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January 15, 2012 3:32:41 PM

Hi,

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.

Thanks.

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January 15, 2012 3:35:03 PM

For gaming and web browsing an i5 is enough,you don't need i7.
What parts do you have ? ( mouse,keyboard,OS ,monitor )
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January 15, 2012 3:41:21 PM

Thank you for your reply.

I don't have any parts. I am planning to buy per recommendations.

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January 15, 2012 3:49:56 PM

MOBO : Asrock Z68 Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : 2 X Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD : OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER HAF 912
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...
TOTAL : 1195.90$ without rebates.
If you want i7 2600k it cost you 90$ more.
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January 15, 2012 3:54:11 PM

Thank you so much for your help.
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January 15, 2012 7:42:10 PM

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:

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

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.


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January 15, 2012 9:16:38 PM

Correction: I need a wireless card for my PC, I don't need a WiFi card.

Thanks.
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January 15, 2012 9:38:11 PM

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.
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January 15, 2012 9:43:05 PM

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
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January 15, 2012 9:45:27 PM

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...
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January 15, 2012 9:50:09 PM

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.
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January 16, 2012 1:38:07 AM

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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