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About to order all my parts for a new PC, any thoughts? suggestions?

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May 28, 2013 4:09:39 PM

Im finally done researching all the parts for a new gaming PC within my budget. What do you guys think? Could i tweak anything, or does everything look pretty good for a 800 dollar PC?

I will be getting a bundle for both the processor and mobo for $215.00 from Micro Center.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/10PYH
May 28, 2013 4:26:35 PM

Good build. Thumbs up.
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May 28, 2013 5:02:43 PM

Thanks for the thumbs up! The only things I am worried about is the mobo and the quality it has, I am not sure how great that one is. The other is the PSU, Ive done a lot of research on it, and I know its something you dont want to slack on. What do you guys thinks of both?
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May 28, 2013 5:30:20 PM

Motherboard is decent quality for the price although feels a little flimsy (I've used it before). Just be careful when fitting it and you will be fine.

Oh and it's not too great at over-clocking apparently. If you want to reach much over 4.2-4.3GHz look elsewhere.

PSU is fine. Good quality and more than enough power.
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May 28, 2013 8:47:25 PM

yeah i was looking into that, on that note, any recommendations around the 80 - 90 dollar price range? what would be best for both my video card and processor? and i see that the vid card is sli compatible, should i get a mobo with sli as well?
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May 28, 2013 9:02:59 PM

What Microcenter location are you using?
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May 28, 2013 9:08:51 PM

the duluth store in atlanta to be exact
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May 28, 2013 9:22:25 PM

yeah i was just looking at it lmao. But since i am on a budget, do you think from going from a gtx 660 to a 650 ti boost will be drastic?
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May 28, 2013 9:32:32 PM

If you need to drop down the 650Ti Boost 2 gig would be the lowest I would go.
That is around $15-20 savings with rebates.
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May 28, 2013 9:48:22 PM

eh screw it lol 30 dollar difference ill just go with the gtx 660
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May 28, 2013 9:52:50 PM

Looks like you have everything sorted out and ready to buy and build.
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May 28, 2013 10:12:27 PM

yep! it will be my first comp I will build, lol i dont know what to expect. Is setting up it BIOS complicated? and what about over clocking?

and thank you by the way!
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May 28, 2013 10:35:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.69 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($168.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Other: i5+ASrock extreme4 combo ($290.00)
Total: $813.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 01:37 EDT-0400)

try this out if it is not out of your budget.

I recommend trying out Ubuntu and save some money and possibly get a better GPU such as a 7870 XT which is pretty beastly for price to performance.
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May 28, 2013 10:40:42 PM

There are many guides to OCing. Start it when you get used to navigating or when your computer feels a bit slow. For a easy guide for 4.2GHz, just make the clock speed to 42x as you can get there at stock. When you fine tune things, the temperature will get much better and stable.

Also a hint, Never have the things at auto. If it has a specific number on the side, just change auto to that number.
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May 29, 2013 5:40:15 AM

how do you feel about the OEM OS, ive done some research and it seems like a gamble. I read that microsoft now has the OS connect to all the hardware in a computer, so if you try to change something out, the key with the oem wont work. Is that true? And I also read that if you get a faulty OS OEM your essentially screwed because theres no help through windows since you bought a manufacturers edition.
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May 29, 2013 10:41:47 AM

Never really had a problem with my OS which is an OEM. It gets hardware attached but i had ease installing or replacing other hardware like GPU. I think it is only attached to the motherboard.
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May 29, 2013 12:11:39 PM

I use OEM Windows all the time and have never got any major problems from it.

As a general rule of thumb anything but the motherboard can be changed without licencing issues. This doesn't mean you can't change the motherboard though! It just means it's a little more complicated.

When changing the motherboard activation will generally fail at first. You have to phone the number it provides and key in a 30+ digit code displayed on-screen. I have no idea why you have to phone up when it could so easily be sent via teh internetz.. .

Any way! it takes 3-4 minutes at most and I find it works almost every time if staying within the same chipset of motherboard.
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May 29, 2013 4:27:00 PM

I put OEM windows 7 on my main rig and have changed hardware and re installed without any problem and bought a 2nd copy to put on a Store bought HP that I re worked just to dump vista and start fresh without the bloatware.

Over clocking is not hard just read up and watch some videos on youtube see what works for your hardware and set everything manually and with popular parts it will be easy to find good settings.
Over clocking is a little like a game where you have to find the sweet spot for your set of parts because not every cpu will be exactly the same.
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May 29, 2013 10:32:11 PM

thanks for the suggestions guys! I went to Tiger Direct today and talked with their tech before being able to read what you said. They said exactly the same as you guys, I feel a lot more confident now! You guys are spot on, like always.

