Help with building a gaming pc.

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Oct 9, 2012
  1. Ace Overclocked
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    Member Ace Overclocked My CPU's hot but my core runs cold.

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    I've waited very long to get a better pc, been stuck with an old one for a while. now i've saved up alot of money and will get financial support from other people.
    Which parts do you recommend (Motherboard, CPU, GPU, ram sticks and even HDD and BD drive?) I'm opting for the best, strongest beast desktop.
    So please give me your recommendations, there is no price limit for this one.
    Oh and which monitor, speakers do you recommend, i also need new gaming gear (headset, gaming mouse and keyboard)
    thanks in advance.
     
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    No price limit? That can rack up to around €10000... And that's without the peripherals (monitor, keyboard, etc).

    I'll post/edit in the morning with the current "dream" build.

    Keep in mind, when asking for computer builds, always list your budget (check), needs (games, work,rendering, etc), limitations (room, power, noise, heat, etc), and timescale (when you intend to commit).
     
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    If you go like that, you're going to waste a lot of money. To quote a friend...

     
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    i5 + ~$200-$250 graphics card (before rebates/sales) = the average pretty-nice system for gaming. If you like large display resolutions, be prepared to shove out extra cash for a graphics card to keep up--whereas if you take a lesser resolution, like the 1360x768, you can get nicer performance with cards of a little less cost.
    At least from what I've noticed.
     
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    Intel i7
    Motherboard
    GeForce 600 series or Radeon 6000 or 7000 series
    4-8GB of RAM
    1TB HDD

    That's essentially the basics. If you want a really nice system get a nice 256GB SSD for Windows and Game installations. That's about as general as I can be for you.
     
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    Really, you need to give us a price range. I could tell you the best parts money can buy but it may be alot more than you wee thinking. Here is what a reasonably price gaming build would be:

    Intel core i5 3570K (i7 if you plan on other intensive uses)
    256GB SSD
    Seagate, Western DIgital or Samsung HDD (size of your choice)
    AMD Radeon 7850 or above
    750W PSU (for upgrades in the future)
    8GB RAM (reccommend Corsair, GEiL, G-Skill)
    Case with good cooling
    Water cooling or After market heatsink and fan for CPU (if you plan on overclocking)
    Gigabyte or ASUS motherboard (get the correct socket, definatley USB 3.0)

    I haven't put down any specific items because I really need a price range or budget.
     
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    Price range goes as far as 7000$.
     
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    You could buy a $2000 computer today, then in 3 years buy another $2000 computer and it'll be better than a $7000 computer bought today, and $3000 less.
     
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    High budget but no stated needs other than implied gaming. Sounds like more money than sense, but who am I to judge from the little information provided? Ok, let's just run with this.

    CPU: i7-3930K or 3960X.
    Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 or ASUS Rampage V Extreme.
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3, 16 or 32GB.
    CPU cooler: Corsair H80 or H100 (if it fits)
    Graphics: 1-3x PNY GeForce GTX 680 2GB.
    GPU cooler: XSPC Razor GTX680 (optional)

    Case: SilverStone Raven RV03 or SilverStone Temjin TJ07B-W.
    PSU: XFX Pro 850W XXX Edition or Antec High Current Pro 1200W.
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB or Crucial M4 256GB (or 512GB but the price hikes).
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB or 3TB, or Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB or 3TB.
    ODD: Any BluRay Burner.
    Monitor: 2x Dell UltraSharp U2412M or U2711.

    Audio: ASUS Xonar DX
    Speakers: Corsair SP2500 2.1 or Logitech Z906 5.1
    Headphones: ASUS Vulcan ANC
    Keyboard: Mionix Zibal 60 or Logitech G19
    Mouse: Mionix Naos 3200
    Capture Card: Avermedia Live Gamer HD C985
    Memory Card Reader: Akasa AK-ICR-07U3
    Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

    Final comments: This build was taken from CPC magazine and Scan.co.uk. It includes everything except a radiator/reservoirs, pump, fixtures and piping for water cooling, and a front panel fan controller. Also it is based on a LGA 2011 (X79 chipset) motherboard, which is known for being targetted at people who have more money than sense (or people who would really need the extra power for their work). I personally would straight away downgrade the build to a Core i7-3770K and an ASUS Sabertooth Z77 and use a GTX 660 Ti for the core parts because that saves a lot of money straight away, but this isn't my rig and you've not told us what you need this system for.

    So until more information comes to light, I won't post more sensibly priced builds.
     
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    As stated earlier in the thread, it is best to spend a smaller amount and use the rest for upgrades along the path.
    Ivy Bridge seems like a solid cpu choice to take, but if your needs include video editing or similar work, the newer 8core cpus may be of more use.
    Another thing many people skimp on is the monitor, and it is just as important as the other components because you will be looking at it the entire time.
    Focus on how long it should last, and suit it to your needs rather than shelling out ~$1000s for whatever looks good
     
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    I would totally buy a fucking badass computer right now, but that can be done with like $2000-$3000.
    Saving the other half for later, and buying another badass computer when my current computer feels outdated (not too soon though).
    you made it sound like it was difficult to gather this much money (at least it would be for me :P no way my wife would let me invest such a sum in a PC)
    so if I were you I'd just save that money for later, put it in a bank and you can make a few bucks with the interests over the years...
     
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    So, I don't know much about computer guts myself, but a good friend of mine recommended I watch this very informative and noob-friendly 3-part series that Newegg put out on building your own rig (I haven't watched it all, yet). Check it: http://youtu.be/lPIXAtNGGCw
     
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    Member Ace Overclocked My CPU's hot but my core runs cold.

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    Thanks for the recommendations.
    Aside from gaming, i'll need this for game development, modeling and video editing/film making.
    And i'll probably have a linux distro as dual boot, probably the server edition.

    Indeed, took over 3 years of saving up with some work through the internet (helping my dad with his movies, helping some of my friends with their indie games)
     
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    This makes it much easier to scratch up a build.

    CPU: i7-3770K
    Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
    RAM: 8-16GB of any DDR3 RAM.
    CPU cooler: Corsair H60 or H80.
    Graphics: Anything between GTX 660 and 690, you only need one.
    PSU: 600W minimum, because you may get a second graphics card in future (but not straight away)
    SSD: Crucial M4 or Samsung 830, 256GB
    HDD: 2-3TB Seagate or WesternDigital
    Case: Antec 1200 or SilverStone Raven RV03
    ODD: DVD burner, since you wont need BluRay much

    Extras: probably the same as in my above post. Two UltraSharp monitors, either 24" or 27", sound card (if you want), speakers, headphones, and anything for keyboard and mouse. You may also want to invest in a graphics tablet/slate since that can make modelling easier, but that depends on the person.

    The only part you might need to spend money on is the graphics card so that modelling, rendering and animation (all of which comes up in games dev) gets done faster. Also, never get an AMD CPU or GPU for games dev.
    Also, since you're planning to dual boot, I would get an extra 60GB SSD for Linux. You don't have to, but that's just me.
     
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