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September 20, 2012 3:40:42 PM

I'm interested in building my first PC, which I plan to use for gaming and school. Unfortunately, my current budget is $700, so I know I'm not going to have a High-End build. I don't have experience with selecting the best components while staying within budget, so I'm hoping that a few of you could select components for me. I'm excited to see what builds you guys come up with.

And to sweeten the deal, the person who comes up with the best build within the budget will receive a $50 gift card from either Amazon or Newegg. I would also like to hear everyone else's thoughts on the builds that are posted in the thread. I just want to reward someone for taking time out of their day to help me out.


Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks.

Budget Range: $700-750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Stores: Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect

Thanks in advance,
Rabble Ruh

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a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2012 3:43:45 PM

does the $700 budget include Operating system, keyboard, mouse., speakers, and monitor?
September 20, 2012 3:49:43 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
does the $700 budget include Operating system, keyboard, mouse., speakers, and monitor?


I already have a monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse. The budget does not include the Operating System.
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September 20, 2012 5:44:16 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i1Bh

Comes just under $750
You can keep the giftcard and use it for your build.

*edit* Forgot an optical drive; add another $16 dollars for that
a c 247 4 Gaming
September 20, 2012 5:59:52 PM

Quote:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i1Bh

Comes just under $750
You can keep the giftcard and use it for your build.

*edit* Forgot an optical drive; add another $16 dollars for that


450W will be underpowered for a 7850 and on a build with this kind of budget I'd skip the SSD entirely.

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($205.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $715.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 12:33 EDT-0400)
a c 247 4 Gaming
September 20, 2012 6:30:32 PM

RabbleRuh said:
I have a $15 off coupon for G.Skill 16Gb (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory @ Newegg making it $59.99, would that go well with the build as well?

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


I personally wouldn't spend the money for 16GB - I'd rather put it elsewhere but if it's that cheap then I guess go for it.
September 20, 2012 6:34:49 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I personally wouldn't spend the money for 16GB - I'd rather put it elsewhere but if it's that cheap then I guess go for it.


Okay, I'll be saving even more money because I get 3% cash back from Newegg and the case that you recommended is $5 cheaper at OfficeMax (not even including the 4% cash back I get with that).
a c 247 4 Gaming
September 20, 2012 6:37:54 PM

RabbleRuh said:
Okay, I'll be saving even more money because I get 3% cash back from Newegg and the case that you recommended is $5 cheaper at OfficeMax (not even including the 4% cash back I get with that).


That's a pretty good deal - I think I paid $63 for mine (w/shipping).

Quote:
For a tiny more you can get something better:


Our builds are almost identical except yours has a slightly better GPU and a higher wattage PSU.
September 20, 2012 6:38:14 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Quote:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i1Bh

Comes just under $750
You can keep the giftcard and use it for your build.

*edit* Forgot an optical drive; add another $16 dollars for that


450W will be underpowered for a 7850 and on a build with this kind of budget I'd skip the SSD entirely.

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($205.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $715.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 12:33 EDT-0400)


For a tiny more you can get something better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($217.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $740.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 14:37 EDT-0400)
September 20, 2012 6:58:12 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That's a pretty good deal - I think I paid $63 for mine (w/shipping).

Quote:
For a tiny more you can get something better:


Our builds are almost identical except yours has a slightly better GPU and a higher wattage PSU.


And a 3470 instead of the 3450 :lol: 
a c 247 4 Gaming
September 20, 2012 7:02:52 PM

idroid said:
And a 3470 instead of the 3450 :lol: 


That's not going to make or break the build though, there's not a lot of difference between 3.1 GHz and 3.2GHz.
September 20, 2012 7:14:09 PM

He chose the cheaper one. (3470 is cheaper for some reason)
September 21, 2012 12:01:42 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Quote:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i1Bh


450W will be underpowered for a 7850 and on a build with this kind of budget I'd skip the SSD entirely.


(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 12:33 EDT-0400)
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HI!

I want similar, but I dont understand so much why u skip the SSD and CPU Cooler. COuld you explain me please? I am not so "pro" in IT.
September 21, 2012 12:08:55 AM

idiosincrasia said:
HI!

I want similar, but I dont understand so much why u skip the SSD and CPU Cooler. COuld you explain me please? I am not so "pro" in IT.


Because a SSD is expensive and unnecessary at this price range the CPU and GPU are what matter most, get a SSD later.
September 21, 2012 3:51:23 AM

If anyone has any more recommendations, post them. I won't be making a choice until September 28th.
a c 247 4 Gaming
September 21, 2012 6:19:13 AM

idiosincrasia said:
HI!

I want similar, but I dont understand so much why u skip the SSD and CPU Cooler. COuld you explain me please? I am not so "pro" in IT.


Yeah as was said SSDs are expensive and unnecessary on this tight of a budget - you don't want to trade speed for space. And you only need the cooler if you're going to overclock and have a CPU with an unlocked multiplier. If you're not going to overclock you can run off the included cooler and save money there.
September 21, 2012 6:34:58 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah as was said SSDs are expensive and unnecessary on this tight of a budget - you don't want to trade speed for space. And you only need the cooler if you're going to overclock and have a CPU with an unlocked multiplier. If you're not going to overclock you can run off the included cooler and save money there.


Can you tell me what's the significance of having both an SSD and Hard Drive?
September 21, 2012 9:11:12 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah as was said SSDs are expensive and unnecessary on this tight of a budget - you don't want to trade speed for space. And you only need the cooler if you're going to overclock and have a CPU with an unlocked multiplier. If you're not going to overclock you can run off the included cooler and save money there.


I go t the money for SDD, I dont need a Monster CPU neither super details. I just want fast computer that I could play without lagging some years. Sorry i am so noob XD
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