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~$800 build. Need Advice, Buying tomorrow

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October 23, 2011 6:02:26 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully in the next 24 hours.


Budget Range: ~$800


System Usage from Most to Least Important: browsing, videos, possible gaming.


Parts Not Required: Video card / ram


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel/Nvidia


Overclocking: No interested at all.


SLI or Crossfire: Probably not.


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Currently I just want to be able to browse and watch videos, but I want to be able to play games as well if I decide to do that. I can't afford a SSD at the moment, so I'll have to stick with mechanical.


Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD7500AALX 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card (from a computer I bought 1 year ago): NVIDIA GeForce GTS250 1GB
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gts_250_us...

Ram (from a computer I bought 1 year ago): 4GB (2GB x 2) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i THINK this is the correct link.

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

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My current total is $710 with shipping. Obviously not buying a video card or ram has saved me a significant amount. I hope I'm not missing any parts. I think everything is accounted for.

What do you guys think? Any advice or tips? I would appreciate any help. Thanks so much.
October 23, 2011 7:42:49 PM

anyone?
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October 23, 2011 10:49:29 PM

How come that motherboard? And is ASRock a reliable brand?
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October 23, 2011 11:10:34 PM

Yes Asrock is very reliable.

You don't need that PSU since you're not overclocking and SLI/CF so you'd really only need a 550w AT MOST. You really only need 450w.
This will do just fine.
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-430-Watt-Certified-Compat...

This hard drive will perform the same but give you more space.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SATA 6Gb/s or SATA 3 really doesn't make a huge difference in terms of hard drives since they still spin @ 7200RPMs. The Real world difference isn't noticeable at all.

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October 23, 2011 11:19:02 PM

I chose the 650w just in case I wanted to upgrade parts in the future. Figured I would need more power by the time I upgrade? Is that a bad idea?
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October 24, 2011 3:32:07 AM

Thanks for all the info.
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November 1, 2011 12:16:35 AM

Great build for your budget:

Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-870A-USB3 AMD 870 ($100)

CPU

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition ($120)

RAM

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB (2x4GB) ($60)

Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti ($138)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB ($90)

DVD Burner

Asus Internal 24x CD/DVD Drive ($25)

Case

NZXT M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case ($50)

Power Supply

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600-Watt ($60)


TOTAL COST:around $650 (USD)
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November 1, 2011 12:44:58 AM

pcdinesh said:
Great build for your budget:

Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-870A-USB3 AMD 870 ($100)

CPU

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition ($120)

RAM

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB (2x4GB) ($60)

Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti ($138)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB ($90)

DVD Burner

Asus Internal 24x CD/DVD Drive ($25)

Case

NZXT M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case ($50)

Power Supply

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600-Watt ($60)


TOTAL COST:around $650 (USD)

The 550 is a horrible vid card, that case is a hot box, that h/d is slow, and AMD cpu wouldn't be recommended for a build above $700 imo.
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November 1, 2011 3:22:12 AM

^+1 Dude pcdinesh stop posting, you're giving terrible advice.
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