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First PC Build ($850 Non-Gaming)

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February 21, 2012 1:19:27 AM

I pretty much have my parts picked out, but I wanted to post my build to get critique / suggestions. I will be purchasing the parts over the next 2 - 3 weeks. Here is my newegg wishlist and preferences. I will probably purchase a different case than the one on there, but I really like that case. I do not plan to do any significant gaming right away, and if I do, I will look into video cards at that time. In the meantime, I plan to just use the i5's graphics with the Z68 board. Some priorities of mine include cable management, ease of assembly / compatibility, upgradability / future proofing, and bragging rights. I know this is way more than I need, but I would prefer to have few worries over the next 4 - 5 years no matter what I decide to do with it. Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Here is my newegg wishlist:
My Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $750 - $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Entry-level programming, Videos, Surfing, Bragging rights

Parts Not Required: I need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel for processor; Open to pretty much everything else (I like Corsair's cases)

Overclocking: Yes, to approx. 4.0 GHz

SLI or Crossfire: No

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February 21, 2012 1:35:24 AM

coltsfan33 said:
I pretty much have my parts picked out, but I wanted to post my build to get critique / suggestions. I will be purchasing the parts over the next 2 - 3 weeks. Here is my newegg wishlist and preferences. I will probably purchase a different case than the one on there, but I really like that case. I do not plan to do any significant gaming right away, and if I do, I will look into video cards at that time. In the meantime, I plan to just use the i5's graphics with the Z68 board. Some priorities of mine include cable management, ease of assembly / compatibility, upgradability / future proofing, and bragging rights. I know this is way more than I need, but I would prefer to have few worries over the next 4 - 5 years no matter what I decide to do with it. Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Here is my newegg wishlist:
My Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $750 - $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Entry-level programming, Videos, Surfing, Bragging rights

Parts Not Required: I need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel for processor; Open to pretty much everything else (I like Corsair's cases)

Overclocking: Yes, to approx. 4.0 GHz

SLI or Crossfire: No





Case - Yours is fine, but if you want you can check out the nzxt phantom. (I have it, GREAT cable manegment, tons of room)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Try this one, its popular, works great, and cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Yours looks alright, for $10 more you could get a better brand and modular. Modular is great for cable manegment.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - looks good.

RAM - Defenitly stay away from Tall heat spreaders, might not fit with cpu cooler. Try something like this, its also low voltage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - Looks good.

DVD drive - Looks good.

CPU cooler - They have a newer one of the one you selected, choices choices.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Have a monitor? Need the OS?



Hope it Helps!
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February 21, 2012 1:47:52 AM

Thanks for the advice. I really like that case. I'm not sure I need a full tower, but at the same price as the case I have on there now, why not? I am actually trying to find something more in the $80 ballpark that has similar features. I really like having the grommets to route cables through. So far, I haven't found anything (other than maybe the Carbide 300R, which I'm not a fan of) in my price range.

That's the first I've heard mention about staying away from tall heat spreaders. Thanks for that tip. (Plus, "Sniper" sounds cooler lol)

I still am not sold on a PSU. I do prefer modular, and I have added your suggestion to my "Options" list.

I have looked at the ASRock board you mentioned. I have gone back and forth between the two. I don't think I have enough need of the extra features on the Asus to pay the extra $50 or so, but it is a sweet mobo. It also has bluetooth, which while I don't know that I'll use it, is a nice feature to have.

I have looked at the Evo, but so far from what I have read, it doesn't do much more than the 212+ and (I might be mistaken) is more of a pain to install.

I do need a monitor, but I am not extremely picky about that. I figure I will read some reviews on a $150 or so monitor. If you have a recommendation though, that'd be awesome.

I am going with Windows 7 Home Premium @ ~$100

I will also need a keyboard / mouse, but again, not that picky. I will probably just get an ergonomic wireless set for $30 - $40.
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February 21, 2012 2:05:49 AM

coltsfan33 said:
Thanks for the advice. I really like that case. I'm not sure I need a full tower, but at the same price as the case I have on there now, why not? I am actually trying to find something more in the $80 ballpark that has similar features. I really like having the grommets to route cables through. So far, I haven't found anything (other than maybe the Carbide 300R, which I'm not a fan of) in my price range.

That's the first I've heard mention about staying away from tall heat spreaders. Thanks for that tip. (Plus, "Sniper" sounds cooler lol)

I still am not sold on a PSU. I do prefer modular, and I have added your suggestion to my "Options" list.

I have looked at the ASRock board you mentioned. I have gone back and forth between the two. I don't think I have enough need of the extra features on the Asus to pay the extra $50 or so, but it is a sweet mobo. It also has bluetooth, which while I don't know that I'll use it, is a nice feature to have.

I have looked at the Evo, but so far from what I have read, it doesn't do much more than the 212+ and (I might be mistaken) is more of a pain to install.

I do need a monitor, but I am not extremely picky about that. I figure I will read some reviews on a $150 or so monitor. If you have a recommendation though, that'd be awesome.

I am going with Windows 7 Home Premium @ ~$100

I will also need a keyboard / mouse, but again, not that picky. I will probably just get an ergonomic wireless set for $30 - $40.



Yeah, no matter what you choose you will have a solid build.

Here is the monitor i am currently using, I love it (the back matches the phantom haha)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use this keyboard/mouse, its pretty nice but not quite ergonomic. Choices Choices.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the PSU, it is what everything on the computer runs on, so in my opinon defenitly get a quality brand like corsair or seasonic. Cant go wrong with anything from those brands.

For the case, maybe check out the raidmax smilodon, HAF 912, or maybe NZXT Apollo. Might not look as nice, but you could save there.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- Comes in white, too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


And yes, the sniper even has a sight on the top haha.


Hope it helps!
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February 21, 2012 2:29:53 AM

Just checked out XFX, they look pretty good. Just go with whatever feels right!
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