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First time build, 650$! Help please :D

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May 9, 2012 11:34:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: About 2 weeks give or take one week.

Budget Range: 600-650$.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programming, video editing, browsing, movies.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg are perfect for me

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia but I can deal with AMD. The driver issues I've heard about don't sound good haha. Either CPU brand is fine. Case doesnt have to be huge.

Overclocking: Maybeh

SLI or Crossfire: Down the road I think so. Just depends on my hectic life

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I will be playing a lot of BF3. I love the BF series. Case doesnt have to be blingy, but I dont like cases that are very loud. I keep my room cold, I like it that way. I have run a laptop for a few years so please be patient with me :??: 

Also, this is the build I've come up with so far:

Corsair builder series CX600: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2UQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

Apevia X-TRP-GN X-TROOPER . Beautiful case, I LOVE green :D . Comes with lots of fans too. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051QQJ44/ref=ox_sc_a...

AMD Phenom x4 965 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SRQ214/ref=ox_sc_a...

Corsair 8gb 1333 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055LGG3Y/ref=ox_sc_a...

Galaxy gtx 560 ti. It comes with BF3, seems like a good deal. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006J41VG8/ref=ox_sc_a...

ASRock extreme 3 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005POPRG8/ref=ox_sc_a...

Total: Almost exactly 600$
Thanks everyone! Love the site. I've been a reader for awhile.

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May 9, 2012 11:52:17 PM

If you will overclock, get the I5-3570k. If not get the I5-3450s. They are more expensive, but they perform much better for everything.
I5-3579k $249
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or
I5-3450s $199, comes with dvd burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a z68 motherboard for the processor It is $75 after a rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Check out these 560 ti's all are cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

That case looks awesome, but let me suggest Cooler master's HAF 912. It is slightly less pretty, but it has the best airflow of any case in it's price-range
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will bring you to your $650 and will perform much better than your build.

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May 9, 2012 11:53:03 PM

Oh god you'd be very wise to stay far far away from Apevia - they're a brand that is notorious for producing a lot of garbage. The other day I was working on a computer with an Apevia case and the LED lights started falling off. Terrible products.

That said here's how I would spend ~$650 on a build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH67DLCB3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST - $79.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $159.99

Total: $649.92

With this build - AMD just can't be recommended even more on even the most basic budget build. And the 560 is not a good choice unless you get the tweaked TI model - go with the Radeon 6870. But again, I can't emphasize enough how much I hate Apevia and their junk cases.
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May 10, 2012 12:08:40 AM

For $650 you should use an I5 and z68. Graphics are a lot cheaper to upgrade, and pcie 3.0 will be enough for cards in the foreseeable future. I would keep the I5 and skimp a little on the graphics.
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May 11, 2012 1:35:41 AM

Why skimp on GPU? I play more games than anything else, wouldn't going GPU>CPU be a better idea in this case? I dont know :c
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May 11, 2012 1:38:15 AM

Processor upgrades often require you to change the motherboard. Gpu upgrades are cheaper and pop in.
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