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My new build - $1100

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May 30, 2012 2:39:21 AM

So the new build im going for could be either, Intel or AMD. Just to let y'all know, it's been probably 3-4 years since i've been building and I am astonished on how the products have grown to where I don't know what I am doing any more. HAHA. Anyways, here's my perspective. Also, the reason why I have the 550 TI and a higher end mobo is I might go for a bigger gpu later on in the future.


GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $134.99

CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel $33.99


Optical: LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM $18.99




Tower: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$129.99 -$8.00 Instant $121.99


PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $129.99 -$20.00 Instant $109.99


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop
$219.99


MemoryG.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $46.99


HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $149.99 $149.99


So far. $966

Don't make fun of me if it's off balanced. I'm still doing some research!

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May 30, 2012 2:49:02 AM

Bad CPU and GPU combinations. Your GPU will not run well.
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May 30, 2012 2:51:48 AM

1: get ivy bridge. they are faster
2: get asrock extreme for ivy bridge chip
3: there isnt a point of getting a full tower case when you dont need it. get the phantom 410 if you like the phantom
4: get the xfx XXX 750w power supply. it is much better. if you dont need modular cables, get the 7500w core edition. if you are not to run dual gpu setups, get a 550w version
5: 550ti is stupidly slow. the 560 or 6870 isnt that much more but you get a lot more performance
6: need some more low profile ram. mushkin blackline is a good choice
7: seagate barracuda 1tb with 64mb cache is cheaper and just as fast as the black drive if not faster.

thats all
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May 30, 2012 2:53:22 AM

The PC Power and Cooling PSU isn't worse than the XFX... Both are Seasonic OEMs.
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May 30, 2012 2:55:30 AM

azeem40 said:
The PC Power and Cooling PSU isn't worse than the XFX... Both are Seasonic OEMs.


i thought pc and power cooling came from OCZ :/ 
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May 30, 2012 2:56:45 AM

No reason to change Memory or PSU. I do like the HDD change, i've always like seagate.
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May 30, 2012 2:57:00 AM

No, it doesn't, and that is what many people think. PC Power and Cooling is a subsidy of OCZ, but their Silencer series is manufactured by Seasonic.
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May 30, 2012 3:00:20 AM

I'd go for a lot more powerful graphics card. The 550ti is not the greatest performer, does not SLI too well, etc. Everything else looks pretty good to me. What is you budget and what resolution are you looking at?
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May 30, 2012 3:01:23 AM

fullmetall said:
No reason to change Memory or PSU. I do like the HDD change, i've always like seagate.


the memory might not fit...
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May 30, 2012 3:04:12 AM

mm....might not fit as in clearance problems??

Also, I changed the cpu to the Ivy bridge i5 3570k.. $20.00 more

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May 30, 2012 3:05:19 AM

If he gets low profile memory, it will fit.
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May 30, 2012 3:05:48 AM

graphics card....... I don't know which else I could choose from, Like I said earlier.... I haven't been in the building research for over 3 years + so every thing is almost new to me with fast technology changes... I think that was the last time i was even logged into tomshardware.com
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May 30, 2012 3:09:05 AM

560, 6870. somewhere along those lines.
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May 30, 2012 3:12:01 AM

The 550ti isn't even a good value. If you look around you can find a 6850/70 for what you'd pay for that 550 ti and they would absolutely mop the floor with a 550ti.
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May 30, 2012 3:21:59 AM

sounds good. so what I have changed is the memory to:
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

and the CPU to the i5 3570k Ivy bridge for the ASrock Mobo.

and as for the gpu.... looking at: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
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May 30, 2012 3:22:59 AM

Get an i5-2400 and a Radeon 7850 and that will perform better.
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May 30, 2012 3:28:28 AM

Well I was looking into the ivy bridging with the mobo and cpu... that's why the 3570k came up.
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May 30, 2012 3:41:19 AM

GPU: PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0



CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core



Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600



HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM


Put's me at $1,050 with these new products.

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May 30, 2012 3:47:38 AM

Good build!
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May 30, 2012 3:50:30 AM

Awesome, Thanks for the help. If there is more comments from people, please give me more advice on your thoughts on the build that I can make better.
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