Here's my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/11elb

I ran into one problem though... I started ordering the small stuff like the case, storage, ram ect. and I realized that the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports. Am I screwed now because of this? What do you guys think??

Also on a side note... What do you think about these graphics cards? Which one well have the best overall performance, cooling and perhaps even customer support. I decided for my budget that two cards will just be too much for me at the moment. Here are some of the options...

GTX 660:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Gigabyte

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Galaxy

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-... Evga

and I found one 7870 within my price range

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... Sapphire

Any suggestions will help, thanks guys!!!
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May 29, 2013 10:45:59 PM

so the 7870 is better than the 660's? and i wish i had more cash... lol lets just say im already 200 over my original budget, I cant break the bank any further than i already have.
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May 29, 2013 10:50:27 PM

The header issue really isn't that big of a deal. If you absolutely have to have a USB 3.0 in the front, there are dirt cheap options. I really like my CM Storm Sniper (which also only has USB 2.0 in the front) and I think the USB 3.0 port I have in one of the bays was like $12 or something.
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May 29, 2013 10:52:47 PM

thats good to hear, but its not going to affect the installation of the mobo though right?? and is the USB 3.0 even essential now of days?
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May 29, 2013 10:59:26 PM

DanielLidell said:
thats good to hear, but its not going to affect the installation of the mobo though right?? and is the USB 3.0 even essential now of days?


Shouldn't cause any problems. You still have the USB 3.0 ports (4 of them on the Z77 Extreme4) at the back that are attached to the motherboard, the case just doesn't have that header to have one or two in the front in addition. Which you can remedy a number of cheap ways, from the simplest (a simple USB extension cable going from the back) to putting in a hub in a front bay.

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May 29, 2013 11:01:59 PM

oh ok lol this puts me at ease... i was about to be really pissed lmao thanks!
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May 29, 2013 11:12:46 PM

DanielLidell said:
oh ok lol this puts me at ease... i was about to be really pissed lmao thanks!


You're fine. The HAF 912 is one of the standard budget recommendations here for good reasons. We wouldn't regularly recommend a case that would screw someone over! It's just a very slight convenience issue - anyone who absolutely has to have that front USB 3.0 port on a case that doesn't have it can take care of it easily.

I remember building a PC for the first time about 20 years ago. The first time is quite frightening, but after a few times, it's like solving one of those Playskool workbench things.
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May 30, 2013 12:07:16 AM

Also the 200R is a great solid case if you want to stay on the cheap side. $39.99 and you don't have to bother with mail-in rebates.
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May 30, 2013 8:15:15 AM

Yeah I was looking into the 200 before but the haf was on sale for 45 and free shipping so I went for it.
I am a little worried about building a comp for the first time lol. One of my biggest issues is that II'm having my moms fridnd pick up my mobo and cpu combo from micro center in Atlanta but I live in Miami. Do you think that's going to be a big risk to take if something happens to either product during the shipping process? Also what card will best be utilized in my set up? The gtx 660 or the Radeon 7878

Sorry for all the questions. .. I guess I'm just over analyzing lol
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May 30, 2013 12:07:26 PM

I don't think it will be that much of a problem for shipping, just get some nice foam and you are good.

i would prefer the 7870 over the 660. Just my preference for more raw power.
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May 30, 2013 12:36:33 PM

AMD is not that bad of a choice to go towards to.

at microcenter, you can get an 8320 at $139.99(a total steal) and and this motherboard
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990...
for $95 over there.

this would be the total build
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.09 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: AMD CPU+Mobo ($240.00)
Total: $817.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 15:33 EDT-0400)

If you want to spend as much as the other, you can add an SSD and/or PSU like this
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($86.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.09 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: AMD CPU+Mobo ($240.00)
Total: $948.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 15:36 EDT-0400)

still be under your other build and will have more upgrade options
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May 30, 2013 12:55:14 PM

what if i dont go through micro center, what would you do then?
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May 30, 2013 1:13:21 PM

something along the lines of this
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($86.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.09 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $977.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 16:12 EDT-0400)

You can switch out the SSD for a stronger GPU
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May 30, 2013 1:22:12 PM

and so far, I already purchased the small stuff like the harddrive, ram, case, PSU, the cooler and the optical drive

so with knowing that, what would you do with this build
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May 30, 2013 1:29:10 PM

How much money do you have left for spending?

and i choose the 8320 because you can just overclock it to 8350 speeds and is quite cheaper.
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May 30, 2013 2:02:56 PM

at the moment, with the ram, OS, optical drive, case, hard drive, cooler and PSU im looking at a total of 412. I would like to be around 900 after everything
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May 30, 2013 2:28:43 PM

With just the CPU, Mobo, and GPU it will come around $500 so ending price is around $912
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