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New PC Build

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May 29, 2012 11:03:50 PM

This is my first time building a PC, so I want to make sure everything fits well and runs smoothly.

Processor- Intel i5 2500K (170$)

GPU- Radeon 6870 (170$)

Motherboard- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX (121$)

RAM-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (55$)

PSU-TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 (90$)

HDD-Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (90$)

Optical Drive- ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM (58$)

COOLER MASTER Elite 431 Plus RC-431P-KWN2 (60$)

Keyboard- Razer Arctosa (45$)

The total price adds up to around 860$. However, I also need a monitor, preferably under 120$. I am trying to keep this build under 1000$, and the prices did not include shipping costs and tax.


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May 29, 2012 11:05:04 PM

Looks good!
May 29, 2012 11:07:24 PM

1: get ivy bridge i5 3570k. its faster
2: get asrock extreme4 for the ivy bridge
3: there are cheaper ram solutions. mushkin blackline is more low profile and is just as good
4: xfx 650w is the same thing. they are both made by seasonic and the xfx one is cheaper
5: seagate barracuda 64mb 1tb drive is faster
6: antec 302 is better and cheaper
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May 29, 2012 11:29:09 PM

And $80 more expensive. If he was buying at MC, then it would be worth it.
May 30, 2012 12:20:51 AM

we dont have em in canada but we have NCIX everywhere
May 30, 2012 12:41:42 AM

I'm buying the i5 for Microcenter... Is there something wrong with it, or are they not in the US?
May 30, 2012 12:47:57 AM

there is no problem with getting the i5 at microcenter. im just saying we have ncix stores in canada but no microcenter
May 30, 2012 1:01:02 AM

There isn't anything wrong. I was referring to BigTroll. Now that you confirmed that you have a MC nearby, get the i5-3570k. :) 
May 30, 2012 2:46:28 AM


Also could anybody recommend a good monitor for me?
May 30, 2012 2:52:33 AM

Just choose any 22-23" monitor with 1080p res.
May 30, 2012 3:03:31 AM

asus ve247h or vs247h are a great choice. they both are 1080p and have 2ms response time
May 30, 2012 9:20:35 PM

Are there any cheaper monitors? As I said, I'm tying to keep the overall price under a thousand. And since I'm a gamer, wouldn't it make more sense to upgrade the GPU not the CPU?
May 31, 2012 12:35:39 AM

i will have to warn you that this uses a glossy screen. it can cause glare. i dont mind it because i work in a pretty dark environment but take in consideration when you are elsewhere. matte screens usually solve the problem but they cost a bit more.
May 31, 2012 10:41:56 PM

So would you recommend matte screens as there is a window right behind where I want to play...
May 31, 2012 10:47:11 PM

Also, I prefer somewhere around a 18-19 inch screen.
June 1, 2012 3:04:22 AM

glossy screens are fine as long as you pull down some of the blinds. i like them because they look more clear

if you like 18-19 inch, they will not be 1080p. but then again you will run some games at higher settings. just get the 21.5
June 1, 2012 3:04:44 AM

there isnt much diference in size but a lot more pixels