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~$1500 Desktop - All purpose

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June 24, 2012 6:38:37 AM

Hey, complete Noob here


Thank you computer people, you're always the best :love: 


Approximate Purchase Date:


Beginning of July

Budget Range:


1500 or less, although I am fine going a little over for something that is a significant upgrade. I absolutely don't need a top end gaming setup with can max out everything.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

Gaming, surfing the web, watching movies and streams, work (which requires little in the realm of high-tech gear and I could run on my current laptop). However, for work I would like a second monitor to be able to be used along with my current one (a Samsung SMS23A350H 23" LED/TFT 1920 x 1080 HDMI - Rose Black Bezel No Speakers)

http://www.dsavelectricalgoods.co.uk/index.php?prod_id=...

Parts Not Required:
I will need a second monitor but I am not looking for a high resolution one, just one that can display Microsoft word documents and the like. I don't consider this part of the budget at the moment as I will not need it for some time.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Too noobish to have an answer for this. I would be fine buying a pre-built computer, or building one myself. I would pay, say 150 for the convenience of getting a pre-built one.

Country:

USA

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: Just found out what this is. Probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No idea what these are

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Ideally the desktop can run the out-coming games over the next few years, and would be fairly easy to upgrade. I'd like it to make use of the monitor I have if possible, and also be able to run two monitors. The two monitors will only be used for work, however.

Also, I am a bit concerned about Windows 8. I've heard it stinks. Should the arrival of this factor in at all with my purchase?


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June 24, 2012 7:08:48 AM

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Also, I am a bit concerned about Windows 8. I've heard it stinks. Should the arrival of this factor in at all with my purchase?


I've heard that too which is why I'm reluctant to try it. But that should not factor into your purchase. Where you want to focus on is the main areas - case, PSU, motherboard/CPU/RAM, GPU, and storage (HD/SSD/optical). The monitor is a priority but I wouldn't spend more than your budget. And then the accessories and little things should not under any circumstances cut into what you're able to afford hardware wise. If you're going to run a multiple display system - get one now, then get the others when you're able to afford them.

Try a build like this to start with:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - $179.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM - $109.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Monitor: Acer S231HLed 23" - $139.99

Total: $1,489.88
June 24, 2012 8:06:43 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($194.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus ML228H 21.5" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1433.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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June 24, 2012 8:09:53 AM

If you want to add ssd try this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.37 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1491.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
June 24, 2012 2:03:12 PM

id go with bigcyco1's second build but i would change the SSD to a sandisk extreme 120gb or a mushkin chronos deluxe mx 120gb
June 24, 2012 2:07:56 PM

Just because he has a 1500 budget doesnt mean he needs to hit it.

What kind of games are you playing? Are you doing any type of encoding or anything or just strictly gaming/browsing/videos?
June 24, 2012 5:37:17 PM

Nope no encoding, just strictly gaming/browsing/videos
June 24, 2012 5:51:02 PM

For one GTX 670, 750W is overkill. Instead of the MK in g-unit's build, get the XFX 550W for $75.
June 25, 2012 11:54:33 PM

So would the builds suggested here allow for me to set up a second monitor sometime in the future for work applications?

Also, besides:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

There seems to be a lot of variation in builds I am seeing. Will this videocard work well with my 1920x1080 monitor? Is it overkill/underkill?

whats the difference between SSD, sandisk extreme 120gb or a mushkin chronos deluxe mx 120gb ?

How have most people completed builds starting with those 3 parts?
June 26, 2012 12:17:47 AM

the video card can run almost all games maxed out on 1080p right now. id get the ftw edition or the gigabyte 670 as they have a much better cooler than the one that you picked out

sandisk extreme is the same thing as the chronos deluxe (non-mx). the mx is a cut down version of the original chronos deluxe. i suggested the mx as it is pretty cheap for the performance it offers. but if you find that the sandisk extreme is around the same price point, then there is no reason not get it. once in a while or right now, the sandisk extreme 120gb is 99.99 dollars
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