a SATA cable. I recently bought a retail LG BD combo drive and it came with a cable, mounting screws and software.

    Now, when you say you are looking for a cheapo optical drive, what kind are you talking about? As far as compatibility with Windows 7, all modern optical drives should be.
  12. Armyguyclaude

    Armyguyclaude TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do you install an OS from the internet when you don't have an OS on the computer already?

    Also I found a great optical drive cd/dvd burner for like 17.99 no downsides from what I could see, but apparently it didn't have any cables, and since I can't find what kind of cables it needs I have no idea if I need to buy them (now know apparently my MoBo comes with some) and what kind!?!?? :p

    Cheapo: ~20$

    Also I couldn't find a version of Windows 8 cheaper than windows 7 boxed form.
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Your latest proposed ASRock motherboard comes with two SATA data cables but if you need more, Newegg and most other outlets sell them.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    OEM version is $1 less, I found it funny. Well, most optical drives nowadays are SATA, no more IDE. So you just need a SATA cable, plug it in the 3GB/s port not the 6GB/s btw. As for the OS part, I said drivers, the software needed to tell the OS how to understand the hardware. For gaming, you want to constantly update graphics drivers because AMD and nVidia are constantly updating to run games better. Install the OS, and then install drivers from the internet, not the CD, they are more up to date. I will provide you with the drivers for the most necessary pieces of hardware; download them to a USB drive, and when you get your OS loaded on your new PC, install them.
    This is why I am saying go ASUS, cables are no biggie but the ASUS comes with like 4.

    Edit: What motherboard did you decide on? The asrock?
  15. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Looks good to me.

    Just to restate one thing I said earlier.
    You may find that you will want an extender for your cpu power cable.
    This 12" cable by Kingwin is sleeved (black). You can find others.
    Corsair's PSU cable length may or may not be enough to reach,
    but for nice clean cable management, I think the extender is likely to be needed.

    I agree that Asus is generally considered a better name than Asrock,
    but I did just do an AMD build with Asrock, and I am pleased with the result.
  16. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    These are the important drivers you must install, download them to a USB drive and install them on your newly built PC (after you install Win 7):
    Chipset driver: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...g&OSVersion=Windows 7 (64-bit)*&DownloadType=
    Network driver: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...g&OSVersion=Windows 7 (64-bit)*&DownloadType=
    USB 3 driver: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...dId=3467&DwnldID=21129&keyword=usb+3&lang=eng
    Graphics driver: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/radeonaiw_vista64.aspx
    Audio driver (the 64bits Vista, Windows7, Windows8 Driver only (Executable file)): http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads...=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?cat=Download&os=Win764&Model=Z77 Extreme4
    Download these drivers from the site above: ASMedia SATA3 Driver, and ASMedia USB 3.0 driver

    Good luck on the build bud :eek:. Ask me any questions that may arise.

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