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May 4, 2012 10:43:42 PM

Just got a new job and Diablo 3 is coming out soon, so I decided to finally get into building my own PC.

I picked out the components I was interested in, but am not sure if they even go together or will run smoothly as this is my first custom PC build. ( low budget, $400-500 max)

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: $400-500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Music/Movie downloads

Parts Not Required: I have a DVDRW multi recorder that I will be taking from my current PC.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com

Country: Wisconsin, USA

Overclocking: Not really sure what this is

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is as well. ( computer term noob here)

Monitor Resolution:1024x768 at the moment, but have a 19in LCD monitor/tv that I need an adapter to hook up. Will be using the LCD 19in.

So far this is what I have on my list, nothing finalized. Just in planning stage.


Processor
AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto 3.3GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AZRX 500GB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
SILVERSTONE SST-ST40F-ES 400W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Wasn't really sure what to do for a motherboard yet, I had been eyeing the Asus in link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-...

Havent really decided yet as I do not know how things will work together. Also I saw it does not have an integrated GPU so was looking for opinions on how the build looks for a recreational PC gamer (WoW and D3) and what GPU I should be looking to get.

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May 4, 2012 11:02:55 PM

i3-2120 or Pentium G860
Motherboard with SATA3 (optional USB 3.0)
4GB DDR3-1333/1600 (2x2GB)
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm SATA 3 HDD
Radeon HD6870
Other people here would help you with PSU and case.
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May 4, 2012 11:04:00 PM

Use PCPartPicker to help (Google it, I'm on my iTouch at Mcdonalds right now)
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May 4, 2012 11:36:19 PM

Do you need an OS as well? If so this might be a challenge.
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May 4, 2012 11:43:08 PM

Pezcore27 said:
Do you need an OS as well? If so this might be a challenge.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 34/64 bit

Also wasnt really sure which I'd prefer, Intel or AMD. Don't really know the difference besides they don't work with each other.

Looking for the best bang for my buck basically.
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May 4, 2012 11:57:03 PM

OK well that helps a lot. I'll come up with a build shortly.
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May 5, 2012 12:03:18 AM

Pezcore27 said:
OK well that helps a lot. I'll come up with a build shortly.

Sounds good, looking forward to it!
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May 5, 2012 12:23:39 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7L3s
i3-2120, beats literally every AMD CPU in games.
MSI H67 motherboard, SATA3.
Corsair 4GB DDR3-1333 memory, enough for most/all games.
500GB HDD. Solid State Drives should only really be used in $1000+ builds.
XFX Radeon HD 6870. Small enough for the case, pretty powerful.
CX500 PSU. Reliable.
Antec One. Pretty cool, USB 3.0 support if you want to swap my board for a 7-series motherboard. I am not sure if its backwards compatible though D:
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May 5, 2012 12:27:41 AM

Case = NZXT Gamma Case - 35.99
Power Supply = Corsair Builders Series CX430 - 44.99 (before 10.00 MIR)
Processor and Hard Drive Combo = Intel Core i3-2120 and Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - 187.98
Motherboard = Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V - 69.99 (before 10% off Promo Code GIGABYTE504510, ends 5/10)
Memory = Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) - 24.99
Graphics = SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 - 134.99 (before 15.00 MIR)

TOTAL = $507.63 shipping included (not including MIR or Promo Codes)

TOTAL after MIR and Promo Codes = $475.64

This will more than max Diablo 3 and provide a really nice general use computer as well.
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May 5, 2012 12:30:36 AM

i doubt a 7770 will max out any modern game.
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May 5, 2012 12:37:06 AM

The highest resolution he will have for a 19" monitor is 1400x900. At that resolution for Diablo 3, yes it will more than play it on the highest settings.
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May 5, 2012 12:45:16 AM

Pezcore27 said:
Case = NZXT Gamma Case - 35.99
Power Supply = Corsair Builders Series CX430 - 44.99 (before 10.00 MIR)
Processor and Hard Drive Combo = Intel Core i3-2120 and Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - 187.98
Motherboard = Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V - 69.99 (before 10% off Promo Code GIGABYTE504510, ends 5/10)
Memory = Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) - 24.99
Graphics = SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 - 134.99 (before 15.00 MIR)

TOTAL = $507.63 shipping included (not including MIR or Promo Codes)

TOTAL after MIR and Promo Codes = $475.64

This will more than max Diablo 3 and provide a really nice general use computer as well.


Awesome build. Definitely considering.

One thing about it tho was that the MOBO had a lot of bad reviews.
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May 5, 2012 12:48:01 AM

May I suggest this psu+case combo

if this is a choice between intl vs amd at low budget, its more or less follows in this line:

Intel Architecture is superior in gaming. all intel processors from i3 and weaker cannot be overclocked and are dual core.

AMD has more cores, and generally are unlocked for OC, and have that availability to overclock, but it usually runs hotter and its architecture isnt as great as intels in a gaming base except in games that are cpu intensive which may need more cores to handle.

edit: i may go make a budget build atm hold up though.
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May 5, 2012 12:58:37 AM

dudewitbow said:
May I suggest this psu+case combo

if this is a choice between intl vs amd at low budget, its more or less follows in this line:

Intel Architecture is superior in gaming. all intel processors from i3 and weaker cannot be overclocked and are dual core.

AMD has more cores, and generally are unlocked for OC, and have that availability to overclock, but it usually runs hotter and its architecture isnt as great as intels in a gaming base except in games that are cpu intensive which may need more cores to handle.

edit: i may go make a budget build atm hold up though.


Well if thats the case then Intel sounds like what Id be more interested in.

About the case/psu combo. I have heard some bad things about the Rosewill brand for PCU's. Not really sure because I am very very new to the whole custom PC building. But a few friends told me to avoid them.
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May 5, 2012 1:05:45 AM

The green series are actually good PSU's. When I get home I'll get you the link as it was awarded the recommended buy from either techpowerup or hardwaresecrets.
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May 5, 2012 1:09:15 AM

Pezcore27 said:
The green series are actually good PSU's. When I get home I'll get you the link as it was awarded the recommended buy from either techpowerup or hardwaresecrets.


I actually was reading an article and it told me not to get it. haha.
http://www.wikihow.com/Buy-a-Power-Supply

But if you guys say they are good then I'm sure they are.
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May 5, 2012 1:15:14 AM

ideally, i would use an antec earthwatts 430 bronze cert, and resuse a power cord for 40$

which oddly right now, is cheaper than the 380w version ಠ_ಠ
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May 5, 2012 1:19:32 AM

Agreed. I was unaware it went back on sale. That's a good price for that PSU.
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May 5, 2012 1:02:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 430W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $479.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-05 09:02 EDT-0400)
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May 5, 2012 9:20:21 PM

Awesome, putting all of the choices into consideration. Just have to wait on my paycheck now!
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May 6, 2012 9:04:56 PM

Best answer selected by liebejr.
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