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I need help building a computer for around $2,500

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April 28, 2013 3:34:00 PM

First off i would like to say i have never built a computer before.

My main budget is 2,500 dollars but the price is flexible.

I will mainly be using this computer for school work and gaming but also surfing the web, watching moves and shows.

I don't want liquid cooling.

I would like these parts to be available on amazon or newegg.

I live in Portland, Oregon, America.

I would like my power supply to be a 80plus bronze and my desktop memory to be 16 gigs.

I don't plain on overclocking it too much.

the monitor is not included in the price range.

I would like a great sound card(needs to be able to support 7.1 surround sound) and a awesome video card, also i would like 3.0 USB jacks, I want the best for this price range, and it all has to fit in a CM Storm Trooper,also please recommend a monitor but don't include it in the price range(I would like the monitor to have the best resolution and the fastest response, sorry but i don't know anything about monitors).

Thank you for reading this and putting your best answers.

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April 28, 2013 3:39:12 PM

What will the uses of this PC be? Anything other than gaming?

What monitor setup do you have? What resolution?
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April 28, 2013 3:43:53 PM

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I would like my power supply to be a 80plus gold or platinum

Any particular reason? 80+ or 80+ bronze is really all that you need. 80% efficiency is pretty good.
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and my desktop memory to be more then 16 gigs

Unless you are running a server or a big ram disk or other specialized purpose, you do not need more then 16 GB ram. 16GB is about the sweet spot for very high end builds.
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April 29, 2013 7:25:44 PM

please tell the parts that are the best
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April 29, 2013 7:30:26 PM

Answer our questions and maybe we can have a better idea what you're looking for. Thanks!
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April 30, 2013 6:12:24 AM

I did i changed my commit at the top, i don't know anything about monitors so how am i supposed to change my commit.
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April 30, 2013 11:12:28 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1006.13 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($65.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.48 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2374.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-30 14:11 EDT-0400)
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($65.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.48 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1877.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-30 14:17 EDT-0400)
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May 1, 2013 6:04:15 PM

can it run skyrim on full settings though , does it support 7.1 surround sound, is the sound quality excellent, and lastly can its features also support games that will come out in a few years. is the onboard memory 16 gb and is the core prosseser the best on the market.

thank you for putting up your comment though.
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May 1, 2013 7:00:33 PM

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can it run skyrim on full settings though

Depends on the resolution but it should.
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, does it support 7.1 surround sound

Yes.
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, is the sound quality excellent,

I don't know.
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and lastly can its features also support games that will come out in a few years.

Those are very high end components. I cannot predict the future but either build should be good for several years.
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is the onboard memory 16 gb and is the core prosseser the best on the market.


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Memory is 16GB. The first build has a stronger video card but slightly lower end CPU. The bottom build has a top end CPU but somewhat weaker video card.

The motherboard has 6 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports. If that isn't enough 3.0 ports I could try to look for another.
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May 1, 2013 8:08:13 PM

no that's enough USB ports, thank you so much for your help. I think i am going with the top build. thanks again. also do you think you could point me in the direction of a good tutorial on how to build a PC.
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May 1, 2013 8:38:58 PM

thank you again for your help:)  you are awesome.
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May 1, 2013 9:04:49 PM

I would recommend getting 1866mhz ram if not 2133mhz. Thats much better than 1600mhz and slightly more expensive.
2133mhz for $154.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133

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1866mhz for $149.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

I would recommend 2133mhz since your going all in anyway but 1866mhz seems more stable and safer in my opinion.

EDIT: Nevermind, I don't recommend the 2133mhz since your not really going to overclock your cpu that much anyway so 2133mhz might be too fast depending on your cpu clock speed.
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May 1, 2013 9:08:03 PM

Yes. Pehaps 1866MHz Ram is worthwhile. 2133 tends to require too much voltage though.
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