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August 2, 2012 9:08:03 PM

Hello,

I am about ready to pull the trigger on building my first desktop and am wondering if this list checks out. I am not a super intense gamer; the most my rig would ever do is run Battlefield 3 and a drafting program. Though I do like to have a computer with some punch.
Below is the new build template!


Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: 750 after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, lasting a long time

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None, all new parts

Do you need to buy O/S: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Parts Preferences: I like ASUS, Intel, Corsair, and EVGA

Overclocking:p robably no, could be convinced otherwise on the GPU

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want as quiet of a PC as possible, within reason.

Below is the build list!

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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If anyone can reduce the price and still keep pretty much the same specs, that would be awesome!

Thank you very much

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August 2, 2012 9:29:08 PM

That Z68 board won't be able to use the 3570K out of the box without a BIOS update. Make sure your RAM is low profile. And a Radeon 6870 will give you far better performance in games than that 550TI will.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($164.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $726.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-02 17:29 EDT-0400)
August 2, 2012 10:09:29 PM

g-unit's build is really great but there are some things you can improve though.
Replace the graphics card with this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's faster and quieter.It does consume more power though.

This case below is newer and with better cooling.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It also costs less after MIR.
If you dont like how it looks you can get this one too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's also a pretty good case with very good cooling.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is also a much better power supply than the Corsair one

You can also get better ram for just a little bit more money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This kit right here is very very good for overclocking.Some people got it running at CL7 1600MHz @ 1.65V

You should also switch the processor and motherboard to those two
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This will allow you to overclock in the future if you decide you need some extra performance.
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August 2, 2012 10:29:08 PM

Some quick things, and none of this is to say I do not appreciate the suggestions!

I like the original CoolerMaster case I had picked out a lot. My friend has it and says great things.

I trust WD a lot. I have had two desktops that I have had to replace the HDD in and they have lasted for 9+ years! Pretty sure I am going to keep the original HDD. I also just do not need a TB.

What is wrong with that original Corsair RAM again, G unit? You said something about low-profile? I am not super attached to the original RAM, but it looked cool and had awesome reviews.

I think this card, Radeon HD 6850, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., will satisfy my needs and then some.

I completely agree with the processor and MOBO switch!

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August 2, 2012 10:39:13 PM
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What is wrong with that original Corsair RAM again, G unit? You said something about low-profile? I am not super attached to the original RAM, but it looked cool and had awesome reviews.


If you ever decide that you want to overclock your CPU - that RAM will make adding an aftermarket cooler much easier. But never rely on stores for product reviews - most of the time they're completely baseless.

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Replace the graphics card with this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814121446
It's faster and quieter.It does consume more power though.


In some areas though the Radeon 6870 still beats a reference 560: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=543

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This case below is newer and with better cooling.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811235033
It also costs less after MIR.
If you dont like how it looks you can get this one too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147060
It's also a pretty good case with very good cooling.


Zalman cases are known to have horrendous reliability issues. Something like the Corsair 300R would be better for the same price.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] s%20series
This is also a much better power supply than the Corsair one


I'm not going to say it's better but it's definitely not bad. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

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You should also switch the processor and motherboard to those two
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] &Tpk=2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157304
This will allow you to overclock in the future if you decide you need some extra performance.


Pointless to get a Sandy Bridge CPU with a newer motherboard - you'll lose quite a bit of functionality. Overclocking is not always going to work on sub-$900 budgets, which is why I don't always recommend it. If the OP had a higher budget I would be recommending a 3570K. I suggest doing a bit more research before posting links to random parts and saying they're better than what I chose.
August 10, 2012 6:38:51 PM

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