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August 9, 2012 5:08:07 PM

Hello! I am looking to build my first pc! I've done some research and this is the build I have compiled. Just looking for someone to check this over and confirm that everything is compatible and will run smoothly together :) 

Budget range: $800 max

System usage: Gaming! I hope to be playing and recording Battlefield 3 at high settings and minecraft with a 256x texture pack.

Monitor: no.

Preferred website: Newegg, but will buy wherever I can get the parts cheapest.

Location: Florida, USA

Overclocking: Maybe. Won't OC the cpu (because i don't think it can, if i remember) but will probably overclock the gpu at some point

Sli/crossfire: No.

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I must confess that this build is slightly out of my budget range, considering I won't be buying it soon enough to take advantage of these rebates. But my guess is that the price will fall on a couple items by the time i buy in a couple months. Or there may just be new rebates available when I'm ready to order everything.

Anyhow, here's my build! :D 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/edmE

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a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2012 5:43:37 PM

Looks OK but it's all using last gen stuff. You could run a similar build with an i5-3450 and the HD 7850 for a similar price and get slightly better results with lower power consumption. The power consumption would then be low enough so that you could easily run on 400W if you wanted.
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August 9, 2012 6:04:58 PM

If you live near a microcenter swap out the i5 and get the newer model 3570k for 189.99 i beileve it is
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a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2012 6:11:40 PM

here's my swapout: less expensive HDD and Momo for an ivy processor and a 7850 over the 6950

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.78 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($224.69 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.05 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
Total: $792.60
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:08 EDT-0400)


or, alternately, keeping the 6950 and the 2400, and adding a 90gb SSD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.55 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.78 @ Compuvest)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.05 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
Total: $807.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:11 EDT-0400)
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August 9, 2012 6:31:05 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
here's my swapout: less expensive HDD and Momo for an ivy processor and a 7850 over the 6950

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.78 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($224.69 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.05 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
Total: $792.60
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:08 EDT-0400)


or, alternately, keeping the 6950 and the 2400, and adding a 90gb SSD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.55 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.78 @ Compuvest)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.05 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
Total: $807.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:11 EDT-0400)


That does look pretty good....but you didn't include the RAM : /
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August 10, 2012 1:26:56 AM

Any other thoughts on this build?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 10, 2012 4:57:37 AM

all I can say on the lacl of Ram in my build is "D'oh!"

cutting back the case to a Rosewill Challenger U3 ($48) and the power supply to a Corsair 500W saves enough on either build for some crucial 8 GB DDR3-1600
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August 10, 2012 10:46:17 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
all I can say on the lacl of Ram in my build is "D'oh!"

cutting back the case to a Rosewill Challenger U3 ($48) and the power supply to a Corsair 500W saves enough on either build for some crucial 8 GB DDR3-1600


Thank you! Don't really like the Challenger....BUT I found a refurbished storm enforcer for 49 bucks on Cooler Master's site :D  Also, will a 500w be enough to upgrade the video card to a gtx 680 down the line? If not, that's fine. But I'm just curious.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 10, 2012 12:57:41 PM

Yeah, 500W would be fine for a 680 so long as its a relatively decent PSU. Especially since you won't be overclocking that I5
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August 10, 2012 3:12:52 PM

jmsellars1 said:
Yeah, 500W would be fine for a 680 so long as its a relatively decent PSU. Especially since you won't be overclocking that I5


Do you consider Corsair builder series to be "decent"?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 10, 2012 3:14:39 PM

TheScarecrow97 said:
Do you consider Corsair builder series to be "decent"?

Yes, they are very decent budget PSUs.

My vote is squirels first build. a 90GB SSD really is a tight fit, I'd forget it altogether unless you could afford at least a 128GB SSD, and ideally 256GB.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 10, 2012 6:12:30 PM

I wouldn't call it top notch like that Seasonic but its decent enough, it should be fine.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 10, 2012 9:29:06 PM

jmsellars1 said:
I wouldn't call it top notch like that Seasonic but its decent enough, it should be fine.



Ironic, then. since Seasonic *builds* the Corsair CX line :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 11, 2012 1:26:21 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
Ironic, then. since Seasonic *builds* the Corsair CX line :) 

No sir, Enthusiast Series and Professional series are Seasonic. CX (builder series) are CWT.
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