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First time building

Postposted on Sat May 19, 2012 8:54 pm

I'm looking to build a desktop computer to run Diablo 3. I'm trying to have something under $1000 with a pretty good NVIDIA graphics card and preferably intel for a processor. Other than that I'm absolutely clueless on how to put a computer together. I'd like to be able to run Diablo on highest settings flawlessly, and I'm way out of my element with this sort of thing so really I'm asking for someone else to do all the work for me, or rather, just tell me the best parts I can get at a very reasonable price.
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Re: First time building

Postposted on Sat May 19, 2012 9:03 pm

KiwiMonsta wrote:I'm looking to build a desktop computer.

Welcome to the Tech Report!


Do you already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers that you can re-use?

Are there any other components from your old PC that you might want to re-use?

Do you live near a Micro Center?
http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html
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Re: First time building

Postposted on Sat May 19, 2012 9:06 pm

Thanks for the welcome and no to everything. My old system is a laptop.
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Re: First time building

Postposted on Sat May 19, 2012 10:36 pm

What do you think of some of these components?


$125 +fs Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge (hyper-threading dual-core 3.3 GHz) LGA1155 CPU
or $205 +fs Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge (quad-core 3.3 GHz unlocked) LGA1155 CPU
optional $35 +fs CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo cooler

$110 +7½sh ASRock Z77 Pro4-M micro-ATX LGA1155 motherboard
or $150 +7½sh Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 motherboard

$50 -10 combo +fs 2x4 GiB PC3-12800 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (DDR3-1600, CAS 9, 1.5 V) memory
or $55 -10 combo +fs 2x4 GiB PC3-12800 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9G (DDR3-1600, CAS 9, 1.35 V) memory

$200 +fs Sapphire Radeon HD6950 2GB 11188-22-20G graphics card
or $240 +fs XFX Radeon HD7850 2GB FX-785A-CNFC graphics card
or $205 +7½sh ECS GeForce GTX560Ti 1GB NGTX560TI-1GPI-F1 graphics card

$0 Integrated Realtek ALC892 audio

optional $110 +fs 128 GB Samsung 830 SSD
$75 -17 combo +fs ½ TB Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue hard-drive
or $110 -18 combo +fs 1 TB Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 hard-drive
$17 +fs Samsung SH-222BB DVD-RW
or $58 -8 code "EMCNEJE49" +fs Asus BC-12B1ST BD-ROM/DVD-RW

$65 +fs -10MIR Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX mid-tower case
or $55 +3sh Antec Three Hundred ATX mid-tower case
$45 +fs Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430 (32 A @ +12 V) power supply
or $55 +fs Antec BP550 Plus (37 A @ +12 V) power supply
or $60 +9½sh SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze (40 A @ +12 V) modular power supply
or $43 +8sh Cheap ATX case and PSU (30 A @ +12 V)

$100 +fs Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM

$8 +4sh Microsoft Keyboard 200
$16 +fs Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 (with 5 buttons)
or $55 +fs Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 keyboard and 5-button mouse

$25 +fs Logitech S220 2.1-channel speakers
or $46 +fs or $40 +fs Logitech Z313 2.1-channel speakers

$180 +fs ViewSonic VX2336S-LED 23" 1920x1080 e-IPS LCD monitor
or $120 -12 code "EMCNEJB45" +fs Acer G215HVAbd 21½" 1920x1080 TN LCD monitor
or $140 -14 code "EMCNEJB46" +fs Acer G235HAbd 23" 1920x1080 TN LCD monitor
or $225 +fs Dell UltraSharp U2212HM 21½" 1920x1080 e-IPS LCD monitor
or $270 -30 code "EMCNEJE228" +fs Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27½'' 1920x1200 TN LCD monitor
or $250 +9sh Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23" 1920x1080 e-IPS LCD monitor
or $189 +tax +fs Refurbished Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23" 1920x1080 e-IPS LCD monitor 90-day warranty
or $310 +fs Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" 1920x1200 e-IPS LCD monitor

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$989 +10½ shipping -10 MIR

That's pretty close to your $1000 budget.
i7-4770K, H70, Gryphon Z87, 16 GiB, R9-290, SSD, 2 HD, Blu-ray, SB ZX, TJ08-E, SS-660XP², 3007WFP+2001FP, RK-9000BR, MX518
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Re: First time building

Postposted on Sun May 20, 2012 12:07 pm

Here's another option for gaming on a tight budget:

$389 +tax +fs Refurbished Dell Inspiron 620
· Inspiron 620 MiniTower
· Intel Core i3-2120 processor (hyper-threading dual-core 3.3GHz, 3MB Cache)
· 6 GiB DDR3 memory at 1333MHz (1x2G + 1x4G)
· 500 GB SATA hard drive (3.5 Inch,7200,NCQ,16M)
· 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
· Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
· Keyboard and 2-button mouse
· 1-year warranty


or $549 +tax +fs Refurbished Dell XPS 8300
· XPS 8300
· Intel Core i5-2320 processor (quad-core 3.0GHz, 6MB Cache)
· 6 GiB DDR3 memory at 1333MHz (2x2G + 2x1G)
· 1 TB SATA II hard drive (7200RPM)
· 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
· Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
· Keyboard and 6-button mouse
· 1-year warranty


$189 +tax +fs Refurbished Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23" 1920x1080 e-IPS LCD monitor
· 1-year warranty when purchased with a PC
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$578 +tax +fs from Dell
A scratched and dented unit would be $20 cheaper, but the certified refurbished PC will look like a new one.

$240 +fs XFX Radeon HD7850 2GB FX-785A-CNFC graphics card
$16 +fs Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 (with 5 buttons)
$40 +fs Logitech Z313 2.1-channel speakers

It works out to about the same price.
i7-4770K, H70, Gryphon Z87, 16 GiB, R9-290, SSD, 2 HD, Blu-ray, SB ZX, TJ08-E, SS-660XP², 3007WFP+2001FP, RK-9000BR, MX518
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Re: First time building

Postposted on Sun May 20, 2012 2:00 pm

Thanks! These lists were a huge help!
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