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$700 PC BUILD! Budget Build.

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April 10, 2013 6:52:01 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.05 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.00 @ Canada Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($26.22 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.37 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($65.83 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $870.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

My Build is currently over budget ... Please help! (:
I would like to have an i5 3570k, however, and as well a SSD. I'll upgrade to something bigger later! Should i just not get graphics and use igp for now?
Thanks

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April 10, 2013 7:02:50 PM

Purpose of build?
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April 10, 2013 7:05:47 PM

Well, the CPU cooler is the one thing that stands out that you can always get later, but thats only $31 saved. You could make do with 4 gigs of RAM, and plan on buy the extra 4 gigs later. Just don't open to many tabs on your internet browser and then try to game. Once again, though, that is not a lot of money saved. There might be some more money saved by buying a cheaper power supply, add that all together and you are still only looking at $100 saved, give or take.

What do you want to do with this computer? How important is the ability to overclock? If its gaming, then overclocking the processor isn't that great of a deal, and picking a cheaper, non-"K" CPU will be your best bet. Going without a GPU and still trying to game will be diffcult.
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April 10, 2013 7:07:12 PM

Why do you want the i5-3570k? That's an absolute waste on a gaming computer on a budget.

The rule of thumb is to spend twice on your CPU what you do on your GPU, so I would suggest either an i5-3350p at most, or an i3 and an H77 board to go with both - it saves you the cost of overclocking, when overclocking is going to gain you nothing with such a low end video card.

Also, you say that you have a $700 budget, but have a $900 computer there, including windows. Does your budget include the operating system? If you already have it / will be using linux, you could save some money.
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April 10, 2013 7:15:10 PM

Well...we don't know if it's a gaming rig yet. He needs to state the purpose before we can make any real adjustments.
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April 10, 2013 7:26:34 PM

fair enough, but if it's gaming, then he needs to ditch that CPU. he can get a 7870 with a FX 6300+ micro atx board, which would probably have the best performance out of any option.
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April 10, 2013 7:40:18 PM

My build would be just for gaming yet not intense gaming. moreover, i'll be basically working, searching the web, and yeah gaming. I just wanted the "K" because I don't want to take out the cooler and then the CPU to upgrade so instead I thought i could just overclock .. Well... It wouldn't be necessary right? I don't think i'll render. Maybe just beginning to render a little just for fun and stuff.
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April 10, 2013 7:44:28 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $691.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-10 22:48 EDT-0400)

EDIT: Better board
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April 10, 2013 7:46:05 PM

If you want a 64Gb SSD then get rid of the HDD and put in an SSD. For this price bracket you won't be getting a 3570K, well you can but the graphics won't be sufficient for gaming. If you can then get a 7870 instead, or better yet a Sapphire 7870 XT or a Powercolor 7870 Myst.
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April 10, 2013 7:49:45 PM

If your primary purpose is gaming, with "maybe, if the urge ever strikes, do a little rendering" then for your budget, the 3570K is probably not money well spent. Consider the i5 3350P, which saves money by not including the ability to do integrated graphics, but will perform almost as well as the 3570K without an overclock for gaming and other tasks.

You can also look at H77 motherboards as well as Z77 motherboards, to see if you can find a more affordable option. There is no reason to buy a CPU cooler if you don't plan on overclocking.
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April 10, 2013 8:37:33 PM

Do H77 motherboards support USB 3.0 for the front panel headers ? I know i doesn't support overclocking and CrossfireX or SLI so ... Would a H77 motherboard be a better choice? I would like to go with Intel CPU's if possible .. $: (not being biased or anything)
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April 10, 2013 8:44:42 PM

Here's a breakdown of the different chipsets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155 .

Since you are on a budget, it might be a more economical choice, since the Z77 chipset offers (for a price) features you won't be able to use. Less than 5% of gamers should use multiple GPU configurations, and overclocking. The H77 should work fine with front panel USB 3.0. Still, pricing can be funky and a Z77 chipset might be very price comprable to an H77 one.
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April 10, 2013 11:26:51 PM

Hmm , ok so i'm probably not going to overclock for my needs so ... And one GPU is more efficent than two ... Cheaper ... Wait ! But the MSI Z77 G41-A is 89.99 though .. Is that a good deal ?! I probably will go with the intel i5 3450, 3550, 3330p, and etc .. Is MSI or AsRock better , realiable overall? Thanks ! Oh ! One more thing . Early you said i wouldn't need a aftermarket cooler ... If i do get one , will it reduce noise and etc ?
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April 10, 2013 11:42:17 PM

Aftermarket coolers will reduce noise since stock coolers tend to be loud under load. Honestly, any ~$10 aftermarket cooler will work for noise. Just search for low dba values on the fan.
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April 11, 2013 3:05:52 PM

If you are not overclocking then don't even get a Z77 board, by the way that board is voltage locked so that's why it's cheap. I would stick with H77 and get an i5 3450 or an i3 3220. Honestly MSI and ASrock are both great companies but even great companies will get bad reviews here and there. The aftermarket cooler is only for overclocking. The stock cooler is more than capable for the CPU it ships with. I would not get one unless you are truly a silence freak.
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April 11, 2013 5:58:59 PM

Ok ! I'll think about the aftermarket cooler... If the voltage is locked then that means that i can't overclock to far right? Or smt... I'll stick with the H77 motherboard and the i5 3330 or 3450!
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April 11, 2013 6:21:35 PM

Yep with voltage lock you can't OC far but you can still OC a bit. As for the CPU you will want to get as high of a frequency as possible since it's locked. Usually the 3330 and the 3450 are the same price so get the 3450.
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April 11, 2013 6:21:35 PM

Yep with voltage lock you can't OC far but you can still OC a bit. As for the CPU you will want to get as high of a frequency as possible since it's locked. Usually the 3330 and the 3450 are the same price so get the 3450.
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