1. Post #1
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    As the title suggests, I am looking to build a gaming PC. This will be the first time I've built one, but I have read up on all the parts I need.

    My budget is around 600$, although I am unaware of the exact amount. I can reuse a case from a prior computer, but I do not know it's measurements, if that matters. As for general specs, I'm not looking for some amazing PC that can run Battlefield or MW3 or some other high-end game. The only metric I have (and also one of the major reasons why I decided to build my own PC) is that I want the computer to be able to run DOTA2 at a good FPS (50~) at at least medium settings.

    If any of you people would be willing to suggest to me some of the parts I should/could buy, or tell me any crucial things I should know/tips, I'd much appreciate it.

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    Small update here, I recently took apart my old computer (which was an excellent learning opportunity), and I was wondering if I could reuse this fan, as well as this optical drive. As far as I know, all signs seem to point to yes, but of course there may be hidden pitfalls.

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    The dvd drive, yes, the heatsink, no. I'll get something made in a sec. Can you reuse mouse,keyboard, monitor, or windows?

    Edited:

    Samsung Spintpoint F3 1TB ~90
    Core i3 2120 ~125
    Asrock Z77 Pro3 + 2x4gg G.Skill Value RAM ~122
    Sapphire 6950 ~200
    Corsair CX500 ~60

    Total: $591.20 with EMCNCGJ24 promo code. $35 in mir.

    Add about $50 if you need a case. This also sets you up for future cpu upgrade because of the z77 motherboard.

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    I can reuse the mouse and keyboard. Probably not the monitor, unsure of the windows.

    Thanks a bunch. I'll try to find out about the monitor and windows.

    Edit: Also, I assume the Sapphire is the cooling system+video card and the Intel Core is the processor? Or am I mistaken in my understandings?

    I should also note that I have a Compaq Presario case that I believe I can reuse.

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    Sapphire 6950 is video care. i3 is the cpu. And you probably can't reuse that case. See if you can reuse the monitor.

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    I cannot reuse the monitor. I'm guessing I probably can't reuse the case because it is too small, or isn't up-to-date enough when it comes to it's holes and connectors and whatnot?

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    Then we're going to have to make a few cuts in the previous build. What size monitor do you want?

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    Nothing too large. I'd guess something around a 19'' 1400x900 or less monitor, about. Hopefully only around 100$.

    Edit: Also, let me try to take a picture of the case. Probably is not definitely, after all.

    EDIT2: there



    Still very dusty.

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    Seems like choosing good parts is quite hard if you have little experience. Either way, how good is this motherboard? It seems deceptively cheap, but apparently it's okay for gaming?

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    Sorry, I got side tracked last night and never responded. I don't think you can or want to use that case, so we'll get you a new one.

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    Sorry, I got side tracked last night and never responded. I don't think you can or want to use that case, so we'll get you a new one.
    Absolutely no problem at all. I mean, you are pretty much the king of this part of the forum, it seems. More like Robin Hood, actually, but you are responding to several threads at once.

    Edit: Also, how is this processor for gaming?

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    Won't last long, I'm just on some down time in between my internship and college.

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 ~90
    Corsair CX600 + Sapphire 6850 ~205
    AMD A8 3870k + Asus A55 MicroAtx Motherboard ~150
    Fractal Design Core 1000 ~40
    Kingston HyperX 2x4gb ~46
    MSI DVD Drive ~24
    HP 20in LED Monitor ~120

    Total shipped: 678.18 with promo codes EMCNBNC25 EMCNBNG39 TSHDQBL22 with 35mir

    If that's too much, I can get a cheaper monitor or gpu.

    Edited:

    Alternatively, if you have $30 extra, you can swap out the cpu/mobo combo with this better one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...=Combo.1029301

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    Well, how good is this motherboard?

    And I can still reuse my DVD drive, I believe, so that's some money saved.

    -snip- there's not two power supplies, i was looking at a different case.

    And the case appears to be Micro-ATX.

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    That's a good motherboard, but if you want to spend $100 dollars on a motherboard, you should get a z77 1155 socket. So you can upgrade to a better processor in the future. But I don't see that in the $600 budget.

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    Hmm. What if I replaced that case with this case? It is cheaper, both Micro-ATX and ATX.

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    Cases are your choice, but that would work. I just picked the Fractal Design because they are a dream to work with.

    If you are looking for a decent case, with a bunch of fans, and leds, this one is your ticket: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129182

    Free shipping and $10 rebate.

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    Ah. I'm a cheap bastard, so I'm just trying to cut down on everything I can :V.

    Couldn't I purchase two of these ram for 6$ cheaper? There might be no point, and it might be even more expensive since of shipping (I dunno the shipping cost), but it's a possibility.

    Edit: And then I'm wondering about whether this video card and this power supply are good enough. They are cheaper than the Sapphire+Corsair, but they might be worse when it comes to, y'know, everything aside from cost.

    Or I could mix and match and take the Corsair and the other video card instead of the sapphire.

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    Tell you what, give me a minute, and I'll shrink the price down.

    Edited:

    And by 1 minute, I mean an hour or so:

    Newegg:
    Antec One Case ~50
    HP LED 20in Monitor ~120
    XFX 7770 ~125
    Antec 450W PSU ~35
    G.Skill Value 4gb ~20
    Asrock Z75 ATX Motherboard ~85

    Total w/ shipping: 436.30 with promo TSHDQBL22 + 30mmir

    TigerDirect:
    WD Caviar Blue 500gb ~70
    I3 2100 ~115

    Total w/shipping: 184.98 + 25mir

    Grand Total: 621.28 + 55mir.

    You can change the case or monitor to make it cheaper.

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    Ah, thanks a bunch. Shouldn't one buy two G.Skill ram cards though?

    Edit: Also, I'm still not sure what 'mir' means.

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    You can, it will give you dual channel, but you were so tight with your budget.

    mail in rebate

  21. Post #21
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    Thanks. I'm thinking of replacing the case with this case and the monitor with this monitor. No complications that you can see?

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    Nope, but perhaps go to a store to test out a monitor before blindly buying one online. If possible.