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March 27, 2012 3:48:17 AM

Good Evening Everyone :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Couple Weeks

Budget Range:$1300-$1500 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing and Word Processing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would like to get most from one site due to shipping costs but have been researching Newegg and Tigerdirect but am rather new to the scene and lost

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type: None I think. I have always been told Intel was the way to go which is why I chose the CPU that I did

Overclocking: No Clue

SLI or Crossfire:No Clue

Monitor Resolution:Not sure upgrading monitor soon after

Additional Comments:I know people have asked these questions a million times and I am sure some are tired of answering but I know some people enjoy helping others in thier bid for little bit of PC happiness. I personally am deciding to try and assemble my own because I cannot seem to find a prebuilt that has everything I "think" I want/need. So I decided to bring it here to see if someone can help me since I dont really know which is better and which is not necessary or overpriced for what it does etc. So I went onto newegg and didnt have much luck but I went onto Tigerdirect recently and these are the items I have decided on.. The only think I know is I want a case that can maybe handle upgrades or new harware later on and not confined with no space.

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express, 2200MHz-DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
129.99

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 BX80623I52500 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
209.99 (Before Rebate)

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
195.99 (Before Rebate)

Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 Power Supply - 750 Watts, ATX, 140mm Fan, 80 Plus Bronze, SLI Ready, Active PFC
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 104.99 (Before Rebate)

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series® 650D Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 4x Ext 5.25", 6x Int 3.5", 2x 200mm Fans, 1x 120mm Fan, 4x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x IEEE 1394, 4-Channel Fan Controller
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 174.99 (Before Rebate)

Optical: Lite-On IHAS324-98 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 29.99

Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 A50 Air Series Performance CPU Cooler - 120mm, LGA 775, LGA 1366, LGA 1156, AM2, AM3
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 24.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 99.99

Other (No Clue if Even Needed): Masscool STARS-700 Silver Color Thermal Grease
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 9.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 139.99

SSD: I Hear having one for windows to load is smart...dont know

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB (4x 4GB) DDR3-1600MHz Desktop Memory Kit
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 86.99

Networking: Linksys WMP54G PCI Wireless Adapter - 54Mbps, 802.11g
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 49.96

Total:1257.86 Before Shipping and Rebates

I am sadly new and want to make sure I can get the best I can. I mainly use it for light class work and playing older games but would like my wife and I to be able to play wow on highest settings and medium(ish) on other games. I dont play any hard core games or video editing. I also dont know if I need anything else I am going off tutorials I have read and this will be my first PC I am building. Thank you in advance so much for any help you can bring me.
March 27, 2012 4:48:01 AM

Thalamus said:
Good Evening Everyone :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Couple Weeks

Budget Range:$1300-$1500 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing and Word Processing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would like to get most from one site due to shipping costs but have been researching Newegg and Tigerdirect but am rather new to the scene and lost

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type: None I think. I have always been told Intel was the way to go which is why I chose the CPU that I did

Overclocking: No Clue

SLI or Crossfire:No Clue

Monitor Resolution:Not sure upgrading monitor soon after

Additional Comments:I know people have asked these questions a million times and I am sure some are tired of answering but I know some people enjoy helping others in thier bid for little bit of PC happiness. I personally am deciding to try and assemble my own because I cannot seem to find a prebuilt that has everything I "think" I want/need. So I decided to bring it here to see if someone can help me since I dont really know which is better and which is not necessary or overpriced for what it does etc. So I went onto newegg and didnt have much luck but I went onto Tigerdirect recently and these are the items I have decided on.. The only think I know is I want a case that can maybe handle upgrades or new harware later on and not confined with no space.

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express, 2200MHz-DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
129.99

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 BX80623I52500 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
209.99 (Before Rebate)

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
195.99 (Before Rebate)

Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 Power Supply - 750 Watts, ATX, 140mm Fan, 80 Plus Bronze, SLI Ready, Active PFC
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 104.99 (Before Rebate)

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series® 650D Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 4x Ext 5.25", 6x Int 3.5", 2x 200mm Fans, 1x 120mm Fan, 4x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x IEEE 1394, 4-Channel Fan Controller
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 174.99 (Before Rebate)

Optical: Lite-On IHAS324-98 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 29.99

Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 A50 Air Series Performance CPU Cooler - 120mm, LGA 775, LGA 1366, LGA 1156, AM2, AM3
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 24.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 99.99

Other (No Clue if Even Needed): Masscool STARS-700 Silver Color Thermal Grease
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 9.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 139.99

SSD: I Hear having one for windows to load is smart...dont know

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB (4x 4GB) DDR3-1600MHz Desktop Memory Kit
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 86.99

Networking: Linksys WMP54G PCI Wireless Adapter - 54Mbps, 802.11g
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: 49.96

Total:1257.86 Before Shipping and Rebates

I am sadly new and want to make sure I can get the best I can. I mainly use it for light class work and playing older games but would like my wife and I to be able to play wow on highest settings and medium(ish) on other games. I dont play any hard core games or video editing. I also dont know if I need anything else I am going off tutorials I have read and this will be my first PC I am building. Thank you in advance so much for any help you can bring me.



