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1 New rig... possibly? on Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:54 am

Been thinking about building my own rig... I have a fairly out of date laptop, one that can hardly run CS 1.6 (not that anyone plays it anymore). But anywho, just wondering if you good folks could give me some advice as to where to look for some solid (but not crazy expensive) parts so that I can have a nice, capable gaming computer. doesn't need to be anything over the top, just wanna be able to run battlefield 3 and any of the other newer games that come out. like i said, doesn't have to be "top of the line"... just need something good and reliable.

any suggestions as to where to look/start? i'm not the most computer savvy person in the entire world, just know the basics as to what is needed.

-processor
-power supply
-ram
-motherboard
-vid card
-hard drive
-blu ray/dvd rom
-monitor
-tower
-fans

i know jimmy, duke, and ze know a good amount of this stuff. any and all input would be appreciated.

p.s. i really don't wanna go over a thousand bucks. i have no problem with buying a part every couple weeks or month until i get it all. can't really buy everything all at once (poor college student).

thanks doods.

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2 Re: New rig... possibly? on Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:19 pm

Dude! I would love to help a brotha out. Hit me up on facebook!

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3 Re: New rig... possibly? on Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:57 am

So I spent 10 dollars at a casino the other night (never been to one before) and ended up winning 250 bucks on a slot machine. I guess that's a good place to start with my computer building. Any suggestions as to what to buy first?

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4 Re: New rig... possibly? on Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:46 pm

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might as well start with the case and a motherboard. That way, when you get other pieces over time, you can pop them bad boys right into your project. I'll link a couple later, got a meeting to run off to now.


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5 Re: New rig... possibly? on Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:42 pm

Yeah what Ze said.
If this ends up taking a while, it's best to get stuff like a video card and cpu last. Those types of things are always being outdated and prices are always shifting so what you buy today will be cheaper tomorrow and be outclassed by something new.

Also, if you have a case, you know your size constraints. If you have a motherboard, you know what you have as far as compatibility is concerned.

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6 Re: New rig... possibly? on Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:50 pm

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this is my case, and I freaking love it. Though it is GIANT!!! and I mean GIANT!!! It's not going to fit in any computer desk that you have (mine sits on the floor next to my desk). I wanted a full tower so I had plenty of room to fit things being my first ever built....but its a bit overkill.

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The next case is a mid tower (a little smaller than the above one) and it seems a lot of people like Antec for cases

Cheaper model:
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More $$ model:
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Nice MOBO:
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I'd wait to get more input from others though, I've only build 1 PC so I'm still new to this. If up to me, and knowing your financial situation, I would tend toward an AMD built (its a little cheaper but generally considered the best bang for the buck) So we're talking AMD CPU and an ATI GPU type of setup, which is what I have.

Get those and then when you are ready we will add a PSU, hard drive and DVD drive. I completely agree with Sev, lets save the GPU and CPU for last.


PS: I'd love to hear other's thoughts on what I suggested thus far, I'm very willing to learn.


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7 Re: New rig... possibly? on Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:56 pm

I've always had Intel/NVidia, and I have heard many bad things about ATI cards over the years about random things.
But other than hear-say I can't say ATI is bad. Just that I wouldn't ever consider not getting NVidia since I've never had an issue.

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8 Re: New rig... possibly? on Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:41 am

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never had an issue with ATI/AMD

Its all a matter of chance, sometimes you get a bad piece of equipment no matter who makes it.


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9 Re: New rig... possibly? on Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:02 pm

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll take a look at them tonight

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10 Re: New rig... possibly? on Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:52 pm

Yes start with a motherboard and CPU, they are the basis of what the rest of your PC will end up looking like.

You still havent messaged me back res. *sadface*

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11 Re: New rig... possibly? on Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:20 pm

sandy bridge 2500k processor. build around that chip.. amazing chip!

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12 Re: New rig... possibly? on Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:46 pm

My 8800GT died on my a few days ago. Stuck in an old Radeon that my roommate had sitting around but my dad decided to surprise me today and buy me a Radeon HD6870... so I'm pretty stoked.

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13 Re: New rig... possibly? on Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:36 pm

RIP 8800GT! I had one too before getting my 6850. Card was such a trooper! Well worth it's cost at the time cheers

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14 Re: New rig... possibly? on Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:03 pm

Ya seriously I got that thing a while ago and it was still playing games that came out this year without much issues.

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15 Re: New rig... possibly? on Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:58 pm

Card came today! All installed just installing drivers.

So excite!

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16 Re: New rig... possibly? on Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:25 pm

Gonna purchase a case in the next couple days... any last suggestions?

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17 Re: New rig... possibly? on Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:56 am

heres my new case, the corsair 650D

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18 Re: New rig... possibly? on Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:30 pm

Severed Feet wrote:Card came today! All installed just installing drivers.

So excite!


I can has review? I'm trying to decide between this card (6870) for my new build or pushing up to a 6950. do you play games at 1920x1080? Card cranking out the frames? Games you've played it with? Tried BC2 with it?

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19 Re: New rig... possibly? on Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:14 pm

I'm a mechanical engineering student with almost no free time, so no, I have not really done anything with it, lol...

I'll put it through something a bit more vigorous when I get the chance (I tried it out on TF2 against some bots at 1680x1050 with max settings and was getting 60+ fps) but my cpu is only a Core 2 Duo 2.83GHz and I've only got 3 gigs of ram so I'm a bit limited in those regards.
And my monitor only goes up to 1680x1050, thus why I didn't have TF2 at 1920x1280.

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