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Old 02-23-2014, 04:10 PM
 
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I am building a gaming PC. However, I don't know what specs to use. I am on youtube and edit videos a lot. I also play SIM city 5, minecraft, crysis 3, battlefield 4, and far cry. I am willing to spend 2000 to 3000.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: kcmo
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hmm.. the guides they write at ars.. cover cheap box's.. middle road box's and finally the most expensive performance you can buy.. hence the god box.. they haven't written once since November.. but that means a new one we'll be here eventually

Ars Technica System Guide: November 2013 | Ars Technica

I would suggest if your gonna spend some money.. SSD.. is a nice performance boost for a person never having it.. like the "turn on" of a computer in 10-15 seconds (depends)

And I would suggest you look to buy parts on sale.. through slickdeals.net
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: USA
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I've found these sites very helpful:
Best High-End Gaming PC | Hardware Revolution

Build a PC: Recommended Builds (February 2014) | Maximum PC

Just make sure the review you're reading is current, not from a year ago.

Amazon and Newegg are also very helpful.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:32 AM
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Location: 3rd rock from a nearby star
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If you have a Microcenter nearby, investigate an Intel 4770K with whatever motherboard is free or discounted, add in a 500 watt ATX power supply and case of your choice. A generic DVD drive, keyboard and mouse, with whatever 128GB or larger SSD drive is on sale (and in stock that day) and for under $600-$800 depending on SSD, case and power supply ... you'll have a starter PC. Pick up a copy of Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro OEM, for a bit over $100, and all is good. Your system will have an integrated GPU, try it, as your games don't seem to need a discrete video card. If the on board GPU isn't sufficient, look for a video card at your leisure.
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