*ALso just realized I dont think I can use the OEM version of Win7...sorry didnt realize it. I would obv be changing it to a retail version :) * Do'h
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March 27, 2012 5:05:03 AM

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*ALso just realized I dont think I can use the OEM version of Win7...sorry didnt realize it. I would obv be changing it to a retail version :) * Do'h


Nah - you can use the OEM version - you're fine. There's been plenty of debates about the legalities of using the OEM version but I've been using them going all the back to Windows 2000 and have never run into a single issue with any of them. You're on your own for support but that's about it.

That build is a good start but your funds are way mis-managed. For $1300 you can definitely score a better GPU and you definitely don't need things like the extra case fans and thermal grease. It's kind of a waste. Tiger Direct is a good seller but you have to wade through hundreds of crap brands that they sell including their proprietary Ultra and Systemax brands - Newegg has a better selection and they don't carry Ultra products.

Here's a $1300 build I generally recommend:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $104.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3h - $149.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $94.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 1TB - $109.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99

Total: $1,337.89

For wifi adapter - get a cheapo $20 wifi adapter and you're set. No need to spend $50 on that one - put that in the GPU.
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March 27, 2012 12:23:24 PM

I am definately looking into the parts you listed question though with the case, would this be a comparable one? Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What is the biggest difference between the mobo that you and I posted?

Sorry so many questions trying to hit them bit by bit
All feedback welcome :) 

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March 27, 2012 12:49:31 PM

As for the video card, for what I am using it for should I go that powerful? The only games I play are minecraft and wow (Yea dork I know, blame the wife lol)

Edit: Is that video card a little more powerful then the cpu I plan to use? Sorry for the noob question but I wasent sure what bottlenecking is
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March 27, 2012 1:31:39 PM

I have the 560 Ti 1gb... it runs BF3 on high pretty well. youre case is overkill for sure, you could shave at least $50- 70 off of that. Corsair Carbide 400R for mid or 600 for full.

i dont think you will bottleneck anywhere.... If anything i would make sure my mobo is Gen3 for the latest tech... and you way overkilled on the RAM. stick with 4gb x2 1600 mhz configuration. lastly, i would change the CPU to the 2500k so if in the fuutre you want to overclock you have that possibility...
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March 27, 2012 2:01:00 PM

OK some updates from some of the advice that was given...Ugh I must be irritating some of you...my apologies


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD (boot): Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With OS and optical (Case undecided not included) Total is: 1141.90
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March 27, 2012 2:01:44 PM

The case I picked had a $20 rebate so thats probably why I picked it initially lol
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March 27, 2012 2:02:30 PM

GTX560TI may be overkill for now.... For the small amount more than the non Ti version I would go for it.
-Bruce
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March 27, 2012 2:06:01 PM

Dish, so for the extra $$ for the TI I should just stick with the regular 560?
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March 27, 2012 2:16:35 PM

I'm gonna start w/a more expensive build as, should ya find ya way there it goives you the "top dog" as far as GPU is concerned....but it's $1,716

Case - $ 130 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 245 - Corsair TX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
MoBo - $ 685 - ASUS P8z68 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 43 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Included - Asus GTX 680 Included with MoBo Combo
GFX - Later - Asus GTX 680 Same
HD - included - WD Black 1 TB Included w/ PSU
SSD - $ 180 - Samsung 830 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's an alternate build for $1,451 thou you may wanna wait on the GFX to see how the 660 veru 78xx series competition shakes out. Purposely changed out a few components so ya can mix and match

Case - $ 160 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 120 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 195 - ASUS P8z68 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 43 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 220 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Asus GTX 680 Same
HD - $ 100 - Seagate 1 TB 64 MB cache http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 180 - Samsung 830 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Notes:

Cases are both strong, Antec PSU is the easily the better of the two both with regard electrical performance and acoustic / thermal properties.

The Hyper 612 cooler will give ya 5-7C over the 212.....alternate would be Scythe Mugen 3. TIM tops benchmarkreviews.com 80-way testing

RAM is low profile, won't hit cooler.

560 Ti's price performance ratio made it the king of the hill sales wise over last year and for good reason. This is what hit Steam's servers in February. Grab a factory oc'd version (Asus DCII TOP, Gigabyte, MSI Hawk or Lighting .... frzer only has 6 phase VRM) for the bigger coolers and beefed up 7 or more phase VRM's on PCB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 ----- 10.25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 ----- 4.37%
ATI Radeon HD 6950 ----- 3.83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 ----- 3.76%
ATI Radeon HD 6970 ----- 1.85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 ----- 3.02%
ATI Radeon HD 6870 ----- 1.37%

SSD - But what 120/128 GB drive is cheaper on purchase date out of THG's Tier 3

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmar...

