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June 29, 2012 7:09:01 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bklz - Finished build! Thanks everyone!


:sweat:  Hey, all! I am familiar with how a computer works and all that, but I don't have the specific knowledge of who has a better product and how it equates to real life performance. Too many opinions and most seem to be geared at Max/High settings. Anyway, I'll gab on after the fill-in-form.

Approximate Purchase Date: (Hopefully within 2 weeks [before July 10th])

Budget Range: ~$800. I have read some of the posts here for that range, but I don't know if it fits my bill honestly.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Surfing, Gaming,)

Parts Not Required: (Mouse, Keyboard, OS, Monitor, Headset, Speakers, Webcam)

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com is where I know, but if you know somewhere cheaper then by all means :) 

Country: Unites States of America, Florida.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: This doesn't matter to me. People have their opinions of what is best, they differ.

Overclocking: No, don't want to risk meddling with things I do not understand well enough.

SLI or Crossfire: Same as above

Monitor Resolution: (1440x900 Have dual monitors already)

Additional comments: Here is what it boils down to. I need a computer that I can use Last.fm/ pandora/ WMP/ Skype/ Ventrillo/ etc on one monitor while I game on the other one. I am used to running bottom line graphics settings so shiny smooth pretty does not matter so much to me. If it is possible in the budget, well it would sure be swell to see Diablo 3 in high graphics! I am assuming for ~$800 this should be a piece of cake... I don't care if it is loud or huge or anything, I have plenty of space and a rather sound-proof room so it's fine with me. I always have music playing, so it could be as loud as a Dreamcast and that is fine with me :pt1cable: 

I really just want a computer that I can use Skype, listen to Last.fm, play a game on decent graphics, and Google at the same time. If you can help me out with this, I would be very grateful, I'll even Label my monitors with your names, really I will :)  I'll see your name every time I turn on the computer and be thankful for your help!

If there is anything I need to add to this, please tell me!

Thanks in advance!
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June 29, 2012 7:19:41 PM

zuyah said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4B7
You don't really have to go with the 2500k since you don't plan on overclocking though.


Is that power supply really enough to power it all? I think I have a 500 in my closet ... Lemme check :)  I just had a double Inguinal Hernia repair, so I am pretty well stuck for a couple of weeks

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June 29, 2012 7:20:10 PM
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Well you can probably do it for 600$ or so with such a cheap resolution but you might also want to get a little bether in case you ever buy 1080p monitors. But well the difference will only be the GPU and PSU I'll link you the two possibility that I see.

CPU: i5-2500k / 220$
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$ (1gb are 100$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: G.Skill 1333Hz 8g (2x4g) / 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: Asrock z77 / 75$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So thats 476$ (add shipping)

If you want to go the cheap way
PSU: Rosewill 530w / 55$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU either 560ti at 200$http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or hd6870 at 160$:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
so between 691$ and 731$

If you want to enjoy ncie quality for a few years.
GPU: hd7850 at 235$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair 600w at 70$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So 781$

The 691$ build would do what your asking but the 781$ would make it pretty smooth and be kinda futurproof. The 7850can run BF3 on ultra +AA with no lag in 1080p

P.S. I like to add that CPU heatsink to every cheap build 30$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It will allow you to easely OC if you ever want to but mostly you CPU will thank you for runing at low temp.
June 29, 2012 7:26:00 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ 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: $817.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
June 29, 2012 7:31:43 PM



http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77pro4...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...

That's quite a price jump for what seems to be the same board. Granted one supports a larger range of memory, but is there any practical difference for that money gap?

Also, the Video card price jump.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100314... Seems kinda tried and true,

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnfc Seems kinda new and high-end.

I would LIKE to see nicer graphics than bare minimum, but they are not required, certainly if it pushes me over budget :) 

Thank you both for your quick responses!

PS I didn't have that PS, it was a 250 lol I was gonna use it for a science experiment, I just thought it was 500. Nope. :lol: 
June 29, 2012 7:34:28 PM

ThereWillBeAWay said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77pro4...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...

That's quite a price jump for what seems to be the same board. Granted one supports a larger range of memory, but is there any practical difference for that money gap?

