Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

First Build ($900 Budget), Suggestions/Critique Appreciated

Last response: in Systems
Share
June 18, 2013 9:16:27 PM

Hey there everyone, I hope you've all been doing well. I'm currently a college student and I'm looking to build a desktop as my old laptop needs to be replaced soon and I'm looking to have one built by the start of school two months away. I've never built a computer by myself before but I've always been interested and I'm finally determined to build one as after looking online for hours, I couldn't find any that matched my tastes at a reasonable price.

So I've somewhat put together a list of parts on pcpartpicker.com that I'm interested in buying to build a new desktop and I was hoping to get some suggestions/critique, the more the better. Anything will be very much appreciated, thank you very much in advanced!

Here's the link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/17SAa

Aside from that, here's some more information I suppose of what I'm looking for:


Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime between now and mid-August

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Within $900 after rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily gaming and surfing the web, will also be listening to music, Photoshopping and working on school assignments with it.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: Nothing, I'm building everything completely from scratch, no monitor, no speakers, no wireless card, nothing with the exception of reusing my keyboard and mouse.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 8 (64bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Micro Center although any sites listed on pcpartpicker should be fine

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Rockville, Maryland, US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and for anything else, as long as its a popular or reputable brand is fine.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Games that I'm going to be running primarily are going to be Skyrim, Fallout NV, Far Cry 3, Deus Ex, Bethesda ish games. I primarily just want a desktop where I'll actually be able to do some gaming and install a lot of mods like on Skyrim while playing 40-50+ fps on mid to high settings. Laptop gaming was too slow for me, haha... I also want something that will be somewhat long lasting for maybe four to six years without me actually having to replace or upgrade half of the parts inside.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop replacement and gaming

Feel free to ask me for anymore information and thanks again!
June 18, 2013 9:23:29 PM

Looks good to me! The only thing I would recommend changing for sure is the processor, bumping up to an i5 3570k would be worth it for the unlocked multiplier. The price difference is negligible and will allow you to overclock in the future if you want to.

Having the option to increase your clock speed by 25% is awesome.

m
0
l
a c 271 4 Gaming
June 18, 2013 9:40:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Hannspree HE225DPB 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $918.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 00:39 EDT-0400)

-New Haswell processor
-Slightly cheaper HDD. Nearly the same performance.
-Better gpu and comes with free games.
-Better quality psu.
-Slightly smaller monitor. Has built in speakers.

@nkarasch: No point of getting i5-3570k. He's not overclocking and his motherboard won't even support overclocking.
m
0
l
Related resources
June 18, 2013 9:40:44 PM

nkarasch said:
Looks good to me! The only thing I would recommend changing for sure is the processor, bumping up to an i5 3570k would be worth it for the unlocked multiplier. The price difference is negligible and will allow you to overclock in the future if you want to.

Having the option to increase your clock speed by 25% is awesome.


Thanks, that's good to hear! In all honesty, I wasn't all too confident in my choices here since I'm not all that familiar with computer hardware and everything, haha.

But yeah, I was originally thinking that as well but I thought it over and I'm most likely not going to overclock since it would probably move me out of my budget range and into $1000 because even though its around $20 more for the i5 3570k, its going to cost maybe $40 for a decent z77 mobo? I read that the h77 can't overclock and it doesn't offer crossfire, which I don't think I necessarily need which is why I bumped down to a h77 mobo. Plus I'm afraid I'm going to mess up the overclock and if I save a little now, I could use the money for replacement parts in the future but those were just my thoughts, I might be really wrong though, haha.

You do have a good point, I'll be sure to keep that in mind! Thank you very much for all your suggestions, I really appreciate it.
m
0
l
June 18, 2013 9:44:02 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/17YaW

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA3001RB 14W 2.1ch Speakers ($14.25 @ Amazon)
Total: $890.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 00:37 EDT-0400)

Changed a few things (better mobo, RAM and power supply, cheaper HDD) and got you under budget.
Like user above mentioned, need unlocked CPU "K" series and a Z77 motherboard.

Here's what that option would look like for only $30 more...
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/17Yhf
m
0
l
June 19, 2013 9:54:58 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($48.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $912.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 12:54 EDT-0400)
m
0
l
June 19, 2013 10:09:40 AM

Shadowfox91 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($48.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $912.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 12:54 EDT-0400)


Better case with lots of fans and better psu. You don't need speakers, just get some headphones or the monitor the second user gave out. Sell the games bundled with the gpu cheap->???->profit
m
0
l
!