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First Time Building - $500-$700 preferred

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July 30, 2011 10:46:45 PM

I'll throw this out there: I'm totally lost on this PC building thing. I've been looking around for a few days reading things, but a lot of it just flies over my head. I've read through some of the very nice help threads here and I'm still at a bit of a loss, so I thought it couldn't hurt to just ask you guys to maybe throw some builds at me. I'll copy paste onto the list I found in "how to ask for new build advice."


Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully in the next couple weeks. This comes down more to a matter of when I finally figure out what I'm doing and get the ball rolling.

Budget Range: Looking at 500-700, maybe bubbling up to to 800-ish after monitor is included.

System Usage: I tend to watch a lot of anime, so something that could handle 1080p stuff with no problems would be superb. I do some very minor gaming, nothing really heavy. Primarily World of Warcraft, and running that on even medium to higher settings would be a massive improvement from what I'm using. I do a significant amount of web browsing as well.

Parts Not Required: I don't think I'll really need any speakers unless they have some importance or are built into a monitor or something, I tend to use headphones/headsets most of the time anyway. I can also probably get a keyboard and mouse just fine at a Best Buy or something.

Preferred Website for Parts: Not sure here. I see people use newegg most often, so that I suppose?

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: As mentioned before, I'm not too knowledgeable here. A guy I've been talking to told me he prefers intel motherboards (no onboard graphics) and nvidia graphics cards, if that helps.

Overclocking: Not entirely clear on what this means yet. Is it safe to assume that means I can answer "no" here?

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: What would you guys think is best here given my planned system usage? I would likely end up grabbing one in person rather than getting a monitor online.

Additional Comments: I want at least a 1TB hard drive, but could go up to 1.5 or 2 depending on if there's room in the budget after all else is said and done. The machine would most likely be stationed in my bedroom, so running quietly (at least while idle) is pretty much a necessity. In regards to OS, I have some questions. 1) What's the difference between 32 and 64 bit Windows? 2) I have a Win7 (32 bit) backup disk from when I upgraded my laptop, is it possible to just install that and have it on both systems at once, or is 64 bit a big enough difference that I should just buy that for a new machine?

I really appreciate any help you guys can give me.
July 30, 2011 11:40:25 PM

Here's an idea for a build that would suit you. Prices from Newegg:

Intel i3-2100 - $124.99

Awesome gaming processor for the price, don't be fooled by the 2 cores.

2x2GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1333Mhz 1.5v - $30.99

4GB is plenty for now and RAM is cheap to upgrade. This is also good quality stuff.

ASRock H61M/U3S3 - $74.99

Well priced board with everything you need, also USB 3.0 and SATA 3.

Powercolor HD 6850 - $154.99

Should handle WoW easily (ultra high) and it should be relatively quiet.

Corsair CX430 430W - $44.99

Enough power for your needs and should be good quality and quiet.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99

Cheap, fast and reliable drive with 1TB of storage.

Antec Sonata Elite - $89.99

Haven't had any personal experience with this particular case but i have had a lot of experience with Antec cases and they are well built. This one is also geared toward quietness and falls into your budget.

Win 7 HP 64 Bit - $94.99

Total - $675.92 (Before rebates and shipping)

1) The difference between 64 bit and 32 bit is that 64 bit will recognise a higher amount of RAM and will allow some programs to install in 64 bit which will make them better with CPU's with lots of cores/hyperthreading.

2) I would definitely go for 64 bit on anything other than maybe a laptop.

If you think you have the cash to upgrade it any more than that, the i5-2400 and 8GB of RAM would be great but that i3 and 4GB would run WoW and web browsers etc. fine. The HD 6850 too will max WoW easily, also more than enough for HD movies.

EDIT: Sorry had a few typos =]
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July 31, 2011 6:09:44 AM

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