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July 13, 2012 4:50:30 AM

I'm building a custom PC. Casual to Gaming focused. Would like to spend less than $1000 but $1200 is absolute limit.

Problem is, I'm an idiot. I can't even call my self a layman of custom building. I understand the different parts and what they do for a PC, but I don't know what goes with what. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell me if what I've got so far works. If it doesn't, or if you a better part (at a reasonable cost please), feel free to add it. Ready? BTW all prices from amazon.


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard -$130

Memory: Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD CMX4GX3M1A1333C​9 - $23

PS: Lifetime Series Pro 750W Psu - $85

Sound Card: ASUS PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR_DG - $27


So far, I think I'm pretty good. Here's where I'm not so sure:


Processor: AMD FX-8120 8-Core Black Edition Processor Socket AM3+ - FD8120FRGUBOX - $155

Hard Drive:Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive - $95



I'm at a little below 700 :D  but I still need a graphics card, and a case. I won't spend money on a driver yet, and I already have a copy of windows xp but I may purchase windows 7 home edition. Will worry about that once I think I have my parts...

What I need is a graphics card (may also purchase a second one for CrossFiring, but I'll worry about that later too), a case, and a... wait I think that's it! :na:  maybe a

Cooling System: Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail - $80


What I would like to know is if the parts I've mentioned so far are compatiable with each other. This might seem obvious to you, but I'm incompetent :( 

If something doesn't work, please offer alternatives with comparable power and price. And I also need a graphics card that costs less than 200 dollars. I would appreciate any help even if it's that I should go into a local computer shop or something. Main reason I wanna custom build is because after several desktops and laptops, I've learned that I'm paying alot just for the brand. That's probably way I don't wanna go to one of those websites that custom builds it for you, because my computer would then be "branded".

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2012 5:16:43 AM

I wouldn't touch the AMD processors unless you are absolutely set on one. The i5 2500k, sadly, outperforms that CPU in nearly every application out there. I'd recommend going with this...

CPU...
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-3570K-Processor-cores-BX806...

Mobo...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
make sure you get an atx board and not the micro atx.

RAM...
Here you'll want to get something that won't interfere with your heatsink. You'll also want at least 8gb of RAM at 1600Mhz speed. Try this...
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-128...

PSU:
You'll want something that is made by a trusted company...and is 80+ certified. try this...
http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-BRONZE-Certifi...
It's also semi modular, so this will help with cable management.

HDD:
This one offers more storage, it's faster, cheaper, and overall better...
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...

SSD:
Get one of these for a boot drive and to store a few games on...
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT12...

You can save some cash on the heatsink and try something like this...
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...
Put it in a push/pull configuration and you'll get similar performance to that of a noctua but at a lower price tag.

This leaves you alot of room for the GPU... you can either go with this...
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp...

or this...
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp...

The latter would be a much better choice. However, if you'd rather save some cash, go for the 7870...beasty card.

And I almost forgot about the case...
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K...

or...
http://www.amazon.com/Coolermaster-Storm-Ultimate-Gamin...
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2012 5:32:45 AM

it makes no sense to want a GPU for less than $200 but then get another for a Xfire set up. get 1 good GPU now; then get another one later. a 650 watt PSU can handle 2x 7850s. if you don't want to overclock than getting a H77 motherboard and non "K" series cpu will be cheaper and drop the cpu cooler.
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 ($34.89 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($256.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1134.71
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 21, 2012 6:58:49 PM

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