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Building a pc (Hypothetically)

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I will (hopefully) be building a pc in the very near future and so I was doing research. I already know a bit about GPUs and a little about CPUs but that is the extent of my knowledge for the most part. I have $1000 to spend (really can't go much over) and this is a build I came up with: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4sm

So I was wanting to know what people thought about that. Are there incompatible parts? Will I be overpaying for something I don't really need or will be bottlenecked? You tell me.

I should also say that I am wanting to upgrade the graphics card to a 560 ti of the same manufacturer if I can work the budget a bit.

And here is an updated version with the 560 ti, a different case, and a motherboard that I have seen recommended on similar topics as this on this forum. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4vW
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  1. whats your computer to use for .. personally i would use the cheaper motherboard in the second list and cut the ram to only 8gb 2 x 4 and use the extra money for a higher grade gpu thats on assumption its for gaming really
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    On a $900 build I'd do things way differently:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $890.75
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    With this build you get a better CPU, PSU, GPU, and hard drive - Hitachi HDs are horrible and have way higher fail rates than anything else you can get.
  3. Thank you both very much. I'm seriously looking into that build...

    After doing some more research and adding a SSD (because I wants one lol) I found that sticking to the i5 2500k was just as good as the i5 3500k (after overclocking 2500k) and cost 30ish dollars less.

    I thought it was funny that I was about to change to that exact GPU when I looked back here.

    Here is an updated version: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4VT

    The only difference between yours and this one is the CPU and the addition of a SSD. I think the case looks more bland than I was hoping but if it works well and has good airflow and other people recommend it then I couldn't care less.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4VT
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4VT/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4VT/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $927.75
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  4. DaedalusDragon said:
    Thank you both very much. I'm seriously looking into that build...

    After doing some more research and adding a SSD (because I wants one lol) I found that sticking to the i5 2500k was just as good as the i5 3500k (after overclocking 2500k) and cost 30ish dollars less.

    I thought it was funny that I was about to change to that exact GPU when I looked back here.

    Here is an updated version: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4VT

    The only difference between yours and this one is the CPU and the addition of a SSD. I think the case looks more bland than I was hoping but if it works well and has good airflow and other people recommend it then I couldn't care less.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4VT
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4VT/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4VT/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $927.75
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


    You'll need the 3570K to get the most from that Z77 motherboard and then switch the SSD with the 128GB Crucial M4 - the Force drives from Corsair use the horrible Sandforce controller which is known to have lots of issues and read-write errors. You could also drop the SSD entirely and go with a faster GPU as well - either the 7870 or GTX 670.
  5. DaedalusDragon said:


    That is pretty good actually, I say go for it.
  6. Eh won't the gpu get hot in that small case and the CPU since its ivy it runs hotter as well
  7. ggil24 said:
    Eh won't the gpu get hot in that small case and the CPU since its ivy it runs hotter as well


    Never seen it happen before.
  8. No, it won't. That case has good airflow. Also, Ib only runs that way when OCed real high, so not a concern.
  9. Oh okay, we'll that's good then :)
  10. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b6Ip

    This is REALLY close to the final version. I have checked and rechecked everything and everything should fit and work well. The blu ray player is optional but I like it in there so unless 30 dollars is all I need to get this in about 3 weeks then I will gladly keep it. So, what are everyones thoughts?
  11. DaedalusDragon said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b6Ip

    This is REALLY close to the final version. I have checked and rechecked everything and everything should fit and work well. The blu ray player is optional but I like it in there so unless 30 dollars is all I need to get this in about 3 weeks then I will gladly keep it. So, what are everyones thoughts?


    If you drop the BD-R burner you could upgrade to the 7950 but you can't go wrong either way.
  12. I'm wrapping up as I think I have a near perfect build for my preference.

    I looked at the upgrade to the 7950 but it would be 50 dollars more (with a decent manufacturer) and I would like to be able to watch blu-rays on my PC. I also saw that after OCing the 7870 a small amount I would have stock performance for the 7950 and seeing as I don't plan on overclocking a lot (as I am new to it and would like my computer to live for a long time) or at least for a while. In either event This GPU is, after comparing them, approximately 500% better than my Radeon HD 5570 that is in my current PC.

    I did change from an Antec One case to a Rosewill Challenger-u3 because A) I like blue led fan =) and B) it has the 2 exhaust fans like the Antec one but it also has the intake fan in the front for better air flow. If anyone has used the challenger-u3 I would love some more info because all of the details I am looking for are nowhere to be found.

    Info I hope someone knows:
    1. Does everything I have fit in it?
    2. Does it come with all of the cables to utilize the usb 3.0 headers on my mobo?

    Version #ihopeit'sdone:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b92u

    P.S.: I have a choice between Windows 7 64 bit for free from a program at my school and Windows 8 preview release 64 bit. Which should I pick. I know nothing. Enlighten me. lol
  13. DaedalusDragon said:
    I'm wrapping up as I think I have a near perfect build for my preference.

    I looked at the upgrade to the 7950 but it would be 50 dollars more (with a decent manufacturer) and I would like to be able to watch blu-rays on my PC. I also saw that after OCing the 7870 a small amount I would have stock performance for the 7950 and seeing as I don't plan on overclocking a lot (as I am new to it and would like my computer to live for a long time) or at least for a while. In either event This GPU is, after comparing them, approximately 500% better than my Radeon HD 5570 that is in my current PC.

    I did change from an Antec One case to a Rosewill Challenger-u3 because A) I like blue led fan =) and B) it has the 2 exhaust fans like the Antec one but it also has the intake fan in the front for better air flow. If anyone has used the challenger-u3 I would love some more info because all of the details I am looking for are nowhere to be found.

    Info I hope someone knows:
    1. Does everything I have fit in it?
    2. Does it come with all of the cables to utilize the usb 3.0 headers on my mobo?

    Version #ihopeit'sdone:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b92u

    P.S.: I have a choice between Windows 7 64 bit for free from a program at my school and Windows 8 preview release 64 bit. Which should I pick. I know nothing. Enlighten me. lol


    The Rosewill Challenger is a fine choice. It will come with the necessary connectors to hook up to the USB headers on your motherboard. I like the Antec One because of the cable management features it has.

    As far as Windows goes - it's pretty much been the general consensus that Windows 8 sucks - it's a great cell phone operating system but it's a terrible desktop operating system. Stick with Windows 7.
  14. lol ok. In the end I did decide to go back to the Antec one. Just better quality it looked like and I heard some baddish things about the cable management of the challenger. I also ended up liking the look much more. 24 hours ago I looked at the Antec one and thought it was bad looking... now I love it. Gonna add a NZXT Sentry-2 if I can add in the extra 25 dollars.
  15. Best answer selected by DaedalusDragon.
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