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September 15, 2011 8:45:16 AM

This is my very FIRST build, so I apologize in advance if I got something that's not compatible or looks stupid to some of you professionals out here :p 

I scavenged the internet the last few hours choosing parts I felt were good, yet affordable to remain within my budget. I'm ONLY building the tower. Only thing I'm really missing is a good GPU. I want something mid-high end for let's say <$120? If that's reasonable. Also if people could give me feedback on my parts list or recommendations on swapping some stuff out. I'm really hoping there's a deal on the i5 2500k soon before I start pulling the trigger.

I DO have a Fry's near me, NO Microcenter, if that helps any, but all of the parts I've chosen here are all from Newegg.

1. Purpose of computer: Gaming

2. Budget: ~$650

3. Parts List.

a. CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K - $205
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

b. Mobo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

c. Video Card: HELP!

d. Hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=SAMSUNG%20Spinpoint%20F3

e. Ram: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

f. Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200

g. Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112238&Tpk=LIAN%20LI%20Lancool%20PC-K58W%20Black%200.8%20mm%20SECC%2c

h: Optical Drive (DVD/BluRay, etc):LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM - $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238

4. Will you be overclocking?: Possibly in the future.

BEFORE adding a video card my total is $613, so I might have to adjust my budget a little or hope for some sale with a mobo or i5 2500k.

Thanks for looking!

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September 15, 2011 9:02:37 AM

Drop down to the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 rather than the extreme4.
Drop down to a 500w PSU (which will be more than enough)

Motherboard - ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Enermax 500w $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card: $155 (after Rebate) HIS 6870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Same as you listed, same price, but 1.5v http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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$728 total with these 4 components + your listed build
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Slightly cheaper GPU: XFX 6790 $110 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 6870 is the far superior card, so if you can fit it into budget, its well worth it.


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September 15, 2011 9:33:15 AM

Thanks for the reply!

I'll more than likely drop down to that Mobo as well as a lower wattage PSU, easy way to save $40 on the build. As far as the RAM goes, the one I listed was just at $49.99 yesterday, with a $10 savings, but I guess it expired, so I'll just go with 1.5V, like you suggested as well.

I'll probably just start buying most of the parts, and leave the GPU last and look for any deals to come. The 6870 does look nice though. Not a big fan of MIR, though :/ 



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September 15, 2011 9:35:51 AM

I'm gonna be frank, Your budget isn't really that great and you should get AMD since it's really tight.
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September 15, 2011 9:54:18 AM

ervinelim said:
I'm gonna be frank, Your budget isn't really that great and you should get AMD since it's really tight.


True, switching out to a Phenom II x4 965 and a AM3 motherboard would bring the build down to about the $600-650 mark.
This would also enable you to keep that 6870 in there :)  Which overall would provide better performance than for example the i5-2500k and a 6790.
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September 15, 2011 10:05:04 AM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
$120

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

MOBO: ASRock 760GM-GS3 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$55 after delivery
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$210

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

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$45

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

DVD BURNER: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 – OEM
$20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$65 dollars after delivery charge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$625 after rebates build!


With a 6950, you can eat any game for the next 6months.
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September 15, 2011 10:12:29 AM

No offense but waiting on a deal for a i5-2500k is like waiting for a desert to grow trees. It's the most popular CPU in the world right now.
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