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July 10, 2013 1:13:57 AM

Hi I'm looking for a PC rig, I want to ubild my own copmuter, no specifications, other than my case is

http://www.amazon.com/BitFenix-Mini-ITX-Without-Supply-...

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-No more than 600 want good not amazing, have an iBUYPOWER just want a fun project to do for my first build, but do want it usable for games

-Like leds like in fans, lights make it cool

-Prefer intel I only know core processors, don't know pentium, celeron, or AMD willing to learn for a good price processor

-Like to stay within 450 to 550 maybe up to 600 MAX

-Oh and Thanks in Advanced

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a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2013 1:34:22 AM

Do you need an OS or a monitor?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2013 2:29:57 AM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre LED 97.8 CFM 230mm Fan ($19.98 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.74 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Other: BitFenix BFA-RCN-WS-RP Recon Fan Controller ($42.99)
Total: $594.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 05:29 EDT-0400)

not my favorite build, but since you insisted on mitx i'm not sure i could do much better. I tried to get a better gpu into this, but in the end i figured i'd honor your request for a "fun" build and made it a bit prettier. if you don't want the LEDs and fan controller you can swap out the gpu for a 660 gtx

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $581.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 06:15 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2013 2:55:11 AM

For $400 budget (You can cut out the case here) -

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mini-itx-do-it-your...

For $650 budget including case (Same as above) -

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-mini-itx-gam...

Both of these are from System Builder Marathon and are have the best value for money provided you do not need an OS/Monitor.
Personally I would recommend $650 build which would fall in your budget as you have the case already due to Tahiti core 7870. That video card is pretty strong and in benchmarks maxed out Battlefield 3 with 60+ FPS.
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2013 3:06:50 AM

yeah... um... you're not going to get an i5 or i3 into his budget... tried it, it won't fit. A g2020/g840 will fit... but i figured he'd probably be happier in the long run with a quad core. The system builder rules are a little outside the realm of "normal" system building. (especially since i'm spending less then the cost of an i5 on my mb/cpu/heatsink combined)... the 650 is 50 over his max budget with a cheaper case and an i3... in short while it's probably a better system, swapping to the prodigy would force him to drop the 7870xt down to a 7770 anyway, so i'd call it a wash)... so that doesn't work and the 400 build is a flipping g860 with a 7750 gpu... which would be stomped by the one i put together for him.
July 10, 2013 9:18:08 AM

Madn3ss795 said:
Do you need an OS or a monitor?


Just an OS have a Windows 8 and liked it, wouldn't mind it if it can fit my budget, also don't mind windows 7
July 10, 2013 9:22:02 AM

ingtar33 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre LED 97.8 CFM 230mm Fan ($19.98 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.74 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Other: BitFenix BFA-RCN-WS-RP Recon Fan Controller ($42.99)
Total: $594.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 05:29 EDT-0400)

not my favorite build, but since you insisted on mitx i'm not sure i could do much better. I tried to get a better gpu into this, but in the end i figured i'd honor your request for a "fun" build and made it a bit prettier. if you don't want the LEDs and fan controller you can swap out the gpu for a 660 gtx

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $581.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 06:15 EDT-0400)


Wow thats a lot of thought, I'll look into both, maybe pick and match some but they both fit in my budget, thanks very much like I said want it for gaming, but already have an iBUYPOWER. I just want something I can use for my first build.
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2013 9:28:32 AM

For $10 more you get Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition -

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-hdz955fbgmbox

This is also worthy enough to be considered. To compensate you can choose a $50 Antec case instead of $60 BitFenix. Performance difference would be noticeable.
July 10, 2013 10:02:04 AM

ingtar33 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre LED 97.8 CFM 230mm Fan ($19.98 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.74 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Other: BitFenix BFA-RCN-WS-RP Recon Fan Controller ($42.99)
Total: $594.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 05:29 EDT-0400)

not my favorite build, but since you insisted on mitx i'm not sure i could do much better. I tried to get a better gpu into this, but in the end i figured i'd honor your request for a "fun" build and made it a bit prettier. if you don't want the LEDs and fan controller you can swap out the gpu for a 660 gtx

