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New Computer Build, 700-800 dollar budget

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?product_id=0388577

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386359

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.
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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=N82E16820226236
    Great monitor choice.
  4. 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=N82E16814130782

    and

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

    one has a slightly higher clock speed...but will that equate to real life performance increases?
  5. GPU: HD7850 235$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150608
    DvD burner: Asus / 16$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    Case: Rosewill chalenger / 50$ (realy awsome for the price)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    HHD: Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500Gb / 75$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148221
    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=N82E16817371031
    Ram: G.Skill 1333Hz 8g (2x4g) / 40$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    So here is my favorite monitor 27" IPS screen 2560x1440p for 310$:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-YAMAKASI-CATLEAP-Q270-LED-SE-27-2560X1440-WQHD-DVI-D-Dual-Computer-Monitor-/120911008070?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1c26db9146#ht_37075wt_1163

    Here is a good cheap 27" 1080p for 265$ if you don't trust ebay.com
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236091

    Here is a 24" 1080p for 200$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049
  6. dc007 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=N82E16835103099
  7. 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=N82E16814130782

    and

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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=N82E16835103099


    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.
  10. Best answer
    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=N82E16817371051

    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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 ?
  13. 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=N82E16824236049&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Monitors+-+LCD+Flat+Panel-_-ASUS-_-24236049

    GPU 670 - 400
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-EVGA-_-14130782

    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=N82E16835103065&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=2y66pahz8kog

    HHD 1 TB - 110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    PSU - 100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051

    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)
  14. OCZ isn't as good as the others, but they have a lot of good reviews on Newegg and other sites. 1333 and 1600 are only important in apps like CAD or pro work, where you need the speed. If you want an SSD, refer to the below:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-benchmark-review,3237.html
  15. ALL XFX PSUs are manufactured by Seasonic. OCZ ZT and ZS are manufactured by Sirtec I believe.
  16. Best answer selected by dc007.
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