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August 13, 2012 10:07:41 PM

Hey guys I will be building a gaming PC soon and I've picked out the general parts I want. Currently my build runs at around 650-700 dollars depending on my case (still haven't picked one out yet). However my current budget only allows around 600 dollars for a new PC. I listed my current choice of parts down below as well as my preferences, and any tips on how to cut costs will be greatly appreciated.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)

*I definitely want a core i5 that you can overclock

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0556 39.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ SuperBiiz)

*Not sure if these are absolutely necessary.

Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)

*SLI and Crossfire really isn't too important for me. Overclocking is a MUST. I would like to have at least 8gb of ram space and 2 slots.

Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)

* I'm looking at 8gbs of RAM right now, but I'm willing to go down to 4gb and perhaps upgrade later.

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)

*I need a hard drive, really any cheap one can do.

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ NCIX US)

* I'm kinda picky on my graphics card. I picked the 550 for it's great value, but I'm wondering if there's anything out there better for my money.

Power Supply: Rosewill 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg)

*500w minnimum recommended

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)

*Any cheap one can do

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)

* Unfortunately I need a monitor too, a 1680x1050 will do fine.

Case: TBD

*Don't need anything fancy just something to hold everything together and wont overheat

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August 13, 2012 10:31:17 PM

You can do way better for $700 with monitor. That extra fan is junk and no better than the one included. You may have to up your budget to $750 if you want a monitor.

Don't cheap out on the power supply either. And the Radeon 6870 is a far better GPU than the 550TI is.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G205HVbd 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $736.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 18:31 EDT-0400)
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August 13, 2012 10:59:26 PM

g-unit1111 said:
You can do way better for $700 with monitor. That extra fan is junk and no better than the one included. You may have to up your budget to $750 if you want a monitor.

Don't cheap out on the power supply either. And the Radeon 6870 is a far better GPU than the 550TI is.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G205HVbd 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $736.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 18:31 EDT-0400)


Thanks for your help! I have a question about your CPU cooler. Yours cost a bit more than mine, and I was wondering if a good cooler is really needed. Thanks!
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August 13, 2012 11:09:04 PM

kevinduan said:
Thanks for your help! I have a question about your CPU cooler. Yours cost a bit more than mine, and I was wondering if a good cooler is really needed. Thanks!


If you want to hit a decent overclock it is absolutely needed. You don't want to trust your CPU to a junk, poorly made fan when overclocking - that has the potential to be build frying.
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August 14, 2012 12:22:41 AM

g-unit1111 said:
If you want to hit a decent overclock it is absolutely needed. You don't want to trust your CPU to a junk, poorly made fan when overclocking - that has the potential to be build frying.


Thanks for the help but I have a quick question about the PSU. I was wondering if a 530w can do. I know I should get 600w if I overclock but I probably won't for awhile. So will this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... psu work? Thanks
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August 14, 2012 12:33:48 AM

kevinduan said:
Thanks for the help but I have a quick question about the PSU. I was wondering if a 530w can do. I know I should get 600w if I overclock but I probably won't for awhile. So will this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... psu work? Thanks


I'm definitely going to veto that PSU suggestion - Raidmax is one of the absolute worst brands in the industry and they produce a lot of junk. They are definitely to be avoid. The Corsair CX600 is one of the best value PSUs on the market.
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August 14, 2012 1:31:51 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I'm definitely going to veto that PSU suggestion - Raidmax is one of the absolute worst brands in the industry and they produce a lot of junk. They are definitely to be avoid. The Corsair CX600 is one of the best value PSUs on the market.

I've been reading the reviews for the corsair one, and a LOT of people said it came dead on arrival. Is there any ither good PSUs you can suggest or am I fine picking this one? Thanks!
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August 14, 2012 2:02:54 AM

Not the CX600, you will need a better one Get the Seasonic 620W Bronze certified, because CX600 willl give you around 480W and Seasonic around 600W! You need a good cooler if you want to OC. A 80$ noctua nhd14 lets you hit 5Ghz, but atleast get hyper 212 evo . You need a good card like 6850 as well
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August 14, 2012 2:45:21 AM

AyuX said:
Not the CX600, you will need a better one Get the Seasonic 620W Bronze certified, because CX600 willl give you around 480W and Seasonic around 600W! You need a good cooler if you want to OC. A 80$ noctua nhd14 lets you hit 5Ghz, but atleast get hyper 212 evo . You need a good card like 6850 as well


Are you sure I need 600w? I'm kinda low on money right now and I'm a bit over budget already. I don't plan on overclocking anything anytime soon. Could I hold off and get a 500w then upgrade to a 600w-700w later when I do overclock?
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August 14, 2012 5:21:01 AM

kevinduan said:
I've been reading the reviews for the corsair one, and a LOT of people said it came dead on arrival. Is there any ither good PSUs you can suggest or am I fine picking this one? Thanks!


Are you reading the store reviews or are you reading in depth ones? I bought a CX430 and have had no problems with it. That Seasonic that was recommended is an excellent choice as well. Just avoid Raidmax at all possible costs. They are a terrible brand that makes poor quality products.

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Not the CX600, you will need a better one Get the Seasonic 620W Bronze certified, because CX600 willl give you around 480W and Seasonic around 600W! You need a good cooler if you want to OC. A 80$ noctua nhd14 lets you hit 5Ghz, but atleast get hyper 212 evo . You need a good card like 6850 as well


An $80 cooler on a $700 budget? Absolutely not. :heink: 

Also the 6850 is good, but the 6870 I configured is better.
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August 14, 2012 5:25:18 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Are you reading the store reviews or are you reading in depth ones? I bought a CX430 and have had no problems with it. That Seasonic that was recommended is an excellent choice as well. Just avoid Raidmax at all possible costs. They are a terrible brand that makes poor quality products.

Since he said "people said it came dead on arrival", I will say he read store reviews. :lol: 
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August 14, 2012 5:37:11 AM

azeem40 said:
Since he said "people said it came dead on arrival", I will say he read store reviews. :lol: 


What percentage of negative reviews would you say are biased? If I had to ballpark I'd say 75%.
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August 14, 2012 5:51:13 AM

I'd say almost all of them are.
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August 14, 2012 6:19:34 AM

azeem40 said:
I'd say almost all of them are.


I'd also say 100% of the positive reviews are biased as well. :lol: 
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