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $581.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 06:15 EDT-0400)


I just noticed and was a little taken-a-back because I have never heard of them. is NCIX US a safe good website, have you personally ever bought from them, I know Amazon and Newegg, just never heard of NCIX US
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2013 11:04:31 AM

clausch99 said:
ingtar33 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre LED 97.8 CFM 230mm Fan ($19.98 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.74 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Other: BitFenix BFA-RCN-WS-RP Recon Fan Controller ($42.99)
Total: $594.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 05:29 EDT-0400)

not my favorite build, but since you insisted on mitx i'm not sure i could do much better. I tried to get a better gpu into this, but in the end i figured i'd honor your request for a "fun" build and made it a bit prettier. if you don't want the LEDs and fan controller you can swap out the gpu for a 660 gtx

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $581.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 06:15 EDT-0400)


I just noticed and was a little taken-a-back because I have never heard of them. is NCIX US a safe good website, have you personally ever bought from them, I know Amazon and Newegg, just never heard of NCIX US


yeah. NCIX is fine... they've been around for a long time. longer then newegg. They're a canadian based tech retailer, i've been buying parts from them since 2001... never had an issue. the most recent purchase was a year ago, when i was helping a buddy of mine spend his school loan money on a new pc. Got a lot of good parts from them.
July 10, 2013 1:24:31 PM

This is the first computer I'll have ever made do you think it's a good idea to build it piece by piece, I only have 200 dollars right now and am trying to save up some more money, probably within the next couple of months. I was just wondering if its good to just have it with a case and a power supply, I found a 300 gb hard dive in my garage, I guess I could use that for the times being. Just wondering what you guys would do buy the case and powersupply and just build up as I get the parts, or build it all at once.
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2013 8:02:05 PM

clausch99 said:
This is the first computer I'll have ever made do you think it's a good idea to build it piece by piece, I only have 200 dollars right now and am trying to save up some more money, probably within the next couple of months. I was just wondering if its good to just have it with a case and a power supply, I found a 300 gb hard dive in my garage, I guess I could use that for the times being. Just wondering what you guys would do buy the case and powersupply and just build up as I get the parts, or build it all at once.


i'll tell you what. this is going to sound very "Buddhist" which is funny coming from a baptist missionary, but i would relax, don't force it and collect the parts as they become available. don't plan it, just keep your eyes open. This may sound weird, but my current pc was built with less then $200 by "waiting" and being patient.

I got my 1080p monitor of craigslist for $60, my mb/cpu/ram/case for free when someone was upgrading and felt like giving it to me. I got my psu used for $4, my corsair h100 for $49.99 (opened box, missing mounting hardware, corsair replaced the mounting hardware for free). I got my 7770GE for $84 on sale (a price thats not so amazing anymore as you can find them for that cheap and cheaper today)... i got every other part as a giveaway (including the hard drives) from people who didn't want them anymore.

it took me from christmas of last year till now to get all of that, and i've spent less then 200 on it all together. I didn't know what i was going to build in december... i just knew i needed a new pc. and was willing to wait rather then get something i wouldn't be happy with.

Be willing to never settle. only jump when something pops up you must have and can afford. and take it step by step. be flexable. You'll get there.
July 11, 2013 9:54:07 AM

luckiest charm said:
For $400 budget (You can cut out the case here) -

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mini-itx-do-it-your...

For $650 budget including case (Same as above) -

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-mini-itx-gam...

