Computer build for gaming

By Aaron Whitley ยท 46 replies
Mar 1, 2013
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  1. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    Not really considering with AMD you can often upgrade your CPU while using the same motherboard, and people still game on Althon 64 X2 systems.
  2. Jad Chaar

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

    Well, how well does it perform, also at what resolution, you can argue but to a certain point only.
  3. death791

    death791 TS Rookie Posts: 38

    I think for the price I would totally go for a 7950 video card over the nvidia 660, I run the Xfx 1050w Power supply purchased in may 2012 and have had zero problems with it, for you that would probably be overkill I'm just saying they are a solid products. either way you go or which company power supply you go with I would get one that is crossfire/sli ready like you have listed, just so in the future you dont have to replace if you decide to go with mulit gpu's. finally never go cheap on your power supplies alot of companies (mostly the cheaper psu's) will state that psu is 750watts but you really may only getting 500watts out of it. Believe me you get what you pay for good luck on your build bro :)
  4. death791

    death791 TS Rookie Posts: 38

    Hey bud here is a budget gaming rig guide I found in my Pcgamer fall 2012 issue, by all means im not telling you what to buy but this gives you a nice idea what you can get for around $1500 and actually cheaper then that with prices dropping.

    Case - anything around $100 (they use the nzxt phantom 410 case)
    Cpu - intel i7-3770k (If you just plan on gaming and such I would go with the i5-3570k and save $100)
    Mobo - MSI Z77a-GD65 (Great Mobo I used on my build myself, will automatically OC a i5-3570k to 4.2ghz from stock with OC genie)
    Ram- Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 (I use the G.skill Sniper ram you have listed and it is great.)
    Graphics - MSI HD7950 (Can go with any brand)
    SSD- (Boot Drive)OCZ Vetex 4 128gb Boot Drive (I would go with a Samsung or crucial M4)
    HDD - (Storage drive) 1GB WD Caviar Black
    CPU - Cooler - Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
    PSU - Corsair TX650 (This you want upgrade to alittle more watts if you plan on Crossfire or SLI)
    OS - Window 7 Home (Which ever you perfer)

    With all that they have a total price of $1471 which I think you could get alot cheaper with prices falling on parts. Have fun!
  5. stonarda

    stonarda TS Booster Posts: 143   +18

    Not completely though because Intel change their socket types every few years so if you want to upgrade you will probably end up spending a lot more money.
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  6. Jad Chaar

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

    we got this all figured out. Our suggestions are basically the same
  7. kg4icg

    kg4icg TS Rookie

    Good thing I live near a MicroCenter. I7-3770K is 100 dollars less than what Newegg has it for.
  8. Aaron Whitley

    Aaron Whitley TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Heres what I have now for the computer so please dont edit this im kinda of just referencing this site so I can see which site is cheaper to get the items from... it might work if not just tell me then I will post a different link...
  9. Aaron Whitley

    Aaron Whitley TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Plus I am more than welcome to change some of the parts on that list!
  10. johnnydoe

    johnnydoe TS Member Posts: 21

  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    There is nothing wrong with OEM versions and you will need to replace enough parts for windows to think that you switched to a new computer to invalidate your copy.
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  12. Jad Chaar

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

    OEM is the way to go.... as hellokitty said. As for your part builder johnny, I disagree a lot. Why spend 58 bucks on a CPU cooler when the Hyper 212 for 35 bucks will do the same thing for less. Also, Asrock boards are garbage in my opinion (went through a ton in the past), you can get a $135 ASUS mobo instead. Also, Corsair SSDs arent the best, they fail a lot (had a few in the past, no chance against my Samsungs and OCZs). Finally, only go for Corsair, Seasonic and maybe XFX for PSUs (I have tried others in the past, havent lasted more than 1 year). Also, he can get a Cooler master HAF 922 for 89 bucks. Finally, the GPU is personally preference (nVidia vs AMD).
  13. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    Surely this is all personal preference? I have never had a problem with Newegg. I've spent around 10k on their site and each purchase has been fine. Good advice for OP would be going to who has the best deals for the products you need. ​
  14. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Same here about Newegg. I've spent many thousands of dollars and even funneled many work purchases through Newegg over the years and they've always been top notch. Also, ASRock has greatly improved the quality of their products. They used to be a cheap/garbage company but lately they've moved up quite a ways and I'll buy their products now without hesitation.
  15. Jad Chaar

