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Help me build my 1st computer $600 - $650

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February 7, 2012 3:30:27 PM

How's it going guys

So here it is, first time building a computer and I'm getting very excited but at the same time it's somewhat intimidating. You always want to get the best parts for your money and the best possible set up based on what you're going to be using it for. I've heard great things about this website and all the great input you fine folks provide and share with noobs like myself. I'm self taught and have replaced cd/dvd burners, power supply units, installed operating systems... With that said - I'm ready for the next step and build my own system.

So I need your help. All input is much much appreciated

Approximate Purchase Date: month to month and a half

Budget Range: $600- $650

System Usage from Most to Least important: tons of video editing/rendering, gaming, streaming live online, watching movies and the usual online surfing and some photoshop

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitors and operating system (already own windows 7 ultimate 64bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference - cheapest and most reliable

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: open to both AMD or Intel set up (looking for best bang for the buck), mid-tower or full tower case

Overclocking: not familiar with this, open to either or

SLI or Crossfire: not familiar with this either, open to either or

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: would like to have dual monitor set up, really looking for quick rendering times when it comes to producing videos, and would like to throw any game with high/max settings. Thank you guys for all your help and time, as I stated early - trying to look for the best bang for the buck.

Here's what I have in mind:

CPU: intel core i5/ amd quad core
GPU: radeon hd 6870
RAM: 8gb
HDD: 500gb (the more the better)
OD: any for budget
case: would like one with usb 3.0 but only if within budget
mobo: would like one with usb 3.0 but only if within budget
PSU: 550w

What do you think?
February 7, 2012 3:55:26 PM

Looks good, the brands and form-factors come down to personal preference. Newegg.com is universally praised in the US, and they have some great deals. my advice would be to get an i7-2600 or better since you will be doing a lot of video encoding. The hyperthreading makes a noticeable difference.
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February 7, 2012 4:00:59 PM

$70 NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$85 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$195 GIGABYTE GV-N56GOC-1GI GeForce GTX 560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60 COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30 Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996778
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$185 Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $674.93
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February 7, 2012 4:01:46 PM

I'f i were you i would go with a I5, if you can fit it into the budget the new 7870 may be at a affordable range. I have been eyeing this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for a while now. The Core i5 2400 is all you need. the 2500k is good but unless your gonna Over Clock you don't need anything but the 2400. the 7870 is probably gonna be out of range for you by now. so for mid range NVIDIA seems to rule the nest. a GTX 560 1gb (EVGA) is around 189.99 at newegg. the Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or..... i recommended this one earlier today : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a Good power supply TX 650 from corsair is a deal for 100$
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February 7, 2012 4:11:03 PM

thank you for the links Alvine. I really appreciate it... checking them out as we speak
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February 7, 2012 4:15:42 PM

jessterman21 said:
Looks good, the brands and form-factors come down to personal preference. Newegg.com is universally praised in the US, and they have some great deals. my advice would be to get an i7-2600 or better since you will be doing a lot of video encoding. The hyperthreading makes a noticeable difference.


Hey Jessterman21

considering the price difference i5 vs i7, to your point, is it worth the price jump when it comes to video rendering to go with the i7. Just trying to figure out if its a very noticeable performance/time difference. Afraid it will put me way over budget - so tempting :pfff: 

thanks
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February 7, 2012 4:16:58 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $189.99
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $69.99
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $39.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $84.99
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $15.99
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $39.99
NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $154.99 - $10MIR
HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $44.99 - $20MIR
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Total: $640.92 - $30MIR
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February 7, 2012 4:40:56 PM

l0lbsofbacon said:
Hey Jessterman21

considering the price difference i5 vs i7, to your point, is it worth the price jump when it comes to video rendering to go with the i7. Just trying to figure out if its a very noticeable performance/time difference. Afraid it will put me way over budget - so tempting :pfff: 

thanks


The short version is no. If you had a higher budget, it would absolutely be worth going for the i7, but at $600 it just isn't a good idea.

Also, I really like drunkducki's build. It's almost part for part what I would have recommended, as far as I see it's the best bang for your buck at this price range.
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February 7, 2012 6:00:44 PM

quick question, with this build in consideration, how would BF3 play & at what kind of settings? Last but not least, what kind of build do you need to play BF3 at max settings? Thank you
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February 7, 2012 7:40:43 PM

Grand_Admiral_K said:
The short version is no. If you had a higher budget, it would absolutely be worth going for the i7, but at $600 it just isn't a good idea.

Also, I really like drunkducki's build. It's almost part for part what I would have recommended, as far as I see it's the best bang for your buck at this price range.

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Agreed. Either of these 6870s are great, too.

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

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

And OP, you'd be playing BF3 at high/ultra settings depending on your sensitivity to variable framerates.
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February 7, 2012 11:11:08 PM

Technically, if you really wanted to play the game on Ultra, all settings turned to their highest, and still get 60+ FPS you basically need to be running a good SLI/crossfire or have a 7950 or 7970.

That being said, Jessterman has the right of it, a 6870 still play BF3 pretty damn good. I really wouldn't be too concerned about maxing it out. With your emphasis on video editing and such I would suggest you go to the i7 before bumping your video card up another level.
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February 7, 2012 11:44:21 PM

Here's an alternative from Microcenter

Intel Core i5-2500K $179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 $49.99 after $10 rebate and $50 bundle savings with the i5
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

8GB HyperX DDR3-1333 $29.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

500GB Caviar Blue $99.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

LG 22x DVD-RW 16.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Gigabyte 6870 $159.99 after $30 rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

BitFenix Merc Alpha $34.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk3 600W Modular $64.99 after $20 rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


$696.92 - $60 in rebates.

Going to an i7-2600K would add exactly $100.
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