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July 2, 2012 12:21:40 AM

I want to build a computer for ~ $1000. The goal is a fast and quiet computer that will last for awhile. Main uses: MS Office, web browsing, watching blu-ray movies, streaming videos, and (least of all) gaming. I would like to know if I should save my money on some parts and if all the parts are compatible.


Case: NZXT H2

PSU: Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply V2

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 01G-P3-1556-KR Video Card - 1GB,

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K

Ram: Patriot Viper Xtreme Series PXD38G2400C11K 8GB Kit - DDR3, 2400MHz,

MoBo: ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express

HDD: Seagate ST95005620AS Momentus XT 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive - 500GB, 7200 RPM

DVD drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Internal Blu-Ray Burner

Total $1040

Thanks

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2012 12:37:47 AM

You say least of all the concern is gaming. What sorts of games specifically? The 550 TI isn't a horrible card, but there are definitely better ones currently in their price range. Although if this isn't a gaming machine, you may not need a more powerful one.

But I will say for the price you're paying, something isn't adding up. That system shouldn't cost that much.

Also, do not use an Ultra brand power supply. Stick with better brands like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, etc. I would suggest a Corsair TX650 v2.

Further I'd ask you to fill out the form here.. So we have a better idea of what you need.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261222-13-build-adv...
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2012 12:53:32 AM

the early gen 500gb momentus xt isnt worth the price. its only relevant if its the newer version of the 750gb model.
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July 2, 2012 1:03:31 AM

i suggest these PC component
core i5-3570k for 235$
msi Z77A-G43 for 100$ or msi Z77MA-G45 for 110$
2x4GB 1600 for 50$ ,2400mhz is just 5% faster than 1600 so invest your money on something else
AMD 7850 is the best graphics card for 250$
500w seasonic or FSP
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July 2, 2012 1:09:37 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month

Budget Range: $800-1200 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies surfing the internet, word processing, and gaming (e.g. AOE3, Dawn of discover, and empire total war.)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel and nvida

Overclocking: probably no

SLI or Crossfire: probably no

Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 746

Additional Comments: quiet, fast, formal looking PC
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2012 1:54:03 AM

if your resolution is only max 1024x746, you will not need much of a gpu. unless you want to buy another monitor.
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July 2, 2012 2:29:44 AM

I could use a higher resolution but I would be fine with staying that low. I probably should because I am using 26 inch monitor
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2012 3:27:44 AM

Alrite.. Well...

Try this:
CPU- i5-3450 $200
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Mobo- Asus P8H77- $135
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Video Card- 6870 $155 with mail in rebate
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

RAM- 8GB Patriot Kit $50
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Case- CM HAF 912 $60 (or use a case you want- I know cases are a personal thing, I have an NZXT Phantom myself, you just don't want to get one too cheap-stay away from Sentey brand, Corsair, CoolerMaster, NZXT and Antec all make nice cases)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Power- Corsair TX650M- $95 after rebate
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SSD-Crucial M4 128GB $135
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

HDD- Seagate 2TB- $120
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Optical Drive, BlueRay Burner $55
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Total: $1005 with Rebates

Note: I did recommend an AMD video card, I'm not sure if you're absolutely firm on an Nvidia graphics card, but I will say at the mid level price point for video card, AMD has better products in that range currently. Nvidia holds the top end with their GTX670s and 680s, but thats only because AMD hasn't answered the "call to war" on the next round yet. The next step up right now from the 550 TI is the 560 and 560 TI and AMD beats those again with the 6950 and 7850.
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July 2, 2012 12:30:17 PM

Best answer selected by hout98.
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July 2, 2012 2:00:07 PM

why the I5-3450 and not I5-2500k?

the mobo says it supports 2nd gen I5 will it support the 3rd gens?

I am good with going with that GPU i just am more familiar with Nvida.

the RAM sounds good.

I will think about which case to get. thanks for the advice.

The PSU sounds great as well.

SSD is great.

i do not really need a 2TB HDD. would i be better off getting a 1 TB HDD like: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... or a bigger SSD like: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

is the DVD drive good or should i invest a little more in it?

thank you very much for the help!

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2012 5:38:18 PM

You said you weren't interested in overclocking, thats why I put the 3450 instead of the 2500K. Don't pay for features you won't use. Thats what the "K" means.

The mobo does support 2nd gen (Sandy Bridge) and 3rd gen (Ivy Bridge)

I've almost always gone with Nvidia myself, and the reason has always been I was more familiar with their model numbering system. I know.. how silly.

If you want a bigger SSD you can. Up to you, you can always add more hard drives later should you need the space.

DVD drives are pretty much DVD drives in my experience. I actually wouldn't pay that much for one, but if you want a blue ray player I guess it cant be avoided.

You're welcome.
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July 3, 2012 12:51:26 AM

If thats all your doing the pc shouldnt cost that much. Ive got a pc setup for myself thats a good deal cheaper.(admittedly, i didnt go for a hard drive or bluray but i could easily clip the cost with a weaker gpu and get a similar system to yours for maybe 800-900$
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 3, 2012 1:25:25 AM

Weaker GPU that would be the next step down from AMD would be a 6850, they're about 20 bucks cheaper, then theres the 7770 that would be further down from that, both are better than a 550 TI. Theres also GTX 460s on the Nvidia side, they're a generation older than 550 TIs, and are fairly cheap now because of it, and they are a little better than 550 TIs. I wouldn't go any lower.

You can use this site to give you a quick glance on how the different cards stack up against each other:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=536
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July 4, 2012 1:44:19 PM

will i need any other fans?
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 4, 2012 7:12:59 PM

Nah.
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