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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 4:49:31 PM

Okay So This is what i got thanks to lots of help and my own brain on this forum:

Basically I'll be doing some video editing and some gaming like Cod4, TF2, and some other games like that.


COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case $50
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $60
GIGABYTE GV-R567D3-1GI Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $70
ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM $17
Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/4GR $37
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $189
BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $100

And Finally the PSU:

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $50

So Everything is: $560

About $515 After Rebates and Combo's...


So is this a good PC in you guys opinion? What would you guys change/add into my build?

I will not be running games like starcraft and stuff and high demanding so i'm not really looking big on the graphics card. Will my PSU be enough???

Thanks forum!
July 6, 2011 5:08:01 PM

The PSU is more than enough. I will not say anything on graphics until I see your monitor resolution.

Others might comment on how Biostar is not a good brand, but it is at the top of cutomer comments in it's field. (Ok, what is this? Why so many problems in the H67 boards? Something is wrong when BIOSTAR is the highest rated.) I should expect ASrock, asus, or gigabyte to be better boards, but this doesn't SEEM to be the case...

Everything looks good...
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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 5:11:01 PM

Awesome! Thanks Chief!

Btw, My Monitor resolution will just be 1080p, I'll probably use a 25-27 inch hd monitor! 1080p.
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July 6, 2011 5:16:24 PM

Hmm, It's alright. Get a better mobo though. Z68 for video editing.
With that CX500, you can get a 6770 which will slaughter CoD4 at max settings.
You should drop to the i3-2100 or go AMD. You have a GPU bottleneck.
Swap the HDD to a Samsung Spinpoint F3. It's faster/more reliable.

And yes, the PSU will be plenty.

Hope that helps you out ;) 
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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 5:25:36 PM

^^ Is Swapping the Intel i5 worth it for a better GPU? And i don't see what's wrong with the mobo atm but i'll see.
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July 6, 2011 5:35:09 PM

http://media.bestofmicro.com/A/Z/284219/original/MediaE... That's a picture from a Tom's article. The bottom one is encoding times with a 6970 ($350 card) and the top ones are with Quicksync, a feature in Z68. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... That's the board I would suggest. It's also cheaper.

How seriously do you video edit? If you are a semi hardcore video editor, keep the 2400. However if you only do it on the side, the i3-2100 would be just fine. I do suggest that you upgrade the GPU though.
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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 5:41:43 PM

Well, I'll probably game more then i video edit but I mean. I'm currently on an intel i5 dual core laptop which i will probably return because it's overheating issues annoy me. And the Intel i5 450m dual core works perfectly for me now but also i have an ATI RADEON 5470 now on my laptop and that also works fine. It's a hard choice... I will replace it with the z68 mobo but i can't decide for the gpu or processor
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July 6, 2011 5:48:49 PM

The GPU is the limiting factor in the build. You will not notice a drop in performance at all. If anything, you will see a huge increase with the 6770! a 5670 is not enough to game at 1080p, and the 6770 might even struggle with tougher games.
Really though, 5770/6770 is the minimum you should be getting. Here's a PSU that is a bit cheaper, but can easily support your build: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 5:58:23 PM

^^ Thanks for some more input, I'll probably upgrade to the 6770 and degrade to the i5-2100!

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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 6:00:10 PM

i meant i3-2100
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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 6:03:40 PM

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
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Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN

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CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/4GR

Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/4GR
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Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
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What i have now for $515 after rebates!
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July 6, 2011 6:43:52 PM

If your going newegg you could get a combo with that mobo and processor for around $220.
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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 6:50:52 PM

@Chief, I already have :) 
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Anonymous
July 6, 2011 7:22:14 PM

Best answer selected by Altay.
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July 6, 2011 10:21:33 PM

TY for best answer! If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!
Happy building!
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July 7, 2011 4:05:26 AM

I question that Xigmatek PSU. I'd pay the $5 for the CX500, but I guess that's not top of the line either. Anyways, here's a MUCH better build for $520...

CPU: $120 i3-2100 (newegg)

Mobo: $55 ASRock H61M-VS http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=MB-H61M-VS&c=fr&p...

RAM: $25 4GB PNY http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: $200 Palit GTX 560Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $58 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (Amazon.com)

PSU: $40 CORSAIR CX500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $30 Thermaltake V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: $17 Any DVD Burner will do

TOTAL: $520
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July 7, 2011 4:20:45 AM

Yeah, I must agree with dalauder. I guess I was thinking z68 for encoding times..... At least upgrade the mobo a little.
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July 7, 2011 4:27:20 AM

Unfortunately, when cutting the budget in every possible way, sacrifices have to be made in every department except for graphics. I cut in this order: Case, RAM, Mobo, CPU, PSU, HDD, Graphics, DVD.

No parts are bad in my above build, but the graphics and hard drive (and DVD) are the only parts that are that good. If I had another $140, I'd spend $60 on the motherboard (Gigabyte Z68 ATX w/ Virtu), $20 on the PSU (XFX 650W), $25 on the case (Antec 300 Illusion), and $35 on the RAM (8GB Newegg deals).
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July 7, 2011 4:38:56 AM

By the way OP, this Hard Drive's much better.
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July 7, 2011 4:41:44 AM

^^ I also listed it in my recommendations.
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July 7, 2011 4:47:32 AM

OP, what do you mean you'll probably use a 25-27" monitor? If you haven't bought it yet, you should spend that on your computer I'd say to upgrade the motherboard to Z68 and be happy with a 22" monitor. Your call though.
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