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May 22, 2012 6:37:31 PM

This will be my first PC and I am still new in this realm. Pardon my lack of knowledge in advance. Also thanks for any help!

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: $800-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming is priority

Parts Not Required: none

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not a necessity

Here is what i have so far-

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint M7E 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.70 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer S200HLAbd 20.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $872.10
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-22 16:57 EDT-0400)

Since I do not plan to overclock it, can I get a cheaper CPU than the 2500k?

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May 22, 2012 9:44:24 PM

If you are not overclocking then you'd don't need the i5-2500K, if you can get the i5-2400 or the i5-3450 for cheaper then you should do so.

The HDD you've listed is a laptop 5400RPM drive. Which if it has standard connectors, will be slow, which would be fine if you had something faster to run the OS and programs off.

I'd suggest changing it to this:
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM ST500DM002 $70 @ NCIX US
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...

The CM Storm Enforcer has front panel USB 3.0 connectors, which need internal USB 3.0 headers to connect up to.
The Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 doesn't have one of these connectors.

If you want to connect up those front USB 3.0 connectors then I suggest changing the motherboard to either of these:
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP $95 ($7 shipping)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77pro4...
Doesn't support CPU overclocking, nor SLI/CF (which the Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 didn't either).

ASRock Z75 Pro3 $100 ($7 shipping)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z75pro3
Doesn't support Intel Smart Response Technology, so you wouldn't be able to add a small SSD as a cache drive.

You don't need as much as 750W if you're not overclocking or SLIing, so if you can find a lower wattage unit for cheaper but still with the same (or better) quality then you should do that.
I've found some which are cheaper before the rebate on the OCZ 750W ZS Series unit, but not after.
May 22, 2012 10:20:14 PM

If you are not going to overclock or do a SLI then any money that you save from changing out to less expensive parts I would suggest putting into a better video card. I would try to get a 560Ti and it would give you much better performance in gaming. At $169.99 a 2500K is a great price and I would keep it unless you can get a lower priced quad core , I would not go to a dual core.
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May 22, 2012 10:42:36 PM

As stated, you don't need an i5 2500K.

Do you have Microcenter locally? PCPartPicker uses the i5 2500K's local in store pick up price as well as after rebate totals so it's not always reflecting your final total.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Better reflects what you'd want in a gaming build. Mainly because the 6870 is MUCH better than the 550 Ti, and the motherboard saves you money but still gives you want you need.

May 22, 2012 11:09:06 PM

You may not need a 2500k but at $170 you can save any money on something similar. Keep the it. Try to squeeze a little more money $50 to $100 to spent on the GPU. You can get a 6870, 560 or 560ti, all are much better than the 550ti. The rest looks good. you did your homework and pricing.
May 23, 2012 12:22:57 AM

Thanks for the help! I'll post the changes I make later tonight as I am on the road right now. I really appreciate the help.
May 23, 2012 3:29:05 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8I1B
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8I1B/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8I1B/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: CoolMax 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.89 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer S200HLAbd 20.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $883.16
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-22 23:52 EDT-0400)

Here are the new specs. I opted to change the CPU and downsize the PSU and case. I also invested in a better video card. Is this the best bang for the buck in your opinions? Oh, and there are no more compatibility issues?
May 23, 2012 3:50:26 AM

Excellent compromise.
May 23, 2012 4:04:59 AM

Go with the B75 Pro3, save some money on the motherboard. You can't overclock so there isn't a need for Z68. The B75 chipset supports PCI 3.0 naturally so there's that as well. I'd recommend getting the i5 3450 for slightly more however to support PCI 3.0.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
&
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637...

That PSU choice isn't very solid either. I'd go with at least the Antec 520 Neo Eco.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 23, 2012 4:23:05 AM

I can understand changing the mobo because I do not need to overclock, but I'm not sure I am willing to spend the extra money on the 3450 for the PCI 3.0. I will change the power supply if you believe it is too weak. Thanks for help! Any other suggestions?
May 23, 2012 4:50:16 AM

Newegg has the OCZ Fatal1ty 750w modular gaming 80plus bronze power supply for $100 with a $25 MIR and a newegg $20 gift card and free shipping. Check Realhardtechx.com's PSU data base for links to PSU reviews.
May 23, 2012 5:42:03 AM

The 750w is definitely NOT needed. Even after the promo and MIR, it's cheap, but MIR's aren't immediate cash backs and OCZ has had a history of not being easy on MIRS. As for the Gift card, you essentially still have to buy from Newegg with that money so it's not a cash back. Just being critical though...

Umm one thing, the i5 3450 is $6 more for a performance increase and the PCI 3.0 is just a benefit.
May 23, 2012 5:47:59 AM

PCIe 3.0 is a benefit for now, but soon enough, it will be saturated; however, it is also true IB is the last of the LGA 1155 boards.
May 23, 2012 3:03:58 PM

So if I do change the mobo and the CPU, will all my other components need to be changed or will they be compatible with the new mobo? Sorry for my lack of knowledge.
May 23, 2012 3:42:35 PM

I'm buying and building a similar first build too (minus monitor, OS, keyboard/mouse, 1TB HDD):


CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.25 @ Compuvest)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($166.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: OCZ 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $646.15
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-23 11:41 EDT-0400)
May 23, 2012 10:06:01 PM

Yeah that'd be fine. Meaning the parts I suggest.

I wouldn't suggest requisite's motherboard considering the price.
May 23, 2012 10:09:16 PM

Alright cool. Thanks for the help. Here is the final list and Ill be ordering soon.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.48 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer S200HLAbd 20.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $915.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-23 18:09 EDT-0400)
May 24, 2012 1:01:53 AM

Keep in mind that the single most important component in gaming is the video card and after that the cpu. Any extra money that you have should be put into getting the most video card you can. So if you had extra money and even though you listed the 6870 then get the 6950 or an equivelint , but that's if you have extra money to use.
May 24, 2012 3:11:22 AM

Thanks for the tip, but I am really pushing my budget as it is. The 6870, while its not the best, is definitely acceptable for me. Thanks all!
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