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#1IshuaiaPosted 5/30/2012 5:24:54 PM
First of all, I appreciate it all the comments and the attention for this thread. I want to thank you all for the comments in advance.

I’m a noob assembling PCs.

With that said, basically what I’m looking for is a cheap gaming PC, preferably using AMD parts for GPU and CPU, as I understand those are cheaper.

I want it to have a good mobo so it can handle possible CPU and GPU upgrades in the years coming for top of the line technology. Correct me if this is a wrong strategy.

The GPU and CPU shall run BF3 at medium settings if possible.

For HDD I need something reliable but not expensive and doesn’t need to be the latest technology in hdds. I’m ok with 5400.

Soundcard, nothing expensive.

I’m looking for around 4gb of ram, with the possibility to upgrade to 16gb.

I want it to have ordinary fans, no liquid cooling or anything more expensive.

My budged is around $350 and I already have the Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, speakers, windows and the case.

Kindly recommend me some parts so I can start my research through the web. Bear in mind that I don’t have a clue about AMDs cpus or gpus, so it would be great if you can give me the equivalent in Intel/nvidia.

Thanks all,

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#2FF4Fan1313Posted 5/30/2012 5:31:20 PM
$350? - no way on Earth are you going to do that.
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#3Bazooka_PenguinPosted 5/30/2012 5:33:28 PM
I would save up more money and wait for the i3 Ivy Bridge parts
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#4thetruth928Posted 5/30/2012 5:34:42 PM
FF4Fan1313 posted...
$350? - no way on Earth are you going to do that.


Pretty much this. TC honestly save up alot more money then that. 600 can get you something decent at least.
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#5Ishuaia(Topic Creator)Posted 5/30/2012 5:37:25 PM
You are right. So cheap.

Disregard the mentioned budged and consider with USD 600.00.

Kindly advice me some parts please.
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#6thetruth928Posted 5/30/2012 5:43:36 PM
Well where are you located and then we can suggest you some parts.
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#7Ishuaia(Topic Creator)Posted 5/30/2012 8:11:59 PM
In Panama, but I can order parts from Newegg or such sites.

What do you think of this rig for $888

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 a 3.4Ghz (Sandy Bridge) - Cuatro Núcleos, Socket LGA1155, 4 x 256KB L2 & 8MB L3 Cache, TurboBoost 3.8Ghz

RAM: 8GB DDR3 PC3-10600 1333Mhz (2x 4GB Doble Canal)
HDD: 1TB (1000GB) SATA 32MB Buffer Cache
GPU:Nvidia Geforce GTX550 Ti, 1GB GDDR5 192bit, Mini-HDMI & 2x DVI, HDTV, HDCP, DX11, SLI, PCI-Express x16 2.0
Tarjeta de Red: 10/100Mbps Ethernet
Soundcard: 6 canales Intel High Definition Audio integrado
Disc:10X Burner Blu-ray, 10x BD-R, 8x BD-R DL, 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD+/-R, 8x DVD+/-R DL

It is too expensive for the parts or its a good price?
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#8AjaxTheBeastPosted 5/30/2012 10:08:23 PM
Ishuaia posted...
In Panama, but I can order parts from Newegg or such sites.

What do you think of this rig for $888

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 a 3.4Ghz (Sandy Bridge) - Cuatro Núcleos, Socket LGA1155, 4 x 256KB L2 & 8MB L3 Cache, TurboBoost 3.8Ghz

RAM: 8GB DDR3 PC3-10600 1333Mhz (2x 4GB Doble Canal)
HDD: 1TB (1000GB) SATA 32MB Buffer Cache
GPU:Nvidia Geforce GTX550 Ti, 1GB GDDR5 192bit, Mini-HDMI & 2x DVI, HDTV, HDCP, DX11, SLI, PCI-Express x16 2.0
Tarjeta de Red: 10/100Mbps Ethernet
Soundcard: 6 canales Intel High Definition Audio integrado
Disc:10X Burner Blu-ray, 10x BD-R, 8x BD-R DL, 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD+/-R, 8x DVD+/-R DL

