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May 10, 2012 5:24:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week

Budget Range: $650 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and WebWork
D3, CounterStrike GO, BF3 also I will be using AdobeCreative Suite for photos and web design work

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, I am going to try and rip out my old CDR/WR drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Reliable ones

Overclocking: Yes/Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I dont need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC, Excellent cooling is a must as well as airflow.



I appreciate the help everyone.

More about : build 650

May 10, 2012 5:47:13 PM

How well does the i3-2120 perform?
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May 10, 2012 5:55:26 PM

Migliores said:
How well does the i3-2120 perform?


It's a great CPU for the price - I'd recommend it far over any AMD FX-based CPU right now - I have it in my work PC and this is coming off a Core 2 Duo T6600 and it was quite a nice upgrade.
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May 10, 2012 6:08:30 PM

Good to know. A friend who I have asked to help me out but never does (because hes lazy and good friend like that) Was saying how i3/i5s are useless and AMD's are cheaper and compare to the i7s. Idk a thing a about any of them.
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May 10, 2012 6:14:17 PM

Migliores said:
Good to know. A friend who I have asked to help me out but never does (because hes lazy and good friend like that) Was saying how i3/i5s are useless and AMD's are cheaper and compare to the i7s. Idk a thing a about any of them.


He's right that they are cheaper but they're definitely not better than i3/i5 - any Intel build is way better than any AMD build. The only advantage that AMD has in that price range is the unlocked multiplier for overclocking but you most likely won't need it. That motherboard will support a wider range of CPUs than say H61 will.
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May 10, 2012 6:27:41 PM

Ill rub it in his face then. I am really excited that you added in the HAF912. I dont know much about computer parts and putting them together but a while back I looked into cases to slowly piece one together and the HAF912 looked very promising.


Will this build allow me to possible sli/crossfire in the future?
and can do you fully understand this sandy bridge technology? I still don't fully understand it yet.
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May 10, 2012 6:35:16 PM

Here's a variant of g-unit1111's build. It gives you a different case, but a modular PSU, and a more upgradable Motherboard.

Case: Rosewill Challenger - 49.99
PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W - 64.99 (before 15% off w/ promo code EMCNEJN33, ends 5/16)
CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 - 124.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 - 104.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - 41.99
HD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB - 79.99
Optical: LITE-ON 24x DVD Burner - 17.99
Graphics: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 - 159.99 (before 10.00 MIR)

TOTAL = $644.92 (Shipping, rebates, or promo codes not included)

Though with the promo code for the PSU, you could upgrade to the HAF912 and have a little nicer case, which is what I would reccommend.
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May 10, 2012 6:43:13 PM

What does it mean to have a modular PSU?

And thank you both for the help I appreciate it.
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May 10, 2012 6:43:14 PM

Migliores said:
Ill rub it in his face then. I am really excited that you added in the HAF912. I dont know much about computer parts and putting them together but a while back I looked into cases to slowly piece one together and the HAF912 looked very promising.


Will this build allow me to possible sli/crossfire in the future?
and can do you fully understand this sandy bridge technology? I still don't fully understand it yet.


I have the HAF 912 and it's an excellent case for the price - a lot of features that you just can't find with cases in its' class. I've used a lot of cases in the $60 - $70 range and a good 80% of them are flat-out crap, the HAF 912 stands far and above the pack with the fan mounts (has room for an H100) and other nice extras like the SSD adapter and tool free HD installation.

If you want to rub it in check out a few of these benchmarks:

- Sub-$200 CPU roundup: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
- I3-2120 vs. FX-6100: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-210...
- I3-2120 vs. AMD Llano: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g620-amd-a8...

Sandy Bridge is essentially the code name for Intel's CPU architecture - you can do a Google search on how it works compared to previous generations.

If you want to SLI / Crossfire - you'll need to pay a bit more for a motherboard with 2 x16 lanes - that motherboard only has one. You'll need something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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What does it mean to have a modular PSU?

And thank you both for the help I appreciate it.


Modular PSUs are power supplies with no cords attached - you add your own as you need them. I'm generally not a fan of modular PSUs as I've never had any that are really good, I've always stuck with corded rails.
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May 10, 2012 6:44:31 PM

Migliores said:
What does it mean to have a modular PSU?

And thank you both for the help I appreciate it.


The modular PSU means that you will not have a bunch of left over wires hanging there that you will have to find a place for. The wires can be attached/detached from the PSU that are not in use.
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May 10, 2012 6:53:49 PM

Yes I will definitely rub it in his face now!

So with a modular would I have to buy the cords or would it come with X amount with it?

Im just really wondering If I should go for the motherboard that'll support sli/crossfire.
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May 10, 2012 7:00:09 PM

Migliores said:
Yes I will definitely rub it in his face now!

So with a modular would I have to buy the cords or would it come with X amount with it?

Im just really wondering If I should go for the motherboard that'll support sli/crossfire.


