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First time computer build less than 1000

Approximate Purchase Date:This month or next month

Budget Range: 850-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Case, SSD, and I currently have this monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch LED Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, cheapest is best.

Country: Anywhere as long as its good quality

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe, not sure about this because i don't know much about overclocking

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Might dual screen

Additional Comments: Thanks for your help!
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  1. Here you go:

    Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
    PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro 4 - $110.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: 500GB Seagate Caviar Blue 7200 RPM - $79.99
    Optical: Lite on Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

    Total: $1069.92

    Same build I posted in another thread earlier - A little bit over budget but the Radeon 7870 is a really killer GPU and that system will last you a long time. Add a Windows license and you're good to go.
  2. Obviously, Intel's Ivy Bridge is launching in the next week or so so you should wait and see how that affects prices. I think you should come back and post a new thread when you're within a week or so of making purchases.

    I believe in buying all the parts with the best deals available within a two week period (or in my case, I'll even buy the RAM, HDDs, & Case two months in advance if a great sale comes up).
  3. Best answer
    g-unit1111 said:
    Here you go:

    Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
    PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro 4 - $110.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: 500GB Seagate Caviar Blue 7200 RPM - $79.99
    Optical: Lite on Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

    Total: $1069.92

    Same build I posted in another thread earlier - A little bit over budget but the Radeon 7870 is a really killer GPU and that system will last you a long time. Add a Windows license and you're good to go.

    You either went over kill on that psu or you didn't realize that board doesn't run dual cards. Always check your PCI-E slots to make sure the board runs dual cards @ x8 & x8.

    @ the OP... Ivy Bridge is due to be released April 29th. That's what these Z77 boards are targeted for, not the Sandy Bridge cpu's. For a SB cpu look at a Z68 board.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 $139.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Processors-Launch-March-23-2012 $332 USD
    Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.5Ghz

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049 $89.99 - $64.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utilities-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B007JLFVNO $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_Cu_II/ <----- Review with benchmarks of that Asus 7870
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    You either went over kill on that psu or you didn't realize that board doesn't run dual cards. Always check your PCI-E slots to make sure the board runs dual cards @ x8 & x8.


    Yeah I should have realized that the lower-end boards don't run dual cards in x16 or x8 - it was probably late when I wrote that. :lol:
  5. After researching i was planning on getting an i5 2500k, but im still unsure about the differences in motherboards and the kind of graphic card i want. I think the budget for a graphics card is around 150-300. HDD I think I would get is Blue Caviar 500GB or 750 GB. I hope these updates could help you guys find some more specified parts for me
  6. Personally, I'd get the $110 Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SATA III SSD instead of a magnetic HDD. The price is about the same, but the performance isn't comparable. AND you can add an HDD after prices drop in a couple months.

    That said, if your price range for graphics is $150-$300, shouldn't you wait for the GTX 660Ti launch and the Radeon 7800 price drop that will both happen in the next two weeks or so?

    EDIT: To be clear, the reason I like the Pyro SE is because it's the cheapest you're gonna find SYNCHRONOUS nand flash.

    I'm closing this tab in my browser. PM me if you come back.
  7. Ivy Bridge: I assume the new CPUs are a bad stepping? I assume the non-mind-blowing overclocking will be fixed within a couple months. I'd initially assumed that a drop from 32nm to 22nm would result in a 500MHz or so increase on overclocking.

    FYI: I'm closing this tab in my browser. PM me if you come back.
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