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First time computer builder. Need help.

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May 7, 2012 8:03:19 PM

Hi, well I am kind of new at this, and I don't know if this is a good build or not, so please take a look.

Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower
Seagate Barracuda ST3750525AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V Modular Power Supply
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
ASRock X79 Extreme3 or ASRock X79 Extreme 4
Intel Core i7-3930K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

Also, I really don't know which mobo to use (I want to spend roughly $200-$250 on it).
If my initial build is successful, I want to get the Corsair H100 or the Coolermaster V8, and the
GTX 680 (or 670 Ti).

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May 7, 2012 8:34:25 PM

First off what's your max budget and what GPU are you going with? I'd heavily advise against buying a Raidmax PSU - there's no words to accurately describe how much I hate Raidmax. Knowing what GPU and whether or not you're going to SLI / Crossfire will help to suggest a better PSU.

I wouldn't get either of those fans - go with a D14.
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May 8, 2012 12:53:47 AM

Well, I plan to spend close to $1300 on it but its OK if it goes over by a little, and I most probably will go with the 670 Ti when it releases. I don't plan to SLI.
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May 8, 2012 12:14:38 PM

Oh, my bad. This should be better:


Approximate Purchase Date: Early June

Budget Range: $1300 Before / After Rebates: hopefully $1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Word Processing, Basic Internet Browsing

Parts Not Required: monitor (I will buy one if it is on sale for a good price)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, or any website should be fine

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Just a while ago, i took a look at the 7970, and i am back to square one. Any suggestions on which video card I should go with?
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May 8, 2012 6:42:48 PM

http://videocardz.com/32728/geforce-gtx-670-review-twea... <----- gtx 670 is rumored to be released at the end of this week. It should retail for $350 - $400.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-... $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $59.99 + .99 shipping
Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $339.98 save: $10.00
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z75%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $769.72 *not including shipping and rebates


http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $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_... <----- review of that Asus card w/benchmarks
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May 8, 2012 7:04:58 PM

For $1300 this is what I'd suggest:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $42.99
SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $80.99
HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $109.99
Optical: LG DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

Total: $1,246.90 - $25.00 MIR = $1,221.90

Add a Windows license and you're good to go. I don't include peripherals on builds as that's entirely personal preference and you can always get the good ones after you get your build up and running.
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May 8, 2012 7:57:41 PM

I was looking forward to using the Intel i7 3930k. I really don't care much about the HDD, or SSDs; I just need around a 250 GB at minimum.
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May 8, 2012 9:16:57 PM

kojo1212 said:
I was looking forward to using the Intel i7 3930k. I really don't care much about the HDD, or SSDs; I just need around a 250 GB at minimum.


A $600 CPU is not obtainable on a $1300 budget - you'd have to go way higher if you want any sort of decent GPU to go with it.
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