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June 10, 2012 12:31:50 AM

Finally gave in to my friend telling me to build my own computer so this will be my very first build. Very hesitant to buy the parts without some expert opinions. This is what I came up with from doing some research on these forums and other various places.

My main goal is to be able to play Diablo 3 at full max settings and also future proofing the computer. If there are parts I can replace to save some money and still achieve my goal please let me know. Thanks!

Cooler Master HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core iT-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (Maybe to upgrade to the new Ivy Bridge later on)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12v v2.3 80 Plus Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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New Build after advice taken from responses here and further research. Let me know if this is a good build for the money thank you!

Cooler Master HAF 912

Intel Core i5-2400

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12v v2.3 80 Plus Certified

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

Optical/HDD supplied from my older computer.

= $691.93 after rebates.

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June 10, 2012 12:53:26 AM

do you plan on overclocking? if not you could get a i5-2400 that would save money also your missing hard drive and optical drive and OS do you have those things?
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June 10, 2012 12:55:04 AM

yeah it will all work but may be a little noisy with your convection heater in it (480) will be ok though with a haf i wouldnt be to concerned with ivy 2500k is just as quick with the right persuasion. if you have a few spare bucks get a cm 212 hsf
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June 10, 2012 1:00:29 AM

Thanks for the replies.

I'll be using my hard drive from my old computer along with the optical drive. I do have an OS to install as well. Will the noise be so loud that it would be unbearable?
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June 10, 2012 1:02:31 AM

bigcyco1 said:
do you plan on overclocking?


Currently no, but I want it just in case I do decide to over clock it in the future.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 10, 2012 2:16:51 AM

3 questions:
  • What is your budget?
  • How big is your monitor?
  • Do you plan on using more than 1 monitor?

    My first suggestion is to search for a different video card. A GTX 480 is a fast card but it is very power inefficient, runs very, very hot, and is 2 generations old.

    I would recommend going with an AMD card or look at something in Nvidia's GTX600 series which is very power efficient.

    EVGA, XFX, Sapphire, HIS tend to be the better brands. ASUS and MSI make some good cards too.

    I don't recommend updating to ivy bridge in the future. Either do it now or don't. The cost of getting another one is really not worth the performance increase.

    When buying parts (I highly recommend Newegg.com) look for combo deals and free shipping. That is where you are going to save most of your money. Sign up for their e-newsletters also.

    When I go shopping for a computer I have an idea what I want but may change a part or two depending on what specials are currently active. Just be sure to know what the better brands are before going after a deal.
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    June 10, 2012 3:42:20 AM

    rwayne said:
    3 questions:
  • What is your budget?
  • How big is your monitor?
  • Do you plan on using more than 1 monitor?

    My first suggestion is to search for a different video card. A GTX 480 is a fast card but it is very power inefficient, runs very, very hot, and is 2 generations old.

    I would recommend going with an AMD card or look at something in Nvidia's GTX600 series which is very power efficient.

    EVGA, XFX, Sapphire, HIS tend to be the better brands. ASUS and MSI make some good cards too.

    I don't recommend updating to ivy bridge in the future. Either do it now or don't. The cost of getting another one is really not worth the performance increase.

    When buying parts (I highly recommend Newegg.com) look for combo deals and free shipping. That is where you are going to save most of your money. Sign up for their e-newsletters also.

    When I go shopping for a computer I have an idea what I want but may change a part or two depending on what specials are currently active. Just be sure to know what the better brands are before going after a deal.


  • After looking through reviews of the 480 the noise seems like it would bother me. How does this video card? I followed your advice and found this

    EDIT: Link was bad (Radeon 7850)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    I'm trying to stay below $800.

    Thanks for the response.
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    June 10, 2012 3:53:14 AM

    rwayne said:
    3 questions:
  • What is your budget?
  • How big is your monitor?
  • Do you plan on using more than 1 monitor?


  • Like previous post under 800 dollars.
    I'm just using my HDTV honestly so no monitors. But I may use monitors in the future so at the most there will only be 1.
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    June 10, 2012 4:08:13 AM

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($256.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $864.88
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-10 00:07 EDT-0400)

    If you get a bunch of combo's on Newegg you can bring that price down to 800.
    If you still can't, then get i5-2500k instead of i5-3570k.
    If you still can't get it down enough, then get a GTX 560 ti instead of the Radeon HD 7850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    June 10, 2012 10:32:26 AM

    After much research I feel this is a good setup for the price. After much thought I felt I would never over clock the computer so I replaced the 2500k with the 2400. I would like to know if my build is better than earlier and of course would like advice to maybe improve the parts. If my build is good enough I will purchase :) . Thank you for the responses!

