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March 10, 2012 7:41:24 PM

I am looking for the best bang for the buck.

My budget is $900.

So far what I have is this.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I already have keyboard, mouse, hard drive, and monitor at home.

What I would like to do, if possible, is find out if there are other parts that are a larger bang for the buck to lower the cost more; because I would like to get a better monitor than what I have now or another hard drive for extra storage. If there are no parts that will give me a better value, I will keep what I have on the list.

I do have a bit of overclocking in mind. I like to squeeze out as much performance from my equipment as possible.

I was thinking about this combo, but not sure if the MB and case are very good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

EDIT: Just realized that the link I posted wasn't to the public wish list. Fixed.

EDIT2: Something else I was wondering about. I could go with 1gb version of the video card and drop some money. I mainly went with the 2gb because I play skyrim a lot and wanted to load a lot of texture packs. Think 1gb would be enough for those?

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March 11, 2012 11:16:07 PM

So I recently discovered PC Part Picker and I like it. Changed a couple things and this is what I have. Any input at all? I have a few cases in mind and the one listed is the one I would like to get, but I can get a different one if some of you think it isn't worth the $170. I also changed the 1gb card to a 2gb after doing research and seeing that 2gb probably wasn't worth the extra price.

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.98 @ PC Mall)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($165.68 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Raidmax 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $842.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-11 20:11 EDT-0400)
March 11, 2012 11:24:18 PM

Raidmax makes horrible Power Supplies. Get a brand name PSU from Corsair, XFX, or Seasonic. I would not get a $165 dollar case on a $900 budget. Get the HAF 912 and spend the extra $ on a 560ti 448-core.
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March 11, 2012 11:58:51 PM

Ok I could easily go with a different power supply. As far as cases go, I would really like one with USB 3.0 on the front panel so I don't have to get another case with my next build down the line. I know the HAF 912 is good, but is there another out there comparable with USB 3.0?

Maybe the Rosewill Challenger or something similar?
March 12, 2012 12:00:08 AM

I believe the Corsair 400R does.
March 12, 2012 12:11:26 AM

Also something else I meant to ask but forgot. The video card.

You suggested the 448 core 560 TI. I was reading elsewhere that it would be possible to overclock an MSI fozr II regular 560 TI to be comparable to a 448 core, for less cost. This is what I was planning to do. Any thoughts on that or is it not even possible?
March 12, 2012 12:51:20 AM

You can oc the 448 to the 570.
March 12, 2012 1:31:38 AM

shinzou said:
So I recently discovered PC Part Picker and I like it. Changed a couple things and this is what I have. Any input at all? I have a few cases in mind and the one listed is the one I would like to get, but I can get a different one if some of you think it isn't worth the $170. I also changed the 1gb card to a 2gb after doing research and seeing that 2gb probably wasn't worth the extra price.

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.98 @ PC Mall)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($165.68 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Raidmax 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $842.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-11 20:11 EDT-0400)


That's a good build but scale back the case a bit and invest the difference in upgrading the GPU to the 570TI or Radeon 7870, and I agree that Raidmax is a crap brand - I would go with a Corsair or Antec.

The Graphite 600T is a good case but not for a sub - $800 build, go with an HAF 912.
March 12, 2012 1:36:02 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That's a good build but scale back the case a bit and invest the difference in upgrading the GPU to the 570TI or Radeon 7870, and I agree that Raidmax is a crap brand - I would go with a Corsair or Antec.

The Graphite 600T is a good case but not for a sub - $800 build, go with an HAF 912.

Don't choose the HAF 912 - It has no USB 3.0 support. The 400R is your best bet.
March 12, 2012 2:34:25 AM

azeem40 said:
Don't choose the HAF 912 - It has no USB 3.0 support. The 400R is your best bet.


Why not? I like the 400R as well, but I'd put that money into getting a 570TI or a 7870 over a better case. I have the HAF 912 and for the price it has features that are unparalled - sure it doesn't have USB 3.0 but if you need it you can purchase an adapter from Cooler Master's website for like $10.
March 12, 2012 2:46:29 AM

Oops, I totally forgot about the adapter for the frontplate. Actually OP, get the HAF 912 and buy a USB 3.0 front plate.
March 12, 2012 3:09:18 AM

Awesome idea, I completely forgot about the front plate myself.

The last thing I was thinking about just a bit ago was waiting a month until kepler comes out. Prices will probably drop and I can either get a cheaper 500 series card at that time or get a 600 series.

My current PC will last me another month just fine and it will probably be worth it to wait. I will hold onto my list and upgrade video card on it or not accordingly at that time.

Thanks for the help you guys.

This is what I have in the list now. If I give it another month for kepler the price of the video card "might" drop enough that I could squeeze in a decent new monitor as well before it hits a $900 total.

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.33 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores 1.25GB Video Card ($277.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $806.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-12 00:40 EDT-0400)
March 12, 2012 4:22:21 PM

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The last thing I was thinking about just a bit ago was waiting a month until kepler comes out. Prices will probably drop and I can either get a cheaper 500 series card at that time or get a 600 series.


I'm quite a bit skeptical about Keppler until I see some actual numbers. Right now it's all PR noise and until the real thing is released NVIDIA can say whatever they want, but I'm not buying the hype. However, the new Radeons - especially the 7870, 7950, and 7970 have all been producing some really solid numbers and are getting exceptionally high ratings, which is why I am recommending them.

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This is what I have in the list now. If I give it another month for kepler the price of the video card "might" drop enough that I could squeeze in a decent new monitor as well before it hits a $900 total.


It might - it might not, that remains to be seen.

That build looks really good - just make sure you get low profile RAM like this if you plan on using a Hyper 212:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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