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1000$ or less first gaming build, check my choices?

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August 5, 2012 10:47:18 PM

Here is the build im looking to get, any where i could get a better deal? Or any problems with my choices?

Budget Range: 1000$ or less before rebates and shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Cartography, Coding.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: The cheapest place.

Parts Preferences: What ever works best.

Overclocking: Maybe, if it doesnt meet expectations.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 BX806237i53450 Processor - Quad Core, 3rd Generation, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.10GHz (3.50GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Retail ($195)

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 11200-07-20G Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, CrossFireX, Dual-Slot ($274)

MOTHERBOARD: G452-7974 ::GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H Motherboard - ATX, Intel H77 Express Chipset, DDR3, USB 3.0, RJ-45, HDMI, DVI-D, mSATA, SATA 6Gb/s, AMD CrossFireX, RAID(1.95 lbs) ($100)

RAM: K24-9917 ::Kingston HyperX Genesis 8GB (2 x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-27 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready Desktop Memory Kit (0.15 lbs) ($55)

HDD: TSD-500AAKX ::Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB(1 lbs) ($70)

PSU: C13-9912 ::Corsair CMPSU-600G 600-Watt Gaming Series GS600 Power Supply - ATX, 600W, 80 Plus, Blue LED, 140mm Fan(6.65 lbs) ($87)

Disc drive: L12-1380 OEM ::Lite-On iHES112-04 12X Internal Blu-Ray/DVDRW Combo Drive - BD ROM/DVDRW, Software not Included, Black (OEM)(1.7 lbs) ($55)

Case, keyboard, and mouse: A406-5004 ::XION XON-180PCB 5 in 1 Mesh Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 3x 5.25" Bays, 4x 3.5" Bays, 7x Expansion Slots, 2x USB 2.0, Audio Ports, Black, 500W Power Supply, Includes Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers(15.9 lbs) ($65)

Monitor: A204-1922 RB ::AOC e950Sw 19" Class Widescreen LED Backlit Monitor - 1366 x 768, 16:9, 20000000:1 Dynamic, 60Hz, 5ms, VGA (Refurbished)(8.95 lbs) ($70)

I found all these prices on Tigerdirect.

Im getting this build mainly to play the newest games which my Dell Inspiron One cannot.

Also, is getting the Warranty worth it?
August 5, 2012 10:57:52 PM

You can't OC with that anyway as the MOBO doesn't support it and the CPU is locked.
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August 5, 2012 11:03:41 PM

1: change the motherboard to a msi h77ma-g43 if you only plan on running one video card.

2:get the asus 7850 instead. they are cheaper at newegg i think. scout around other sites. the price should be 249.99

3: i wouldnt get kingston given they usually run at 1.65v which isnt good for intel systems. get something like gskill ares 2x4gb 1600mhz cl9 at newegg for 44.99

4:i can find the WD blue for around 64.99 at superbiiz. you can price match that at us.ncix.com

5:id get a pc power and cooling mk3 600w instead of corsair. the mk3 is just 49.99 after MIR at microcenter

6: get a good case like a antec 302. they sell for 59.99 at most stores. if that price is too high, get the antec one which sells for 39.99 at most stores

7: treat yourself and actually get a 1080p monitor like the asus vs228h-p. it usually sells for 139.99
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August 5, 2012 11:04:03 PM

yeah and as azeem said, no overclocking
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August 5, 2012 11:11:52 PM

azeem40 said:
You can't OC with that anyway as the MOBO doesn't support it and the CPU is locked.
+1 personally i don't know why people buy a locked CPU that's just boring and no fun :(  :lol: 
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August 5, 2012 11:15:53 PM

How? You cant do anything with a unlocked CPU and a non OCable board.
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August 5, 2012 11:18:09 PM

azeem40 said:
How? You cant do anything with a unlocked CPU and a non OCable board.
that's true never said you could not but for me it's boring without oc i have a addiction :pt1cable:  :lol: 
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August 5, 2012 11:23:44 PM

