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Help me build a new computer


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#1 Super Corsair

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:33 PM

Hi, I need help building a computer as I haven't been keeping up with the new technology.  I plan on using the computer for gaming and have about $1000. to $1500. to spend.



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#2 zingo156

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:42 PM

I would recommend the i5 4670k or i7 4770k for cpu, asus motherboard something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131981,

a reliable power supply something like a corsair probably around 650-750 watts anything with single 12volt rail and high amperage on that rail. Ram is up to you ddr3 1600mhz can be found at reasonable costs, you can get higher clock speeds if you prefer. For gaming the most important part is the video card. Depending on which you prefer you could go amd or nvidia. The 2 current top of the line single cards are amd 290x r9 or the nvidia 780ti. Both are around the same cost but may be outside of your budget depending on other components. Going back 1 generation in video cards, the amd 7970 is still a good card as well as nvidia's GTX 680. If you want faster load times get an ssd as well.

 

As far as cases go it is up to you as well, something with good airflow will increase component lifetimes and help prevent heat related issues.


Edited by zingo156, 29 January 2014 - 12:43 PM.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 10:35 AM

For $1000 to $1500, you can get a very good PC for gaming that will last a while.  Here's an idea.

 

CPU:  Intel Core i7-4770 Haswell 3.4GHz - One of the higher end processors.  $309

 

Motherboard:  ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 - Not the flashiest motherboard, but will get the job done.  $139

 

RAM:  ADATA XPG V1.0 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - Should be plenty of RAM.  $74

 

PSU:  SILVERSTONE Strider series ST60F-PS 600W - Should be plenty of power for most builds.  $95

 

OS:  Windows 8.1 64-bit OEM - You need an operating system.  Don't let the tiles scare you off, you can sit on the desktop and hardly ever use the new Start screen.  $99

 

Case:  LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower - This should be good for all but the longest graphics cards.  Aluminum cases are generally of higher quality.  $79

 

ODD:  LG (WH14NS40) Blu-Ray - Normally, you don't need a Blu-Ray drive, but this should be good for just about everything.  If you don't want Blu-Ray, you can get a standard DVD drive.  $49

 

HDD:  Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB - This drive will be used for your data, not your operating system.  $89

 

HDD:  SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III - This is for your operating system and a couple of your most frequently played games or applications.  $89

 

Accessory:  BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit - You need this to convert a 3.5 inch drive bay to hold a 2.5 inch drive.  $5

 

GPU:  EVGA 04G-P4-3776-KR GeForce GTX 770 4GB - This is one of Nvidia's highest end GPU's after the 780 and 780ti.  AMD's R9 series is very expensive right now.  $409

 

Grand Total:  $1,446


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 10:43 AM

DJBPace07 has a good post.

 

That is pretty much the exact build I would recommend as well. I recommended the same motherboard, for gaming you could get by with the i5 and spend a little more on the gpu if you wanted. Of course the i7 will be somewhat more future proof.


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:20 PM

Yeah, you could go i5 or even go for an AMD FX-8300 to save money, but an i7 is a bit more future proof.


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#6 Super Corsair

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 04:28 PM

Thanks guys for giving me a starting point.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:33 AM

Update:   So I got my computer built using  DJBPace07 specs and the computer is working fine except for the Blu-ray player as it wont play movie it will read the disk but wont play it.  Any ideas why?


Edited by Super Corsair, 18 March 2014 - 10:33 AM.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:40 AM

BTW  The player didn't come what an in stall disk.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:47 AM

You need software to play most blue ray disc formats, I use power dvd 12 (13 is out I believe), but there are others such as windvd etc. I do not know of any free blue ray playing software. Maybe someone else can help there. I have looked for open source (free) a few years back but found nothing.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 12:05 PM

Due to the copy protection on Blurays there is no free player available.  Like zingo156 I use PowerDVD.  I only use the drive to back up the movie to my hard drive and then play with PowerDVD.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 12:59 PM

Thanks for the replys.  I down loaded TotalMedia Theatre 6 trail but the full version is $100. and that just doesn't seem right but I did find that the Bluray drive does work.  Now I may just go with powerdvd as its only $60.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:07 PM

Some people are saying that  "k lite mega codec windows 8" works for Bluray play back but I haven't tried it.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:13 PM

MPC-HC can play Blu Rays, however I'm not sure how it fares with copy protected ones.  It's a good media player anyway, I've installed it as part of the K-lite Codec Pack on my own PC's.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:35 PM

VLC player also has the ability to play some Blue Ray media, though again, I believe it does not work with copy protected media. Meaning most retail blue rays likely won't work.


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