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May 23, 2012 6:04:54 AM

Hey guys, so I began doing research on building my own PC being I had recently purchased a very high end laptop and have had it stolen. Being I cannot afford to replace it, I'm looking to spend anywhere around 800-900 dollars in building my own computer. I am very unsure as to what makes a good build in particular and I believe I have created a build that works sans the power supply as I have not yet calculated that out.

I am looking for a gaming rig, nothing that will blow *** out of the water, but I am definately trying to run games like Starcraft II and Diablo 3 on the higher end without any problems.

Here is my build:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $764.92

Any kind of insight or advice, changes or additions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 23, 2012 6:22:49 AM

For the MOBO i would look into one with the newer chip say a Z77 MoBo

If your not going to OC save money for the i5-2500 even a i5-2400 will be good for gaming

For the PSU a Good 550W for a single card will work, if your going to SLI/CROSSFIRE Down the road... say a 750W PSU or 850W for SLI two GTX 570


If your going to OC CPU look into a aftermarket COOLER


As far as the GPU goes whats your monitor REZ ?


PSU

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

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

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

CPU COOLER

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

MOBO

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

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

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May 23, 2012 11:39:29 AM

ScubaSteve234 said:
Hey guys, so I began doing research on building my own PC being I had recently purchased a very high end laptop and have had it stolen. Being I cannot afford to replace it, I'm looking to spend anywhere around 800-900 dollars in building my own computer. I am very unsure as to what makes a good build in particular and I believe I have created a build that works sans the power supply as I have not yet calculated that out.

I am looking for a gaming rig, nothing that will blow *** out of the water, but I am definately trying to run games like Starcraft II and Diablo 3 on the higher end without any problems.

Here is my build:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $764.92

Any kind of insight or advice, changes or additions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!


I suggest you get the i5 3570k and the Gigabyte Z77 D3H combo at Microcenter. i5 3570k is 10% faster than the i5 2500k at equivalent clock and Z77 Mainboard from Gigabyte is more overclocking friendly, support PCI-3.0, more reputable than that Asrock. Also, you got a 45 bucks off combo when purchasing together with the i5 3570k.
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May 23, 2012 5:12:33 PM

Thanks for all of the quick responses and advice!
To be honest, I probably really wont be overclocking my computer, so the 2500k can probably be looked into, but for the processing power the sale price seems pretty good, the 2500 itself is more expensive.

I dont particularly see myself utilizing SLI/Crossfire anytime soon, though I suppose the option would be nice in the future.

I switched out the card for Z77, just curious as to how you guys feel about one compared to the other.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
compared to
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


However, I have noticed on the second one, a one year warranty is included with the purchase.

Also, is there any difference here at all?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And last, Im just curious if the graphics card is too much. Am I wasting money buying one that is more powerful? Will a less powerful graphics card limit my gaming capabilities a lot?

I also switched out a case for an Antec.

So here is my temporary revised build.
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Total: $829.04

Thanks so much guys!
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 23, 2012 5:23:39 PM

MoBo the first one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157296

^ would be a nice single GPU MoBo


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293

^ Would be a Nice SLI/CROSSFIRE MoBo

As for the RAM, If your not going to OC the CPU the DDR3 1333 would be fine, if your going to OC get the DDR3 1600

If the i5 2500K is the same as a i5 2500 go for the K and leave the option open to OC the CPU down the road ( you can always pick up a CPU COOLER down the road )

For the GPU its hard to say ( I dont see your Monitor Specs ie rez )

^^^ Also depends on what QL settings you mind playing on, For me Med to high settings with 30 + FPS is fine ( my eyes dont see above 29 FPS anyways :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 23, 2012 5:31:47 PM

http://www.100fps.com/how_many_frames_can_humans_see.ht... ( read this )

GPU comes down to if you want to max all the eye candys in the game, and how long you like to keep it ( whats i am trying to say is )

Some like to just update there GPU say every 2 years, for newer TEC..... Others might like to buy the best GPU they can so it will last 5 years

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