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First ever build - super nervous (excited?)

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July 20, 2012 2:09:24 AM

**note: want the best value possible (dollar/performance ratio); not the closest number to my max... unless that is, in fact, the best value... without really skipping; i.e. buying a generic non-80 plus certified power supply.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: anywhere from $800-$1000.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Games, Apps for School, day-to-day browsing.

Are you buying a monitor: not included in price

Do you need to buy OS: Not included in price

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com is fine, unless there is a better deal elsewhere.

Location: O-H-I-O, USA

Parts Preferences: Not versed in computers enough to have a preference.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Really want a 1080p resolution, unless someone would advise against it.

Additional Comments: Starting college in a month and a half and its basically mandatory to get my own PC. I am nervous about building a computer and have been weighing all of the alternatives for about a week; i really don't want to regret any of my choices later. Any advise/criticism/recommendations are very welcome, i need all the help i can get.

Thanks in advance for any and all of the replies, it will make me really happy for sure.
July 20, 2012 3:13:09 AM

Dp not buy aq generic PSU. It is one of the most important components you will purchase.
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July 20, 2012 3:53:39 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.89 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.00 @ Compuvest)
Hard Drive: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($237.49 @ CompUSA)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $842.33
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-19 23:53 EDT-0400)
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July 20, 2012 3:53:41 AM

How's this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $975.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-19 23:52 EDT-0400)

You can play around with this build a bit. For instance, if you want an SSD, you can cut your HDD to a 500gb and get a cheaper case. Same thing if you want to upgrade the GPU to an HD 7870, just cut the Hard Drive in half.
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July 20, 2012 3:58:02 AM

a quick comparision between my build and ironslices

he has a faster processor thats overclockable. mine is still fast, but only limited overclockability.

memory, Hard drive and case on mine are cheaper, but still good.

My GPU is equal, but uses less power, therefore my power supply is lower wattage

I have an 120gb ssd. he doesnt.

So the major difference is parts choices and SSD vs Overclocking
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July 20, 2012 4:03:49 AM

monitor?
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July 20, 2012 4:04:13 AM

I don't think it's wise to run an HD 7850 on a 430W PSU... AMD recommends 500W minimum.
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July 20, 2012 4:08:32 AM

iron: that 430W, with 28 amps on the 12v rail, runs a 7850 just fine. My 6850 runs on it with a 95w cpu. the 7850 uses less wattage than the 6850, and then its a 77w CPU. there is room to spare on the corsair 430W. the 500W recommendation is because of crappy PSUs like Logisys and Diablotek
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