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January 19, 2012 1:35:11 AM

Het, I'm new to computer building and I was wondering if anyone has any tips for me. I have a prts list and I am completely open to suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1~2 months from now

Budget Range: < $700 before rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, editing photos (nothing extreme), youtube

Parts Not Required: Moniter, keyboard, mouse, disc drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon + newegg. (I have a $100 amazon card and a $25 newegg card)

Country: U.S

Parts Preferences: none really...

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future when I've got enough/if my cpu won't bottleneck it.

Monitor Resolution: no idea...

Additional Comments: I wouldn't like a gpu below a gtx 550 ti... otherwise none. Thx for the help :) 

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January 19, 2012 4:31:52 AM

Can't really suggest anything if your going to wait a month or two. Ivy Bridge is coming March/April and AMD 7000 series is continuously being released.
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January 19, 2012 12:51:30 PM

bobochez said:

Monitor Resolution: no idea...
Additional Comments: I wouldn't like a gpu below a gtx 550 ti... otherwise none. Thx for the help :) 
Below GTX 550ti and you plan to game? Explain further please.
Check your monitor resolution for us please.

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January 19, 2012 1:10:20 PM

WR2 said:
Below GTX 550ti and you plan to game? Explain further please.
Check your monitor resolution for us please.


He said he WOULDN'T like anything below a 550 ti.
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January 19, 2012 1:14:55 PM

That makes a lot more sense, doesn't it?
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January 19, 2012 1:27:41 PM

CPU: Intel core i3 2120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 130$

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 145$ with rebates

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 85$

Mobo: ASrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 122$

RAM: Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB DDR3 1600MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 45$

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 50$ with rebates

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 430 430w: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 60$

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... - 100$

PC - 737$

Not really sub-700$ but i'd say worth 35 bucks.




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January 19, 2012 1:52:29 PM

Linguo_bastardo said:
CPU: Intel core i3 2120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 130$

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 145$ with rebates

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 85$

Mobo: ASrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 122$

RAM: Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB DDR3 1600MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 45$

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 50$ with rebates

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 430 430w: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 60$

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... - 100$

PC - 737$

Not really sub-700$ but i'd say worth 35 bucks.


Looks like a sweet build; although some things are being over paid for.

Although it is most convenient and safest to buy all the parts at once, it is rarely the cheapest.
I bought my parts through Newegg, but because I didn't buy all at once I was able to make use of some coupon codes.
You can sometimes get a coupon code due to buying a certain part. One code got me 10% off memory,
the other got me 10% off an entire order.

If trying to save money, NEVER buy a CPU unless it has some form of sale. Newegg seems to place an LGA 1155 on sale every other week, so just watch for one. I paid about $103 for my i3-2100, and $77 for my 500GB Seagate Hard Drive on Newegg. Both were brand new. I paid $180 with shipping, and it would have normally cost $210

Just a word of advice. :) 
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January 19, 2012 2:04:35 PM

Oh yeah, i forgot about those newegg coupons and rebates. Well, he has 2 months, so that should be enough time to get some sweet deals on those domponents.

EDIT: He should get the case now, usually it's 60$ ( i think ). Also, i doubt that Radeon is going to get cheapher.
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January 19, 2012 6:21:21 PM

Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model $40
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X $18
i5 2400 $190
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 $165
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s $70
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 $55
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB $100
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS $60

Total: $698
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January 26, 2012 2:13:10 AM

thanks all of you for your help! I have one more question before I pull the trigger... Will all these parts work together?

fans: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026ZPFCK/ref=ox_sc_a...

case: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SN76SW/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RWJGHM/ref=ox_sc_a...

CPU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056D5AMY/ref=ox_sc_a...

GPU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C8RTTU/ref=ox_sc_a...

windows 7: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_a...

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

For RAM, I'm stuck between 2 products. I've heard a couple complaints about ripjaws not working well with AMD so Im not sure which of these 2 are better.

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

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

Thanks! :D 
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January 26, 2012 3:21:26 AM

Newegg does not charge tax on their products. Amazon does.............
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January 26, 2012 3:25:16 AM

For gaming go with the i3 2120. Open window to upgrade to a i5 2500k or Ivy Bridge with a Z68 or P67 motherboard if you ever choose to do so.
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January 26, 2012 8:53:33 AM

With 3 fans already in your NZXT ZERO 2 case you can safely leave the CM fans off your shopping list. Once you have your system up and running, do some stress testing (ie, gaming) and let the system temps guide you on where more fans are even necessary. My guess is they wont be needed.
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January 26, 2012 9:07:40 AM

X4 960T CPU / ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ 970 MB / SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 combo is a good one.
One trick I use to match parts is to read the NewEgg customer comments. And check the motherboard and see what RAM choices people used successfully. Both Corsair Vengeance and Gskill Ripjaws were mentioned as working OK. Either one is OK.

I can't find any independent reviews showing that Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W PSU is a good one. It happened to be on sale @ NewEgg a while back for $34. On Amazon you missed a $20 rebate by a few weeks. I'm thinking this is too much for a middle-quality PSU. I'll look around for better options.
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January 26, 2012 9:29:55 AM

A good value right now: OCZ ZS Series 750W $99 with $25 rebate and $20 NewEgg gift card & free shipping.
About $55 as final cost.
It gets a reasonable performance review from Tweaktown.
Best price on Amazon I saw was $75 a/r.

Another good value: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W $90 with $30 rebate and $10 off with Promo code EMCNJHF42.
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January 26, 2012 10:46:46 AM

wreck6969 said:
Newegg does not charge tax on their products. Amazon does.............


Newegg Taxed me last time I ordered there and amazon did not.
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January 26, 2012 10:49:15 AM

@ bobochez
You figured out why, right?
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January 26, 2012 11:15:00 AM

WR2 said:
@ bobochez
You figured out why, right?


They (amazon) only tax a couple of states, of which California is not one. Newegg only taxes to a couple states as well, and california is on that list. So yes, pardon my ignorance, you could get taxed by both, or by neither one. Just depends where you live.
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January 26, 2012 11:16:01 AM

Also free shipping with amazon :D 
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January 26, 2012 11:25:18 AM

Smart shoppers look at all the angles.
Now if they could only make the #$# rebates easier.
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January 26, 2012 11:27:21 AM

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A good value right now: OCZ ZS Series 750W $99 with $25 rebate and $20 NewEgg gift card & free shipping.
and four! PCI-e power leads for that possible 2nd graphics card.
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January 26, 2012 11:26:04 PM

is 550w enough to run this computer?
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January 26, 2012 11:29:24 PM

Yes it is. However, 650W is a safer bet.
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January 27, 2012 1:02:26 AM

Best answer selected by bobochez.
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