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October 4, 2012 8:56:47 PM

Hello, I am completely new to building computers, never built one before. I have been doing alot of research and came up with a build. Here is the original build

Intel Core I5 2500k
AsrockZ77 Pro 3
geforce GTX 460 GPU
seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB
corsair vengeance 2x4GB RAM
Sentry GS 6050 case
Corsair TX650 PSU
coolermaster 212 Hyper CPU Cooler
HP 24x multiformat reader writer
gateway HX2001L monitor.

total price? $1057USD. Just a bit out of budget. so i decided to rebuild. second option doesn't replace some components because i didn't want to sacrifice preformance for money. second build is here

AMD FX 6200
ASUS M5A97 AM3+
HIS Raedeon HD 6750
Western Digital WD Blue 500 GB HDD
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB RAM
Rosewill Challenger case
Corsair TX 650 PSU
Coolermaster 212 Hyper
HP 24x Multiformat reader writer
Gateway HX2001L monitor


does anybody have some suggestions for what i can switch out for better preformance? and for that matter, a better build for my money?

Thanks to all who reply in advance for helping someone with no building experience whatsoever who probably made at lest 3 different mistakes with the build!
October 4, 2012 9:15:05 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive:
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz) Total: $860.90 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

From there you can just add the monitor of your choice. If you aren't going to overclock, you can save money by downgrading the CPU and losing the cpu cooler too.
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October 4, 2012 9:21:38 PM

This is the best you can do for $800 including monitor, but not OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Gateway HX2001L bmd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $806.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This is after $50 in rebates, but there is a $12 promo code for the PSU and a $27 promo code for the video card that are not reflected in these prices.
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October 5, 2012 3:10:38 PM

Thanks a TON! one thing though, would i be able to switch out the Antec case for the Rosewill case? the Rosewill comes with three fans (2x120MMs 1x140MM) for just a bit more and i like the idea of the extra cooling. plus if I wanted i could throw a couple cheap fans on the case because it have room for two more 120s.
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October 5, 2012 3:14:50 PM

Oh, and one more thing, are you sure all of the components will fit on the MOBO and in the case? I know it may be stupid to ask but that was one of the things i couldn't figure out... If you know could you please tell me how to figure that out? Like i said before, complete noob at computer building. My father built three about four years ago but in the computer industry that might as well be four decades ago.
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October 5, 2012 4:08:48 PM

Ragnorok5369 said:
Thanks a TON! one thing though, would i be able to switch out the Antec case for the Rosewill case? the Rosewill comes with three fans (2x120MMs 1x140MM) for just a bit more and i like the idea of the extra cooling. plus if I wanted i could throw a couple cheap fans on the case because it have room for two more 120s.


Yes you can change to the Rosewill Challenger. Note that there are two different versions of the Challenger. The original which has front USB 2.0 ports and the U3 version that has front USB 3.0 ports. The motherboard I recommended has a USB 3.0 header so you'll want to get the U3 version (unless the non U3 version is cheaper and you're willing to forgo front USB 3.0).

Everything I recommended will fit together (and also with the Challenger). All you really have to worry about regarding compatability/fit is that you choose a motherboard that supports you chosen CPU (motherboard manufacturer's website should have a list of supported CPUs) and that you select the right type of memory (DDR version, bus speed and voltage). For fit in the case you just need to make sure that you're not trying to put a regular size ATX motherboard in a microATX case. In the rare case you have a very long video card (which is not the case here) you'll also need to make sure the case provides sufficient room.

Ragnorok5369 said:
Like i said before, complete noob at computer building. My father built three about four years ago but in the computer industry that might as well be four decades ago.

The components may have changed but the build process is pretty much the same.
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October 5, 2012 6:55:39 PM

:D  Ok! thanks! i will definitely get the U3 version, last time i checked (yesterday or the day before) they were the same price. Like i said i was very worried that what i would end up getting would not fit in the case as i have not built before, but you put me at ease. Thanks Again!
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October 5, 2012 6:55:44 PM

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