With Crysis 3 just around the corner, many gamers are panicking to build a new PC for the upcoming powerhouse title. Another site, which shall remain unnamed, has recently posted a detailed video for building a PC for Crysis 3. Please refrain from following this video as it states many bad tips and requires unnecessary spending. This is not a complete guide, but rather a good starting point for researching and educating yourself on what to purchase. Never take advice on what to buy from anyone, not even me, do your own research.
Get a motherboard that fits your needs. Make sure that when purchasing the motherboard that all your parts are compatible with the motherboard. Overspend on the motherboard for a higher quality motherboard, not extra useless features
CPU socket type: Make sure this matches the CPU you want to purchase.
FSB: Front Side Bus: How fast the CPU can communicate with the rest of the computer and RAM.
PCI Express 2.0 x16: Mainly used for the GPU. Make sure to get a motherboard with at least one. If you want to SLI/Crossfire get at least two. One good video card is a better investment than having a SLI/Crossfire setup. Some people still have use for a SLI/Crossfire setup though.
SATA 6Gb/s: Make sure that your motherboard has these. The norm is 2. Your hard drive and DVD burner will plug into these.
PCI Slots: Mainly for networking devices, also for sound cards.
Don’t overspend on the CPU. You will most likely never need more than an Intel i5 for gaming. Getting an i7 is recommend when doing high demanding tasks such as video editing. If you are trying to save money and are on a budget, the i3 or FX 6300 are highly recommended. Don’t be loyal to just one brand. Make sure that the socket you are purchasing will fit into the motherboard.
You will most likely not need more than 8GB of RAM for gaming. Many applications will never use over 8GB. Once again, if your are video editing or have great demand, then go ahead and purchase over 8GB
DDR3 1600 and 1333 are the norm. Don’t buy RAM because it has a cool heat spreader. Heat spreaders are almost useless this day in age.
Storage and SSD
Get a hard drive that fits your needs. Most people buy 1TB of storage. Make sure the hard drive is at least 7200 RPM and is compatible with 6gb/s. If you are looking for an extra speed boost, get an SSD to store your operating system on. Buy an SSD with at least enough room to fit your OS on. The Crucial M4 is a great and affordable choice.
The most important part of any gaming rig is the GPU. Most of your money should be spent towards purchasing a good graphics card. Both AMD and Nvidia make excellent cards. NBoth Nvidia and AMD have drawbacks. At this time both are about equal. Most gamers get atleast a 2GB video card. A 2GB video card is recommend at this time. Core clock is how fast the GPU is. Having a higher core clock does not necessarily mean the video card is better.
The power supply unit is the component that powers the whole computer. Make sure you NEVER skimp on the PSU. NEVER purchase the cheapest PSU. Brand loyalty is very important on the PSU. Antec, Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, and Silverstone are recommended. Make sure that when you purchase the PSU that it will power your whole computer. A calculator can be found on the bottom of the post. Also make sure that the PSU is 80plus certified. We cannot stress enough how important the PSU is. Buying a bad PSU will fry your whole system. A modular PSU is a PSU that can be customized through the amount of wires. Certain wires that are not used can be taken out. Modular PSU’s are nice, but will cost you more money. Finally, make sure that the PSU has all the necessary wires to power your computer including the correct wires for the GPU.
Once again, DON’T overkill this. Most gamers buy a mid tower case. A mid tower case will fit almost always fit all your components and sometimes even fit a SLI/Crossfire setup. Make sure to purchase a case that is compatible with your motherboard and will fit all your parts. Make sure to find out how big the GPU is and make sure it will fit into your case. Most cases are built for ATX motherboards, but will also fit mATX motherboards and other variants.
If you plan on using any physical CD’s or DVD’s purchase a DVD burner. Never spend more than $25 dollars on this.
Don’t purchase a CPU fan if you don’t plan on overclocking
Stock fans on the case will work fine if you don’t plan on overclocking
Don’t be fooled by fancy LED’s
DONT SKIMP ON THE PSU
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Eb9Z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Eb9Z/by_merchant/
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($156.92 @ Mac Connection)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($72.51 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 18:56 EST-0500)
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ebkd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ebkd/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($354.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:07 EST-0500)
How to Build the Computer
Follow the instructions on the manuals included with your components. Use these videos as a guide. Always remember this. IF DOESN’T GO IN DON’T FORCE IT. DON’T USE THE WRONG SCREWS TO SCREW THE MOTHERBOARD IN
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For all other questions feel free to ask in the comments.