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June 21, 2012 3:20:56 AM

New to building PC and seeking advice and tips.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 4 weeks

Budget Range: $800-1000 after tax (tax is about 9.5%)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, keyboard, software

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: New to building, no real preference on parts other than Mid Tower

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I'm new to building a PC, I've read quite a bit about over the last month or so and have the basic idea of everything I need. I mainly just don't know the "better" brands and if certain brands work better with some than others ie. intel cpu works better with nvidia cards or asus mobo works best with asus and evga video cards. I'm also worried about either overspending in some areas or under-spending, like "too much" power or not enough power in psu. And I'm concerned with just bottlenecking something somewhere and not getting a bang for my buck.

I'm using a tv as a monitor, 46" so I'd like to be able to play new games at high detail ratings if at all possible (1920x1080). It doesn't have to be ultra setting or maxed out with AA etc. Game wise I don't really plan on playing many FPS games at the moment. I may in the future, so a PC that I can easily upgrade would be nice. I mostly will just being using this PC to play games like Civ 5, new Sim City, Anno 2070.. strategy games (consoles are lacking and I miss them).

Parts I've chosen within my after tax budget


Case:
NZXT Tempest 210 CA-TP210-01 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- $54.99

Storage:
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive- $99.99 after 'instant rebate'

Power supply:
Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91, 80Plus Gold Certified- $124.99 after 'instant rebate'

Memory:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B- $53.99

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS- $124.99

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000....- $209.99

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition)- $199.99 after $50 'instant rebate'

Price: $868.93
Tax: 81.58

TOTAL: 950.16

+$20 for optical drive= $970.16


Your help, advice, tips, and criticism is very much appreciated.
thanks, ihaveno

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June 21, 2012 3:48:17 AM

Save a little but still get the same if not better/more performance.
Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Even though similar price, but you'll get a better GPU, Better CPU (even if you don't plan to overclock you'll have the ability to in the future), and a better PSU.

I say better PSU because you'll get more watts, 80+ certification isn't everything. From Bronze to Gold is not a huge difference and definitely not one you'll notice. For that matter Antec is a solid company anyways so no doubt a good route.
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June 21, 2012 3:50:30 AM

Your build is not bad at all but for that amount of money you could get a 7850 or a GTX 570 in your build also things you want to look for is bundled combo deals you save 10 dollars here and there with those sometimes more
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June 21, 2012 5:05:07 AM

Thanks for the info and feedback!

I made a few changes and have a couple new options, both of which are cheaper.
both include a jump to the 7850 and 2500k as well. cheaper power source, memory(still 8gb), and 500gb memory. only differences between the 2 new options is the case and mobo. kept the asus mobo but got a slightly cheaper tower for option 1, option 2 is cheaper. than option 1, case to get asrock extreme4 z77 mobo.

option 1
Case
Storage
optical drive
PSU
Memory
Motherboard
CPU
Video Card
total: $963.98
$15 mail in rebate on mobo so possible total of $948.98

option 2
all the same except
case
Motherboard
total: $960.24

A question though, how am I going to know if the video card is going to fit in the case I get? or is this usually only a problem with cases smaller than "mid" towers? It's great to know the dimensions, but without the physical case it seems a little more difficult.

Thanks again for the help! Anymore would be great too!

Thanks, ihaveno
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June 21, 2012 5:16:46 AM

If you get an SB chip, no point in getting a Z77 board since SB can't use PCI 3.0. With that said, just save money go with this board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Better than the Asus. Allows CF/SLI @ 8x/8x as opposed to the 16x/4x the Asus offers. Cheaper too.

The GPU will fit with no issues. If you have taxes with Newegg would Amazon tax equally? I'm pretty sure if Newegg taxes, Amazon won't... Assuming you are in California.
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June 21, 2012 5:23:59 AM

aznshinobi said:
If you get an SB chip, no point in getting a Z77 board since SB can't use PCI 3.0. With that said, just save money go with this board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Better than the Asus. Allows CF/SLI @ 8x/8x as opposed to the 16x/4x the Asus offers. Cheaper too.

The GPU will fit with no issues. If you have taxes with Newegg would Amazon tax equally? I'm pretty sure if Newegg taxes, Amazon won't... Assuming you are in California.


tennessee. I'm not sure how it works actually. Might still have amazon prime student account though, so could save on shipping at least.. of course, if it is an eligible product..

edit:just checked.. no tax on amazon for me.
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June 22, 2012 3:46:49 AM

All SB boards and Z77 boards support Ivy Bridge (i5 3570K) if the company created a BIOS update then it'll work. The Asrock Extreme4 Z77 is probably your best bet.
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June 22, 2012 3:55:42 AM

aznshinobi said:
All SB boards and Z77 boards support Ivy Bridge (i5 3570K) if the company created a BIOS update then it'll work. The Asrock Extreme4 Z77 is probably your best bet.


z77 i shouldn't have to worry about a bios update? that's just for the sb boards? or all boards?
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June 22, 2012 4:03:56 AM

option1

This is what I have come to so far with all yalls input. I can get it for about $823 (I might take this as a sign, as I am a big Lost fan), which is near the bottom of my budget so i could maybe spend a little more on the gpu if I wanted to, or get a cpu cooler (which I might do anyways). Do you think I would need a cooler even if I don't plan to overclock? just to be on the safe side?

sorry for double post..

thanks, ihaveno
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June 22, 2012 5:51:09 AM

Solid, and yeah Z77 no need for BIOS update. As for spending more. If you wanted to, then go for a 7870 that or get an SSD, the Mushkin Chronos' are pretty cheap. If you don't plan to overclock, no need for a cooler. But if you do get the Hyper 212 Evo or a little better like the Hyper 612/Corsair A70.
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