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June 22, 2012 4:48:06 PM

Hello everyone! I've always put together my computer's components in the past on my own and reading forums but I thought I'd join the website and just ask up front for once as I'm 4 or 5 years behind on new computer parts (roughly the last time I built a new PC). To give you an idea, the last computer I was running I built myself and it had a 2.6Ghz Dual core with a GF 8800GT, so I'm a little behind the times. I put together my newest build on Newegg by doing the old trusty grab the highest reviews item from each page and throw it together and then tweak for compatibility, performance, and cost. I've always bought Nvidia but have heard ATI can be just as nice with a slightly lower price tag.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: ~$1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web, music, photoshop

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel based CPU with a solid graphics card to future-proof games coming out in the next few years

Overclocking: Maybe, I have never done it or seen a reason too

SLI or Crossfire: I might SLI down the road, I know nothing about Crossfire

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet pc's are nice but not as crucial if it will hurt performance, maybe a motherboard with WiFi built in.

This was my original build, but it is pushing above the $1000 price tag I was hoping to stick near. I don't mind going a little over but I'm hoping some advice might be able to push down the price a little bit.

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Hard Drive: Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5
CD/DVD: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive RW
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
Extra Fans (x2): XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF-F1254 120mm White LED Black Case Fan
Keyboard: Logitech 920-000914 Black 106 Normal Keys USB Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard
Monitor: Recommendations please! I am looking in the 20-24" range, I want it to look nice (preferably thinner). LED backlit isn't a must. I like Samsung/LG/Asus/Acer
OS: I have Windows 7 32bit but I believe I'm going to upgrade to 64bit so I imagine I need to purchase a new copy of windows. I just don't know if I should get the $99.99 or $179.99 or find my windows xp cd and buy the student upgrade for $64.95. Comments?

If I add all of this together and toss in an extra $250 for an OS and monitor I get:

Total cost: $1,153.91 USD

So, I guess my question is, what can I change? I'd prefer to get this price down another $100-300 but I don't want to slack on performance. Are there any things (other than the $70 keyboard which I might drop off for a $7 keyboard) that I could change to lower the price? Is a 650w CPU enough for this build or should I upgrade to the 750w for $30 more?

Thank you for any and all comments!
June 22, 2012 5:01:22 PM

For an $1150 build I'd ditch that whole thing - you're better getting the newer Ivy Bridge and a better video card - the 550TI is a horrible choice. The extra case fans are a waste of money as well.

Maybe try something like this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Sewasonic S12 II 620W - $86.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $134.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.99
Cooler; Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $44.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1109.91

With this build - you get a way better video card and newer CPU and motherboard.
June 22, 2012 5:09:27 PM

I must say I completely agree with g-unit. His build will suit you much better. I'd only get a different case like the Antec 302 because I like the way it looks better. The CM HAF 912 is excellent though.
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June 22, 2012 5:16:07 PM

Are there any options on video cards that would drop the price a little? I'm trying to fit in a Monitor into that $1100 price as well and don't really want to push too far above it. Or is the 670 that much more powerful then all of the competitors?
June 22, 2012 5:20:12 PM

Well, the GTX670 is truly an excellent card, but you can get very good performance on 1 monitor @ 1080p as well, starting from an HD 7850. Also check this article of Tom's to help you decide.
June 22, 2012 5:20:52 PM

Thanks for the link, I will check it out!
June 22, 2012 5:37:29 PM

So if I get the $250 Radeon 7850 am I really going to see any significant difference in most games? That $150 in savings could be put towards my monitor that I also need to buy. I figure the GTX 670 would be better, but I think maybe in a year if I'm seeing significant hits on my graphics card I can just upgrade to something even better for a cheaper price.
June 22, 2012 5:54:15 PM

If you're still worried about the power supply you could get This 700w ocz psu for 89.99, the mail in bumps it down to 59


also this memory for just a tiny bit less is the same value and it's on the qualified vendor list for the mobo, so you know it'll work.
June 22, 2012 5:55:37 PM

and the 7850 is what I'm getting, 'been told it's got a lot of power, I'd go for it.
June 22, 2012 6:12:11 PM

Jumblejon said:
So if I get the $250 Radeon 7850 am I really going to see any significant difference in most games? That $150 in savings could be put towards my monitor that I also need to buy. I figure the GTX 670 would be better, but I think maybe in a year if I'm seeing significant hits on my graphics card I can just upgrade to something even better for a cheaper price.