It comes with cords and you just add your own as you need them. I personally think it's a myth that having fewer PSUs in your case will mean better air flow - it's all in how you route your cables that will allow for better air flow - and the HAF 912 definitely allows for that. I can post a picture of my build using that case if you want to see it.
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May 10, 2012 7:11:19 PM

g-unit1111 said:
It comes with cords and you just add your own as you need them. I personally think it's a myth that having fewer PSUs in your case will mean better air flow - it's all in how you route your cables that will allow for better air flow - and the HAF 912 definitely allows for that. I can post a picture of my build using that case if you want to see it.


i wanna see the haf92 in pictures :]
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May 10, 2012 7:15:11 PM

g-unit's offer looks solid. Pez made it a bit better. As for SLI, for a build under 800 I would not stress too much about it.

I'd urge you to look hard at combos and gun for an i5/z68. For Example:

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Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


$59.99
$49.99
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CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139028
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$79.99
$69.99
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---------combo---------------
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118067
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
-$13.00 Combo


$102.98
$84.98
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------------combo------------
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )
Item #: N82E16814102948
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C8
Item #: N82E16820145348
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$25.00 Instant
-$10.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$224.98
$189.98
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AMD Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon - OEM
Item #: N82E16800995114
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving


$49.99
$0.00
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------------combo-------------------
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157279
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$18.00 Combo


$334.98
$306.98
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Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $10.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001
Your Promotional Gift Card will be emailed 4 days after invoice.
Subtotal: $701.92
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May 10, 2012 7:37:38 PM

For Adobe CS, you may want to consider i5 or even i7, if you have enough budget. But for $650, i7 is totally out of bounce, and you can go for i5-2400. If you can find Micro Center nearby, they have great deals for CPU/MB bundle.
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May 10, 2012 8:04:27 PM

I have a western digital HDD from another computer. Could I use that on this setup?

and yeah if you have any pictures of your HAF912 please show it
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May 10, 2012 8:41:25 PM

If your HDD is SATA, yes you can use it.
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May 10, 2012 9:15:44 PM

If, like you said, you are ok with MIR here is another offer:

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Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


$59.99
$49.99
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CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139028
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$79.99
$69.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231308
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$39.99
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118067
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
-$13.00 Combo


$102.98
$84.98
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-------------------SLI mobo but not an i5 combo--------------------------

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128502
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
Item #: N82E16819115077
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$12.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$254.98
$232.98
Subtotal: $477.93 thus far with MIR at 447.93

When in stock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

239.00 w/ MIR you are about 666.00 :o 
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May 10, 2012 10:41:50 PM

For that Ill have to wait for the card to be cleared. The motherboard also has a nice little bonus promo on it to bad it ends today on that though
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May 11, 2012 10:34:42 PM

I was looking through g-unit's and Pezcore's builds and I liked them both so I decided to do some footwork to see which I could get the most bang for my buck. It turned into a bit of a combination from both of their contributions.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Instant: -$10.00
Sub-total: $59.99
Simply because it is a slightly better case with good airflow.

RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V
Sub-total: $46.99
The difference in RAM was so slight I almost didn't catch it, this version has slightly more to offer so I chose it over the other.


Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
Instant: -$20.00
MIR: -$10.00 (Added at end of post)
Sub-total: $159.99

Here's the good stuff, Combos!

PSU / HD Combo: Corsair CX600 and WD Caviar Blue 500GB
Instant: -$15.00
MIR: -$20.00 (Added at end of post)
Combo Savings: -$10.00
Sub-total: $129.98

I originally wanted to go with the Antec BP550 Plus 550W but between this combo and the next one, I decided this would be a better deal.

CPU / Motherboard Combo: Intel Core i3-2120 and ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3
Instant: -$10.00
Combo Savings: -$17.00
Sub-total: 212.98

I chose this for the up-gradable motherboard and of course the combo package.

Totals:
Before MIR and Tax: $609.93
After MIR: $579.93
Tax (Approx $56.88): $636.81
Shipping (Varies - Mine was $4.99): $641.80
(Total $671.80 before MIRs)

If you want to further cut cost, you can switch to the Case (-$10.00) and RAM (-$5.00) Pez suggested. There were also RAM combos with the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 but I chose to use the G.Skills.

I did not include a Optical Drive since you said you had one you could re-use.

Thoughts and Comments on this? lol
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May 12, 2012 12:01:03 AM

Well this is what I have going on in my newegg shopping cart

8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
Intel Core i3-2120 //// ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 COMBO
Antec BP550 Plus 550W
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$450 (my total with a PSU promo and a 25$ gift card.)


I found a sata hdd that I can reuse to save a few more bucks so that awesome PSU/HDD combo which would normally be stellar doesn't beat the price of reusing some parts I found.
Also I have 98$ on my amazon account so I thought I would use that to get the case. all in all I cut some good corners I say.

I like this though. I hope someone sees this thread and finds that build. you did good with all those combos and going through it all :) 

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