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August 4, 2012 1:28:26 AM

I have grown sick of store brought computers that run on cheap parts, I have decided to build my own and currently seeking advice on this certain build.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next few months

Budget Range: $500-$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Browsing Internet, Occasional picture and video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None, New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Florida, United States

Parts Preferences: I prefer a intel processor and a full atx motherboard if possible

Overclocking: Not sure

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I am pretty much dead set on getting all of these parts, however I'm open to any other suggestions.

A video card is not a priority yet, I will get it later but I like to get a decent video card so please help me out on that.

I have a monitor, keyboard and mouse from previous computer. As well as a 500 GB WD Caviar Green HDD from another computer

I would like to know if these parts will work together, as in it will be able to connect all parts, no shortage of wires or anything, lack of ports

Finally I planning on using a ssd just to boot windows so I do not know if I should get a 128 GB or the 64 GB

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: No Upgrades, NEW Build

Case: Antec One Computer Case

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TZ77B

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

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August 4, 2012 2:51:02 AM

Add more $10 and get a HAF 912 case, looks better, wider & decent air flow.
For gaming you need a faster CPU with more cores, make the switch to Core i5 2500K.
Better MOBO
No need for the OS, if you know what I mean.
For the GPU, it depends on your monitor resolution. If you're a hardcore gamer you'll need to make the switch to full HD 1080P monitor.
August 4, 2012 3:00:32 AM

With that budget, I'd drop the SSD for a better CPU/GPU. Better to have a good CPU/GPU instead of an SSD. Not saying the i3 is bad, but for gaming, an i5 will get you good FPS. I'd stay away from Biostar. They're good, but ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASUS give you more features, albeit at a higher price. Get the 2500K/3570K, and maybe a 6870 GPU.
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August 4, 2012 9:08:29 PM

How about this?

Revised Build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (59.99)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H (149.99)

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W (79.99+5.99)

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner (19.99)

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge (199.99)

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) (45.99)

GPU: Undecided

(NEW Monitor) Undecided

Current Total: $561.33
August 4, 2012 9:54:59 PM

Check out my $650 build here:
Switch the HDD in my build to this SSD (+15)
OS here:
You're solid.

MB is way too much for the build budget and you don't know if you're going to CF/SLI so I'd try and save that money for the GPU. That's what is most important in gaming. PSU is a bit overpriced as well.
August 5, 2012 12:26:03 AM

Yes... Go with that motherboard in my guide...
August 5, 2012 12:39:14 AM

941chip said:
Will these Substituted Part work well with the recent build I posted?

Motherboard: ASRock B75M ($65)+(7.56)

I will save about $77 if I get this instead of the other mobo

I see that the build you posted is really great, a great MOBO recommended by Toms, good case, great PSU...just get the i5 3570K with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ cooler to be more safe for future demanding games. You can always change the GPU anytime.