You still need a OS and Monitor. Have you factored that in your price? There're some good Acer 20" or so monitors for like $99 and Windows 7 Home Premium goes for $99. If you plan to upgrade in around 1-2 years and only need a GPU that will get what you need done not go the extra mile think about downgrading from your current GPU and upgrading later on to something a lot better, when you can afford it. Just putting my .2 cents in the vending machine. Good luck.
June 22, 2012 6:15:15 PM

Jumblejon said:
So if I get the $250 Radeon 7850 am I really going to see any significant difference in most games? That $150 in savings could be put towards my monitor that I also need to buy. I figure the GTX 670 would be better, but I think maybe in a year if I'm seeing significant hits on my graphics card I can just upgrade to something even better for a cheaper price.


I wouldn't - on a gaming system the right GPU can make or break your build's performance - and any money you have left over should go into getting the single best GPU you can get for the money. Don't settle for two lesser cards when you can get a single stronger GPU solution. If you factor in monitor and OS into your build then you'll need to get something less - the 7850 is a fine choice.

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If you're still worried about the power supply you could get This 700w ocz psu for 89.99, the mail in bumps it down to 59


Make sure there's a good OEM behind it - I choose Seasonic because a lot of companies including Antec, Corsair, XFX, and PC Power & Cooling use them to manufacture their higher end units.
June 22, 2012 6:16:59 PM

shell shocke said:
You still need a OS and Monitor. Have you factored that in your price? There're some good Acer 20" or so monitors for like $99 and Windows 7 Home Premium goes for $99. If you plan to upgrade in around 1-2 years and only need a GPU that will get what you need done not go the extra mile think about downgrading from your current GPU and upgrading later on to something a lot better, when you can afford it. Just putting my .2 cents in the vending machine. Good luck.


That is why I had originally grabbed the $129.99 Geforce 550TI. I know its nothing spectacular but I figured I could get something for $130 and in a year or two drop $300-400 on whatever is top end at the time. Is that card really that awful? I was running a GTX 260 most recently and most of the games I enjoyed ran fine except for Arma 2, but I think that had a lot to do with my processor as well. Thoughts?
June 22, 2012 6:21:25 PM

Jumblejon said:
That is why I had originally grabbed the $129.99 Geforce 550TI. I know its nothing spectacular but I figured I could get something for $130 and in a year or two drop $300-400 on whatever is top end at the time. Is that card really that awful? I was running a GTX 260 most recently and most of the games I enjoyed ran fine except for Arma 2, but I think that had a lot to do with my processor as well. Thoughts?


It's fine if you're running Civ V and Diablo III but don't expect it to max out Skyrim, BF3, or anything else for that matter.
June 22, 2012 6:26:30 PM

For $30 more dollars from the 550Ti you can go for the Radeon 6870 a whole lot better.
June 22, 2012 6:41:20 PM

Okay, to make sure I keep the price down just a little bit more so I can afford an OS and monitor I think I'll get the 7850 for $250. I'll still go a little over my budget but have a solid computer to run most games at max settings.

Thanks for all the help!

My total price without Monitor and OS now is ~$940. So with a $100-150 monitor I can hit my price for the most part. I have a 32bit copy of windows, is upgrading to 64bit worth the extra $99.99?
June 22, 2012 6:52:08 PM

Yes, OCing that 7850 to 1kHz will get you the same performance as a GTX 580 for a LOT less power consumption.
June 22, 2012 7:38:47 PM

Jumblejon said:
Okay, to make sure I keep the price down just a little bit more so I can afford an OS and monitor I think I'll get the 7850 for $250. I'll still go a little over my budget but have a solid computer to run most games at max settings.

Thanks for all the help!

My total price without Monitor and OS now is ~$940. So with a $100-150 monitor I can hit my price for the most part. I have a 32bit copy of windows, is upgrading to 64bit worth the extra $99.99?

The HD 7850 is a good choice for now. At the moment it can max most games at 1080p so you're good there for at least a year.
The 32bit version of Windows doesn't recognize more than 3.5GB or RAM so it would be nice to get the 64-bit version actually. You could wait a little with that since right now 4GB is enough for most games anyway. Maybe you can wait for Windows 8 and get a 64bit version of that (not sure if there's even gonna be a 32bit version btw.. so you can utilize all of your 8GB of RAM.
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