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April 6, 2012 11:01:28 PM

Greetings again, community!

After getting convinced earlier to build my own PC for the first time, I decided to take this month's $650 rig and use that as a template. This is what I have so far, all from Newegg:


Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - $19.99

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $84.99

Power Supply: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V - $79.99

Memory: Team Elite 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model TED34096M1333HC9
- x2 for $39.98 ($19.99 each)

Motherboard: ASRock H61ICAFE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel - $64.99

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 - $127.99

Video Card: Missing!

Total w/o video card: $477.92

These are the questions I need answered by my new best friends at Tom's Hardware

1) Did I match all the parts correctly above, so far?

2) My goal is to play games like Diablo 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic on high to medium settings without graphical stuttering. What kind of video card should I get, and where should I get it from? The Radeon HD 7850 looks nice, but I have no idea.

3) Since the goal is to play those two games on high/medium smoothly, is there anywhere I can trim the fat without bottlenecking hard? I'd like to keep the final price at or below $700.


Thank you so much!

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April 6, 2012 11:24:21 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.

You did a great job! However here's a few tweaks I would make.
-Swap to this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $5 more nets you USB3 and Sata3.
-Get this ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Higher quality and cheaper.
-This PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... After promo code it's quite a bit cheaper. After rebate it's much cheaper.

Everything else is positively spiffy. Quite lovely.

1: Yes sir, you definitely did. Excellent build.
2: 7850 would be great! If you're not opposed to buying used there's 6970's selling all over the place for around $250, which is a bargain. If you don't like used the 7850 will perform admirably.
3. The suggestions above (asides from the motherboard) will bring the cost down nominally. Here's a case that's a bit cheaper but still quite high quality: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... White or black!

I assume this is the hard drive you are looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Can't say no to $10 off. Good deal. And with that, you should be able to squeeze a 7850 in at below $700. It'll be close but you can do it! Any questions?

Cheers!
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April 6, 2012 11:44:07 PM

Thanks for the welcome, Striker410!

I made the changes you suggested (keeping the first case though) and found a handful of promo codes, including a hard drive code for -$12.50. Two-fiddy is two-fiddy, after all.

Newegg doesn't have a 7850 that I can see, so I'm trying to find one elsewhere.

TigerDirect has these: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/sea...
Any of ~$250-ish ones would put me comfortable close to 700.

But after a certain point, the wording becomes alphabet soup. Which one should I get?

Edit: All of those cards say PCI express 3.0 (x16), which is not what the new motherboard has. Is that a problem?
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April 6, 2012 11:58:58 PM

Almost all new graphic cards are PCI E 2.1, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0 backward compatible. So enjoy...
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April 7, 2012 12:09:46 AM

That's cool, the Antec 300 would be my pick too.

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Newegg doesn't have a 7850 that I can see, so I'm trying to find one elsewhere.

Erm, ya sure about that one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... Pick your poison.

PCI-E 3.0 is fully backwards compatible with 2.0. No worries mate.
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April 7, 2012 12:13:09 AM

striker410 said:
Erm, ya sure about that one?


Fun fact: I am apparently blind.

Thanks for your help guys, much appreciated!
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April 7, 2012 12:13:28 AM

Best answer selected by Royal_King.
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