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$900 first time Gaming Build

wyrdaskolirwyrdaskolir San Leandro, CAPosts: 563Member Uncommon

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jdb8

 

Anyone have suggestions for the case and everything else overall? First time building so I'm not sure if everything is good

Are tehre any ways to make this build cheaper without sacrificing that much performance?

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  • prpshrtprpshrt Clarksville, MDPosts: 258Member
    It's a good case. Might wanna get an after market CPU cooler if its for gaming though. Hopefully a fellow named quizzical will see your post and point you in the right direction
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 16,598Member Epic

    The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a rather dumb card.  Or rather, not so much a bad card as merely way overpriced.  A Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce GTX 660 (without the Ti) aren't that much slower, but they're sure a lot cheaper.

    This is likely the best option in the price range that you should be shopping on your budget:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

    Or if you're willing to pay a little more to get a little less performance with an Nvidia sticker on it:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127699

    Saving money on the video card frees up money to spend elsewhere on your budget.  For starters, you should get a better power supply.  Basiq is Antec's bottom of the line, and while it's not terrible, it's not that good, either.  You'd only need to add another $9.50 to get something markedly better:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    Or you could spring for something higher end like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068

    There are cheaper options for an optical drive, like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    It's more efficient to spring for a better processor, and then make up the difference with a combo deal on the motherboard:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1071265

    That's only $2 more than what you picked before rebate, and has a $15 rebate, too.

    A WD Caviar Black used to be a nice option, back when SSDs were really expensive.  But today, SSDs are a lot cheaper, and if you don't need a ton of capacity, then you might prefer a good SSD together with a cheap hard drive.  Depending on how much storage capacity you need, an SSD alone might have plenty for you:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

    If you need more capacity than that, then you could grab a cheaper hard drive as well, as the speed of the hard drive doesn't matter much if you're putting everything where speed matters on the SSD.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148764

    If you're not sure how much capacity you need, then it's easy to add another drive later.

  • wyrdaskolirwyrdaskolir San Leandro, CAPosts: 563Member Uncommon

    thanksfor such a great response! i appreciate the time you took to help me out =)

    Yeah I need an Nvidia card because Darkfall works well with it and not AMD (its a huge difference)

    I'm building this for Darkfall Unholy wars which is releasing in november(potentially) and who knows if it will still have bad supprot for AMD based cards

     

    I'll take the time to look through your post in a bit - extremely busy atm so thanks a bunch again for saving me so much time!

  • wyrdaskolirwyrdaskolir San Leandro, CAPosts: 563Member Uncommon

     

    This is what I got:

    http://imgur.com/zXH40

    All I need now is a monitor and case 

  • stayontargetstayontarget Tacoma, WAPosts: 6,350Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by wyrdaskolir
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jdb8   Anyone have suggestions for the case and everything else overall? First time building so I'm not sure if everything is good Are tehre any ways to make this build cheaper without sacrificing that much performance?

    You could also go with a matx mobo with a silverstone case  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182, it would be cheaper and not that much in performance loss.

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  • ArakaziArakazi OxfordPosts: 911Member Uncommon

    How much do you have left? I recently bought a new computer and got one from the coolmaster coolmaster HAF X range. As for monitors have a look at some of what Asus has to offer since the one I have works great.

    PS don't make the same mistake I did and forget to get a OS since the windows 7 version I had was a OEM.

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 16,598Member Epic
    Originally posted by stayontarget You could also go with a matx mobo with a silverstone case  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182, it would be cheaper and not that much in performance loss.

    That's $48 more expensive than the case he linked before.  It's not a way to save money.

  • wyrdaskolirwyrdaskolir San Leandro, CAPosts: 563Member Uncommon

    I got the build up and running =)

    i5 3570k

    That Gigabyte motherboard

    8gb ram

    660 GTX

    128gb SSD (samsung)

    1TB HDD (seagate)

    CPU cooler for overclocking (cooler master)

    550W psu (rosewill)

     

    Then a 24 inch monitor is coming too I'm so satisfied with my build

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