I misunderstood. It is because some people dont see a point when IVB doesnt benefit too much from it.
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August 5, 2012 11:30:40 PM

azeem40 said:
I misunderstood. It is because some people dont see a point when IVB doesnt benefit too much from it.
Yeah understandable i don't OC my i5-3570K past 4.1GHZ anyway but my main rig i oc the hell out of the sucker running @4.8GHZ 1.36V 24-7 i am not sure how long it will last been almost 8 months now ;) 
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August 5, 2012 11:40:07 PM

@bigcyco1: anything OC is possible on a ROG board

im probably gonna either undervolt my i7 3770k until i overclock then im probably getting 4.2ghz when i do
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August 5, 2012 11:45:19 PM

Lotsofleaves said:
Here is the build im looking to get, any where i could get a better deal? Or any problems with my choices?

Budget Range: 1000$ or less before rebates and shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Cartography, Coding.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: The cheapest place.

Parts Preferences: What ever works best.

Overclocking: Maybe, if it doesnt meet expectations.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 BX806237i53450 Processor - Quad Core, 3rd Generation, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.10GHz (3.50GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Retail ($195)

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 11200-07-20G Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, CrossFireX, Dual-Slot ($274)

MOTHERBOARD: G452-7974 ::GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H Motherboard - ATX, Intel H77 Express Chipset, DDR3, USB 3.0, RJ-45, HDMI, DVI-D, mSATA, SATA 6Gb/s, AMD CrossFireX, RAID(1.95 lbs) ($100)

RAM: K24-9917 ::Kingston HyperX Genesis 8GB (2 x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-27 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready Desktop Memory Kit (0.15 lbs) ($55)

HDD: TSD-500AAKX ::Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB(1 lbs) ($70)

PSU: C13-9912 ::Corsair CMPSU-600G 600-Watt Gaming Series GS600 Power Supply - ATX, 600W, 80 Plus, Blue LED, 140mm Fan(6.65 lbs) ($87)

Disc drive: L12-1380 OEM ::Lite-On iHES112-04 12X Internal Blu-Ray/DVDRW Combo Drive - BD ROM/DVDRW, Software not Included, Black (OEM)(1.7 lbs) ($55)

Case, keyboard, and mouse: A406-5004 ::XION XON-180PCB 5 in 1 Mesh Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 3x 5.25" Bays, 4x 3.5" Bays, 7x Expansion Slots, 2x USB 2.0, Audio Ports, Black, 500W Power Supply, Includes Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers(15.9 lbs) ($65)

Monitor: A204-1922 RB ::AOC e950Sw 19" Class Widescreen LED Backlit Monitor - 1366 x 768, 16:9, 20000000:1 Dynamic, 60Hz, 5ms, VGA (Refurbished)(8.95 lbs) ($70)

I found all these prices on Tigerdirect.

Im getting this build mainly to play the newest games which my Dell Inspiron One cannot.

Also, is getting the Warranty worth it?


Hello buddy, here you go, the best parts you can buy for 1000$:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.88 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $982.79

This parts are much better than the ones you originally picked, i sent you PM with a few tips and guides to build a PC (i assume this is your first time building PCs), make sure you read it carefully
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August 5, 2012 11:52:46 PM

TheBigTroll said:
@bigcyco1: anything OC is possible on a ROG board

im probably gonna either undervolt my i7 3770k until i overclock then im probably getting 4.2ghz when i do
Cool man and yeah i can hit 5.2GHZ 1.45V but my temps run at 87C that's to much v and to hot for my comfort level :lol: 
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August 5, 2012 11:53:38 PM

Silencer MK 600W is cheaper and fully modular.
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August 5, 2012 11:59:02 PM

azeem40 said:
Silencer MK 600W is cheaper and fully modular.
+1 and change the ram that's over priced and if he doesn't live near a Microcenter he can't get the CPU that cheap anyway switch to one of these RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 6, 2012 12:10:29 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Cool man and yeah i can hit 5.2GHZ 1.45V but my temps run at 87C that's to much v and to hot for my comfort level :lol: 


