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May 28, 2012 10:52:40 PM

I wasn't as clear as i should have been, here's the right info.



Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: $500-550 before rebates, lower if possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia, Intel, Corsair

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Side notes: I want an all black case with a window if possible. Black inside to. Quad Core Processor please.

Thanks.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 12:11:17 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($46.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $561.03
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 20:23 EDT-0400)
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 12:36:35 AM

I'd stay away from the motherboard he has, and the PSU. OCZ is NOT a good idea. As for the rest, here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.66 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Intel DH67CLB3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $576.15
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 20:35 EDT-0400)

Benefits here include a tested and true case, a better PSU, a better rated Optical Drive, and a better CPU. The motherboard is also fairly nice. At $500, I'd start to look into pre-builts, though.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 12:41:54 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $600.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-26 11:24 EDT-0400) I would save a little more money and get something like this ;) 
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May 29, 2012 12:43:41 AM

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.66 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $533.58

I posted this on your last thread.

EDIT: No one added the OS, so you need to add an extra $100 in. Making your builds over budget.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 12:46:16 AM

ddan49 said:
I'd stay away from the motherboard he has, and the PSU. OCZ is NOT a good idea. As for the rest, here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.66 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Intel DH67CLB3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $576.15
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 20:35 EDT-0400)

Benefits here include a tested and true case, a better PSU, a better rated Optical Drive, and a better CPU. The motherboard is also fairly nice. At $500, I'd start to look into pre-builts, though.
+1 this is a better build when you are working with 550 bucks you really can't expect to much
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 12:50:15 AM

I agree. At $500ish, I start to look into cheap prebuilts with room for GPU expansion later on.
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May 29, 2012 1:14:26 AM

RockNRollz is the only one who actually included the OS in his build, but some of his parts have horrible reviews. Also, you specified Newegg and he didn't only use Newegg so the price came out lower than it would have been.

I basically just took his build and got parts with better reviews and slightly lower prices. Unfortunately you can't afford a quad core or a better graphics card unless you compromise on something else.. don't really know what though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($90.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $539.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 21:15 EDT-0400)
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 2:17:31 AM

I never include an OS in the budget. If the OP wants a gaming build at $500 WITH the OS, I think it might be better to look at some pre-builts.
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May 29, 2012 2:40:50 AM

Thanks Ironslice.

@ddan49 - Not at all true, I can tell you now that the build Ironslice has made would be better than any $500 pre-built.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 3:06:51 AM

Of course it is. I meant (and I probably should have clarified) to start looking into pre-builts ON SALE. Check out tomshardware's daily deals, slickdeals.net, and deals2buy for some good ones. At higher budgets, there simply AREN'T any pre-builts powerful enough. However, at this one, you may find a $500ish prebuilt that's on sale from $800 or so and has possibly some better components.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 4:43:13 AM

Yes, it IS possible to get one of the best quad-core CPUs available and still stay under your budget. I think you'll be happy with this:

CPU: Intel i5-2500k $199.99
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2H $60
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb + DVD Burner Combo $80
Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition - $35 ($30 if you buy it today)
RAM: PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $27
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W $45 after rebate/promo code
GPU: XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 $95

Total: $542.00

The GPU is a small step down from the HD 6850 in one of the other builds, but it should do OK for 1600x900 for the time being. Another small but nice thing - that RAM has an 8 latency instead of the 10 or 11 common among sets that cheap.

Note that this entire build is with the assumption that in a year or so, you'll have enough cash to upgrade the video card (probably to something in the $250-$300 range) or at the very least go to crossfired 6770s (which that PSU WILL support). Otherwise the i5-2500k will be way overpowered compared to your GPU and you won't be getting the most out of it. So if that doesn't sound like what you plan to do in the future, might as well get one of the i3-2120 builds.

I should also point out also that if you are willing to spend an extra $40, you can bump your video card up two whole tiers to the HD 6870, which would be a lot better suited to the i5-2500k (That card is normally a lot more expensive than that, BTW). It would be the most worth-it $40 over budget that you could go, in my opinion. That's less than the cost of one game. So if this is a gaming machine ... you should really ask yourself if you should be building it at all if you can't spare another $40; I mean, if not, how many games will you be able to afford to actually USE on that machine.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 10:31:22 AM

Save some money by getting an i5-2400. I don't know why the OP wants a quad-core so much... for gaming, I'd rather spend more money on a GPU.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 7:00:14 PM

ddan49 said:
Save some money by getting an i5-2400. I don't know why the OP wants a quad-core so much... for gaming, I'd rather spend more money on a GPU.


Well, I'd rather have a quad-core over a dual-core too if I had the option. :)  Long-term, the fact is people rarely ever upgrade the CPU because any worthwhile gain requires going to a whole new platform or spending way more money than is worth it. Upgrading the GPU later is easily done. So my personal preference is get the CPU you are going to keep at the start.

While I agree that ideally you want to emphasize the GPU, on this budget you're not going to get a great GPU no matter what. Although you could do something like go with the i3-2120 and the temporarily on sale HD 6950 for $200 and that would probably be pretty good for the next year or two.

I don't think I'd recommend the i5-2400. That only saves $10, and you give up the ability to overclock. And overclocking is like the #1 greatest ability to have if you're cheap.
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May 29, 2012 7:12:53 PM

really appreciate all of the response, but lol im giving her my old build and i got my new one so its ok. she says that she will wait to get a bigger budget lawl
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May 29, 2012 7:13:51 PM

unless i throw in 200$ for her or so. what can yall do with 700-750? ill make another forum to see your responce
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 8:25:49 PM

dgkbiohazard said:
unless i throw in 200$ for her or so. what can yall do with 700-750? ill make another forum to see your responce


Basically the same thing I said before, except go to a better video card like the 7850, and ditch the budget H61 motherboard in favor of something in the $90-$120 range that will allow crossfire and have more modern features like SATAIII and USB 3.0.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 30, 2012 12:05:14 AM

Like the Pro3 Gen3 ;) 

What capt_taco said
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