It is too expensive for the parts or its a good price?


i7 is overkill. You could do with an i5, or if you are trying to save money get i3-2120 cpu.
4-8 ram is good
HDD: I would recommend bumping down to a 500gig HDD that can do 7200rpms. Still would be cheaper than that im sure.
GPU: Well I'm not too familiar with nvidias GPUs I have heard good things about these, but I thought nvidia cards were AMD?
Also you have no PSU to go with that, nor a case for that matter. Need at least a 500-550W PSU, and a Mid ATX should be sufficient.
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#9spanishbobPosted 5/31/2012 2:20:21 AM
AjaxTheBeast posted...
Ishuaia posted...
In Panama, but I can order parts from Newegg or such sites.

What do you think of this rig for $888

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 a 3.4Ghz (Sandy Bridge) - Cuatro Núcleos, Socket LGA1155, 4 x 256KB L2 & 8MB L3 Cache, TurboBoost 3.8Ghz

RAM: 8GB DDR3 PC3-10600 1333Mhz (2x 4GB Doble Canal)
HDD: 1TB (1000GB) SATA 32MB Buffer Cache
GPU:Nvidia Geforce GTX550 Ti, 1GB GDDR5 192bit, Mini-HDMI & 2x DVI, HDTV, HDCP, DX11, SLI, PCI-Express x16 2.0
Tarjeta de Red: 10/100Mbps Ethernet
Soundcard: 6 canales Intel High Definition Audio integrado
Disc:10X Burner Blu-ray, 10x BD-R, 8x BD-R DL, 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD+/-R, 8x DVD+/-R DL

It is too expensive for the parts or its a good price?


i7 is overkill. You could do with an i5, or if you are trying to save money get i3-2120 cpu.
4-8 ram is good
HDD: I would recommend bumping down to a 500gig HDD that can do 7200rpms. Still would be cheaper than that im sure.
GPU: Well I'm not too familiar with nvidias GPUs I have heard good things about these, but I thought nvidia cards were AMD?
Also you have no PSU to go with that, nor a case for that matter. Need at least a 500-550W PSU, and a Mid ATX should be sufficient.


He mentioned at the start that he has a case. No mention of a PSU though.

What do you mean by "but I thought nvidia cards were AMD"? Not at all. They're 2 competing companies.
#10DiehardFFv2Posted 5/31/2012 2:26:55 AM
AjaxTheBeast posted...
Ishuaia posted...
In Panama, but I can order parts from Newegg or such sites.

What do you think of this rig for $888

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 a 3.4Ghz (Sandy Bridge) - Cuatro Núcleos, Socket LGA1155, 4 x 256KB L2 & 8MB L3 Cache, TurboBoost 3.8Ghz

RAM: 8GB DDR3 PC3-10600 1333Mhz (2x 4GB Doble Canal)
HDD: 1TB (1000GB) SATA 32MB Buffer Cache
GPU:Nvidia Geforce GTX550 Ti, 1GB GDDR5 192bit, Mini-HDMI & 2x DVI, HDTV, HDCP, DX11, SLI, PCI-Express x16 2.0
Tarjeta de Red: 10/100Mbps Ethernet
Soundcard: 6 canales Intel High Definition Audio integrado
Disc:10X Burner Blu-ray, 10x BD-R, 8x BD-R DL, 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD+/-R, 8x DVD+/-R DL

It is too expensive for the parts or its a good price?


i7 is overkill. You could do with an i5, or if you are trying to save money get i3-2120 cpu.
4-8 ram is good
HDD: I would recommend bumping down to a 500gig HDD that can do 7200rpms. Still would be cheaper than that im sure.
GPU: Well I'm not too familiar with nvidias GPUs I have heard good things about these, but I thought nvidia cards were AMD?
Also you have no PSU to go with that, nor a case for that matter. Need at least a 500-550W PSU, and a Mid ATX should be sufficient.


If you don't know the difference between Nvidia and AMD, I wouldn't trust you with any suggestions period.
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