Both of these are from System Builder Marathon and are have the best value for money provided you do not need an OS/Monitor.
Personally I would recommend $650 build which would fall in your budget as you have the case already due to Tahiti core 7870. That video card is pretty strong and in benchmarks maxed out Battlefield 3 with 60+ FPS.


ingtar33 said:
yeah... um... you're not going to get an i5 or i3 into his budget... tried it, it won't fit. A g2020/g840 will fit... but i figured he'd probably be happier in the long run with a quad core. The system builder rules are a little outside the realm of "normal" system building. (especially since i'm spending less then the cost of an i5 on my mb/cpu/heatsink combined)... the 650 is 50 over his max budget with a cheaper case and an i3... in short while it's probably a better system, swapping to the prodigy would force him to drop the 7870xt down to a 7770 anyway, so i'd call it a wash)... so that doesn't work and the 400 build is a flipping g860 with a 7750 gpu... which would be stomped by the one i put together for him.


Are these proccessor as good or at least come close to an i3 or i5, I do like that you said their quad core making it consume less power and not get as hot.

July 11, 2013 9:58:24 AM

luckiest charm said:
For $400 budget (You can cut out the case here) -

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mini-itx-do-it-your...

For $650 budget including case (Same as above) -

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-mini-itx-gam...

Both of these are from System Builder Marathon and are have the best value for money provided you do not need an OS/Monitor.
Personally I would recommend $650 build which would fall in your budget as you have the case already due to Tahiti core 7870. That video card is pretty strong and in benchmarks maxed out Battlefield 3 with 60+ FPS.


"You don't need an OS or monitor" But how can I build a computer and use it with out an OS isn't it mandatory. If you don't have an OS how can you have a desktop with internet, and any other capability a windows or linux based computer has.
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2013 10:14:08 AM

clausch99 said:
Are these proccessor as good or at least come close to an i3 or i5, I do like that you said their quad core making it consume less power and not get as hot.


The athlon II, like pretty much all AMD chips is a step behind an intel. It won't compete with an i5, but then you won't be able to afford an i5 at the $600 mark. an i3 is a closer match, not in single thread (the i3 is still faster in single threaded tasks), but the lack of cores really starts to handicap the i3, and when multitasking or playing a modern game which uses multiple cores it really lags behind the Athlon II/FX/PhII. Furthermore, you won't be able to afford the i3 at that price point either so it's really a valid option either.

clausch99 said:

"You don't need an OS or monitor" But how can I build a computer and use it with out an OS isn't it mandatory. If you don't have an OS how can you have a desktop with internet, and any other capability a windows or linux based computer has.


If you need an OS and monitor, i can give you another build which has both.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Gateway KX2153bd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $594.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 13:21 EDT-0400)
July 11, 2013 3:14:11 PM

ingtar33 said:
clausch99 said:
Are these proccessor as good or at least come close to an i3 or i5, I do like that you said their quad core making it consume less power and not get as hot.


The athlon II, like pretty much all AMD chips is a step behind an intel. It won't compete with an i5, but then you won't be able to afford an i5 at the $600 mark. an i3 is a closer match, not in single thread (the i3 is still faster in single threaded tasks), but the lack of cores really starts to handicap the i3, and when multitasking or playing a modern game which uses multiple cores it really lags behind the Athlon II/FX/PhII. Furthermore, you won't be able to afford the i3 at that price point either so it's really a valid option either.

clausch99 said:

"You don't need an OS or monitor" But how can I build a computer and use it with out an OS isn't it mandatory. If you don't have an OS how can you have a desktop with internet, and any other capability a windows or linux based computer has.


If you need an OS and monitor, i can give you another build which has both.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX R2.0 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Gateway KX2153bd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $594.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 13:21 EDT-0400)


Thanks I'll keep an eye on those processors, they seem to be well enough for someone who's on a budget like mine, plus with my great computer, already having an i5 and a 1tb hard drive I'm not searching for the impossible just something that will wow my friends, that I can say "Yeah I built that".
July 13, 2013 6:37:50 AM

Hey guys, thanks for all of the help, I'm going on vacation for the next two weeks won't be able to get back to you at all. But thanks for all of the help your welcomed to keep posting, I appreciate all the feedback.
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