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$750-900 General Use PC From Scratch

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June 22, 2010 3:53:30 AM

Hello all,

As I'm no longer considering on purchasing a combo bundle (they easy way out never works), having never done this before and being rather clueless on the subject (seriously, props to you guys), I'd like some insight on a budget circa $800 for a general use PC (but one that could handle, say, D3 and some SW:TOR in the near future - but we're not talking Crysis 2).

I'm as n00b as it gets; if you have any suggestions, I'm open to them.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week - early July

BUDGET RANGE: $750-900 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, (Music), Internet, Gaming...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com... COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I think I prefer Intel, but AMD hasn't give me any problems on my laptop and is cheaper...

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (worth it for the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Does anyone know/use Creative's "Sound Blaster" - being an audiophile of sorts I've always wanted to see what they are all about...

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I don't have anything specific in mind as far as components go. However, I do have a few specifications I'd like to meet:

a full HD 22-24" monitor with an HDMI port ($150-200)

motherboard (under $100?), firewire, hdmi, wireless n, usb 3.0 (will it be worth it?) - don't need a hardcore video card, but if one fits in with the budget, I'm game

quad-core processor (I was looking at the i5 750 and amd phenom II x4 965) ($150-200)

at least 4gb memory. I think this will do just fine. (but if someone knows of something decent under $200...)

1TB HD ($100)

power supply

case

dvd burner - is dual layer worth it?

extra fans/cooling



I think I got most of it covered.

Thank you guys - it really means a lot to someone who can't do this by themselves.
June 22, 2010 4:45:12 AM

^ Here is a sample setup...
CPU + Mobo -
X4 955 + MSI 870A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

But another very good option - X3 440 -> It is a Tri-core and performs very well for the money and in day-to-day usage, I doubt you would notice any significant performance difference...And also your usage doesnt seem to demanding...So you decide...
X3 440 + MSI 870A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM -
Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 5770 - A very powerful DirectX 11 card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + PSU
CM 690 II Black + CM Silent PRO 600W - A high quality case and PSU...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

HDD -
Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Monitor - Both are very good options...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$896 before rebates with the X4 955
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June 22, 2010 5:08:43 AM

Hey dude what's up. Here is a build I have been looking at that would easily do what you need it to and more. It comes down to around $620 /w out Operating System and you may want to upgrade to 1TB Hard Drive and if you have money to spare after you purchase a monitor and OS you could always upgrade the GPU (video card).

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157198
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$15.00 Instant
$109.99
$94.99


SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102858

Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$20.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$179.99
$159.99


OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Item #: N82E16817341016

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
COMBO--
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$30.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$108.98
$58.98


HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan
Item #: N82E16811121096
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
COMBO--
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$20.00 Instant
-$36.00 Combo
$124.98
$68.98


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
COMBO--
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK
Item #: N82E16820227558
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo
$319.98
$259.98
1

OCZ Diesel 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model OCZUSBDSL4G
Item #: N82E16820227331
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$15.99 Saving
$15.99
$0.00
1

Rosewill - Pellucid HD Series Swivel HDMI cable (10 FEET)
Item #: N82E16882021125
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
-$14.99 Saving
$34.99
$0.00
Subtotal: $642.92

Total: $624.53 After MIR

Hope this helps and good luck, :bounce: 

Shockem
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June 22, 2010 6:04:04 PM

thanks guys. this all looks really good.

two question though: is 600W enough? one of my friends was suggesting at least 650 and maybe 700 just to be safe...

also, don't know which video card is "better" - both the same price after the rebate...




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June 22, 2010 6:08:25 PM

here's what looks good to me so far:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX
and
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI
and
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


roughly $900...still in the budget (before tax and shipping)

let me know what you think!

and again,
THANK YOU!!
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June 22, 2010 6:44:12 PM

Umm, Several changes lol. Do not get the black edition 965. It is just a factory over clocked version of the 955. For $900 you should at least be getting a hd 5850 not a hd 5770. The 5850 will give you better gaming at higher resolutions. Umm, I suggest that you go with this build.... Add your own monitor. I went with the phenom ii x3 because it is a black edition (easy to over clock) and it is SUPER easy to unlock the 4th core in it with that Motherboard. So you get a fourth core free. Enjoy!

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
RAM/CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
PSU/OPTIAL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Case/HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Thermal Paste: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU FAn: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
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June 24, 2010 3:41:09 AM

what do you guys think of this?

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM
and
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Activ
and
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

comes to $912 with shipping and tax (and $20 MIR)
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