Also, the Video card price jump.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100314... Seems kinda tried and true,

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnfc Seems kinda new and high-end.

I would LIKE to see nicer graphics than bare minimum, but they are not required, certainly if it pushes me over budget :) 

Thank you both for your quick responses!

PS I didn't have that PS, it was a 250 lol I was gonna use it for a science experiment, I just thought it was 500. Nope. :lol: 


The Radeon 7850 is one of the best bang-for-buck options around since for the price it can match GPUs that cost twice as much, which is usually why it's recommend on builds in this price range.
June 29, 2012 7:35:25 PM

2648761,6,944741

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
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Go for the i5 2500k instead its totaly worth the extra 10$ IMO.

This guys has some interesting piece. The samsung HDD is a good one for cheaper then the one I've listed and gigabite make bether mobo then Asrock (personaly I always go gigabite and Asus its worth the extra money IMO). But Asrock are just fine for cheap build.
June 29, 2012 7:39:16 PM

ThereWillBeAWay said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77pro4...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...

That's quite a price jump for what seems to be the same board. Granted one supports a larger range of memory, but is there any practical difference for that money gap?

Also, the Video card price jump.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100314... Seems kinda tried and true,

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnfc Seems kinda new and high-end.

I would LIKE to see nicer graphics than bare minimum, but they are not required, certainly if it pushes me over budget :) 

Thank you both for your quick responses!

PS I didn't have that PS, it was a 250 lol I was gonna use it for a science experiment, I just thought it was 500. Nope. :lol: 


The 7850 just destroy a 6870 thats why you see that price jump. its worth every extra dollar spent on it.

The cheaper mobo can't go sli and well your link do not show the number of USB2.0 and 3.0. The cheapest one might not even have USB3.0. Actualy ton of info is missing on the link and I am too lazy to take a look on the official Asrockwebsite
June 29, 2012 7:40:21 PM

venur said:
Well you can probably do it for 600$ or so with such a cheap resolution but you might also want to get a little bether in case you ever buy 1080p monitors. But well the difference will only be the GPU and PSU I'll link you the two possibility that I see.

CPU: i5-2500k / 220$
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$ (1gb are 100$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: G.Skill 1333Hz 8g (2x4g) / 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: Asrock z77 / 75$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So thats 476$ (add shipping)

If you want to go the cheap way
PSU: Rosewill 530w / 55$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU either 560ti at 200$http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or hd6870 at 160$:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
so between 691$ and 731$

If you want to enjoy ncie quality for a few years.
GPU: hd7850 at 235$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair 600w at 70$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So 781$

The 691$ build would do what your asking but the 781$ would make it pretty smooth and be kinda futurproof. The 7850can run BF3 on ultra +AA with no lag in 1080p

P.S. I like to add that CPU heatsink to every cheap build 30$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It will allow you to easely OC if you ever want to but mostly you CPU will thank you for runing at low temp.


While new monitors may be spiffy and all, I picked up http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... two of these guys for $60 at a garage sale along with the DVI adapters, vga, and power cords. Also my desk now has 4" each side of the monitors clear space! It's kinda small, anything bigger I am afraid will not fit :) 

So, for motherboards, there are quite a few options here, which would you folks put at the best bang for the buck? As time goes on, I don't mind updating when prices go down, or the need for a new piece goes up. Well, I need to visit my Doctor, be back in an hour! thanks again folks :) 
June 29, 2012 8:21:11 PM

Well if you want to go cheap for a mobo but still have some quality AsRock is what you want. Just pick up what you need. You want the ability to go sli if you ever want to or no ? Need USB3.0 ? How many Fan slot do you want on the mobo ?

The one I,ve listed for 75$ probably have everything you want 6x USB 2.0 / 2x USB 3.0 one PCIe 3.0 slot and one PCIe 2.0
For the need you've listed I'm pretty sure that you'd be happy with that one.

