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February 20, 2012 8:57:13 PM

I will be purchasing a new custom build within the next day and would like to see if my proposed build is suitable/efficient. I already bought a few things because they were almost sold out. I have exactly $1000 to spend on COMPUTERS ONLY so please don't suggest a part just because it's cheaper :D  .

Approximate Purchase Date: TODAY or TOMORROW

Budget Range: $1000 exactly

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home/Office use. Occasional Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, HDD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] irect=true

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com first then newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No (don't even know what this is )

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am looking for a quiet computer that runs smoothly. My current one is quite loud and lags a bit. I surf the web a lot and download frequently so I would like to be able to multitask easily. I don't game a lot but it would be nice to be able run Skyrim. I know $1000 is overkill for "occasional gaming" but I want a reliable and efficient computer that will not need to be upgraded anytime soon.

Proposed Build:

Case $69.99
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo $121.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU $229.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card $169.99
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L 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...

SSD (already bought for $199.99)
Samsung 830
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-830-MZ-7PC128D-Internal-D...

PSU $39.99
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disk Drive $15.99
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 OS (already bought for $99.99)

Total: $992.73

I do not know if this PSU is enough but if it needs to be more powerful, I will downgrade my video card to upgrade it.

Thanks!
February 20, 2012 9:03:41 PM

Why would you make such good choices on everything except the psu? 550w Corsair or Seasonic or other Tier 1 or 2. If you need to save money on the gpu or mobo
February 20, 2012 9:06:17 PM

You need RAM. Count on spending around $40 for 8GB of ddr3-1600.
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February 20, 2012 9:11:11 PM

Yeah you need ram. Reccomended is 8gb but you at least need 4gb min. Also you need to get rid of that psu it's garbage. Get a corsair or seasonic and something a little higher like a 550 or 650. Also I'm going to take it you want to overclock your CPU. So your going to need a CPU cooler. Hyper 212 is what you need for $30 bucks.
February 20, 2012 9:15:55 PM

Personally i went with this PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Its quite cheap and Half modular ( I love that part) I'm sure 700w would be more than enough.. And yea you'll def need RAM but ram is super cheap.. Like Cody said $40 for mid range DDr3. - $70-$80 for real good ones.
February 20, 2012 9:30:56 PM

Better, but you can get the Antec 750W for $5 less. :p 

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February 20, 2012 9:41:40 PM
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kimisizer said:
Lol, I can't believe I forgot RAM. I had it in a combo deal and then forgot about it.

Anyways, I think I'll go with.

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

And how's this for a PSU?

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

Should I downgrade mobo or video card?

Thanks!

If you don't have any plans on using dual vid cards later on then check out this board down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
February 20, 2012 10:05:19 PM

Why_Me said:
If you don't have any plans on using dual vid cards later on then check out this board down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Thanks for that suggestion, I think I will go with that. For me, the cheapest most efficient PSU I could find was

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...

Would this work? Has anyone had experience with this particular model?

And would downgrading to a 6850 have any significant effect?
February 20, 2012 10:31:48 PM

kimisizer said:
Thanks for that suggestion, I think I will go with that. For me, the cheapest most efficient PSU I could find was

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...

Would this work? Has anyone had experience with this particular model?

And would downgrading to a 6850 have any significant effect?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
February 20, 2012 10:38:24 PM

Many of the 6950's can be unlocked to a 6970. If you get one of those, then no difference. At stock settings, the 6950 is not a huge downgrade from a 6970. Check out Tom's Graphics Charts to compare the numbers. No guarantees can be made about a 6950's unlockability, so don't put all of your eggs in that basket.
February 20, 2012 10:49:09 PM

cody206 said:
Many of the 6950's can be unlocked to a 6970. If you get one of those, then no difference. At stock settings, the 6950 is not a huge downgrade from a 6970. Check out Tom's Graphics Charts to compare the numbers. No guarantees can be made about a 6950's unlockability, so don't put all of your eggs in that basket.


How about

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047ZGIUK/ref=ox_sc_a... ?

And Why_Me, thanks for that awesome PSU!
February 20, 2012 11:14:14 PM

Ok, after some tweaking this is what I've come up with. I took out the disk drive for now because my current one has one and I will upgrade later. Please tell me if there are any issues with this build!

