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1220USD build check

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July 11, 2012 7:03:13 PM

INFO

Approximate Purchase Date: Late July to early August

Budget Range: Build comes out to ~1250USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, homework, surfing the Internet,

movies/shows

Parts Not Required: None

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg mostly, I'm pretty new to this and I heard newegg

was good for the likes. I'll go anywhere else, though, if it's a much better deal.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe.(See questions)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Additional Comments: Quiet and power efficient. Programs/Softwares: D3, LoL, Borderlands1/2, RainMeter...

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PARTS:

Monitor: $110- ASUS VS Series VS198D-P Black 19" 5ms
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $60- CoolerMaster HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: $230- Intel i5 3750k ivy bridge 3.4ghz Intel HD Graphics 4000 or Intel i5 3750 ivy bridge 3.4ghz Intel HD Graphics 2500

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Mobo: $135- AsRok Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: $265- HIS IceQ Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: $100- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU&RAM: $127- PSU&RAM COMBO- OCZ ZT Series 650W & G.Skill Ripkaws X 8GB(2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


HDD: $90- Seagate Barrauda 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SDD: $58- Mushkin enhanced chronos 60gb sataIII ssd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: $17- Sony black 18x dvd-rom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse&Key: $23 logitech mk200 black usb mouse&keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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QUESTIONS

(1: i5 Ivy Bridge 3570k vs 3570. Also difference of Intel HD 2500 and 4000.

(2: And if I OC, will I need a CPU fan?

(3: How do I choose wheter I install OS on SSD or HDD?

(4: Is that SSD good enough for OS and RainMeter? Anything better?

(5: Heard I should format and scan for bad sectors for my hdd, should I?

(6: Might be recording some gameplay, is half the hdd space worth it for raid 0?

(7: Silly question but, is it the same "pin" plug for TV cable and for the modem?


TY for reading! Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

More about : 1220usd build check

July 11, 2012 7:11:45 PM

Quote:

(1: i5 Ivy Bridge 3570k vs 3570. Also difference of Intel HD 2500 and 4000.

(2: And if I OC, will I need a CPU fan?

(3: How do I choose wheter I install OS on SSD or HDD?

(4: Is that SSD good enough for OS and RainMeter? Anything better?

(5: Heard I should format and scan for bad sectors for my hdd, should I?

(6: Might be recording some gameplay, is half the hdd space worth it for raid 0?

(7: Silly question but, is it the same "pin" plug for TV cable and for the modem?


1. Major difference between HD 2500 and HD 4000, read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-3570-low-po...

2. Yes, the Hyper 212 Evo is a solid choice.

3. Always install your OS on the fastest primary drive you have, so in this case it'd be the SSD.

4. I don't know what Rainmeter is - I'm sure it would be fine.

5. You can but for the most part it's a major waste of time, brand new drives shouldn't need that at all.

6. Not really - with RAID setups you trade speed for space and set your HDs up for failure far easier than a regular setup.

7. I'm not entirely sure I understand the question.

As far as a configuration goes, try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ 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 ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($256.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $1062.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

The difference will give you enough room to purchase a decent monitor $110 - $130 monitor and keyboard / mouse.

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