If you want the option to go sli/crossfire that one for 115$ would probably suit your needs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both are 7.1 ready but if you don't ever plan to go bether then stereo sound you might save 5$ or so buying a gigabite mobo (cheapest one do not have 7.1 audio)
June 29, 2012 8:36:49 PM

ThereWillBeAWay said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77pro4...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...

That's quite a price jump for what seems to be the same board. Granted one supports a larger range of memory, but is there any practical difference for that money gap?

Also, the Video card price jump.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100314... Seems kinda tried and true,

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnfc Seems kinda new and high-end.

I would LIKE to see nicer graphics than bare minimum, but they are not required, certainly if it pushes me over budget :) 

Thank you both for your quick responses!

PS I didn't have that PS, it was a 250 lol I was gonna use it for a science experiment, I just thought it was 500. Nope. :lol: 


The MoBo is a full ATX MoBo With 2 PCI E 3.0
The GPU is alot better then the one you had
The CPU is better
The PSU will do sli/crossfire

Lowest Possible Total: $809.78 (View prices by merchant)
^ you said a budget of 800 ?

If you want the price lower then 800, you could do a Single GPU setup with a 550W PSU a Non K 2500 and the same GPU ( to save more money.

Not sure if OCing and sli/crossfire ( you need )

You Could also do 4GB of ram and a 500 HDD and still have the same FPS

Its your build and your call :) 

GL with the build ( just think it over before you click buy )
June 29, 2012 8:59:07 PM

So, you've got $800ish to spend on what's basically going to be a light gaming rig, yeah? I, too, am used to low settings, but it really is a wonderful thing to play games on high detail. Lemme see what I can hook you up with:

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500k | $220
HSF - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo | $30 + $5
Mobo - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 | $115
RAM - Mushkin Blackline 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CAS8 | $55
GPU - Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 7770 | $150 ($135 after rebate)
Case - Zalman Z9 Plus | $65 + $6 ($60 + $6 after rebate)
PSU - PC Power & Cooling 600W | $90 ($70 after rebate)
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM | $70 - $5
Total | $801 before rebates; $761 after rebates (don't count on it); $790 if you get free shipping through ShopRunner

I suppose I'll explain these bits, then. The i5-2500k is a powerful processor out-of-the-box - in fact, it's the best value for a gaming CPU. It's overclockable, and I know you said you'd rather not fiddle with something you know nothing of, overclocking a Sandy Bridge-based processor is incredibly easy, and you'll gain a noticeable boost in performance if you do, which is why I included the Hyper 212 Evo - a tried and true heatsink/fan.

The ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is a fantastic board with tons of expandability - it's got two PCIe x16 slots should you ever want to get another video card for Crossfire/SLI, it's a Z77 chipset (the latest and greatest from Intel) so it'll natively support USB3 and Ivy Bridge processors. ASRock is a reputable brand - not as well-made as ASUS or Gigabyte, but it's still a great board.

The RAM I picked out is high-speed, lower-latency RAM (which for $55 is a pretty good deal). You won't notice a huge jump in performance from CAS9 to CAS8, but for just a few dollars extra, it's a good value.

The Radeon 7770 is a pretty entry-level card, but with a good CPU like the 2500k you'll easily be able to push high settings at that resolution. It's also the Vapor-X version, which employs a vapor-chamber cooling system to keep the card much cooler than a typical reference cooling system.

The Zalman Z9 is a rather nice case: it comes with 4 fans out of the box to keep the air flowing through very nicely, it's got a side window to peek at the nice components you'll have inside (if that's your thing), it's well-built, has a built-in fan controller and temperature readout, and is pretty light to boot.

PCP&C make solid power supplies - they're based on a Seasonic platform, are highly efficient, an provide the wattage and amperage advertised (600W and 46A in this case - plenty to power these parts and then some).

Western Digital is a reliable HDD manufacturer, and the Caviar Blue is currently the best value around for brand-new hard drives.

