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February 21, 2012 1:11:20 AM

Hi i'm new at building computers and I was hoping that the community could help me out. I have a budget of $800 Max.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2 - 4 weeks


Budget Range: $800


System Usage from Most to Least Important: School, Gaming, Movies, and some video editing.


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, HDD


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com first, then Newegg


Country: USA


Parts Preferences: Any RELIABLE Brands;
I have these in mind so far:
1. Mobo: Gigabyte Motherboard GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 [http://tinyurl.com/8564ayq]
2. Cpu: Core i5-2500K [http://tinyurl.com/7owx5l3]
3. Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz [http://tinyurl.com/7qrd7jp]
4. Gpu: SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB [http://tinyurl.com/72k4wha] or XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 900M 1 GB [http://tinyurl.com/899qaux]
5. Wireless card : Open to suggestions.
6. Power Supply: Open to suggestions.
7. Tower: Open to suggestions.

Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: Probably in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 at 60hz


Additional Comments: I was going to buy a pc from Best Buy but my friend told me its better to build one and after some explaining I gave in. I'm looking for a quiet computer that runs smoothly. I surf the web a lot and download frequently so I would like to be able to multitask easily. I also game a lot so I would like a Graphics card that can tackle almost anything I throw at it.
February 21, 2012 1:20:00 AM

You don't need to get the i5 2500K if you're not overclocking.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Upgrade to the 560 Ti (+50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $697 before rebates and OS.

It'll work great, the i5 2400 is like the i5 2500K only you can't overclock. It saves money so that's what's nice. The 560 Ti is a better card and it's solid for the price. If you want quite I would suggest looking into the NZXT Source 210 towers or Fractal cases.
Fractal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NZXT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 21, 2012 3:21:50 AM
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February 21, 2012 3:57:22 AM

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February 21, 2012 4:03:41 AM

Is it bad to save money?

I mean if you want to spend a little more, you can check out my $850 build, it'll supply you with the i5 2500K, so you can OC in the future if you wanted to. You get the 560 Ti which is a sweet card, a solid board allowing SLI, a PSU that gives you the ability to SLI and you can just switch the case to the NZXT Source 210 $800-ish since the Source is cheaper than the HAF 912 and quieter.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
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February 21, 2012 4:07:03 AM



I would change a few things, get the i5-2500 k, youu can easily run it at 4.4 ghz

I would get this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or the antec 300.

this psu gives you the option to sli in the future http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and would get this ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 21, 2012 5:34:20 AM

Wait, OP do you want silence. The HAF 912 isn't really quiet it's good for airflow but not exactly quite. Not LOUD, but it's definitely not quiet.

Same price as the G.Skill faster but same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Wintec isn't a bad company pretty solid.

Most of us have suggested Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 I believe?
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February 23, 2012 12:09:54 AM

Thanks for the help bros! but unfortunately 250 dollars from my budget went towards school. So now i'm left with almost $500 :/ . I'm getting more money soon but I need a computer asap since my Laptop messed up. Should I start a new thread or just continue from here?
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February 23, 2012 1:29:43 AM

You could save a ton by downgrading to a P67 mobo.
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February 23, 2012 1:52:00 AM

adgjlsfhk said:
You could save a ton by downgrading to a P67 mobo.


maybe $10-$20 he has to downgrade to a h61 at this point.
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February 23, 2012 3:33:13 AM

Check out my $650 build:
http://www.squidoo.com/lensmaster/lenses
Drop down to this motherboard (-$20)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Drop down to this 6850 (-$20)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Switch to this PSU (-$15 before rebates, $25 after)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Switch to this case (-$10)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Switch the CPU to the i3 2100, didn't want to lose the i5 2400 but had to be done to save. (-$65)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $517
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