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April 26, 2013 9:17:51 PM

This is my first time building a computer!

My current computer is a Dell Dimension 5100 from 2006. I am in desperate need of an upgrade! I can program and do my school work just fine, but this thing just cannot handle games anymore. I am also running out of hard disk space (this thing has less than 100GB of storage). I want to make a new machine that can handle games such as Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, etc. on "good" to max graphics settings. However, I only have about ~US$700 to spend.

I chose some parts, but I am not confident if they will work together, if they will even fit in the case, or are any good for what I want. Here is the list:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: GIGABYTE GZ-X7 Black ABS / 0.6 mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I plan on using my old CD/DVD drives. Please help!

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April 26, 2013 9:22:31 PM

Get a wd black drive instead of blue, all Else look good to me. Some more experienced individuals can give more detailed info
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April 26, 2013 9:36:59 PM

Raidmax power supplies absolutely suck they are one of the worst you can buy, they will fail and when they do they usually go in a manner that can damage other components in the system leaving you with a smoldering brick that use to be a computer. The Corsair CX500 is $5 more and a much much much better unit. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 26, 2013 9:43:05 PM

If you are not interested in overclocking here's a build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TiMr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TiMr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TiMr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($93.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($238.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $710.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-27 00:42 EDT-0400)
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April 26, 2013 9:47:07 PM

I did not expect to see so many suggestions so soon! You're all so kind. I will probably make a final decision on parts to order tomorrow. I hope to get more feedback by then

I just don't want to mess up...
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April 26, 2013 9:49:06 PM

Two additional things. First the PSU is garbage. Corsair, Seasonic, XFX and Antec are the popular ones because of their quality products. Look into the CX600 or the MS2II 620.

Second is the 3570k. If you have that CPU, it's kind of expected to overclock. If that is true, you will need a heatsink that supports it. CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo is one of the best. If you don't plan on overclocking, get a 3470.
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April 26, 2013 9:51:44 PM

barto said:
Second is the 3570k. If you have that CPU, it's kind of expected to overclock. If that is true, you will need a heatsink that supports it. CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo is one of the best. If you don't plan on overclocking, get a 3470.


I do not plan on overclocking. I am not that experienced with computer hardware to do that.

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April 27, 2013 1:02:36 AM

bignastyid said:
Raidmax power supplies absolutely suck they are one of the worst you can buy, they will fail and when they do they usually go in a manner that can damage other components in the system leaving you with a smoldering brick that use to be a computer. The Corsair CX500 is $5 more and a much much much better unit. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i had a raidmax smilodon case which came with a 500w psu, it burned out and took my gt 220 with it a few years back... i replaced it with the tx750 i have now(3rd build with it)
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April 27, 2013 9:06:03 AM

Good morning everyone! Thank you again for all the help last night. After some more research and taking all of your suggestions, I think I am going to purchase the following items:

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470

Motherboard:
MSI B75MA-P45 LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Graphics Card:
MSI N660 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Memory:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Hard Disk:
Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Case:
NZXT Source 220 CA-SO220-01 Black Steel / Aluminum-like finish ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I was able to find quite a few deals on these pieces; the entire system will cost about US$656.
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