Case $69.99
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129066

Mobo $104.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU $227.99 (already bought on amazon)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Graphics Card $169.99
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102948

SSD (already bought for $199.99)
Samsung 830
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-830- [...] 180&sr=8-2

PSU $59.99
Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM $41.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Windows 7 OS (already bought for $99.99)

Total: $1002.17

There is a 530W Rosewill PSU of the same model for $10 less. Should I stick with this one or is it okay to downgrade? Thanks!
February 20, 2012 11:37:28 PM

get rid of that crappy rosewill psu and get the corsair 650 you saw on amazon. Corsair are one of the most reliable and best made PSU out there. I highly recommend the one you saw on amazon. 80%n of problems you see on here are with bad PSU's and RAM. save yourself the headache and get a top quality PSU.

Dont forget about the CPU cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with those two changes you have a great rig.
February 21, 2012 12:01:55 AM

neal0790 said:
get rid of that crappy rosewill psu and get the corsair 650 you saw on amazon. Corsair are one of the most reliable and best made PSU out there. I highly recommend the one you saw on amazon. 80%n of problems you see on here are with bad PSU's and RAM. save yourself the headache and get a top quality PSU.

Dont forget about the CPU cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with those two changes you have a great rig.

Agreed about the Raidmax, but the OP needs a 650w psu like he needs another hole in his head. He's running a single 6870.
February 21, 2012 12:19:51 AM

I'm confused, so what wattage do I exactly need on my PSU?

And also, the cooler suggested is necessary but will it fit in my case?

Thanks!
February 21, 2012 12:25:53 AM

Why_Me said:
Agreed about the Raidmax, but the OP needs a 650w psu like he needs another hole in his head. He's running a single 6870.


lol agreed. He keeps jumping from brand to brand, watt to watt. Im just trying to get him to atleast end up with a decent brand, then maybe we can get him to settle on a watt...haha

OP Pick this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... its all you will ever need.
February 21, 2012 12:27:52 AM

Lol.

Someone just said I did not need a 630W and now you are suggesting me the same one I posted above.

:p 
February 21, 2012 12:46:42 AM

Ok, I managed to dig up an extra $100 and with your guys' help came up with this final (hopefully) build

Case $69.99
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129066

Mobo $104.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157279

CPU $227.99 (already bought on amazon)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

CPU Cooler $27.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card $169.99
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C8RTTU/ref=ox_sc_a...

SSD (already bought for $199.99)
Samsung 830
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-830- [...] 180&sr=8-2

PSU $89.99
Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-650TXV2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM $41.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231311

Disk Drive $15.99
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 OS (already bought for $99.99)

Total: $1075.02

I am now looking for final suggestions and observations. Will this build be quick and quiet? Will it be reliable?

Thanks!

February 21, 2012 5:48:13 AM

That build looks great right there. You should be very happy with the performance once its put together. I wouldnt change anything with the budget you have.

That psu is about 100 watts more than you need. But its better to have more than less when it comes to your PSU. Plus who knows if your going to upgrade the card at some point, add fans, bluray drives, HDD, SSD..etc. Everything requires power so you better off making sure you set now, then realizing it a year down the road and having to buy another.
February 21, 2012 6:02:33 AM

kimisizer said:
Ok, I managed to dig up an extra $100 and with your guys' help came up with this final (hopefully) build

Case $69.99
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129066

Mobo $104.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157279

CPU $227.99 (already bought on amazon)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

CPU Cooler $27.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card $169.99
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C8RTTU/ref=ox_sc_a...

SSD (already bought for $199.99)
Samsung 830
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-830- [...] 180&sr=8-2

PSU $89.99
Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-650TXV2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM $41.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231311

Disk Drive $15.99
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 OS (already bought for $99.99)

Total: $1075.02

I am now looking for final suggestions and observations. Will this build be quick and quiet? Will it be reliable?

Thanks!

OK from here on don't listen to anyone on here but me in regards to a psu. A 650w psu is great if your going to run two of those cards. You have a single card board and a single 6870.

Minimum power supply requirements for that card is 500w. That's from the AMD site, and AMD always goes high for peeps who get crappy psu's. You could easily run that card on a decent 400w-450w psu.


February 22, 2012 3:51:32 AM

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