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$1300-$1500 work/gaming/internet PC Build

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March 6, 2012 12:06:35 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 Weeks (have March 26-30 off from work/vacation to build it)

Budget Range: $1300 - $1500 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: work (office software), surfing the internet, gaming, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (but open to others)

Country: USA - Miami, FL

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Full ATX motherboard, open for everything else

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire or SLI depending on card- future

Monitor Resolution: Max Res: 1920 X 1080 (going to be using a HP - 23" Flat-Panel LED HD Monitor)

Additional Comments: No bling, no leds, simple all black case, sleeper/stealth look (car reference :) )


Ok here is what I have been looking at so far:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $137.99

Processor/RAM: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor + CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 - $376.98

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - $42.99 (ok one LED, but its not bright ;) )

Thermal Paste: Artic Silver 5 - $12.99

Case: NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $79.99

Additional Case Fans: Antec 761345-75120-9 120mm Case Fan - 2 @ 8.13 = $16.26

Power Supply: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified - $109.99

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 2 @ 144.99 = $289.98

HDD: None (for now, will add one when/if needed)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM - $139.99

Graphics Card: MSI R6850 Cyclone PE/OC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 - $164.99

Soundcard: None/On board (may add a card later if needed)

CD/DVD ROM: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black 1.5Gbps Model SH-222AL/BSBS LightScribe Support - OEM - $19.99

MISC: Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap - $4.99

GRAND TOTAL w/shipping - $1,415.40

I need a PC for everything (tired of using a notebook) and Diablo 3 is coming out sooner than later. But, other games I will probably play Sykrim and World of Warcraft. I know I am a bit behind on computer gaming, but college/women/partying and then work/women/partying I have gotten away from being all about computers.

I have NEVER built an entire PC before (always wanted to), but I have done pretty much everything else short of installing a motherboard/processor/cooler. I want this build to last (kind of future proof/upgradeable) and super fast. Tired of Dell's or other PCs burning out and want QUALITY components w/out being bent over for extra $$$ for upgrades. Also, I am planning on doing RAID 0 w/ the 2 SSD Drives as soon as TRIM support is available for Raid and RST 11.5 (should be out anytime now right?)

So am I missing anything? Any suggestions/recommendations/changes? Totally overkill???

Thanks in advance for your help.

-CHAD
March 6, 2012 3:23:06 AM

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Soundcard: None/On board (may add a card later if needed)


Not needed - onboard audio will be fine.

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I have NEVER built an entire PC before (always wanted to), but I have done pretty much everything else short of installing a motherboard/processor/cooler. I want this build to last (kind of future proof/upgradeable) and super fast. Tired of Dell's or other PCs burning out and want QUALITY components w/out being bent over for extra $$$ for upgrades. Also, I am planning on doing RAID 0 w/ the 2 SSD Drives as soon as TRIM support is available for Raid and RST 11.5 (should be out anytime now right?)


Yes - going with your own build is definitely the way to do it. I'll never buy a Dell or any pre-built computer ever again after lots of experience with building my own now.

RAIDing SSDs though is really pointless - you're not going to notice any performance increase and it's way more likely to lead to drive failure. It's best to RAID your secondary storage and leave the SSDs alone.

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HDD: None (for now, will add one when/if needed)


Like I said it's really pointless to RAID SSDs - lose one of them and add a Samsung Ecogreen F4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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So am I missing anything? Any suggestions/recommendations/changes? Totally overkill???


Your build looks pretty decent but could use a bit of tweaking.

1. Lose the extra thermal paste, case fans and static wrist strap - you don't need those things. Most modern cases are well ventilated to begin with, and most good CPU coolers come with their own paste so you're buying the same product twice. Static wrist straps are completely worthless - as long as you work on a clean surface you'll be fine. Put that money into upgrading your GPU.

2. Swap your PSU for this - Rosewill is certainly not a trusted / recommended brand of PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. The 2600 and 16GB are not really needed - drop that to the 2500K and the RAM to 8GB. Put that money into upgrading your GPU, with the difference saved between that and losing the accessories you can upgrade your GPU to a 570TI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Ditch the Zalman cooler - I'm not the biggest fan of theirs - go with a Hyper 212 Evo, EVGA M020, or Corsair A70.
- Corsair A70: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Hyper 212 Evo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- EVGA M020: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. NZXT makes good cases - the 410 is a decent choice but for the price the Corsair Carbide would be a better bet:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Alternately you could pay a small difference and upgrade to the Phantom: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 6, 2012 2:20:45 PM

Thank you for the help...Really trying to catch up on all the new computer technology on the fly, as I have not really been up to date on PCs since the P3/P4 days.

I LOVE that Corsair 400r Case is NICE!

Now about the motherboard.....Is that ASUS a good choice or would a ASRock such as this be better:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z68extr...

Any other mobo your recommend?

As for the videocard...how big of a difference is there between the 128bit, 256bit, and 320bit DDR5 cards? Kind of confused on that.

Thanks,

Chad
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March 6, 2012 2:33:02 PM

g-unit1111 said:
2. Swap your PSU for this - Rosewill is certainly not a trusted / recommended brand of PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe not in general but the Capstone series is top quality and I would choose the Capstone 750 over the TX750 V2 any day.

g-unit1111 said:
4. Ditch the Zalman cooler - I'm not the biggest fan of theirs - go with a Hyper 212 Evo, EVGA M020, or Corsair A70.
- Corsair A70: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Hyper 212 Evo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- EVGA M020: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would suggest:
Thermalright True Spirit 140 $40 ($13 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/ThermalRight-100700536-True-Spiri...
Or
Thermalright Macho HR-02 $40 ($13 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/ThermalRight-HR-02-MACHO-Thermalr...
Especially if you want a quiet cooler.
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March 6, 2012 3:16:21 PM

Silvune said:
Maybe not in general but the Capstone series is top quality and I would choose the Capstone 750 over the TX750 V2 any day.


I would suggest:
Thermalright True Spirit 140 $40 ($13 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/ThermalRight-100700536-True-Spiri...
Or
Thermalright Macho HR-02 $40 ($13 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/ThermalRight-HR-02-MACHO-Thermalr...
Especially if you want a quiet cooler.


I like that Thermalright cooler - I also like some of these:

- Akasa Voodoo Venom: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14775/cpu-aka-07/Akas...
- Noctua NH-U9B: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9946/cpu-noc-17/Noctu...
- Scythe MUGEN-3:http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13396/cpu-scy-35/Scyt...

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Now about the motherboard.....Is that ASUS a good choice or would a ASRock such as this be better:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asroc [...] treme3gen3

Any other mobo your recommend?


That's an OK choice - I'd personally go for this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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