This is just what I'd do, though.
June 29, 2012 9:11:34 PM

Niklas_13 said:


You Could also do 4GB of ram and a 500 HDD and still have the same FPS


Na 4gb would be too weak for all the multi tasking he want to do. B4 I've upgraded my rig I had a 2low rez screen set-up like he do and 4g was a huge bottleneck. My bro gave me his extra 2x2g of ram and going 4x2g was a huge improvement for just medium gaming setting while using skype,10 web page open and MSN.
June 29, 2012 9:19:48 PM

venur said:
Na 4gb would be too weak for all the multi tasking he want to do. B4 I've upgraded my rig I had a 2low rez screen set-up like he do and 4g was a huge bottleneck. My bro gave me his extra 2x2g of ram and going 4x2g was a huge improvement for just medium gaming setting while using skype,10 web page open and MSN.


Just saying if he wanted it lower then 800

For 800 there is no reason to have anything less then a

Z77
2500K
7850
1TB HDD
8 GB ram
A GOOD QL 550W PSU
With a nice case with good air flow
June 29, 2012 11:34:40 PM

I dont think you need to spend 800 to reach your goals. Posters here will tend to max out every penny and budget. Based on your needs I'd say this would be a good build or something like it: (newegg note combos)

1

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$2.00 Instant


$18.99
$16.99
1

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146075
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$39.99
1

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant


$84.99
$69.99
1

HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814161389
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$169.99
$159.99
1

AMD Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon - OEM
Item #: N82E16800995114
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving


$49.99
$0.00
1

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
Item #: N82E16817182200
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant


$89.99
$59.99
1

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231311
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$43.99
1


Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
Item #: N82E16819116506
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157296
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$12.00 Combo


$309.98
$287.98
Subtotal: $678.9
June 30, 2012 12:12:58 AM

loops said:
I dont think you need to spend 800 to reach your goals. Posters here will tend to max out every penny and budget. Based on your needs I'd say this would be a good build or something like it: (newegg note combos)


Its somewhate the "cheap" build that I've posted but with a weaker cpu, a very cheap case with bad airflow and a cheaper HHD to save 13$
June 30, 2012 3:36:08 AM

Thank you all very much for all of your diligence and effort! I just awoke from my percocet nap and I am kinda blown away by all the options...

Is the CPU the same item on these two pages?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4Bg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which one of these would be the better pick for the system? Keeping in mind that medium graphics would be fine for my liking :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnfc

I think that about covers it for now, I'll be back by later to check out any new replies! Thanks again folks
June 30, 2012 4:20:15 AM

ThereWillBeAWay said:
Thank you all very much for all of your diligence and effort! I just awoke from my percocet nap and I am kinda blown away by all the options...

Is the CPU the same item on these two pages?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4Bg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which one of these would be the better pick for the system? Keeping in mind that medium graphics would be fine for my liking :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnfc

I think that about covers it for now, I'll be back by later to check out any new replies! Thanks again folks



I am not sure why they keep posting a 2500k if you dont care to OC then save a few bucks and go IB. The extra is not gunna do much in game.

The 7850 is overkill but a good card. The 6870 or gtx 560 are where your goals are.

June 30, 2012 5:07:35 AM

venur said:
Its somewhate the "cheap" build that I've posted but with a weaker cpu, a very cheap case with bad airflow and a cheaper HHD to save 13$



I could go lower or higher but did not see the need....and that case does not have bad airflow:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/Source_210_Elit...
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4331/nzxt_source_210_e...
http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1313&page=6

As for the case you linked, it is not bad at all...it is basically a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ...the same company that makes your pick:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nzxt-gamma-rosewill...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nzxt-gamma-rosewill...
June 30, 2012 2:56:29 PM

ThereWillBeAWay said:
Thank you all very much for all of your diligence and effort! I just awoke from my percocet nap and I am kinda blown away by all the options...

Is the CPU the same item on these two pages?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4Bg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


yes it is the same
ThereWillBeAWay said:


Which one of these would be the better pick for the system? Keeping in mind that medium graphics would be fine for my liking :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnfc

I think that about covers it for now, I'll be back by later to check out any new replies! Thanks again folks


The hd7770 wouldn't even allow medium graphix go for either hd6850 but I'll suggest a hd6870 or 560ti if you can afford the extra $. The HD7850 would allow you max quality in 1080p on modern game. Personaly I'd never consider going below a 7850 but I'm an enthusiast. The 7850 would probably last you for years.



