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December 22, 2013 2:36:45 PM

I'm 14 and I'm building a new computer for myself. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do like high quality. I'm planning on gaming and chatting and web-browsing mostly. Often at the same time. So here is the list of everything I'm getting.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
(I'm also debating whether or not to upgrade to the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150

Memory: (3x-total of 12GB) A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 250 1GB

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG

Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1
(I don't know if I need this, but I assumed since I want fast internet
browsing, and would be using ethernet, I might need this.)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower (Comes with three fans, so I won't be buying
extra case fans.)

Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V

Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5"

Keyboard: Genius Imperator

Mouse: Mouse Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical
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Thank's for helping me out!

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December 22, 2013 3:08:33 PM

CPU -> ok
CPU cooler -> ok
MOtherboard -> okay

Memory : Your motherboard does not support tri-channel memory so 12gb would be useless and wouldn't be supported. you need to either pick 8gb or go the way of 16gb.

Soundcard : You can safely exclude that out , if you are not an audiophile and follow onboard audio.

Video Card : Weak. Not a suitable gaming card. Go for r9 270x or Gtx 660 plus.

Power supply : too low. You need a 500W good power supply.


So many things wrong.

Mention your budget, and someone might fix it better for you.

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December 22, 2013 3:08:55 PM

dragicornJake said:
I'm 14 and I'm building a new computer for myself. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do like high quality. I'm planning on gaming and chatting and web-browsing mostly. Often at the same time. So here is the list of everything I'm getting.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
(I'm also debating whether or not to upgrade to the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150

Memory: (3x-total of 12GB) A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 250 1GB

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG

Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1
(I don't know if I need this, but I assumed since I want fast internet
browsing, and would be using ethernet, I might need this.)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower (Comes with three fans, so I won't be buying
extra case fans.)

Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V

Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5"

Keyboard: Genius Imperator

Mouse: Mouse Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical
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Thank's for helping me out!


There are some flaws in your build:
You chose an overclockable CPU so it would be a good idea to have an overclockable motherboard (the ASRock Z87 Extreme4 is a really good option for just $110: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr... )
You won't need 12GB of RAM, get 8GB and you'll save some money: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
You're cheaping out a lot in the video card, you'll need something much better if you want high quality. Something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr927...
You don't need a sound card.
You're also cheaping out in the PSU. For $20 more, you get something with much higher quality and a lot power, meaning a lot more headroom for future upgrades: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
I don't think you need a Blu-Ray reader but if you do that's ok
Also you can find a better monitor for the same price: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
And maybe you can find some better keyboards and ouses the same price range.
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December 22, 2013 3:11:44 PM

Thank you, I will edit my list, and send you the link. By the way, my budget is about $1200.
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December 22, 2013 3:22:45 PM

Francisco Costa said:
dragicornJake said:
I'm 14 and I'm building a new computer for myself. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do like high quality. I'm planning on gaming and chatting and web-browsing mostly. Often at the same time. So here is the list of everything I'm getting.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
(I'm also debating whether or not to upgrade to the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150

Memory: (3x-total of 12GB) A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 250 1GB

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG

Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1
(I don't know if I need this, but I assumed since I want fast internet
browsing, and would be using ethernet, I might need this.)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower (Comes with three fans, so I won't be buying
extra case fans.)

Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V

Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5"

Keyboard: Genius Imperator

Mouse: Mouse Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thank's for helping me out!


There are some flaws in your build:
You chose an overclockable CPU so it would be a good idea to have an overclockable motherboard (the ASRock Z87 Extreme4 is a really good option for just $110: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr... )
You won't need 12GB of RAM, get 8GB and you'll save some money: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
You're cheaping out a lot in the video card, you'll need something much better if you want high quality. Something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr927...
You don't need a sound card.
You're also cheaping out in the PSU. For $20 more, you get something with much higher quality and a lot power, meaning a lot more headroom for future upgrades: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
I don't think you need a Blu-Ray reader but if you do that's ok
Also you can find a better monitor for the same price: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
And maybe you can find some better keyboards and ouses the same price range.


Here is my edited list, but I would like some suggestions for my Optical Drive (under $60). I agree, I don't need a Blu-Ray reader. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dragicornJake/saved/35B0
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December 22, 2013 3:26:38 PM

dragicornJake said:
Thank you, I will edit my list, and send you the link. By the way, my budget is about $1200.


Try this build in 1150 dollars.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/BAssim/saved/3diu

And add the casing as you desire.

Btw your updated build is fine too.

You can stick with that and add any simple optical drive. Cheapest is samsung and that would do for you for 20 dollars.
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December 22, 2013 3:27:07 PM

dragicornJake said:
Francisco Costa said:
dragicornJake said:
I'm 14 and I'm building a new computer for myself. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do like high quality. I'm planning on gaming and chatting and web-browsing mostly. Often at the same time. So here is the list of everything I'm getting.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
(I'm also debating whether or not to upgrade to the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150

Memory: (3x-total of 12GB) A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 250 1GB

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG

Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1
(I don't know if I need this, but I assumed since I want fast internet
browsing, and would be using ethernet, I might need this.)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower (Comes with three fans, so I won't be buying
extra case fans.)

Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V

Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5"

Keyboard: Genius Imperator

Mouse: Mouse Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thank's for helping me out!


There are some flaws in your build:
You chose an overclockable CPU so it would be a good idea to have an overclockable motherboard (the ASRock Z87 Extreme4 is a really good option for just $110: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr... )
You won't need 12GB of RAM, get 8GB and you'll save some money: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
You're cheaping out a lot in the video card, you'll need something much better if you want high quality. Something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr927...
You don't need a sound card.
You're also cheaping out in the PSU. For $20 more, you get something with much higher quality and a lot power, meaning a lot more headroom for future upgrades: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
I don't think you need a Blu-Ray reader but if you do that's ok
Also you can find a better monitor for the same price: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
And maybe you can find some better keyboards and ouses the same price range.


Here is my edited list, but I would like some suggestions for my Optical Drive (under $60). I agree, I don't need a Blu-Ray reader. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dragicornJake/saved/35B0


Do you also need the network adapter?
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December 22, 2013 4:58:45 PM

Francisco Costa said:
dragicornJake said:
Francisco Costa said:
dragicornJake said:
I'm 14 and I'm building a new computer for myself. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do like high quality. I'm planning on gaming and chatting and web-browsing mostly. Often at the same time. So here is the list of everything I'm getting.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
(I'm also debating whether or not to upgrade to the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150

Memory: (3x-total of 12GB) A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 250 1GB

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG

Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1
(I don't know if I need this, but I assumed since I want fast internet
browsing, and would be using ethernet, I might need this.)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower (Comes with three fans, so I won't be buying
extra case fans.)

Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V

Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5"

Keyboard: Genius Imperator

Mouse: Mouse Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thank's for helping me out!


There are some flaws in your build:
You chose an overclockable CPU so it would be a good idea to have an overclockable motherboard (the ASRock Z87 Extreme4 is a really good option for just $110: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr... )
You won't need 12GB of RAM, get 8GB and you'll save some money: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
You're cheaping out a lot in the video card, you'll need something much better if you want high quality. Something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr927...
You don't need a sound card.
You're also cheaping out in the PSU. For $20 more, you get something with much higher quality and a lot power, meaning a lot more headroom for future upgrades: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
I don't think you need a Blu-Ray reader but if you do that's ok
Also you can find a better monitor for the same price: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
And maybe you can find some better keyboards and ouses the same price range.


Here is my edited list, but I would like some suggestions for my Optical Drive (under $60). I agree, I don't need a Blu-Ray reader. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dragicornJake/saved/35B0


Do you also need the network adapter?


I don't know exactly what it is, but I'm assuming I don't need it.
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December 23, 2013 9:25:37 AM

dragicornJake said:
Francisco Costa said:
dragicornJake said:
Francisco Costa said:
dragicornJake said:
I'm 14 and I'm building a new computer for myself. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do like high quality. I'm planning on gaming and chatting and web-browsing mostly. Often at the same time. So here is the list of everything I'm getting.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
(I'm also debating whether or not to upgrade to the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150

Memory: (3x-total of 12GB) A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 250 1GB

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG

Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1
(I don't know if I need this, but I assumed since I want fast internet
browsing, and would be using ethernet, I might need this.)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower (Comes with three fans, so I won't be buying
extra case fans.)

Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V

Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5"

Keyboard: Genius Imperator

Mouse: Mouse Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thank's for helping me out!


There are some flaws in your build:
You chose an overclockable CPU so it would be a good idea to have an overclockable motherboard (the ASRock Z87 Extreme4 is a really good option for just $110: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr... )
You won't need 12GB of RAM, get 8GB and you'll save some money: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
You're cheaping out a lot in the video card, you'll need something much better if you want high quality. Something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr927...
You don't need a sound card.
You're also cheaping out in the PSU. For $20 more, you get something with much higher quality and a lot power, meaning a lot more headroom for future upgrades: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
I don't think you need a Blu-Ray reader but if you do that's ok
Also you can find a better monitor for the same price: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
And maybe you can find some better keyboards and ouses the same price range.


Here is my edited list, but I would like some suggestions for my Optical Drive (under $60). I agree, I don't need a Blu-Ray reader. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dragicornJake/saved/35B0


Do you also need the network adapter?


I don't know exactly what it is, but I'm assuming I don't need it.


Nah, I don't think you need it.
Overall you have a pretty good build. Personally, I'd change the case to something more discrete and cheaper, like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcade... or this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-400r
And if you're still in your budget I'd change the R9 270X to a GTX 760, that costs $45 more, but the choice is yours: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n760tf2gd5o...
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December 23, 2013 10:13:35 AM

Thank you so much. I'm very glad I consulted this forum before I would've bought the parts only to find them not to reach my expectations. So now for a year or so of a lot of referee-ing to get $1200!
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