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New Build - First Time Builder, $700-$900 Budget

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July 26, 2012 4:54:55 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week

Budget Range: $700 - $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some light programming, surfing the web

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but I will not include it in building the pc. I plan on getting two monitors.

Parts to Upgrade: I will be building a whole new pc, I will be using the dvd drive in my old pc

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, micro center, amazon

Location: Houston, Texas

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: none

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, I plan on upgrading to a 1920x1080 monitor in the future

Additional Comments: I first want to thank anyone that helps me in advance, this is my first PC that I will be building and somewhat lost in choosing the correct parts, aka the motherboard. I also would like this PC to be quiet, so if you have any brands that you recommend that are quieter than other, it would be greatly appreciated. I have completed a sample build, however I would like to try and lower the price some more. I was thinking of choosing a different power supply, however I don't really know which one to choose.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The third battery for my laptop has failed, and it acts as a desktop. I also just blew stacks of money on the steam sale and would like to be able to play those games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($237.49 @ TigerDirect)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $864.98
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-26 00:49 EDT-0400)


Also micro center has a combo deal which will lower the motherboard price to $79.99 after the $20 rebate. That will bring the total down to $731.35 approximately.
July 26, 2012 5:30:25 AM

Temile said:
If you can get that mobo for $79.99, its a great deal.

You can get a better psu for less. About the same wattage and on sale with rebate at Newegg:

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

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

You don't list a cpu cooler, but I'm not an expert in the z77 coolers.



Ok Thank you very much, I found this PCU a couple of minutes ago.

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

Would you recommend this one? Also I thought that the processor came with it's own fan?
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July 26, 2012 5:31:03 AM

Pretty sure the discount is 50 dollars when you bundle a 3570k and a z77 motherboard, might wanna double check that.

Nothing wrong with you build really, its just that you could save money here and there.

1. Dont be wary of low cost motherboards like biostar, ive owned 3 in the past 2 years and they are still going strong.

2. You can find cheaper HDD's from newegg on sale, i recently saw a seagate 1tb for 69.99, just keep an eye out.

3. That power supply is definitely overpriced. They have my PSU in stock at your local microcenter for a very decent price:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

4. You dont need to spend that much money on a video card, a gtx 560/radeon 6870 will max most games on the market (barring a few games like BF3 and the likes). If you do want to spend a good chunk of your budget into video card (especially if you plan on getting a monitor down the road) i suggest at gtx 570 like this MSI:

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

Definitely a better card than the 7850 for just a few more dollars.

5. Case. I realize this is looks based for a lot of people but the antec 300 illusion is the best value for the money on the market, because of the installed fans and high quality steel (i also think it looks good). It is on sale right now for 54.99 with promo code with another 10 dollar mail in rebate if you wanted:

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

Very good deal for that case, i own two of them.



I also suggest this CPU cooler, its on sale for 19.99 atm, it keeps my 2500k @ 4.2ghz idle at 29c and never goes above 50c under full load:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 26, 2012 6:05:10 AM

Scotty99 said:
Pretty sure the discount is 50 dollars when you bundle a 3570k and a z77 motherboard, might wanna double check that.

Nothing wrong with you build really, its just that you could save money here and there.

1. Dont be wary of low cost motherboards like biostar, ive owned 3 in the past 2 years and they are still going strong.

2. You can find cheaper HDD's from newegg on sale, i recently saw a seagate 1tb for 69.99, just keep an eye out.

3. That power supply is definitely overpriced. They have my PSU in stock at your local microcenter for a very decent price:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

4. You dont need to spend that much money on a video card, a gtx 560/radeon 6870 will max most games on the market (barring a few games like BF3 and the likes). If you do want to spend a good chunk of your budget into video card (especially if you plan on getting a monitor down the road) i suggest at gtx 570 like this MSI:

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

Definitely a better card than the 7850 for just a few more dollars.

5. Case. I realize this is looks based for a lot of people but the antec 300 illusion is the best value for the money on the market, because of the installed fans and high quality steel (i also think it looks good). It is on sale right now for 54.99 with promo code with another 10 dollar mail in rebate if you wanted:

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

Very good deal for that case, i own two of them.



I also suggest this CPU cooler, its on sale for 19.99 atm, it keeps my 2500k @ 4.2ghz idle at 29c and never goes above 50c under full load:

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



I went ahead and added the changes that you listed and was able to make the system cost about the same. Is there anything else that you would change?

Also is there any spare cables and parts that I should pick up before I start building 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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($244.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $798.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-26 02:06 EDT-0400)
July 26, 2012 6:41:57 AM

GPU to a 7850. Ocing it makes it better than the 570 and still use LESS power when OCed.
July 26, 2012 1:59:29 PM

Ok I decided to chance back to the 7850, after doing some research. Is there anymore reccomendations that y'all

Again thanks to everyone who has helped me in choosing these parts.


July 26, 2012 7:25:57 PM

After taking everyone's opinions into consideration and doing a bit more research I have come up with the following build. I have changed around some of the choices most noticeably the case, it is on sale for dirt Cheap. It comes to a total of $791 with all of the rebates and when I get the motherboard and processor from micro center(pcpartpicker isn't letting me use that as an option :( ) If you have any last minute suggestions please let me know, as I plan to order all of the parts tonight. Also will I need any extra cables when I build 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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($267.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $865.04
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-26 15:22 EDT-0400)
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