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May 29, 2012 2:14:17 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of Summer, Early Fall; not really set.

Budget Range: 600-800 before rebates would be ideal, better if cheaper.
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System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Schoolwork, Web Browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Microcenter, NCIX

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU is the only real part preference I have, this is my first build.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: I have no idea, might need a new monitor. I'm hoping I won't.

Additional Comments: I would love to run WoW and D3 and a recent frame rate, probably right around 35fps, I've played on 17fps consistently at one point and I dealt. I don't know what will really be replaced. I have a slightly older HP desktop that I can salvage parts from but I'm not sure what would be ideal. I live within an hour of a Microcenter so if that changes cost or anything please let me know. I'd love to do this as cheap as possible before I have to start paying for car related purchases and going to college.

Parts:

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138357

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

So if any of you can fill my quench for insta-knowledge or help me it is much obliged.

Also, I think the external URL link isn't working as it is formatting it as . I had to fix it manually. Maybe user error, I dunno.
May 29, 2012 2:33:35 AM

Ask again one week before you buy . Prices change and newer parts become available

And work out your monitors resolution . If you cant do that you probably wont be able to build your own computer
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May 29, 2012 2:34:05 AM

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 Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $545.92 ($595.92 Before Rebates)

It's pretty much the same thing except I swapped out the RAM, PSU, and case to cheaper parts that offer pretty much the same performance.

And I believe the external url format is Text
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May 29, 2012 3:14:20 AM

Outlander; do they really change that much over the course of a few months? I thought they were parts, not stocks? It's not that I can't figure it out, I just haven checked it over 8 years probably, so it probably is too old. Does it significantly affect performance or parts? It doesn't affect me how the quality is as long as everything is readable.

Clown; What is the diference in the RAM listed? Also, I don't think I'll need a hard drive as long as I'm able to use my old laptop drives. Same with the optical drive. Is there any difference between 80 Plus Bronze and just 80 Plus? The guide I read said to settle for 80 Plus Bronze at the least. Is there any difference between the MoBos as well? Will cooling be a problem, that's why I choose the HAF case.
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May 29, 2012 3:23:26 AM

Yes, by the end of summer, you'd get the GTx 660ti and 650ti out, which will greatly affect comparisons between what is good value.
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May 29, 2012 5:46:29 AM

AdvisableOwl said:
Outlander; do they really change that much over the course of a few months? I thought they were parts, not stocks? It's not that I can't figure it out, I just haven checked it over 8 years probably, so it probably is too old. Does it significantly affect performance or parts? It doesn't affect me how the quality is as long as everything is readable.

Clown; What is the diference in the RAM listed? Also, I don't think I'll need a hard drive as long as I'm able to use my old laptop drives. Same with the optical drive. Is there any difference between 80 Plus Bronze and just 80 Plus? The guide I read said to settle for 80 Plus Bronze at the least. Is there any difference between the MoBos as well? Will cooling be a problem, that's why I choose the HAF case.


Generations of hardware change in months or at most a year . a month can make all the difference .

It may even affect whether you get windows 7 , or Win 7 with a free upgrade etc etc
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May 29, 2012 6:11:24 AM

Well I have Win7 Ult already in 64 and 32 bit so I'm not sure it'll matter that much? Another random question if you know, would swapping the i3 to a i5 2500k matter much if the RAM gets changed from 1600-1333?
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May 29, 2012 6:12:39 AM

Nope, keep the IB choice.
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May 29, 2012 6:46:23 AM

I'm sorry, what does IB mean? A quick google didn't pull anything up.
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May 29, 2012 6:48:20 AM

Ivy Bridge, the current Generation of Intel CPUs.
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May 29, 2012 5:57:37 PM

Another question for those of you GPU guys, would I see any decrease in performance if I went from the Radeon HD 6870 to the 7750 or switched to a Geforce GTX 560 Fermi?
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May 29, 2012 6:52:37 PM

If you went with the Radeon option you said, yes, a big performance decrease, but if you go with the 560, not so much.
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May 29, 2012 7:02:49 PM

So I take it that the 6870 is the best out of the group?
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May 29, 2012 7:05:14 PM

Yes, it is.
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May 29, 2012 7:18:44 PM
May 29, 2012 8:35:58 PM

Biohazard, I looked at that MoBo/CPU combo and found something similar on Microcenter for cheaper with it being the i5-3570k and ASR Pro4-M Z77 mATX mother board for 265 total at microcenter. Is there any difference or thing I should be aware of?
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May 30, 2012 4:09:50 PM

Guys I'm going to close this thread. I can't change it to a discussion successfully and I have changed some other things although I will be leaving this thread up it won't be my active thread although I'll leave a link to it in the new thread. Thank you again.
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