Nice overclock! what cooler do you use?
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August 6, 2012 12:37:00 AM

aqualipt said:
Nice overclock! what cooler do you use?
Just a rasa kit XSPC Rasa 750 RS360 but i can't hit near that on ivy gets way to hot i do that on i5 2500k :D 
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August 6, 2012 12:41:49 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Just a rasa kit XSPC Rasa 750 RS360 but i can't hit near that on ivy gets way to hot i do that on i5 2500k :D 


Damn...seriously, and it reaches 82°C???? i tought you were air cooling....i guess Ivy Bridge is HOT

Edit: are you sure those temps are right??? My overclocked i7 3960 barely reaches 55°C when its running @5Ghz :/ 
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August 6, 2012 12:50:45 AM

your lucky with your chip then
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August 6, 2012 12:50:58 AM

aqualipt said:
Damn...seriously, and it reaches 82°C???? i tought you were air cooling....i guess Ivy Bridge is HOT
nope and it's my sandy bridge that reaches 87C but that's when running prime95 otherwise my temps are way lower and on ivy it would run hotter than hell :lol: 
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August 6, 2012 12:54:48 AM

TheBigTroll said:
your lucky with your chip then
Your not the first person to tell me that so it must be true :na:  honestly though the mobo helps allot on my previous mobo with same cpu i am using now i couldn't hit higher than 4.8GHZ stable
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August 6, 2012 12:57:10 AM

bigcyco1 said:
nope and it's my sandy bridge that reaches 87C but that's when running prime95 otherwise my temps are way lower and on ivy it would run hotter than hell :lol: 


well, my system is back in states so i cant test it now but i haven't run prime95, i averge 55-60°C with dual 560mm rads and a bunch of fans cooling the CPU+motherboard and 4GTX 680 at an ambient temperature of 16-20°C

i will make sure to test it when i get back...btw, what's the temperature diference in gaming and benchmarking?
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August 6, 2012 3:15:35 AM

aqualipt said:
well, my system is back in states so i cant test it now but i haven't run prime95, i averge 55-60°C with dual 560mm rads and a bunch of fans cooling the CPU+motherboard and 4GTX 680 at an ambient temperature of 16-20°C

i will make sure to test it when i get back...btw, what's the temperature diference in gaming and benchmarking?
Lol... i am not sure i just try 5.3GHZ and keep getting blue screen of death i did run at 5.2GHZ stable in the past i just ran Core i5 2500k @5.1GHz 1.45v...........Cinebench Score: 9.51 EDIT - temps 78C :pt1cable:  :lol: 
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August 6, 2012 3:42:07 AM

You do NOT need to manually underclock. There is a power saving mode that underclocks to 1.6 GHz when not stressed.
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August 6, 2012 4:22:32 AM

In order to play BF3 or any other high end game on the highest settings (@1080p) you not only require a good GPU but also a good CPU. So, lets get started with the components now.

CPU: Intel i5 3570K -- a little overclocking for the future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504
$230

MOBO: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 -- a full atx board for wholesome goodness.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293
$134

RAM: 8GB 1333Mhz G.skillz -- Affordable and future-friendly, 8GB is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231311
$43

GPU (1080p): Nvidia 660Ti or ATI Radeon 7950 -- 660Ti is releasing soon, for $300!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125414
$350

PSU: 600W OCZ ModXstream Pro -- It's Modular!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341017
$75

HDD: 1TB 64MB 7200RPM Cache Seagate/WD -- 1TB comes at a good $/GB rate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840
$90

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred -- For that spacious gaming need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021
$97

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo -- Need overclocking? Get this.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Maste [...] ds=EVO+212
$31

Total................... $1050
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August 6, 2012 4:24:19 AM

Yeah i know what your talking about i do it that way sometimes to
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August 6, 2012 4:47:53 AM

rockstar_7 said:

RAM: 8GB 1333Mhz G.skillz -- Affordable and future-friendly, 8GB is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231311
$43


PSU: 600W OCZ ModXstream Pro -- It's Modular!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341017
$75


CASE: Antec Nine Hundred -- For that spacious gaming need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021
$97


*8GB of 1600Mhz is the norm in this days

*OCZ ModXstream Pro series PSU's are very old and noisy, a TX650 V2 will be much better

*That case is kinda old too, there are better choices like the Phantom 410

Edit: none of your links work :) 
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