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June 21, 2012 5:52:19 AM

Hi, I'm a new college student looking for a budget PC build.
I have a HDD, DVDR, Mouse and Keyboard.
I know there are tons of guides w/ similar budget like this, but I have decided to do my own.
So here is what I have so far:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $210

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $130

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40

Total $556 not including shipping.


Please leave any feedback you want. As to what I should change, swap, if an i5 with lower GPU or i3 with better GPU, etc. I'm new to PC building and have much to learn so leave an more common tips/problems for first time build. Thank you everyone! :D 

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June 21, 2012 6:04:53 AM

I was think of using my old hard drive which has windows 7 Pro on it. Would that not work?
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June 21, 2012 6:07:53 AM

You would have to reinstall.
June 21, 2012 6:13:17 AM

That's what I plan to do. Thank you for the advice though, and about the GPU, i think i'll just stick to the gtx 550 ti or 560. I have had bad experiences with refur goods :na: 
June 21, 2012 6:14:08 AM

aim for a 6950 if you can or at least a 6870.
June 21, 2012 6:20:50 AM

I'm guessing both are better then my current selections? I have very little knowledge of AMD/ ATI cards.
June 21, 2012 6:21:50 AM

Newegg (note use of combos)
1

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146075
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$39.99
1

HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814161405
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$264.99
$244.99
1

AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon
Item #: N82E16800995124
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving


$59.99
$0.00
1

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371035
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant


$89.99
$54.99
1

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ...
Item #: N82E16820146748
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$24.99
1


Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115089
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
BIOSTAR TZ68K+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138344
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$45.00 Instant
-$18.00 Combo
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate


$304.98
$241.98
Subtotal: $606.94

4 gigs will get you by...add later...2310 is good budget gpu...the mobo is basic but once you have it in and running not much to think about.

i5 + 7850 is a very very solid build. A gtx 560 is not to far back but in games where more than 1 gig of gpu ram is needed the 7850 is a better call. This coming from a guy who owns two 560s (sli)
June 21, 2012 6:31:22 AM

Wow. Cool build! Quick question did you actually build this? If not do you know if my case will or will not have any problems since they are the same price. Plus btw the mobo seems to get some negative reviews, like i said I have terrible luck with stuff so can you give me another suggestion of a different mobo with very good reviews. Thank you so much!
June 21, 2012 7:10:13 AM

pibbxman said:
Hi, I'm a new college student looking for a budget PC build.
I have a HDD, DVDR, Mouse and Keyboard.
I know there are tons of guides w/ similar budget like this, but I have decided to do my own.
So here is what I have so far:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $210

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $130

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40

Total $556 not including shipping.


Please leave any feedback you want. As to what I should change, swap, if an i5 with lower GPU or i3 with better GPU, etc. I'm new to PC building and have much to learn so leave an more common tips/problems for first time build. Thank you everyone! :D 



Hi pibbxman,

The CPU you selected is not an unlocked one so I can assume that you don't do overclocking with your components. So, in this case, it will be better if you go with the newer Ivy Bridge CPUs. Here is what I think will be the best CPU for you as it is a little bit more faster than the one you selected---
Intel Core i5 3450---$200---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for GPU, this one is way more powerful and is based on the latest architecture available from AMD---
HIS IceQ X HD 7850 2GB GDDR5---$245. After rebate, $225---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As the newer Ivy Bridge CPUs support 1600MHz RAM officially, getting a RAM with this speed will increase performance a little bit more---
G.Skill RipJaws 4GB 1600MHz---$30---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get a cheaper motherboard as the CPU I have recommended does not overclocks. USB3 and SATAIII are features that do not count much for a budget build---
AsRock H61 LGA1155 Micro-ATX MB supporting new 22nm CPUs---$50---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total-----$611 including Case and PSU.
The rest of your components are fine. This build which I have recommended is very powerful. Both the CPU and GPU are not only the latest tech available but also they are much respectable in their respective fields.
Really, this build will keep you happy for years!

Regards,
SmartGeek
June 21, 2012 8:14:25 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
June 21, 2012 10:32:42 PM

SmartGeek said:
Hi pibbxman,

The CPU you selected is not an unlocked one so I can assume that you don't do overclocking with your components. So, in this case, it will be better if you go with the newer Ivy Bridge CPUs. Here is what I think will be the best CPU for you as it is a little bit more faster than the one you selected---
Intel Core i5 3450---$200---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for GPU, this one is way more powerful and is based on the latest architecture available from AMD---
HIS IceQ X HD 7850 2GB GDDR5---$245. After rebate, $225---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As the newer Ivy Bridge CPUs support 1600MHz RAM officially, getting a RAM with this speed will increase performance a little bit more---
G.Skill RipJaws 4GB 1600MHz---$30---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get a cheaper motherboard as the CPU I have recommended does not overclocks. USB3 and SATAIII are features that do not count much for a budget build---
AsRock H61 LGA1155 Micro-ATX MB supporting new 22nm CPUs---$50---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total-----$611 including Case and PSU.
The rest of your components are fine. This build which I have recommended is very powerful. Both the CPU and GPU are not only the latest tech available but also they are much respectable in their respective fields.
Really, this build will keep you happy for years!

It comes to 631 if you add all that up?

Regards,
SmartGeek

June 21, 2012 10:48:35 PM

pibbxman said:
Wow. Cool build! Quick question did you actually build this? If not do you know if my case will or will not have any problems since they are the same price. Plus btw the mobo seems to get some negative reviews, like i said I have terrible luck with stuff so can you give me another suggestion of a different mobo with very good reviews. Thank you so much!


My build is a 560 sli, z68, 2500k, 8 gig build inside a HAF 912. I have a PC power/cooling PSU at 910 watts (it was on sale). I hear you on the Mobo, but a lot of the bad feedback came from a guy that had a question about RAM. When you have it start at 79 bucks, then -18 for the combo, then -15 w/ MIR...it comes in at 46 bucks. I would call that a small risk compared to the rest of the rig. You could upgrade to another Mobo later.

If not that mobo then you will have to find a mobo in the 60 dollar range with good reviews to come in on budget. I would not stress to much as overclocking is not much of a thing with this build and the PSU is too small to really think about going SLI/Crossfire. So a basic mobo is a good place to save.
!