Building a new system


I am planning to build a new desktop PC. I am planning to use it for web browsing and occasional gaming. My budget is about $1200 for the box.

Please advice on what parts to buy. This is what I prefer:

1- INTEL CPU (i7)
2- Min of 8GB of memory
3- 2 hard drives, 1 SSD for Windows license Programs, 1 for everything else( 1TB or more)
4- Wireless card, so I don't have to plug it in to my router.

Please advice.

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  1. For gaming and web browsing an i5 is enough,you don't need i7.
    What parts do you have ? ( mouse,keyboard,OS ,monitor )
  2. Thank you for your reply.

    I don't have any parts. I am planning to buy per recommendations.
  3. MOBO : Asrock Z68 Extreme3
    CPU : I5 2500K
    RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    HDD : 2 X Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM
    SSD : OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
    GPU : GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
    PSU : Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W
    DVD-RW : ASUS 24X DVD Burner
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    TOTAL : 1195.90$ without rebates.
    If you want i7 2600k it cost you 90$ more.
  4. Thank you so much for your help.
  5. If don't have nothing then you must to drop 1 HDD. You can buy that later.
    Change that SSD with this for OS , and you can buy the monitor and peripheals.
    MONITOR : 150$
    With these changes you are in budget :)
  6. Thank you, I really appreciate it.

    I watched the video of HAF 912 case on Newegg, it seems like it doesn't have any fans. Would this one work as well:

    I also need a WiFi card, so I don't have to plug-in my pc to router or cable modem. Would any WiFi card work?

    How would I put all of those components in that case? Do the instructions come with the parts?

    Just for my own understanding, how do you figure out if a CPU is right for a motherboard, or how those parts are compatible ?

    Thank you so much for your help.
  7. If you need something for wireless, this thing is a beast.
  8. Correction: I need a wireless card for my PC, I don't need a WiFi card.

  9. Get 2 small 64GB SSD and put them in raid and get yourself a single 2TB Western Digital caviar green.

    I got a small something for the vertex serie.

    For th rest, up to you.
  10. Unless you really know how to manage the ssd correctly, don't raid SSD, especially smaller SSD. +1 for sosofm's build with the edits
  11. Drop the i7 and get the i5. Seriously, that extra power will never come in handy and you are limited in budget.

    The CPU is most the time the part the most overated of a PC. Nowaday, it plays a really small portion of the whole.

    As for graphic cards, amd is cheaper, more efficient and got better scalling for multiple GPU configuration. Two 6850 is enough for many people at 1080p. you are going to play everything at max or mosly. By the way, the microstutering is not really a matter unlike what toms wants to make people believe. Better running a game at 50 FPS than 25...
  12. ebola28 said:
    Unless you really know how to manage the ssd correctly, don't raid SSD, especially smaller SSD. +1 for sosofm's build with the edits

    What a better way to learn than getting his hands in it?

    By the way, raiding SSD almost double the speeds. OCZ with their revodrive are raiding 4 ssd together on a pci-e pcb.

    It is like telling me that you should not overclock because it could be complicated...

    I am sorry, but if I was at his place, I would buy 2 60GB Vertex 3 and raid them. I got a vertex 120GB here and if I was to do it again, I would buy 2 60GB and raid them together instead.
  13. Thank you for your help. You guys have been very helpful.

    If I get two 60GB SSDs, and one 2TB drive, should I install my Windows OS on one of the SSDs or both?
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