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August 13, 2012 12:42:25 PM

Hey guys I am a real noob when it comes to building a desktop, so please bear with me. I have been looking around at some prebuilt desktops and they all seem to be lacking in computer graphics and performance. Mainly, I am going to be using this computer to play games like Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 and would like to run these games on ultra graphic setting without any fps lag. Also the ability to easily multi-task would be an added bonus as well because I am a student and I will have some online classes to take care of in the near future. I really don't know what parts i should be looking for and I would really appreciate it if someone could find me a solid build. Thanks guys!

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: $700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: heavy gaming, internet surfing, video editing, movies

Are you buying a monitor: N/A

Parts to Upgrade: New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, preferably Windows 7 64-bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect, newegg, any others that are trustworthy

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Columbia, MO USA

Parts Preferences: I've heard that AMD is a good brand, other than that i don't know

Overclocking: What is overclocking?

SLI or Crossfire: ?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: A cool case would be great as well, maybe LEDs if they are not too expensive

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my current desktop is running on it's last leg...its a 2003 compaq, that should be self-explanatory :D 

Also is it really worth it in the end to build your own pc, then to buy a prebuilt one?
August 13, 2012 1:28:09 PM

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Intel) or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (AMD)

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Case: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681111924...

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1089.89 (Intel) or $1069.89 (AMD)

For overclocking to make your computer runs faster as I give you the aftermarket CPU Cooler in the quotation, see this: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274821-11-sandy-bri... (Intel) or http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274820-11-black-edi... (AMD).

For the Intel Vs. AMD, Intel is more powerful when gaming, HD / 3D video editing or running a program like Photoshop; AMD is more powerful when multi tasking eg. Browsing + Listening to the music + Skype + Copying things + Burning CD / DVD etc. all in once together.
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August 13, 2012 1:43:14 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ewGR

no overclocking and no crossfire/SLI.

you will have to install the OS, important apps, and some games on the SSD. the rest goes on the hard drive

i could spend less on the case by going with a antec 302 case but then you will have to bolt the SSD on the bottom of the case. by using a antec 302 case, you can save 50 bucks. the antec 302 case is 49.98 at us.ncix.com. pick whatever case you like
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August 13, 2012 2:50:34 PM

Thank you guys for the reply...just have a few more questions?

What is the purpose of the ssd?

What is crossfire/SLI? (sorry I really am new at this stuff)

Is overclocking necessary/worth doing?

Kelvin- I have read up on some forums that this video card would be worth the $ compared to the gtx 560...would it work with the current build?

ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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August 13, 2012 3:30:00 PM

runnerbh said:
Thank you guys for the reply...just have a few more questions?

What is the purpose of the ssd?

What is crossfire/SLI? (sorry I really am new at this stuff)

Is overclocking necessary/worth doing?

Kelvin- I have read up on some forums that this video card would be worth the $ compared to the gtx 560...would it work with the current build?

ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yea, the Radeon HD is always the cheapest and it's always encounters drivers problems... it's up to you if you can challenge the risk.
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August 13, 2012 4:19:05 PM

runnerbh said:
Thank you guys for the reply...just have a few more questions?

What is the purpose of the ssd?

What is crossfire/SLI? (sorry I really am new at this stuff)

Is overclocking necessary/worth doing?

Kelvin- I have read up on some forums that this video card would be worth the $ compared to the gtx 560...would it work with the current build?

ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


the purpose of the SSD is to boost performance. you get 10-20 sec boot times, on the fly loading of programs, and just faster overall system speed

crossfire or SLi is the ability to use 2 video cards simultaneously. it usually gets you 80-95% scaling in performance. its a upgrade option

overclocking is to increase the speed of the CPU. its not necessary as it doesnt get too much performance increases but helps make your system last a tad longer in the future

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August 13, 2012 4:32:22 PM

I forgot a hard drive lol sorry add one and the os and your good to go Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5 3570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077CR60Q/?tag=pcpapi-20

Video Card:MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Samsung OEM Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 13, 2012 4:35:23 PM

bigcyco1 said:
I forgot a hard drive lol sorry add one and the os and your good to go Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 0HAF%20912

Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5 3570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103099

SSD: SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Samsung OEM Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



dude, thats a sata 2 SSD. get this instead

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077CR60Q/?tag=pcpapi-20

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August 13, 2012 7:48:29 PM

Would i need to get any extra cables or anything?
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August 13, 2012 9:44:07 PM

sometimes, you may need a cable extension. if you find out that you need a extension later on in the build, then buy one
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