Attempting To Build My First PC Gaming Rig, Wish Me Luck

GamerFitNation's Gregory Laporte is attempting to build his first PC, wish him luck. "When I was wee lad, I grew up gaming on the Atari, Nintendo, Snes etc. I never could grasp the idea of playing games on the PC even though I have heard of great games like counter strike and certain MMO’s among others. I’ve recently gotten into PC gaming when I downloaded steam and snagged Portal and Team Fortress 2. Now I’m a pretty rational and open minded individual as you can see from some of my other articles, so attempting to build my first PC is no easy task. This I know and some of you may tell me to refrain from doing so or you may even encourage me to do so."

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fluffydelusions2975d ago (Edited 2975d ago )

I purchased a $580 laptop and can run the following:

Battlefield 3 - medium/high
Skyrim - high
Starcraft 2 - Ultra
L4D2 - High/Very high
Team fortress 2 - High
Portal 2 - High

I guess what I'm saying it doesn't cost thousands like everyone seems to think.

e-p-ayeaH2975d ago (Edited 2975d ago )

You basicly said the only good games PC as to offer these last 2 years.

bobrea2975d ago

Yea, I mean, who cares about superior multiplatform games and crazy Steam sales all the time? Not to mention the new CS game coming out, HL3, and a pretty intense modding community. Oh, and the fact that a PC serves as WAY more than just a gaming console. But go ahead and keep that shit attitude you have about PC, it's nice entertainment.

KillerPwned2975d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

You need to get steam....

O and by the way The Witcher 2 came out this year and that has to be one of the best RPG's I have played in all my years gaming. Highly recommend that to every single person with a PC able to run that game. It is gorgeous beyond anything you can imagine and the combat is superb!!!!

Kamikaze1352975d ago

Looks like you don't know what you're talking about, lol.

caboose322975d ago

Says a guy who doesnt game on a PC.

How did you come to this conclusion, by looking at pictures?

e-p-ayeaH2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

"Not to mention the new CS game coming out, HL3, and a pretty intense modding community. Oh, and the fact that a PC serves as WAY more than just a gaming console"

bla bla bla doesnt change the fact that consoles have more quality in quantity when it comes to games.

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xtremexx2975d ago

just stay the f**k away from carpets

VanguardOfCalamity2975d ago

I'd get the intel i7-2600k for $280.00 instead of the Intel i5-2500k for $225.00

GamerSciz2975d ago


I recently built a rig with the i7-2600K on liquid cooling and have it from 3.4ghz OC to 4.2ghz easily stable. For $55 more it is totally worth the extra.

iamgoatman2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

Only 4.2Ghz with liquid cooling? I can run stable with my 2500K at 4.8Ghz on air! Come on man, crank that thing up some more!

Also unless you use software that makes use hyperthreading, getting a 2600K over a 2500K is pointless as HT has little to no effect on gaming performance, and in some cases can cause problems.

Kamikaze1352975d ago

While it's nice, it's overkill for the games out now. By the time a game comes out that makes use of it comes out, you could get it for cheaper.

LightofDarkness2974d ago (Edited 2974d ago )

No point, the 2500k overclocks beautifully and the 2600k's extra advantages are not actually noticeable in almost any high end gaming, you're practically always GPU limited.

Take the money saved on a 2500k and buy a decent air cooler like a Hyper 212, then you can push the clocks up to 4.8 and beyond, easily out-performing a 2600k.

Oh yeah, and you don't really need luck when building a PC, it's like Lego that may require a screwdriver once or twice. In fact, it's much less complicated to put together than most Lego would be.

STONEY42974d ago

The i7 2600k is barely more useful for games. Benchmarks show like a 2 fps difference at most. It's strength lies in being much better for work, encoding and multitasking purposes due to having hyperthreading.

If you only play games, save the $50, get the i5 2500k, and put it towards the graphics card since that's the most important component for gaming performance.

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Series_IIa2975d ago

Don't bother with the stock Intel fan... Noisy and barely keeps decent temps even with no overclock.

The Noctua NH-D14 is your friend... if it will fit.

That beast keeps a 4.7ghz i7 2600k pretty much below 64c at max and around 25c at idle

iamgoatman2974d ago

I had to laugh when I saw the size of the Intel fan that comes with the SB processors, it's tiny.

But like you said, get an after-market cooler, for a SB rig a nice air cooler will easily handle a big overclock. Doesn't have to be an expensive Noctua fan either, I'm using a Zalman CNPS Performa on a 4.8Ghz OC, cost around £30 I think, idles at 25c and never seen it go above 60c even when maxed.

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