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June 29, 2012 1:57:30 PM

Hello all,

I am planning to build a computer for the first time, so this will be a new experience for me. I have lurked the board for a little over a month and have an idea of what I want, I even bought the motherboard/processor already. So I have about 700-800 dollars to spend on the rest of the components.

Approximate Purchase Date: Will probably purchase the parts next week.

Budget Range: I'd say btw 700-800 dollars US

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing internet, home media storage/server, streaming media to other computers.

Parts Not Required: This is what I have so far.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, but any website with the best price is fine.

Country: USA, Washington DC

Parts Preferences: Well I have an intel already, I play WoW so might a slight preference to Nvidea(sp?), but it is Very slight, would prefer the better card period.

Overclocking: Yes, but nothing extreme. Would prolly be Oc'ed to 4300 at the max, initially only planning to do 4000

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, my motherboard supports it, but I don't know if I will do it.

Monitor Resolution: best possible based on budget

Additional Comments: Would like a good looking case that also has good performance. I'd really like an SSD drive for the operating system. I have a mouse, but need a keyboard.

I would be willing to go over my budget if it makes sense. Meaning, if it makes a huge different to go 100-200 dollars over then i'd be willing to do it, but not for a small increase. I don't really play the most graphic intensive games, but I at least want the option to do so.
June 29, 2012 2:19:20 PM

Video card-6970

Ram-Corsair vengeance,kingston hyper x or g.skill sniper.(8gb)

Case-dont know

CPU cooler-H60(50 dollars for a water cooling kit)

Monitor-I would get a 1920x1080 23 inch monitor



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June 29, 2012 3:17:49 PM
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June 29, 2012 4:12:20 PM

That looks sweet with you cpu and motherboard it will be able to handle ost games on high if you want to play most games on ultra get a gtx 670 it is $400 but sooooo worth it
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June 29, 2012 4:14:08 PM

RAM looks good, but don't spend 50+ on 8GB kits. There are ones that perform just as well for $40-$45(Yes, I know it's only a few $$$, but whatever).
Cooler and Case look fine.
GPU looks great.
HDD is good, but you can probably get a Samsung HDD 1.5TB for less.
The Chronos drives are cheaper+better. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great monitor choice.
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June 29, 2012 4:40:14 PM

GPU: HD7850 235$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DvD burner: Asus / 16$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Rosewill chalenger / 50$ (realy awsome for the price)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HHD: Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500Gb / 75$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Antec 620w / 70$ (you can get a higher Watt PSU to be futur proof if you want. Antec,Corsair, seasonic are good brand avoid cheap one like plague.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: G.Skill 1333Hz 8g (2x4g) / 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So here is my favorite monitor 27" IPS screen 2560x1440p for 310$:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-YAMAKASI-CATLEAP-Q270-LED-S...

Here is a good cheap 27" 1080p for 265$ if you don't trust ebay.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a 24" 1080p for 200$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 29, 2012 4:46:49 PM



1) Like stated get cheaper ram
2) Case is good but mine perform as well for cheaper
3) Don't buy an SSD for a medium range build I,d say just get a bether GPU instead
4) Get a bether monitor IMO its a waste to play with a 300$+ GPU on something below 24"
5) A CPU cooler is something everyone should add to their build that one for 30$ is awsome for the price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 29, 2012 5:20:46 PM

dc007 said:
I'm going to change out the SDD, HDD, and ram to suggested.

I'm also going to just get a 670...but will there be a huge difference between these 2?

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

and

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

one has a slightly higher clock speed...but will that equate to real life performance increases?


Pricier one will perform bether on stock clock but you can always OC the cheapest one also.
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June 29, 2012 6:15:01 PM

venur said:
Pricier one will perform bether on stock clock but you can always OC the cheapest one also.


He is right the more expensive one has a higher clock speed.
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June 29, 2012 6:28:47 PM

venur said:
1) Like stated get cheaper ram
2) Case is good but mine perform as well for cheaper
3) Don't buy an SSD for a medium range build I,d say just get a bether GPU instead
4) Get a bether monitor IMO its a waste to play with a 300$+ GPU on something below 24"
5) A CPU cooler is something everyone should add to their build that one for 30$ is awsome for the price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Can some explain comment #4? I am not really familiar with monitor performance...but what will a 24''+ monitor provide me that a 23'' monitor won't?

I'm just goin to spend more on a better GPU...unless u are saying get something better than a 670?

Can somebody link me to a good future proofed PSU? I noticed I left it off my build when somebody linked one earlier in the thread.
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June 29, 2012 7:01:51 PM

dc007 said:
Can some explain comment #4? I am not really familiar with monitor performance...but what will a 24''+ monitor provide me that a 23'' monitor won't?

I'm just goin to spend more on a better GPU...unless u are saying get something better than a 670?

Can somebody link me to a good future proofed PSU? I noticed I left it off my build when somebody linked one earlier in the thread.


Well personaly I find 1080p in 23" to be kinda small (character especialy) but well 23" isn't that bad. The first monitor you've linked was only 21.5". Its kinda like buying a whole home surround theater kit for 2000$ to watch movie on a 32" plasma tv.

the 670gtx will do run whathever you want at ultra +AA in 1080p its fine and IMO the 680gtx and the hd7970 do not worth it for the extra 100$ (and its from someone runing 680gtx sli).

I,ve linked you a good PSU you can always go for 700-750w if your afraid to miss power later on.

Just stay with the good brand corsair,seasonic,antec etc.

Here is a good one for 100$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill make a 750w PSU for 90$. Usualy Rosewill make good product but I'm not aware of their PSU quality maybe someone else might help you on that.
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June 30, 2012 1:20:20 AM

No. The #1 most important component in a computer is the PSU. Buy a bad quality one, and your expensive computer goes up in smoke. Get from the brands(No particular order):

Corsair
Antec
SeaSonic
OCZ
PC Power and Cooling
SilverStone
XFX

Rosewill, CoolerMaster, and Rosewill are decent, but if I were you, I'd get one from the above list.
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June 30, 2012 3:03:24 PM

obsama1 said:
No. The #1 most important component in a computer is the PSU. Buy a bad quality one, and your expensive computer goes up in smoke. Get from the brands(No particular order):

OCZ
XFX

Rosewill, CoolerMaster, and Rosewill are decent, but if I were you, I'd get one from the above list.

Always tought that OCZ and XFX where bad ones. How do they compare to seasonic ?
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July 1, 2012 5:44:58 PM

So I am doing my final review before I purchase the parts tomorrow and I have last minute questions

Why wouldn't I spend an extra 10 dollars to get 1600 speed Ram, vs the 1333 you guys recommend?

I have been reading reviews of SDDs and it seems to have high failure rates after a few months? Is this common or did I just look at bad drives?

Besides those 2 issues, I think I am pretty set on what is listed below unless somebody tells me I picked something wrong.

24" Monitor 1080p -200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU 670 - 400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This fan over the other one listed due to me not being able to tell if a certain fan will fit a case - 30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HHD 1 TB - 110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am also still deciding on the case for aesthetic reasons...So based on what I have listed (my MOBO and processor are listed above)...what settings can i expect to play games on (Skyrim, BF3 and the like)

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July 2, 2012 5:20:56 AM

ALL XFX PSUs are manufactured by Seasonic. OCZ ZT and ZS are manufactured by Sirtec I believe.
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July 12, 2012 12:00:52 AM

Best answer selected by dc007.
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