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May 14, 2012 3:09:10 AM

Hi i've been looking through a lot of sites for the past three days and done some reasonable reading. This will be my first attempt at building a computer. And here's what i came up with(very bottom):



Budget Range: $800, the cheaper the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: a lot of gaming, surfing, streaming contents

Parts Not Required: keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers, sound card(can use on board)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any big names like newegg, ebay etc.

Country: (e.g.: India) USA

Parts Preferences: any is fine, but if possible intel?

Overclocking: Maybe / Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: not sure

Additional Comments: Here's what i have assemble as far as what to get from reading around.......

Processor: intel i5-2500k, $170 at microcenter
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $50 / or ripjaws
Video Card: GIGABYTE GTX 560 TI $215 / radeon hd 6850/6870 $ 140

I'm still missing the Hard drive, motherboard, power supply, and case.

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May 14, 2012 3:41:03 PM
May 14, 2012 4:08:07 PM

don't go vengeance if you are going to get a aftermarket heatsink like a hyper 212 evo/plus

it has very tall heatsinks on them that will block the way of the CPU heatsink

PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
600 watts is all you need for 1 graphics card really cheap to $69.99

HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
500GB you have the option to go 1TB for about $30 more

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i like having a nice looking case just my preference can go to the cheaper 25$ ones if needed

MOBO: don't know why the one above me suggested an old mobo, you can get a more current one about the same price or even less without losing(you will actually gain) a lot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner/reader just get any under $20 and a brand name such as asus

EDIT:found a nice looking case cost a bit more, it also upgrades front usb 2.0 to 3.0 don't know if you need it or not but it doesn't really hurt having it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
it is $30 off so it will be pretty much $90 for the case
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May 15, 2012 11:19:41 PM

thanks for the advice, this is what I came up with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 730W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $744.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-15 19:16 EDT-0400)

Hard drive i might be able to do without. and maybe put the money into a 560ti cpu. What brand would you guys recommend the 560ti from? I really like the case above but I can also do with the Antec’s Three Hundred. What do you guys think?
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May 15, 2012 11:51:07 PM

hkstyle said:
thanks for the advice, this is what I came up with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 730W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $744.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-15 19:16 EDT-0400)

Hard drive i might be able to do without. and maybe put the money into a 560ti cpu. What brand would you guys recommend the 560ti from? I really like the case above but I can also do with the Antec’s Three Hundred. What do you guys think?


ill try to shave off as much as i can off what you put on there and increase performance on the way
good choice on 2500k can move up to the 3rd gen for $30 more at microcenter if you need
heatsink good for 2500k good for 3rd gen too but it can get pretty hot

go with a z77 MOBO

this one allows for upgrade in a 2 way sli/xfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
these just look cooler and it is the same price

if not doing a SLI then this PSU will be good(Raidmaster isn't a good brand name for PSU)
(good psu companys Seasonic, XFX(PSU made by Seasonic),Corsair(same as XFX), and PC power)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

try to place more money into the video card as that is what most of the performance goes into inside gaming
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May 16, 2012 3:16:12 AM

thanks boulbox, your comments are very helpful to me. Wouldnt it be better to get a bigger power supply that can support SLI, incase in the future i want to upgrade and wouldnt have to rebuy?
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May 16, 2012 4:05:15 AM

http://www.hwcompare.com/12079/radeon-hd-6850-vs-radeon...

comparison of a 7850vs6850
of course the 7850 wins but if don't need that much of a high Wattage PSU even for SLI/CF

max it uses is 130Watts and with todays technology you really won't be needing that high of a PSU

if you feel safer you can move up to a 700 PSU but i doubt you will need it
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May 19, 2012 9:33:09 PM

I think i'll probably go with your psu than. Also my brother actually has a micro center near him and i was wondering which Motherboard should i get with the cpu combo(all mobo are $50 off)? Can you guys recommend me a few mobo from the site in case they run out of a certain one? Thanks!

http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?...
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May 19, 2012 11:46:12 PM

hkstyle said:
I think i'll probably go with your psu than. Also my brother actually has a micro center near him and i was wondering which Motherboard should i get with the cpu combo(all mobo are $50 off)? Can you guys recommend me a few mobo from the site in case they run out of a certain one? Thanks!

http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?...


ASrock extreme4 is a really good one and it is priced fairly decent $89.99 if purchased with CPU
it has the option of SLI/CF and has a nice black board look

another fairly good board is
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
not a lot of people buy it due to overpriced but since it is on the $50 discount it should be within budget

you can use this as a fan controller with fan xpert2, has 3x PCIe 3.0 slots of 3way sli, has lots of other slots if you want to add things like sound card, and has a nice blue and black color scheme- $169.99
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May 20, 2012 12:00:12 AM

boulbox said:
ASrock extreme4 is a really good one and it is priced fairly decent $89.99 if purchased with CPU
it has the option of SLI/CF and has a nice black board look

another fairly good board is
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
not a lot of people buy it due to overpriced but since it is on the $50 discount it should be within budget

you can use this as a fan controller with fan xpert2, has 3x PCIe 3.0 slots of 3way sli, has lots of other slots if you want to add things like sound card, and has a nice blue and black color scheme- $169.99




i was hoping that the santa clara micro center has the asrock extreme 4 but they dont have any in stock. i can spent about 120 on a motherboard and i cant go higher than that =[. what would be the next best choice?
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May 20, 2012 12:06:50 AM

Have you thought bout using SSD instead of the traditional HDD
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May 20, 2012 12:38:48 AM

thanks boulbox, i'll make sure to ask my brother to pick up that specific board.

quad777, i dont have any plans in investing towards a SSD yet since im trying really hard to be under my budget.
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May 31, 2012 1:07:35 AM

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