    Cooler Master HAF 912

    Intel Core i5-2400

    Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12v v2.3 80 Plus Certified

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

    Optical/HDD supplied from my older computer.

    = $691.93 after rebates.
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    a b B Homebuilt system
    June 10, 2012 10:37:26 AM

    Sekki7204 said:
    After much research I feel this is a good setup for the price. After much thought I felt I would never over clock the computer so I replaced the 2500k with the 2400. I would like to know if my build is better than earlier and of course would like advice to maybe improve the parts. If my build is good enough I will purchase :) . Thank you for the responses!

    Cooler Master HAF 912

    Intel Core i5-2400

    Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12v v2.3 80 Plus Certified

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

    Optical/HDD supplied from my older computer.

    = $691.93 after rebates.
    Your build is fine looks good . ;) 
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    June 10, 2012 10:40:37 AM

    bigcyco1 said:
    Your build is fine looks good. ;) 


    Thank you good to know. I looked into that power supply you recommended but was a bit too expensive for me so hopefully the power supply I originally chose isn't an issue.
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    June 10, 2012 10:43:41 AM

    Sekki7204 said:
    Thank you good to know. I looked into that power supply you recommended but was a bit too expensive for me so hopefully the power supply I originally chose isn't an issue.
    if your paying 250 for a 6950 it's not worth it get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    June 10, 2012 10:46:12 AM

    Yea I looked into that card it was a really hard decision but what won it over was the rebate on the 6950 which brought the price to $229 with 2 free games Dirt 3 and Dues Ex lol.. not sure if I'd ever play those games but it was available.
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    a b B Homebuilt system
    June 10, 2012 10:49:31 AM

    lol
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    June 10, 2012 10:52:36 AM

    bigcyco1 said:
    lol


    Also there was a way to allow the 6950 to perform like a 6970 which I will look into after the parts come and is fully installed. :) 
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    June 10, 2012 11:51:50 AM

    Sekki7204 said:
    Also there was a way to allow the 6950 to perform like a 6970 which I will look into after the parts come and is fully installed. :) 

    sorry mate cant be done since the orginal reference designs the extra stuff has been laser disabled so it cant be unlocked
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    a b B Homebuilt system
    June 10, 2012 11:56:10 AM

    jasont78 said:
    sorry mate cant be done since the orginal reference designs the extra stuff has been laser disabled so it cant be unlocked
    +1 hes right
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    a b B Homebuilt system
    June 10, 2012 5:40:19 PM

    If you go for an HD 6950 keep in mind that the DX11 tessellation performance is not nearly as good as it is on the HD7000 series or the Nvidia GTX500 & 600 series.

    It is still a good card but in you will not be able to utilize tessellation nearly as well as you would with other cards. The HD7000 series has as least twice the tessellation performance the HD6000 series.

    It may or may not make a difference to you but it is something to keep in mind. Not sure if Diablo 3 takes advantage of DX11 tessellation or not.

    The HD7850 is one of the best bang for the buck cards out right now.

    May want to also consider the GTX560ti if you are wanting to save some money.
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    June 10, 2012 9:11:06 PM

    jasont78 said:
    sorry mate cant be done since the orginal reference designs the extra stuff has been laser disabled so it cant be unlocked


    Sad :( 

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    I did look into the 7850 and I also did some research on the tessellation and it seems like that its only meant for better eye candy in games that use Direct X 11(correct me if I'm wrong) and Diablo 3 and any of the games I own does not require that at least to my knowledge. I looked up visual comparisons of tessellation on and off and I don't find it impressive enough to even justify 20 more dollars in my opinion. I guess coming from a Console top end graphics doesn't really interest me so much since I'm already used to lower end graphics lol. So I rather save the 20 dollars... but thanks for the response!
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    June 11, 2012 12:28:53 AM

    Parts have been bought, thanks to all who responded! Now hopefully I can put this thing together without any issues lol
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    June 11, 2012 12:30:31 AM

    Best answer selected by Sekki7204.
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    a b B Homebuilt system
    June 11, 2012 1:11:12 AM

    Sekki7204 said:
    Parts have been bought, thanks to all who responded! Now hopefully I can put this thing together without any issues lol
    No problem!Your very welcome! :) 
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