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August 5, 2013 11:02:31 AM

Hey guys,

This is my first time building a rig since my gaming laptop is getting old. This is going to be a gaming rig. Because of this I've needed to buy a sound system and monitor as well as my build. I don't really like gaming with my headphones competitively.

My school provides me with a free activation key for W7 so I'm not worried about an OS.

This is what I have planned:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1owBA

I originally planned on going with a 500W power supply, but chose a 650W after picking out my speakers.

I'm thinking about switching the RAM out with this one because it's a bit cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm planning on laying my case sideways and putting my monitor on top of it. The big Corsair speaker would go behind it and the two sub woofers would go on the left and right.

What do you guys think?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2013 11:22:20 AM

Never go with FX-4100, it is based on bulldozer design and suffers from low efficiency and low performance. HD 7770 isn't enough for high end gaming too. I suggest go w/ FX-6300 and HD 7850 instead.

And speaker has its own power supply so don't worry about that...

I didn't try laying down the case but make sure the monitor doesn't block the air flowing out.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oxsR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oxsR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oxsR/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACFZ13 36.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($138.98 @ Newegg)
Wired Network Adapter: StarTech ST1000BT32 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($10.98 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 232W 2.1ch Speakers ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $963.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 14:20 EDT-0400)
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August 5, 2013 11:39:02 AM

Thanks! I appreciate with your input and I think I'm going to go with your suggestion. If nobody else has anything to suggest your PCPartPicker is probably going to end up being what I buy later this week.
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August 5, 2013 11:57:46 AM

Well, all mobos has intergrated wired network adapter so u could save 10 bucks for not buying this "Wired Network Adapter: StarTech ST1000BT32 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($10.98 @ NCIX US)"
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a b D Laptop
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August 5, 2013 11:58:56 AM

or u can go with an intel i5 and a GTX 760
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August 5, 2013 12:00:56 PM

jinayhvora said:
or u can go with an intel i5 and a GTX 760


It may exceed his budget, i think.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2013 12:07:05 PM

if his budget is 1000 u can fit a non OC i5 in it easily with a 760 along with monitor and speakers
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August 5, 2013 12:51:32 PM

jinayhvora said:
if his budget is 1000 u can fit a non OC i5 in it easily with a 760 along with monitor and speakers


I'm not really interested in OC on this build. I guess I'll go look at some intel mobos.
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August 5, 2013 1:44:47 PM

Well this is what I came up with around $1200:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oALZ

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oAvO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oAvO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oAvO/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($170.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACFZ13 36.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 232W 2.1ch Speakers ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1057.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 16:42 EDT-0400)

I feel like the extra money on an i5 2320 and a 670 would help make my build future proof. If I did go with this I don't see myself updating it anytime in the near future. Do you guys honestly think I need a 670 for a single monitor though? I mean, wouldn?'t a 660 be able to play games like Skyrim on max without a hiccup?
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a b D Laptop
a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2013 4:53:36 PM

i5-2320 is obsolete now, I recommend i5-4670 instead for u. It has better process and better CPU efficiency and higher clock.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oFdD
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oFdD/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1oFdD/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 232W 2.1ch Speakers ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1166.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 19:52 EDT-0400)
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August 11, 2013 12:27:42 PM

I have gone with the setup you suggested Maxime. I just ordered all the parts. After everything arrives and I've set it all up I will update this with my build. :) 

Cheers!
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