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB, Patriot WildFire 120 GB, Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB
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March 27, 2012 2:19:33 PM

based on your usage, i'd go for a much smaller budget, and just 560 or 560ti; a $1500 build is way overkill for what you need. Just save it for a good build later when you start playing games that will be a lot more resource demanding
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March 27, 2012 2:27:16 PM

dish_moose said:
GTX560TI may be overkill for now.... For the small amount more than the non Ti version I would go for it.
-Bruce


morgoth780 said:
based on your usage, i'd go for a much smaller budget, and just 560 or 560ti; a $1500 build is way overkill for what you need. Just save it for a good build later when you start playing games that will be a lot more resource demanding


So with what you guys are saying, let me make sure I am clear about what I do with the PC. I only play World of Warcraft and Minecraft. With WOW's expansion coming out in the next year I see myself still playing that more. I want to make sure I have a PC that will run those on the higest settings. I just want to avoid paying for top end stuff that I wont even come close to using. I do want the ability to upgrade later since inevitably we all come to that, but even with older GPU etc I will still be able to play. If my budget is higher then it needs to be (very well could be since the games I play) let me know what I should get. I have pretty much decided to stay with the CPU/PSU I have picked but I am lost on the case and if I should get the 560 TI or just stay with the 560 (assuming it would do fine)

As for the SSD mentioned a couple posts above it will only be for windows. Everyone has told me to go with a 64...am I missing something?

If you have a build that would run WOW on highest settings I would LOVE for someone to build me something and if it ends up costing less because I dont need top stuff even better....PS you guys are great!!
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March 27, 2012 2:42:08 PM

go with the 560 Ti... its not a big difference to care about. everytthing else on your revised build looked good. perhaps bring the RAM down 1600mhz to save some money there... over 1600 is overkill in my opinion.

and for me the SSD is an extra that's not really necessary.
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March 27, 2012 2:48:48 PM

mojorisin23 said:
go with the 560 Ti... its not a big difference to care about. everytthing else on your revised build looked good. perhaps bring the RAM down 1600mhz to save some money there... over 1600 is overkill in my opinion.

and for me the SSD is an extra that's not really necessary.


Opps, I had ment to pick the 1600mhz in the first place....good call!! one more piece decided

Other inputs anyone? :) 
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March 27, 2012 4:27:04 PM

Thalamus said:
I am definately looking into the parts you listed question though with the case, would this be a comparable one? Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What is the biggest difference between the mobo that you and I posted?

Sorry so many questions trying to hit them bit by bit
All feedback welcome :) 


The 900 is getting quite a bit outdated - there's no cable management or CPU retention holes so you're SOL if you want to route your cables behind the motherboard tray or install an after market cooler.

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March 27, 2012 4:44:16 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The 900 is getting quite a bit outdated - there's no cable management or CPU retention holes so you're SOL if you want to route your cables behind the motherboard tray or install an after market cooler.


Alright I went back in and picked Case - $ 130 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811139010

Issues or concerns I should have?

What about the rest of the build, you all are on a roll :) 
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March 27, 2012 5:53:37 PM

Thalamus said:
Alright I went back in and picked Case - $ 130 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811139010

Issues or concerns I should have?

What about the rest of the build, you all are on a roll :) 


Excellent choice.

Quote:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 ----- 10.25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 ----- 4.37%
ATI Radeon HD 6950 ----- 3.83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 ----- 3.76%
ATI Radeon HD 6970 ----- 1.85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 ----- 3.02%
ATI Radeon HD 6870 ----- 1.37%


You are aware that there's a whole new generation of video cards on the market, and that cards in the $250 range (Radeon 7850) are far out performing the 570TI, right?
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March 27, 2012 5:58:07 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Excellent choice.

Quote:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 ----- 10.25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 ----- 4.37%
ATI Radeon HD 6950 ----- 3.83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 ----- 3.76%
ATI Radeon HD 6970 ----- 1.85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 ----- 3.02%
ATI Radeon HD 6870 ----- 1.37%


You are aware that there's a whole new generation of video cards on the market, and that cards in the $250 range (Radeon 7850) are far out performing the 570TI, right?



I dont have the 570ti on the build....do you mean the 560ti?
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March 27, 2012 5:58:13 PM

I also would not worry about the 7850. It should be just fine.
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March 27, 2012 7:08:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The 560TI will be fine but you should definitely give the newer cards like the 7850 a look: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...


