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Build gaming computer 1200-1500

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  • Dec 26th, 2011 10:16 pm
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Jun 21, 2009
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Build gaming computer 1200-1500

Hey,

I'm not to building computers and I have a friend that's helping me out, but he's on vacation and I'm not sure he'll be available to help me today. I want to build a $1500 gaming computer. I would like a really good screen, as I also want to watch movies on it. I was thinking of allocating $200 to the screen alone. I don't need a mouse or headphones.

I'd like to take advantage of boxing day deals. I've been looking at tigerdirects.ca newegg.com and ncix.com

I'd need everything so if you guys know a good build let me know.

Fow now, I want to be able to play BF3.

Thanks.
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Jul 26, 2007
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Calgary
maybe do some research and post a build to ask for feedback instead of asking for people to do it for you from the ground up...

but for starters, i5 2500k cpu is good enough to handle any cpu intensive processes (most games can't take advantage of quad cores yet). you can buy any boxing day gpu in the flyers and they can run BF3 on high-ultra no problem. get a decent brand PSU so you don't fry all your components (imo antec and seasonic are two very safe choices; coolermaster, ocz etc i'm a bit iffy on)... umm yeah the rest is pretty much mix and match, just pick whatever RAM is cheapest, find a compatible mobo... you can do this with 20 minutes of research.
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Nov 29, 2006
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Brampton
Since you have a $1500 budget, I would recommend going for the 2600k/2500k (both of them are good while 2600k has HT and probably more OC capabilities). 2600k might be a bit more future proof compared to the 2500k. If you want the BEST video card, probably go with the gtx 570 or the 6970. It also depends what resolution you will be working with and what kind of things the computer is going to be used for. 8gb ram should be more than enough for now but make sure your mobo supports 32gb of max memory (for future needs), also get mobo which can do 16/16 crossfire/SLI and power supply which can handle crossfire/sli in future. Don't go for the h67 mobo either, preferably z68/p67 (if you do go for the lga1155 cpu).
[OP]
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Jun 21, 2009
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Thanks.

This is what I have come up with so far. What do you think? I'd also need a case.


Logitech G510

Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular TX750M 80PLUS Bronze Certified 750W PSU (CP-9020003-NA)

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1561-KR) nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Chipset 1GB DDR5 Dual Display DVI-I/Mini-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

ASUS P8P67 Pro

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I72600

Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black Dvd Writer Sata Oem

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM

I also have to find a screen at a good price.

Thanks for the help.
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Brampton
ijudgeyou wrote:
Dec 26th, 2011 10:10 pm
Thanks.

This is what I have come up with so far. What do you think? I'd also need a case.


Logitech G510

Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular TX750M 80PLUS Bronze Certified 750W PSU (CP-9020003-NA)

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1561-KR) nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Chipset 1GB DDR5 Dual Display DVI-I/Mini-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

ASUS P8P67 Pro

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I72600

Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black Dvd Writer Sata Oem

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM

I also have to find a screen at a good price.

Thanks for the help.

If you want to overclock your video card, I would stick with the 560ti otherwise I would get the 6950 since its around the same price. If you can invest $50 more, you should probably get the PowerCooler 6970 currently at $300. 6950 at stock outperforms 560ti at stock.

Just know that you can't overclock the i7-2600, only the k series are overclockable. Everything else looks good and what size screen are you looking for?

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