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July 31, 2012 5:52:40 AM

Hello, this is my first post as well so um hello! Glad to meet you all!

I've never built a computer before (i know how) just never did it before, so I need some help ideas, etc etc.

Budget 1,200.00

Barebones Kit: GIGABYTE Ivy Bridge Unlocked Barebones Kit - GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H Board, Intel Core i5-3570K CPU, ADATA 8GB DDR3 RAM Kit, Seagate 1TB HDD, 24x DVDRW, Thermaltake Commander MS-I Case, Ultra 650W PSU (I also already have 4GB memory, so total memory wll be 12GB

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Reason: I love the benchmarks of the 3570k, good PSU, good hard drive, crossfire capable, holds amount of memory/type I want. Watcha think?

Video Card: Sapphire 11200-00-20G Radeon HD 7850 Video Card - 2048MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0 (x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI, 2x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, Eyefinity

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Reason: I was going to crossfire 2 6850's however after doing some research I learned a single 7850 can outperform that. Watcha think?

Operating System will be Home Premium 7 64 bit ($99.99), I will have a 20inch Widescreen LED monitor ($89.99) (1600x900) resolution.

Also am buying a 6 button mouse and keyboard for a total of ($16.98)

Overall: It will be a gaming computer that my wife will farmville on aswell lol. I will be playing Planetside 2 primarily, maybe EVE Online thrown in sometimes. I choose this because like I said down the road, when graphics demand get higher, I can crossfire another 7850 and have 4GB of GPU power, so what you guys think?

P.S. Thank you for taking the time to look and go over and offer any advice/criticism

****EDIT**** Im currently @ $1,086.91 - $60 MIR, so I got a little wiggle room.
****EDIT2*** This is a re-post, I put the previous post in the wrong category

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July 31, 2012 6:34:30 AM

By the lack of responses am I doing something right? Or did I post in a wrong way?

Should I go with the 7870 2GB for $40 more?

I got about $120 in free money I can spend to upgrade what you see above, any ideas out there?
July 31, 2012 6:40:31 AM

go for the 670 or 680 nvidia graphic cards instead
and make a custom pc instead of this prebuilt kit saves more money
if you want i could create a pc for you under 1200 w/ the necessities
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July 31, 2012 6:44:48 AM

DANWIN said:
go for the 670 or 680 nvidia graphic cards instead
and make a custom pc instead of this prebuilt kit saves more money
if you want i could create a pc for you under 1200 w/ the necessities


Of course you can if ya want I'd love to see a more experienced persons idea of what im trying to achieve. I only picked the 7850 because the motherboard I picked was Crossfire capabale not SLI
July 31, 2012 6:45:46 AM

OH and I did forget to say I am buying a monitor/mouse/keyboard as well and is included in that $1,086 im spending
July 31, 2012 6:46:48 AM

i was including that in my build for you
July 31, 2012 7:01:43 AM

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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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$19.99


COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$69.99
$59.99


Seagate SV35.5 ST1000VX000 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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-$30.00 Instant
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Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor
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-$30.00 Instant
$139.99
$109.99


ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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-$5.00 Instant
$99.99
$94.99


EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130768
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-$10.00 Instant
$509.99
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CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
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-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
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LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard
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$7.99


GIGABYTE GM-M5050 Glossy Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Curvey Mouse
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$7.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231314
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$45.99


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
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Subtotal: $1,153.89
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July 31, 2012 7:02:34 AM

the mouse and keyboard are cheap but they work well until you find some better ones you like better

+ this build will run any game you throw at it at maximum performance
+ in the future i sugest getting a better heatsink (i didn't include the heatsink because the amd i included comes with a pretty good cpu) + recommended heatsink http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 31, 2012 7:12:38 AM

DANWIN said:
Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$19.99


COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$69.99
$59.99


Seagate SV35.5 ST1000VX000 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148912
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Recover Your Data(expand for options)
-$30.00 Instant
$136.99
$106.99


Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor
Item #: N82E16824009256
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$30.00 Instant
$139.99
$109.99


ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813131767
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$99.99
$94.99


EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130768
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$509.99
$499.99


CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139023
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$99.99
$89.99


LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823107120
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$7.99


GIGABYTE GM-M5050 Glossy Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Curvey Mouse
Item #: N82E16826146011
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$7.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231314
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$45.99


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$109.99
Subtotal: $1,153.89
Calculate Shipping
Zip Code Update Method
FREE 2-Day Shipping learn more

Shipping: $27.63


Im curious...any reason why you stepped to a X4 instead of a I5 3570k.....I based on what I researched the I5 outperforms the X4 significantly

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July 31, 2012 7:17:06 AM
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the i5 outperforms the x4 because it came out later than the it i choose the x4 because it's better for budget gaming builds in the future you could upgrade the mobo and the cpu for a intel style high budget gaming rig but for now stick with amd if you don't wanna go overboard with money cpu is just another way of saying how fast your computer is going to perform, by comparision the x4 and the ivybridge i5 speed there isn't much of a difference
July 31, 2012 7:53:11 AM

DANWIN said:
the i5 outperforms the x4 because it came out later than the it i choose the x4 because it's better for budget gaming builds in the future you could upgrade the mobo and the cpu for a intel style high budget gaming rig but for now stick with amd if you don't wanna go overboard with money cpu is just another way of saying how fast your computer is going to perform, by comparision the x4 and the ivybridge i5 speed there isn't much of a difference


Thank you for your help, you definently gave me food for thought, I appreciate your help
July 31, 2012 7:53:31 AM

your welcome youngster now go on about your build :) 
August 10, 2012 12:21:50 AM

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