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April 11, 2012 4:02:51 AM

So I have been looking around at pre-built gaming systems, but I found some awesome tutorials on Newegg on how to build a computer. So I figured I would give it a good ole college try.

So I headed over to Newegg to put together this part list.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

I figured I would post here to get some insight from people that have much more experience, then me, with this kind of thing. To start off, this computer will be used mainly for gaming (WOW, SWTOR, Diablo 3, and some RTS games).

First, I am a little over my head understanding everything about the Mobo, but I tried to the best of my abilities to match it will my other components. So if the parts don't mesh well together I would appreciate it if somebody would point me in the right direction.

Also, I would like some help getting the price down to under $1,000, but I would like the computer to be a pretty decent unit for a few years.... I'm just not sure if any of these parts are overkill.

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April 11, 2012 4:20:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: A week or two

Budget Range: Trying to keep it close to or under $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching videos

Parts Not Required: monitor and maybe operating system

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Nvidia, intel

Overclocking: Not right away

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe someday down the line

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 5:28:06 AM

Your wish list doesn't work - try making it public.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 5:29:01 AM

Your wishlist is empty.
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April 11, 2012 5:52:56 AM

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

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...
$121.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$209.99

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

GPU: MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
369.99

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$109.99

HHD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 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 AD-7280S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$17.99

Keyboard and Mouse: Microsoft 7ZJ-00001 USB Wired Ergonomic Comfort Curve Desktop 3000 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21.99

Total: $1,086.91
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 5:55:40 AM

If you're not OCing, get the P8H67.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 6:05:16 AM

Yes, that's the one. It is essentially P67 but without the overclocking part.
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April 11, 2012 6:16:54 AM

Do you think I could downgrade the Western Digital Caviar Black? And if so what would you recommend?
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April 11, 2012 6:40:01 AM

I did a little looking and I was wondering if this would be suffice

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$104.99

In place of

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99

Or could I go with a lower priced one?
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April 11, 2012 4:42:32 PM

This hard drive looks like a pretty good deal. What do you guys think?

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

It only has 500GB, but I guess I don't need 1TB of storage. Also it is 16MB cache, but I'm pretty sure that won't effect anything(correct me if I'm wrong).
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 4:46:28 PM

Good choice!
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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 4:53:31 PM

DerkontheForum said:
This hard drive looks like a pretty good deal. What do you guys think?

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

It only has 500GB, but I guess I don't need 1TB of storage. Also it is 16MB cache, but I'm pretty sure that won't effect anything(correct me if I'm wrong).


That will be fine - I'd normally recommend the Caviar Black but with the HD shortages in effect you're paying huge premiums on those drives right now - they're slowly dropping to what they were pre-flood but it will be a while before we see them go completely back to what they were.

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Mobo: ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131711
$114.99


The bad thing about that board is you limit access to your multiplier *AND* forfeit an additional X16 lane - so if your long term plans include SLI, Crossfire, or overclocking you'll be SOL. This would be the best board in that price range: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 4:56:30 PM

Why get a Z68 Motherboard if he isn't going to OC?
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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 5:16:14 PM

azeem40 said:
Why get a Z68 Motherboard if he isn't going to OC?


I always try to leave the option open anyways and this board is only a $5 difference between that and the mATX board.

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GPU: EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130738
$289.99


If you're gonna pay the money for that card I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 11, 2012 7:02:52 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I always try to leave the option open anyways and this board is only a $5 difference between that and the mATX board.

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GPU: EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130738
$289.99


If you're gonna pay the money for that card I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For the Mobo it is only a $5 difference so I will go with the one you suggested.

For the GPU I researched comparisons of the one I have selected and the one you suggested. Since the one you suggested is better and they are both the same price I shall go with it.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 7:09:59 PM

DerkontheForum said:
For the Mobo it is only a $5 difference so I will go with the one you suggested.

For the GPU I researched comparisons of the one I have selected and the one you suggested. Since the one you suggested is better and they are both the same price I shall go with it.


The 7850 is a far newer GPU and is based on newer architecture than the 560TI is, I just got a 7870 for my system and it's quite amazing.
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April 11, 2012 7:25:24 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The 7850 is a far newer GPU and is based on newer architecture than the 560TI is, I just got a 7870 for my system and it's quite amazing.


Thanks for your help. Is there anything else wrong with my build?

