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$800 Build, Need help/advice!

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July 25, 2012 7:44:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: I would like it to be this week but any time is okay too.

Budget Range: I would like to keep it at $800 dollars but the cheaper the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing Minecraft, editing COD videos, and surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Location: USA, Las Vegas

Parts Preferences: I want to go the intel route.

Overclocking: No, but will be upgrading to the i5 - 2500k once i have the money

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, I'm using a 24" Haier HDTV

Additional Comments: I don't get what SLI or Crossfire is so can someone explain that to me? and I want to have a pretty quiet PC as long as the sound isn't to overboard.


CPU: Intel i5 - 2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1 Ghz (3.4 ghz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000

Price: $189.99

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Price: $119.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory

Price: $57.99

Case: Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0

Price: $69.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Price: $169.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Price: $109.99

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Price: $19.99

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Price: $19.99

TOTAL: $757.92

I didn't include a PSU because I didn't know what I needed to power this build, so feel free to give me any suggestions on a psu. It's okay if i go over the $800 dollar limit too.

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July 25, 2012 10:32:03 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
looks pretty solid.

I'll suggest the Corsair CX 500W to power the build

Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.81 @ Amazon)

Would I really need the cooler master heatsink or should i just use the one that comes with the processor?
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July 25, 2012 10:38:59 AM

you wont need crossfire/ sli for what you want to do by any means, 500w will do, especially if you go for an ati card
July 25, 2012 12:17:45 PM

itsJedryy said:
Would I really need the cooler master heatsink or should i just use the one that comes with the processor?

Well, you could get one now since you plan on getting the 2500K or you could get it later since the stock cooler will do its job at stock speeds. :) 
July 25, 2012 1:18:00 PM

For the sake of the $20-30 I recommend getting the 2500k right away. Why spend so much on a cpu that is so close to your goal anyway? You will basically have to spend twice the money to get a minimal upgrade, since you don't plan to overclock anyway. Also the stock cooler is fine if you don't plan on overclocking, and the money saved right there is enough to get the 2500k right away.

Im not sure if you need USB 3.0 on your case or not, since your motherboard has a few 3.0 ports on it anyway. If you can do with just the USB 3.0 ports on your motherboard, then this case IMO is a better overall buy. (49.99 after MIR, and free shipping) There are a TON of options in this case, just check out the specs. Also read the customer reviews while your at it.

PS: IF you do plan to overclock the 2500k and/or your video card, then you may want to look at a PSU in the 600-700w range just to give yourself some room to work with. Just my opinion, but I would probally look at something like this: Then if you grab a better vid card, or decide to go crossfire, or if you end up wanting to overclock you wouldn't have to buy another PSU. In the end the price is pretty close and it would save you money in the long run. If you don't plan on overclocking at all, and figure you never will venture down that road then the PSU that the guys recommended will be totally fine.
July 25, 2012 3:40:25 PM

swapped in a seagate 1tb hdd and upped your GPU a step or so, price is about the same

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.81 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $777.29
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 11:39 EDT-0400)