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March 6, 2011 6:04:26 PM

I'm trying to build a PC for mostly internet browsing/office work with some moderate gaming in-between. I just bought a Samsung BX2231 monitor so I just need the actual tower. How does this setup look?

http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Intel_P67_Core_i5_i7_Con...

Case: Enermax Hoplite Gaming Case - Black
Case Lighting: None
iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction: None
iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion: None
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive: None
Processor Cooling: Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155 & 1156] - [Free Upgrade] Standard 120mm Fan
Memory: 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 2GB - Single Card
Video Card Brand: Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3
Power Supply: 650 Watt -- Corsair CMPSU-650TX
Primary Hard Drive: 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive
Data Hard Drive: None
Optical Drive: 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black
2nd Optical Drive: None
Flash Media Reader / Writer: 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black
Meter Display: None
USB Expansion: None
Sound Card: 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card: Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
1 x [Free Game Voucher] - Star Trek Online Free with Purchase of Selected Intel Core i5/i7 Processor or SSD

Price came out to $866 but is that going to be the best "bang for my buck"? Should I get the 8 GB RAM or should the 4 GB be fine for now since I can go back and upgrade later if needed?

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March 6, 2011 6:14:00 PM

Personally, i am not a fan of liquid cooling, too risky for an ammature like me :)  rather than gtx 460, try a 560 for a little bit more money, my favorite is the MSI gtx 560 twin frozr II for 250$, here is an indepth review of it
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Fro...
I'm assuming you are not personally building this, but going through a company, so that is going to make the whole thing a lot more expensive, i suggest building it yourself, because you save about 200 bucks, and you learn the system inside and out. (plus it is a ton of fun)

if you are aloud to, try a different case, my favorite on the market right now is the nzxt phantom, around 130-140 bucks depending on the color of choice, here is an in depth review of that,

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nzxt_phantom/

another path to look into for a case is coolermaster 932, which is currently on sale for 120$ and free shipping at newegg.com which is a great deal. whatever floats your boat bro :D 

another product to look into is the hyperon 212+, for 30 bucks it is way better than a stock cooler

in terms of motherboard, my personal choice is the asrock extreme4, for 152$ and the P8P67 pro for 185ish, but you're going to have to wait for those babies to come back out :) 

4gb of ram should be plenty for light-medium gaming, but if your into intense gaming, get 8gb

mostly a good build, check out some others around the forum for ideas
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March 6, 2011 6:19:02 PM

I've never built a PC before but I have a few friends who have who could help me out with that part. My main concern is actually ordering the best system for a reasonable price. Should I go to different sites and actually buy each part separately? If I do that, does anyone have a list of the actual parts I should get and I can look around for the best price?
March 6, 2011 7:11:30 PM

Newegg.com has great deals, buy parts individually though, don't buy builds.
Some combos are nice like a CPU plus Mobo, and have nice discounts.

newegg and amazon are your best friends in terms of buying parts :D 

check peoples "new builds for 900$" in the new build category for nice builds, i just made a 1000 build for a guy, ile post it up for you
March 6, 2011 7:14:35 PM

THIS IS NOT MY BUILD -- -- all credits go to Why_me
(i couldn't find my previously posted one)
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/147?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X6 1055T vs Intel 2500 Sandy Bridge

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews [...] _Frozr_II/ <----- Review/benchmarks of that video card down below (MSI gtx 560)

This build includes Windows 7 (combo'd with that Samsung h/d down below).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371016 $64.99
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130569 $99.99
MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115073 $209.99
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226092 $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightS [...] 744&sr=1-1 $22.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N560GTX- [...] 861&sr=1-4 $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI GeForce GTX 560 1 GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 Graphics Card N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr IIOC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.591429 Combo Price: $159.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $850.83 *not including shipping

*Here's a case worth taking a look at...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811133187 $119.99
Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
March 6, 2011 8:34:48 PM

Building your own PC would give you more room to work with rather than buying from some company like iBuyPower. All OEM/Manufactures imo, rip off consumers for about an extra 100-200 profit on each computer.

Those "Liquid-Cooling" kits that iBuyPower and CyberPower PC stick into their builds are worse than a Hyper 212+. They suck so much because they are cheaply made, so expect leaks in the future, and they're made by... Asetek....

You could use the build above me, or you could check out my build in my siggy. Personally I dislike "H67" because it restricts future expansion such as Crossfire/SLI or overclocking. But if you don't plan to do either his build would work. If you plan to overclock or crossfire/SLI then check out the build in my siggy.
March 6, 2011 8:43:03 PM

Thanks for the help and I think I am just going to buy the parts and build it myself to save some money. I'm going to look at both of those setups and probably post my final build before buying it. Thanks again!
March 6, 2011 9:38:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $800-$900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet/Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe but probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Here is what I've got so far but is there anything that needs to be added or that should be changed that wouldn't cost too much more. Also are there any compatibility issues you see? This setup as listed came out to be about $890 but I haven't looked around too much for better prices since I'm not set on any individual component yet. Thanks for the help!

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(B3)%20LGA%201155%20Intel%20H67%20HDMI%20SATA%206G

Graphics Card:
MSI gtx 560 Twin Frozr II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
Antec BP550 Plus 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:
Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader
Scythe KAMA READER 2 SCKMRD-2000BK 45-in-1 USB 2.0 Media Reader & Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 7, 2011 2:38:23 AM

1) P67 Motherboard--H67s CANNOT overclock!
2) Get the cheapest DVD burner, they're all the same
3) Great HDD choice
4) I'd upgrade to a Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX 750W PSU
5) Skip the card reader
6) I'd get a GTX 570 or Radeon 6950 2GB. With the GTX 560, 650W is plenty for an SLI setup down the line.

You want a motherboard that runs its two PCI-e lanes at 8x/8x instead of 16x/4x.
March 7, 2011 3:09:46 AM

dalauder said:
1) P67 Motherboard--H67s CANNOT overclock!
2) Get the cheapest DVD burner, they're all the same
3) Great HDD choice
4) I'd upgrade to a Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX 750W PSU
5) Skip the card reader
6) I'd get a GTX 570 or Radeon 6950 2GB. With the GTX 560, 650W is plenty for an SLI setup down the line.

You want a motherboard that runs its two PCI-e lanes at 8x/8x instead of 16x/4x.


Sorry I made a new thread because I had changed so much from my original build. I had already changed the MoBo to a P67 but just have to wait for it to be available. For the PSU I changed to a Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think I am just going to get rid of the card reader. I never use the one I have now anyways and I can always buy it down the road. I'll look into the graphics cards you suggested since I'm saving a little by dropping the card reader. And I went with a 750W PSU since after the mail-in rebate, it ended up costing $99.99 (same as the 650W) Everything else looked good though?
March 7, 2011 3:22:33 AM

I didn't check your prices, but I love the case, CPU, & HDD. They can't be matched on price/performance.

Pay attention to whether or not your PSU is modular. My case has a back panel to stuff extra cables in. I dunno about the Antec 300 Illusion though--it might work better with a modular PSU--which costs extra and might not be worth it.
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