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September 29, 2012 10:39:14 PM

Hey Members! :bounce: 

I need some advice with my first build


Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever, the latest may 2013

Budget Range: the cheaper the better around a 1000 is max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing

Are you buying a monitor: yes, not included into budget, neither are other gaming peripherals

Parts to Upgrade: Mobo, CPU, GPU, RAM, Case, PSU

Do you need to buy OS: NO

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: GTX 670ftw, Gskil sniper 16gb 1866

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future


A gaming build, but a good browser as well. The cheaper the better, so AMD and Intel are both fine.
Thanks Guys! :sol: 

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a b 4 Gaming
September 30, 2012 1:56:35 AM

cant reach the 1000 mark. went over.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iUmR

-has better video card (evga is overrated)
-cheaper ram (1866mhz has no benefit)
-has a SSD (the component that makes your rig worth it)

for the monitor, id suggest the asus vs228h-p for 134.99

keyboard, id suggest the quickfire pro from cooler master with red switches for 59.99 at newegg

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September 30, 2012 5:00:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970XE ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.10 @ Amazon)
Total: $999.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can overclock the cpu to x4 980 speeds on the stock cooler, or go 4ghz plus with the hyper 212.

Low profile ram with heat spreaders to fit under the fan on the hyper 212 and stay cool doing it.

This new plextor ssd seems to have a decent combo of price, performance, and reliability so far.

Overclock past 7970ghz ed. or gtx680 levels and game comfortably at 3x1080p(or a long time on 1 screen). Forget physx(720/ps4 will pack radeons).

Good luck finding this feature set on similar priced cases(save HAF 912 at 50 cents cheaper. No front panel USB 3.0 ports on that one, though).

This psu is high quality and more than enough for this rig(not a fan of sli/crossfire myself for a number of reasons).

I know you said you have windows, but unless it's a retail copy you can't transfer the license to a new computer. You can use this oem copy or dump it.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 30, 2012 12:10:22 PM

the phenom ii might be a bottleneck.
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September 30, 2012 5:22:06 PM

Not a significant one if it gets overclocked at least a little bit(less of a bottleneck if it gets overclocked even more).
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a b 4 Gaming
September 30, 2012 6:08:09 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $984.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
September 30, 2012 6:32:33 PM

TheOneWhoNeedsAdvice said:
Hey Members! :bounce: 

I need some advice with my first build


Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever, the latest may 2013

Budget Range: the cheaper the better around a 1000 is max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing

Are you buying a monitor: yes, not included into budget, neither are other gaming peripherals

Parts to Upgrade: Mobo, CPU, GPU, RAM, Case, PSU

Do you need to buy OS: NO

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: GTX 670ftw, Gskil sniper 16gb 1866

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future


A gaming build, but a good browser as well. The cheaper the better, so AMD and Intel are both fine.
Thanks Guys! :sol: 

16GB of RAM for gaming and browsing?


http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-ATX12V-CrossFire-Certifie... $75.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $27.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Lite-On-Super-AllWrite-Layer-Driv... $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... $65.52 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD
Core Clock 1032MHz
Boost Clock 1344


Total: $915.44 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI / HDMI / DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards GV-N66TOC-2GD
Core Clock 1032MHz
Boost Clock 1344


http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $379.99
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N670WF2-2GD
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