Are there any that you would recommend that would work with the CPU I picked? I just want to get the best performance with what I have. I am right around where I think I want to spend for a gaming system that will run what I play at max. Ill definately look at whatever you all have to say
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March 27, 2012 8:26:33 PM

Updated Build? Probably going to order in the next couple days. Unless anyone has any other suggestions without going up much higher in $$

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130604

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139021

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231460

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136284

SSD (boot): Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148441

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065

Case - $ 130 - Corsair 500R
White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811139010
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March 27, 2012 10:27:21 PM

Thalamus said:
Are there any that you would recommend that would work with the CPU I picked? I just want to get the best performance with what I have. I am right around where I think I want to spend for a gaming system that will run what I play at max. Ill definately look at whatever you all have to say


Yeah you should definitely take a look at the Sapphire 7850 and that benchmark article I posted earlier: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 29, 2012 3:03:48 AM

More then likely I will be choosing the video card you guys are telling me. I do have a question though whydo you think there are s few reviews of the card? Is it that new? Or is it more people choose Nvidia over AMD?

What is the major difference in the 2 cases (The one you listed, and the other one?) I am curious as to why it is so much cheaper in price?


Any last minute suggestions? I am probably going to place my order tomorrow when I get home from work. Thanks for all the help guys. :) 
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March 29, 2012 4:39:44 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I definitely agree about the 7850, but the 500R is one of the best cases on the market - why skimp?



Why is the 7850 better then the 560ti? I noticed the core clock is higher. But I am concerned that it has so few reviews on newegg is it really new or something?
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March 29, 2012 6:53:55 AM

It came out 10 days ago, so yes, it is fairly new. The 7850 is newer tech, which in this case means more power for lesser power consumed.
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March 29, 2012 7:19:03 AM

Just pick the 7850 over 560, believe me it is better alot.
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March 29, 2012 3:30:53 PM

The 500R is the best choice for case... i have the 400R, but really really wanted the 500. unfortunately it didnt fit under the desk. it still irks me.

the 560 Ti or 7850 is a tough call. personally i prefer nvidia to amd. But i think they are about the same in performance and price. i doubt you would see much of a difference...
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March 29, 2012 4:06:07 PM

Thalamus said:
Why is the 7850 better then the 560ti? I noticed the core clock is higher. But I am concerned that it has so few reviews on newegg is it really new or something?


The 7850 has been completely redesigned from the ground up - where the 560TI carries over some existing architecture from the 460 series. The newer Keppler version will also be redesigned from the ground up.
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March 29, 2012 5:35:17 PM

I know g-unit is against this, but buying a used 560ti doesn't seem like a bad option if you buy from a reputable seller. Ebay has a lot of good deals floating around with some trustworthy sellers.
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March 29, 2012 6:06:31 PM

azeem40 said:
I know g-unit is against this, but buying a used 560ti doesn't seem like a bad option if you buy from a reputable seller. Ebay has a lot of good deals floating around with some trustworthy sellers.


Used is one thing - refurbished is a completely different deal altogether. If you can find a good seller on eBay and can score a good deal that way, that's fine. What I'm against is retailers like Frys and Micro Center restocking returned merchandise and calling it "open box". You really take your chances with those items. To me that is a completely dishonest way of doing business and no one should buy those types of products.
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March 29, 2012 7:16:05 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Used is one thing - refurbished is a completely different deal altogether. If you can find a good seller on eBay and can score a good deal that way, that's fine. What I'm against is retailers like Frys and Micro Center restocking returned merchandise and calling it "open box". You really take your chances with those items. To me that is a completely dishonest way of doing business and no one should buy those types of products.



Everything I am getting is brand new, nothing refurbed or open boxed. I have had WAY to many bad experiences with used/refurb etc so I stay away from it. I like the case, yes it is a little more expensive but am I wrog in saying the more effective fans the better?

I apreciate all the info everyone has given me. I apreciate it immensly. Hopefully the actually building of it goes without a hitch lol.

Last question is there ANY compatibilty issues with my build? My last build I posted is what I look like im going with. Maybe with slight variations outside of the CPU/Mobo.

Any last minute advice/suggestions please leave them. Again, thank you all for all your help I will be ordering efore the night is out :) 
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March 29, 2012 9:06:04 PM

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Everything I am getting is brand new, nothing refurbed or open boxed. I have had WAY to many bad experiences with used/refurb etc so I stay away from it. I like the case, yes it is a little more expensive but am I wrog in saying the more effective fans the better?


It's more in how you position your fans that will determine the effectiveness of your air flow vs. other factors - quality of the fans is one thing, you want to get fans that are well constructed for the most part. You should read this about setting up the air flow in your system:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...
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March 29, 2012 9:53:45 PM

Ill read the article when I get home from class.....compatibility?
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March 30, 2012 2:52:08 AM

Ordered. :) 
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