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First time builder - help and advice please

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July 20, 2012 7:48:18 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware forum people! I've been researching for three months, and I've finally started to order some parts. Case, CPU, and hard drive I have decided on, but I'm still not sure about the other parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks would be nice

Budget Range: Around $800 before rebates

System Usage: Gaming, Blender (3D graphics), Photoshop

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but I'm not including it in my budget.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Location: US

Parts Preferences: Intel and nvidia

Overclocking: Most likely not, but it would be nice if I was able to someday, of course.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I can't think of any, but if you have any questions please ask them!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'd like to be able to run Diablo 3 (though I kind of feel like I missed the boat with that one) and any other game, and finally be able to use GPU rendering in Blender.

Parts I have already ordered:
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Carbide Series 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $295 (I've saved $30 from sales)


Parts I'm thinking about:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GTX 560 ti GPU (around $230), but which actual card to get I have no idea. If you have a recommendation for a different GPU, it needs to support CUDA 2.0.

I have spent many hours trying to figure out power supplies, but I still feel like I know nothing. This is what I could use the most help with. I'm comfortable with spending up to $90 for a good one.


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July 20, 2012 9:23:24 PM

I disagree with g-unit1111 on the motherboard choice...I think he should get a z77 motherboard so that he can upgrade to an i5-3570k or something later on when his i3-2120 gets "old".

Also, I would get this RAM instead...

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

It's DDR3 1600, which is good, and it isn't low voltage, which isn't necessary in this case. As for a PSU, I would suggest something made by Seasonic or Corsair, or the Rosewill Capstone series. Something like this should be good...

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

You can get it for $77 with the promo code.
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July 20, 2012 9:32:36 PM

Augray37 said:
I disagree with g-unit1111 on the motherboard choice...I think he should get a z77 motherboard so that he can upgrade to an i5-3570k or something later on when his i3-2120 gets "old".

Also, I would get this RAM instead...

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

It's DDR3 1600, which is good, and it isn't low voltage, which isn't necessary in this case. As for a PSU, I would suggest something made by Seasonic or Corsair, or the Rosewill Capstone series. Something like this should be good...

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

You can get it for $77 with the promo code.


H77 will allow you to use the 3570K but you will have limited access to the multiplier. If you're not going to overclock you don't need Z77.

That RAM is a fine choice but the G.Skill Ares low profile will give you room to work with large coolers: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 21, 2012 4:14:08 AM

g-unit1111 said:

That RAM is a fine choice but the G.Skill Ares low profile will give you room to work with large coolers: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There has to be something wrong with that ram, because it looks perfect.

Augray37 said:
I disagree with g-unit1111 on the motherboard choice...I think he should get a z77 motherboard so that he can upgrade to an i5-3570k or something later on when his i3-2120 gets "old".

What I like about that Asrock z77 is the four USB 3.0 ports and the four SATA 6gb/s. But I'm confused about something: z77 supports two SATA IIIs, so how does this motherboard apparently have four?

Augray37 said:

As for a PSU, I would suggest something made by Seasonic or Corsair, or the Rosewill Capstone series. Something like this should be good...

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

You can get it for $77 with the promo code.

Good reviews, and I like that sale. Would 620 watts be overkill?

I'm also considering a Geforce gtx 460. It seems like not much of a difference in performance for a whole lot less money...

Thank you for the replies, guys!
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