The problem is that you've linked review about the 2 fan version of the case but your linking the price of the 1 fan version. I've called it a bad case not because of the brand. I call it bad because its a crappy air flow one and doesn,t even have a dust filther for an intake fan. That case with a single fan and no intake would be good for someone doing web surfing. Not medium gaming.

The case I've linked come with 3 fans (front one has blue led) and a dust filter.

Their is a reason why it won the 50$ price tag case review on tomshardware. I've bought 4 rosewill challenger case for friends and its a good one with a nice looking for 50$
June 30, 2012 5:56:02 PM

2649514,22,1050517 said:
yes it is the same


The hd7770 wouldn't even allow medium graphix go for either hd6850 but I'll suggest a hd6870 or 560ti if you can afford the extra $. The HD7850 would allow you max quality in 1080p on modern game. Personaly I'd never consider going below a 7850 but I'm an enthusiast. The 7850 would probably last you for years.

As I stated earlier, I have 1440x900 dual monitors. I paid $60 for the two of them fully loaded, the only way I would ever use a new monitor would be if someone gave me two for free. So, with the HD7770 would that allow me medium settings? Also, I am really digging that case you linked, even it would be "overkill" for my use, its only a couple dollars more and it looks pretty cool :)  I am going to put together a build list, can you guys point me in the right direction and let me know if it passes your marks? I'm kinda gonna pick and choose between some of these builds to try and get a mix of price and performance.

Thanks again :) 
June 30, 2012 6:13:46 PM

A few things:
Z77 has no home with an i5-2500k. You're paying extra for nothing. Either get a Z68 board or an i5-3570k.

A Z77 has no place in a non-OCable CPU. Get an H77 or B75 chipset with the i5-3450.
June 30, 2012 7:53:55 PM

ThereWillBeAWay said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b8aC

How does this build look? First time I've ever thrown one together... And now I wait... :lol: 


You could get a cheaper mobo but that one is good. Betwin 75$ to 100$.

The nice thing with a i5-2500k is that you can just add a 30$ CPU fan in a few years and overclock your CPU instead of buying a new one. But you could always save 10$ going for an i5-2500

You could save a few dollar on rams running at 1333Hz as you'll see no difference between the 1600Hz for gaming.

The HD7850 is really a good GPU. It will last you for years but the hd6870 or 560ti wil easely do what your asking. I've pointed the 7850 because it was fitting into your budget, and because it is probably the best $/performance value at this moment and you won't feel the need to upgrade that one for years.

As for mobo their is 2 one that would probably suit you.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (last generation mobo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some other probably know more then me about cheap mobo, just stay with ASRock, Asus or gigabyte I,d say.
June 30, 2012 9:02:36 PM

venur said:
You could get a cheaper mobo but that one is good. Betwin 75$ to 100$.

The nice thing with a i5-2500k is that you can just add a 30$ CPU fan in a few years and overclock your CPU instead of buying a new one. But you could always save 10$ going for an i5-2500

You could save a few dollar on rams running at 1333Hz as you'll see no difference between the 1600Hz for gaming.

The HD7850 is really a good GPU. It will last you for years but the hd6870 or 560ti wil easely do what your asking. I've pointed the 7850 because it was fitting into your budget, and because it is probably the best $/performance value at this moment and you won't feel the need to upgrade that one for years.

As for mobo their is 2 one that would probably suit you.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (last generation mobo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some other probably know more then me about cheap mobo, just stay with ASRock, Asus or gigabyte I,d say.



OK, cool. Now, I have a couple of old scrap computers I keep around because I like to tinker and what not, would one of those fans be OK to strap to it somewhere? Perhaps I am mistaking a regular fan with a CPU fan though.

Well, for the $$$ the longer lasting GPU might work out in the long run I suppose.

In the 100$~ range, is that the best Motherboard, or could I do better at $100-$125???

Most importantly, are all of these parts compatible? If I build this, will it have loose ends/missing out on connections etc? Because I believe the case has 3 fans... Any suggestions?
July 7, 2012 12:46:39 AM

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