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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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  1. 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=N82E16817703036
    600 watts is all you need for 1 graphics card really cheap to $69.99

    HDD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    500GB you have the option to go 1TB for about $30 more

    CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    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=N82E16813128543

    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?ItemList=Combo.909016
    it is $30 off so it will be pretty much $90 for the case
  2. 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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    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=N82E16813157293

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    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=N82E16817151095

    try to place more money into the video card as that is what most of the performance goes into inside gaming
  4. 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?
  5. http://www.hwcompare.com/12079/radeon-hd-6850-vs-radeon-hd-7850/

    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
  6. 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?Ntt=z77
  7. 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?Ntt=z77


    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?product_id=0386887
    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
  8. 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?product_id=0386887
    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?
  9. Have you thought bout using SSD instead of the traditional HDD
  10. 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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