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March 30, 2012 8:02:59 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next several days

Budget Range: up to $600 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Theater, Gaming (SC2, Diablo 3), Web surfing

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) Already have keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (Win 7 Ultimate)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg (I don't have a Microcenter near me)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I don't have anything against AMD, but I think I'm going to stick with Intel for this build.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: I'll most likely be using my 1080p TV as a monitor.

Additional Comments: I'm not sure whether I'll need a GPU to start off with, but if I can find a great bang-for-the-buck I'll pick it up then. I'm leaning towards a mid tower mainly b/c this will be my first build and I don't want to have plenty of space to work with. I also am thinking about 2 years down the road about upgrading to Ivy Bridge, but Sandy Bridge will be just fine for now. Also, I intend to keep most of my kids DVDs on the system so we don't have to rely on our DVD player all that often and can play movies over HDMI to our 1080p TV.


-Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
-ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (if I choose to get it now)
-Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (I'm thinking this would be the max I'd need even with the 6850)
-I'm not sure about the RAM. I'll take your suggestions regarding 4 or 8 GB.
-Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (I would like to add a 1TB drive to this once prices come down)
-LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

That should add up to around $600. That's the max of what I want to spend. All I want is to have something that will be powerful enough for my needs now, and then in a couple of years, still be able to upgrade things like the CPU and GPU if my processing needs increase by then. Please let me know your thoughts on what I've put together, and if it can be made more efficient. Thanks!

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March 30, 2012 8:31:01 PM

Build looks great, but I would make 3 suggestions:

1) Spend the extra $3 and grab the i3-2120.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since you are going with a locked CPU, the faster clock speed for such a little $ amount will be the better buy.

2) Grab this Antec BP550 Modular power supply instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Being modular it will deffinately help in cable management and still will provide more than enough power for your system. Its also $5 cheaper :) 

3) With RAM being as cheap as it is now, heres the exact ram I have in my system for $42.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could also step down to the 4gb kit for $26 if you feel the savings would be needed.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 30, 2012 8:37:03 PM

Get the 2120, and 4GB of RAM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Starcraft and Diablo aren't demanding and will do fine with 4GB. When you play more taxing games like Crysis, you'll need more, like 8GB.

This mobo will shave off a few bucks, but will limit the RAM to 1333MHz. You won't notice a huge performance drop, but I'd still go with the Extreme 3, but the $15 can be invested in a better CPU.:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, good!
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March 30, 2012 9:45:01 PM

obsama1 said:
Get the 2120, and 4GB of RAM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Starcraft and Diablo aren't demanding and will do fine with 4GB. When you play more taxing games like Crysis, you'll need more, like 8GB.

This mobo will shave off a few bucks, but will limit the RAM to 1333MHz. You won't notice a huge performance drop, but I'd still go with the Extreme 3, but the $15 can be invested in a better CPU.:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, good!


4GB of RAM - not a good idea by any means any more, there was a time during the XP era when you could get away with it but not during the Windows 7 era.

Here's a $600 - $700 build I recommend:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX600 V2 - $69.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $127.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: Samsung / Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB - $85.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7770 - $159.99

Total: $695.92
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March 31, 2012 2:57:42 AM

Thanks for the suggestions! I think I'll definitely go for the 8GB of RAM, and upgrade to the i3-2120. I got a pretty good idea of what was reliable and recommended after reading quite a few of the builds posted on here. Again, thanks!
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March 31, 2012 3:09:53 AM

I'm also working my way through a new build...

I don't know your timeline but it may be worthwhile to be patient and start grabbing items on sale from www.techbargains.com. Thank god I found this site. I've got a few weeks before Z77 boards are available so I'm just checking deal aggregators daily to piece my rig together. Saving tons of $$$
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April 7, 2012 12:20:13 AM

Best answer selected by LvilleRyder.
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