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How does this gaming set up sound from eCollegePC? (and other sites too)

#11coranax(Topic Creator)Posted 9/30/2013 10:23:14 PM
sigh...

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.


http://pcpartpicker.com/user/coranax/saved/2usC


My big thing against doing this from scratch was that I really have no idea what I'm looking at. I'm not afraid of building it, I'm afraid of choosing the wrong parts. Also troubleshooting once it's all set up. I'm afraid of accumulating a large collection of expensive paperweights if something doesn't work and I can't do anything about it because I don't know what it is in the first place. I still feel pretty frustrated that there is almost no advice out there if you want a pre-built gaming PC. Everywhere I turn I'm told to build it myself. :p

So, how does it look? Do I need a sound card or a CPU cooler? Those were the only two things I skipped because I was using the ecollegepc set up as a jumping off point and neither of those seemed to be on there.

All I know is I just spent an hour and a half pretending I know what these numbers mean and choosing based of ratings and price and now it's time for bed.

On the plus, I was able to squeeze in cheap speakers and keyboard/mouse and I'm still at less than before. On the down side, 4 different websites to order from and I don't know if it'll be any good.
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#12Knight2520Posted 9/30/2013 10:32:03 PM
Your original build was fine, just would have gone with a slightly stronger GPU. The 7870 suggested was good. There's no point to paying extra for an unlocked processor if you're not going to overclock, and it really isn't going to be necessary for several years. Even at that point, you can just turn the graphics down a bit if you don't want to upgrade again. This board just has a particular fondness for overclocking.

A sound card is unnecessary, unless you have decent audio gear. The stock CPU cooler (the one that comes with the CPU when you buy it) is sufficient if you're not overclocking.
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#13ZeraphLordSPosted 9/30/2013 10:52:01 PM(edited)
eCollegePC has been highly recommended around here in the past, so don't fret on that account. Knight has some good information.

I don't really know much about streaming requirements.

Edit: A gaming PC is perfectly fine without an OC, and if you're not upgrade-happy, then putting more money into the GPU upfront isn't a bad idea. OCing can be a significant boost, but it's not necessary, especially if you're just starting out. Leaving the option open for later doesn't hurt, though.
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#14SnadadosPosted 9/30/2013 11:31:50 PM(edited)
Knight2520 posted...
Your original build was fine, just would have gone with a slightly stronger GPU. The 7870 suggested was good. There's no point to paying extra for an unlocked processor if you're not going to overclock, and it really isn't going to be necessary for several years. Even at that point, you can just turn the graphics down a bit if you don't want to upgrade again. This board just has a particular fondness for overclocking.

A sound card is unnecessary, unless you have decent audio gear. The stock CPU cooler (the one that comes with the CPU when you buy it) is sufficient if you're not overclocking.



I second everything said.

Ecollege seems to be a fine place to buy a preassembled PC.
I've seen a hand full of people who have posted about buying through the site and didn't have anything negative to say.

Building a PC isn't too difficult but don't feel too pressured to build one if you really are not comfortable with the idea.
Building a PC your self is usually cheaper when comparing preassembled PCs with the same parts but it can be a real nightmare if something doesn't go right and you are new to building PCs.
RMAs and returning items your self can be a pain in the ass, especially if you bought the items online.

You have to weigh the cost savings of building it your self vs only having to open a box and connect video and power cables and the ease of being able to contact a single place should something not work right.
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#15dennis941012Posted 10/1/2013 12:31:50 AM
i would just order one at ecollege because you actually save money/time with them.
With promo code you pay around $60~ extra for letting them build your computer AND they offer free shipping which would cost more than $60 if you bought each parts separately. Only thing they over charge for is GPU which you can leave it out and order one separately and save the money on it.
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#16coranax(Topic Creator)Posted 10/1/2013 2:19:18 PM
Cool, thanks a ton for the advice everyone. :)

After sleeping on it I decided I'm gonna go with my original setup. But I'm still a little iffy about the video card.

How is this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

I have heard that Nvidia is superior for gaming so I'm kinda leaning towards this one. A friend of a friend wasn't available to give much help but mentioned upgrading the RAM from 1333 to 1600, so I will do that too.

I make my purchase on Saturday. Getting excited!

Ps- going to use pcpartpicker to help me find monitor, speakers and keyboard. Why can't sites like this exist when you're shopping for other things like food and clothes?? Would make life so much easier.
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#172Dhas_a_MIGRANEPosted 10/1/2013 2:23:58 PM
coranax posted...
Cool, thanks a ton for the advice everyone. :)

After sleeping on it I decided I'm gonna go with my original setup. But I'm still a little iffy about the video card.

How is this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

I have heard that Nvidia is superior for gaming so I'm kinda leaning towards this one. A friend of a friend wasn't available to give much help but mentioned upgrading the RAM from 1333 to 1600, so I will do that too.

I make my purchase on Saturday. Getting excited!

Ps- going to use pcpartpicker to help me find monitor, speakers and keyboard. Why can't sites like this exist when you're shopping for other things like food and clothes?? Would make life so much easier.


You'd be better off with something like this for not much more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
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#18coranax(Topic Creator)Posted 10/1/2013 3:03:24 PM
2Dhas_a_MIGRANE posted...
coranax posted...
Cool, thanks a ton for the advice everyone. :)

After sleeping on it I decided I'm gonna go with my original setup. But I'm still a little iffy about the video card.

How is this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

I have heard that Nvidia is superior for gaming so I'm kinda leaning towards this one. A friend of a friend wasn't available to give much help but mentioned upgrading the RAM from 1333 to 1600, so I will do that too.

I make my purchase on Saturday. Getting excited!

Ps- going to use pcpartpicker to help me find monitor, speakers and keyboard. Why can't sites like this exist when you're shopping for other things like food and clothes?? Would make life so much easier.


You'd be better off with something like this for not much more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026


I'm sorry besides bigger numbers everywhere I don't see how $30 more is going to make a huge difference. (Not being sarcastic, I really don't know.)

Keep in mind I don't want to do anything too extreme, so I thought shopping in the $150-$175 was best. That extra money basically cuts something else out of my budget. Trying to keep this whole deal under $1100.

Tower as I have it set up: $669.75
(ecollegepc)
Video card, monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers: $409.33
(quoted from http://pcpartpicker.com/user/coranax/saved/2uHr)

Total: 1079.08

I have to draw the line somewhere :/ that video card will put me over.
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#19Knight2520Posted 10/1/2013 6:54:04 PM
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_650_ti_boost_so_review,14.html

Browse through the games they review, and find the 650 Ti Boost versus the 7950. Decide if you want to spend the extra for the frames at the settings they mention; yours will be lower, probably, so you can up the framerate by a bit on both cards. From the few games I saw, the 7950 has anywhere from 7 to nearly 20 FPS more at their tested settings.

The thing with GPUs is that if you spend a little more up front, you save more in the long run if a certain settings threshold is your target. Nvidia versus AMD, it really doesn't matter all that much. There's a few games more optimized for AMD cards, and there's some that are more optimized for Nvidia cards. Currently this board is on an AMD kick, but it varies with each generation and the time of year.
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#202Dhas_a_MIGRANEPosted 10/1/2013 7:01:29 PM
If you don't want to spend any more I would suggest the 7870 GHz edition. It seems to be consistently better looking at those benchmarks and it's clocked higher than the one they tested. It also comes with 2 free games

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202025&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Desktop+Graphics+Cards-_-N82E16814202025&gclid=CJ7E2qiG97kCFUid4AodlX4AoQ
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