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January 11, 2012 8:30:32 PM

Hi tomshardware community ;D
I'm new to this forum and also new to making PC's.
So please, don't flame if I don't have good parts or if I miss parts.
If its possible can someone help me find cheaper parts, maybe not as good but just a little cheaper, it doesn't have to be a good computer (:

Budget Range: @ 800$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light gaming, light editing and surfing the web.

Parts Not Required: No monitor, mouse nor keyboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect and newegg.

Country: Aruba

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, asus motherboard and a full tower that is good quality.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Need advice and explanation on the static discharge wristband, willing to downgrade parts if its a bit cheaper and lower speed.

These are some parts I already found and good.

TSD-1000AS5 ::Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 32MB
$99.99

C13-5704 ::Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 Vengeance 8GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM - 1866MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered
$84.99

C13-2824 ::Corsair CP-9020003-NA Enthusiast Series TX750M Modular Power Supply - 750W, 80 Plus Bronze, Single +12V Rail
$119.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1463-KR GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked
$199.99

A455-3209 ::ASUS P8P67 PRO REV 3.1 Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel P67 Express, 2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, Gigabit LAN, 8-CH Audio, USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX, Bluetooth
$179.99

I69-2400 ::Intel Core i5-2400 BX80623I52400 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.10 GHz (3.40 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail
$189.99

A406-1115 ::NZXT Zero 2 Craft Series Full Tower Case - Steel Chassis, Quad 120mm Fans, Dual 120mm Exhaust, Top Mounted USB, Audio, eSATA
$99.99



Total : $974.93

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January 11, 2012 8:34:16 PM

First off, if you intend to stick with one GPU a 500w PSU will do.
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January 11, 2012 8:44:57 PM

I agree a 500w PSU would be fine. Unless you plan to SLI in the future.

Looks pretty good,

Just to note, if you really want to overclock your CPU you will probably want to get a 2400k if you can afford it if not it's the 2400 is a great CPU.

Maybe you can get cheaper ram if you use g-skill? I'm too familiar with prices where your buying from. Corsair however is a good brand
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January 11, 2012 8:45:23 PM

Okay, I don't think I wanna overclock, the games I would play aren't heavy, just light gaming like minecraft and what not. And is G-Skill a good brand?
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January 11, 2012 9:10:12 PM

G-skill is a fine brand, I only mentioned it because it can often be the cheapest option and the performance from it is more than adequate.
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January 11, 2012 9:25:06 PM

That looks good, I highly doubt you will even notice the different frequency ram.
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January 11, 2012 9:28:08 PM

aaab said:
That looks good, I highly doubt you will even notice the different frequency ram.

Yay :3
Is there anything I'm missing? Is the 1 TB really neccesarily? I think I can survive with 500GB, I'm not sure xD
Also the video card, anything less expensive but still good?
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January 11, 2012 9:43:30 PM

G-Skill is a good brand...save money on RAM and get 1600 MHz 8GB(2x4GB) around $40
You say no SLI or CrossfireX, so you only need 500w PSU 80 PLUS Certified Bronze ~$90, Corsair TX, Antec Earthwatts are good ones.
If you might overclock go with i5-2500K because that is the unlocked CPU that is overclockable
For your MB, I would go with a Z68, ASRock has one for $125 that is pretty good, something around $120-130 is all you need.
Check out Radeon HD 6870 as another GPU option. The 6870 and 560 are at the same level, just one might be a little cheaper.
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January 11, 2012 9:48:58 PM

Delirious788 said:
G-Skill is a good brand...save money on RAM and get 1600 MHz 8GB(2x4GB) around $40
You say no SLI or CrossfireX, so you only need 500w PSU 80 PLUS Certified Bronze ~$90, Corsair TX, Antec Earthwatts are good ones.
If you might overclock go with i5-2500K because that is the unlocked CPU that is overclockable
For your MB, I would go with a Z68, ASRock has one for $125 that is pretty good, something around $120-130 is all you need.
Check out Radeon HD 6870 as another GPU option. The 6870 and 560 are at the same level, just one might be a little cheaper.


Thanks for the advice, is this one similiar to the one at ASRock?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
And if I use this GPU
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Don't I have to change my processor?
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January 12, 2012 6:31:29 PM

longpig said:
No, processor and graphics are separate. AMD works with Nvidia, Intel works with Radeon (AMD).


Well I eventually found this offer on new egg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
I think its pretty good, everything besides that Panda Antivirus thing which I NEVER heard of, I'll probably just sell it :p 
In my noobie experience I think it's a pretty good offer, all I have to buy is Windows 7 and a Optical Drive.
Anything else I should buy?
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January 12, 2012 6:44:51 PM

The graphics card is not great. 6870 / 560 are better.
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January 12, 2012 7:04:42 PM

I think I'll keep this card since its a combo deal I can't remove it and it fits my budget well, I think my problem is solved, thanks to everyone who helped!
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