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

    I guess I should try them out now, but for that price point as johnny was saying, you might as well go for ASUS
  16. Aaron Whitley

    Aaron Whitley TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Can the stuff im getting suggested be AMD based because I am going to go with them this time.. Yes I know that everybody has there differences but I want to try AMD out and see how there products are and if I dont like them I will switch to intel in my next build...
  17. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

  18. Jad Chaar

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

    Why if something gives you better value? I seriously dont get the logic here my friend, do what you want but we are here to get you the most for your money. AMD is mainly for budget oriented builders, extremists put in the extra money for intel (a i7 is the same price basically as a 8core amd and performs better)
  19. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Well... you have seen a lot of input here.
    I have built two rigs in the last 6 months, one amd and one intel.
    Here are my $0.02 worth...

    A lot of others here have built a lot more. But, my observations...

    This mid tower case has a bottom mount configuration for the psu.
    I just did a build, using a similarly configured case from Thermaltake. (slightly better price).
    I have found this configuration can offer a couple of difficulties, which may or may not apply for you.

    First, it may crowd you between the bottom of the board and the psu,
    meaning you may be limited as to what you can use (if anything) in the slots at that end of the board.
    Seeing that this is a gaming board, you may be looking at SLI someday?
    If so, then think this build carefully!
    Also, watch your card length as compared to the internal space available!
    Read the specs... the information should be there.

    Second, depending on your board and your psu,
    you may find you need an extender for your cpu power cable,
    in order to have decent cable management.
    I believe this will be the case with this motherboard you have selected.

    Your motherboard selection is a very pricey mb, especially for an AMD build.
    It may have features you especially like.
    I notice it does have usb3, as well as the 6gb Sata. These are good.
    You are aware that 6gb SATA is really only useful for certain things?
    And I only see one on board header for Front Panel USB3.
    Didn't read the specs, just looked at the board.
    My Gigabyte board cost less, and had two USB3 headers.

    As for the so-called 6gb SATA3 Hard drive,
    I really doubt you will get any better data rates than on SATA2.
    A higher rpm drive may do better. Others will have a better idea on this.
    SATA3 will shine with an SSD, otherwise... only slight advantages (SO FAR)

    For my money the Rosewill is not the best choice for a psu.
    I would prefer taking some money out of the board, and put a little more in here.
    I would suggest something like Corsair's AX or HX series.
    OR Seasonic. I would prefer the Gold series, but would not be afraid of SS-750AM.
    Others will be able to tell you techy reasons why.

    As for your CPU selection, it is really odd, in my opinion, with this pricey motherboard.
    I would think that you would be happier, long run, with for example...
    i5-3570K @ $229 and GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H @ $179.
    You can get a bundle deal on them, at Microcenter
    i5-3570K @ $190 and GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H @ $140
    For my money a much better deal (better price AND performance) than the
    AMD FX-4100 @ 105 and the Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z @ $280

    Unless you intend to overclock, imo, the cooler is overkill.
    The stock coolers are fully adequate for normal use, with either the FX-4100 or the i5-3570.
    Also, I have found noise levels perfectly acceptable.

    I hope you might find something helpful here.
    I decided just to read your list, and then offer my thoughts, without reading everyone else's comments first.
    So, sorry if there is duplication.
    DonNagual likes this.
  20. Aaron Whitley

    Aaron Whitley TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes I see unknown... I will go with intel, I was just confused out of 4 people give me different things sorry about that... ok so now what I need for the intel build is an i5-3570K and a motherboard, I guess I could go for the board B00kworm mentioned unless one of you says differently.. I am going to go with this powersupply is that ok? I decided to go with a lower wattage also. OK here is what I have now with the parts aspect
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    That looks like an excellent build IMO.
  22. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    Definitely a nice build. You will enjoy that mouse! I currently use one and I don't think I'll ever use a different one. Excellent for MMO's and raiding.

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