Some Assembly Required

Posted by DesertFox on Feb. 6, 2013, 11:52 a.m.

Fox needs halp. Can you supply it? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help me build a gaming rig! My price point is approximately 1200$USD, although I'm willing to spend a little more if it is worth it. I figure it is about time I had something, anything dedicated to gaming, especially since I haven't really bought any computer hardware for 2 years (except my 2tb external drive a year ago). I am going to need literally everything to build a computer - from the PSU to the thermal paste.


Quad-core processor (at least i5, ivy bridge)

16gb RAM-ish

Should not require special cooling rig

I want a relatively small-to-mid sized tower -no behemoth that I can't move around if I want

Will need a monitor and keyboard/mouse

Doesn't have to be cutting edge, but ought to be able to play recent games on high settings

I'm also plan on sort of using it as a NAS/server for streaming and maybe hosting some stuff

I won't need to purchase an OS because I've got a Win7 Ultimate license.

Seeing as I am terrible with hardware, I leave it up to you. Wander over to Newegg, and assemble parts that you think make the cut. Then we shall choose - via group consensus! Discussion and debate! All out brawling! Duels to the death! How you decide is up to you, just please help ;_;

Sorry, derp. No money left over :<


TDOT 11 years, 5 months ago

So the rig I would build if I were to make a computer ended up being around $1,400 before adding a case or an optical drive (windows disk?). So I went back in and cut some costs and came up with this:





Storage Drive

OS Drive



Optical Drive

So the case I just threw in there as a point of reference for cost. That's really the most personal choice you can make with your rig, so that should be something you choose. Antec is just a brand I personally like.

This totals out to $1,209.91 (before tax I believe), and it's just the box itself. I'll probably poke around with it some more and see if I can include the monitor and peripherals for a similar cost.


Also, I personally like AMD GPUs, but I most people I come across seem to prefer nVidia (which is why I put an nVidia card on the list). Meh, at least you get PhysX.

TDOT 11 years, 5 months ago

They can also have poor ventilation. I can kind of understand where you're coming from though, as a full tower can be a pain to transport or even move from one side of the room to another.

DesertFox 11 years, 5 months ago

I've done my fair share of mucking around with the internals, but it has been a while.

I'm not looking for something overpowered, and am willing to sacrifice a portion of power for a smaller form factor. That being said, I only desire a smaller form factor - if I can't get what I want in the size I want, I'm willing to step it up. A case along the lines that TDOT posted is acceptable in size. I mean, I'd love to have a tower with a case sized similar to this but I know I'm going to have difficulty fitting it all inside.

My problem in selecting all of this stuff is I don't know how to check to make sure that it actually fits AKA compatibility.

Acid 11 years, 5 months ago

I got this from someone on the 64d facebook page:

It only lets you pick parts that are compatible with each other - aka no ATX w/ microATX case or power supplies that won't have enough cables for your parts.

It also checks out online retailers to make sure you get the best price for that part.

That's how I built my budget rig for under 600.

sirxemic 11 years, 5 months ago

My problem in selecting all of this stuff is I don't know how to check to make sure that it actually fits AKA compatibility.
This is really easy in my experience (only did it once, so I could be completely wrong). Almost all modern mobos have a 1155 processor socket and support 2x or 4x DDR3 RAM modules. Fortunately almost all modern processors and RAM modules are in fact exactly these types. Modern mobos also support the most modern graphics card interfaces (PCI-e 3.x 16x)

etc etc

In other words it's hard to get stuff that aren't compatible.

Acid 11 years, 5 months ago

That would be my build for you, in your price range with all of the parts you need.

Edit: DesertFox, do you have a linkedin?

DesertFox 11 years, 5 months ago

@sirxemic - that, I rather expected. I was speaking more along the lines of 'how do you tell if it physically fits', moreso aimed at the case/psu/mobo/gfx-card aggregate.

@Acid - alas, no linkedin. I'm curious as to why you asked?

Also, slight note I already have Win7 Ultimate (currently installed as dual-boot on my macbook), so an OS purchase is not necessary.

Edit: Acid that site is incredibly useful. I think once more people suggest parts, I'll assemble a list of likely candidates and see what I can Frankenstein/blend together. I'll definitely get multiple opinions on any build before I actually purchase, of course.

Acid 11 years, 5 months ago

I just wanted to add some people I see as professional networking opportunities.

You seem to be doing pretty well, and I'm impressed with the work you do at your job.

Also, I have the Asus DVD drive he picked and it's fantastic. You don't need more than that unless you want a bluray player.

DesertFox 11 years, 5 months ago

I'm honored! I don't have a linkedin, but I'm decently well placed in the mobile world. Also, Forbes recently ranked our company as being the #61 of the Top 100 Most Promising Companies :D

If you're ever looking to get into the mobile world, I would be happy to try and find an entry point.

DesertFox 11 years, 5 months ago

Alrighty, some poking and prodding, and here is what I have. I modified Acid's list to fit in a different tower. I like the cubic shape because it is more stable gravitationally.

Feel free to shred my dreams and tell my why that rig is terrible :D

Also I know nothing about the various GPUs anymore, so that's just one I picked because it seems reasonable (and I like ATI).