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First Build - $600-$700 gaming pc need suggestions & advice

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February 21, 2012 8:07:42 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: $600 preferred, $700ish or less after rebates okay

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video playback, web browsing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, os, speakers

Preferred Websites for Parts: Trying to stay local, preferably Microcenter, open to newegg and others if need be though

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel CPU, at least 8 gigs of ram & 1tb or more HDD. Storm Enforcer case for sure.

Overclocking: Might consider in future

SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely but possible

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 current, up to 1920x1080 if in budget.

Additional Comments: My main concern is if all the pieces I selected will work together & if they're the best for the price I'm looking at.
I may have chose a component that is crap and I wouldn't know any better so any opinion or advice is appreciated.
I don't need it to play games like BF3 on ultra, but I still want it to look nice and run well with most games on high.





CM Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
$85.99 - $75.99 after Rebate

Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
$149.99

GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 mATX Intel Motherboard
$114.99 - $104.99 after Rebate

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
$119.99 - $99.99 after Rebate

Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
$34.99

TR2 Series 500 Watt ATX Power Supply
$44.99 - $34.99 after Rebate

WD Caviar Green 1.5GB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD15EARX - OEM
$119.99

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD Burner OEM
$17.99

SATA Data Cable with Latch 27.5
$3.99


Total: $734.48 before rebates. $684.48 after rebates


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February 21, 2012 8:17:32 PM

I'd go with a full size motherboard for starters. mATX (m for micro) really limit your upgrade options. Second, definitely, get a cheaper processor and a better vid card. (i3-2XXX or even a dual core 860, etc.) Gaming is more GPU intensive, so put more money into a GTX 560 or something along those lines.
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February 21, 2012 8:24:52 PM

I would get at least that as a processor. I think it's good value.
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February 21, 2012 8:31:05 PM

yah you could get the z68a d3h b3 which is the full size of that mobo which i have and i love it and it comes with for sata cables so you dont need the sata cable

also i dont know about that power supply maybe you should look into other ones
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February 21, 2012 8:38:27 PM

goatsword said:
I'd go with a full size motherboard for starters. mATX (m for micro) really limit your upgrade options. Second, definitely, get a cheaper processor and a better vid card. (i3-2XXX or even a dual core 860, etc.) Gaming is more GPU intensive, so put more money into a GTX 560 or something along those lines.



I agree with this. Remember you are on a 600-700 budget. So you must shop like you are. Get the (i3-2XXX or even a dual core 860, etc.), like goatsword said, and a better GPU. Processors don't factor much in performance after the i3 2XXX series. You'll only notice a 1-3 fps diference compared to anything more expensive, on resolutions under 1080p . Your budget is mainstream, there for shop like your mainstream. And read up some CPU reviews. Get a better GPU with the money saved, 550ti is not that good, you'll be forced to play at 1440x900 with lowered Details, nothing truely maxed, for any Direct 3d 11 games. Get yourself a 6850 instead.
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February 21, 2012 9:02:41 PM

Thanks for the advice guys,
I found this motherboard, decent reviews and full size, will probably swap this one with the one I listed.

P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

I chose the i5 because it was only $50 more than the i3 and I figured it'd be better long term, but I think i'll go with the i3 like you all said and put it towards the gpu.

I wasn't sure on the psu, so thanks for the recommendation, i'll probably change that too.
Gonna end up going over my budget but I'd rather do that then skimp out on something important.
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February 21, 2012 10:50:33 PM

Lol Soldier is such a troll. $600 is fine, my build is only worth $600 now and it runs BF3 and PS5 fine.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

I think you'll find it very suited to your budget. Specially since you get a 6870 instead of the 550 Ti. (That thing is a terrible card for the value referring to the 550 Ti)

Another thing, unless you actually need 1TB+ Don't go with the green drives. The 5400 RPM spin is going to be noticeably slower on loading times and boot times. Maybe for a backup but definitely not for a regular use drive.
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February 21, 2012 11:14:50 PM

I really like that 1tb seagate. A little cheaper than the one I was looking at and spins at 7,200.
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February 21, 2012 11:21:43 PM

Agree...holding the WD/Seagate debate constant, those are definitely better choices than the Green.
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February 21, 2012 11:44:16 PM

I wasn't going to debate which drives are better IMO if it works and spins at 7200 RPM at a low price it's fine at these price points. The Seagate will be cheaper mainly because Seagate has more operational factories vs WD in Thailand right now.
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February 29, 2012 6:09:10 AM

Best answer selected by Seizonsha.
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