*part list updated*
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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 8:23:09 PM

DerkontheForum said:
Thanks for your help. Is there anything else wrong with my build?

*part list updated*


Nothing I can really see - the only slight thing I would suggest is if you don't need the expensive mouse and keyboard to drop those now and invest the money in getting the 7870 - otherwise everything else looks fine.
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April 11, 2012 9:54:19 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Nothing I can really see - the only slight thing I would suggest is if you don't need the expensive mouse and keyboard to drop those now and invest the money in getting the 7870 - otherwise everything else looks fine.


Wish I could get rid of the mouse and keyboard, but I do not have either because I haven't had a desktop for like 5 years.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 9:58:23 PM

You could get a cheap one for $10. :p 
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April 12, 2012 2:12:05 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I just got this set for work yesterday - a bit cheap but gets the job done: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ok I took your advice and went with that keyboard and mouse combo(if I want to upgrade down the road I can) the title says OEM and usually that means it doesn't come with the necessary wires, is that true?

Also, I was thinking I could downgrade my CPU a bit from

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

to this one

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I'm not sure how that would effect my general performance, mainly the performance pertaining to gaming.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 12, 2012 5:14:25 AM

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Ok I took your advice and went with that keyboard and mouse combo(if I want to upgrade down the road I can) the title says OEM and usually that means it doesn't come with the necessary wires, is that true?


On a wired keyboard it won't. It just means there's no manufacturer box and you won't get support for it through the manufacturer but from the place that sold it to you. On an item that inexpensive I wouldn't worry about it.

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Also, I was thinking I could downgrade my CPU a bit from

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115073

to this one

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-19115074

But I'm not sure how that would effect my general performance, mainly the performance pertaining to gaming.


The 2500 is kind of dumb as it's just a 2500K with a disabled multiplier. The 2400 would be where you would save some money as it's like a $70 difference between that and the 2500K.
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April 12, 2012 4:01:05 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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Ok I took your advice and went with that keyboard and mouse combo(if I want to upgrade down the road I can) the title says OEM and usually that means it doesn't come with the necessary wires, is that true?


On a wired keyboard it won't. It just means there's no manufacturer box and you won't get support for it through the manufacturer but from the place that sold it to you. On an item that inexpensive I wouldn't worry about it.

Quote:

Also, I was thinking I could downgrade my CPU a bit from

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115073

to this one

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-19115074

But I'm not sure how that would effect my general performance, mainly the performance pertaining to gaming.


The 2500 is kind of dumb as it's just a 2500K with a disabled multiplier. The 2400 would be where you would save some money as it's like a $70 difference between that and the 2500K.


So the Intel i5-2400 would do what I want it to do?
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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 12, 2012 4:21:15 PM

DerkontheForum said:
So the Intel i5-2400 would do what I want it to do?


Yeah - you just won't have access to the multiplier in case you want to overclock. It's a slightly slower clock than the 2500K but it won't make that much of a difference.
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April 12, 2012 11:10:10 PM

So when I get all of these parts is there an area I can post a thread and get some assistance putting it all together?
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April 13, 2012 2:47:02 PM

Also, on Newegg they have the OEM version of Windows 7 Home. Since it is OEM does it come with everything I need to install Windows 7?
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a c 287 4 Gaming
April 13, 2012 4:25:25 PM

DerkontheForum said:
Also, on Newegg they have the OEM version of Windows 7 Home. Since it is OEM does it come with everything I need to install Windows 7?


Yes. There's been tons of debates here about the legalities of using the OEM version but I've been using them going all the way back to Win 2000 and never run into that issue.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 13, 2012 6:00:45 PM

It says in the Microsoft License Agreement that it is not legal.
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April 14, 2012 2:18:10 AM

Ok before I purchase these parts tomorrow. I wanna get one final check on my part list to make everything looks ok.

By the way I upgraded to the 7870 because the 7850 was out of stock and I figured I could spare the extra I bucks I am over my initial budget.
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March 31, 2014 8:05:49 PM

I built this computer two years ago and its been working great, but it hasn't gotten any love in awhile. What is something that I should upgrade to make it even better?
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a c 252 4 Gaming
March 31, 2014 8:15:57 PM

DerkontheForum said:
I built this computer two years ago and its been working great, but it hasn't gotten any love in awhile. What is something that I should upgrade to make it even better?


Do you mind posting a new thread with the specs to avoid the clutter of the previous messages?

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