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October 4, 2012 9:22:10 PM

Hello,
So over the past 48 hours I have gone through a lot of unneccessary problems with my Asus K42J, and decided to get a new computer. However, I wanted to do two things:
1. Build one - simply because its a lot cheaper and customizable and
2. Take a step up in my gaming capabilities. My K42J could handle games like Starcraft 2 on the lowest settings and could run Guild Wars 2 with a little lag at the lowest settings; forget about massive battles. They would instantly freeze the game and make it unplayable.
Anyway, being new to making my own builds I came here to seek some advice in regards to the build itself. First if theres any modification to the build that would maintain the playability but cut down on the price, and 2nd if its compatible at all (first build so, yeah)
Feedback is greatly appreciated :) 
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mother Board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Videocard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Storage: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PowerSupply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll be running windows 7 x64 home premium. Any advice is greatly appreciated; Thank you so much!!!

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October 4, 2012 9:32:12 PM

For better performance get intel
video card: get a 7850
not sure i would trust that hardrive
get a hyper 212 evo if overclocking
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October 4, 2012 9:40:31 PM

right off the bat, I'd recommend a core i5-3570K and a compatible motherboard over the AMD stuff.

Second, I'd say drop down to 8GB of RAM and use the $40 in savings to upgrade to GTX660Ti or GTX570.

Next, with your gear, 750W is a lot. You would rather have your PSU operating around 80% load than 40 or 50. It's more efficient at 80% load. 550-600W is plenty and you have a lot of choices for less money.

I'm a total believer in SSD. I recommend you find a way to drop 120GB one in to your build and if you really want, add a HDD for media storage. You will be very happy when you see how fast you boot up and launch apps with SSD.

Finally, I'd recommend the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ over the one you selected. Probably nothing wrong with the one you picked, but the Hyper 212+ is pretty proven and quiet, and provides headroom for some overclocking if you choose to do so.

Sorry, I think my recommendations might actually cost more net than what you have though. You could use a non-K processor (i5-3400 or i3?), stick with a 560 Ti, or not use an SSD and stick with mechanical HDD to save money.
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October 4, 2012 9:45:19 PM

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I'm a total believer in SSD. I recommend you find a way to drop 120GB one in to your build and if you really want, add a HDD for media storage. You will be very happy when you see how fast you boot up and launch apps with SSD.


I am too but not on a >=$1K budget. You're better off spending that money on a GPU. You can always add one later. I just added a Vertex 4 to my work PC yesterday with no problems.

Chuck that whole build. That Arctic Cooling fan is a piece of junk - it's no better than the stock fan. And there's absolutely no reason to purchase an FX-8150 or a 560TI, and 16GB of RAM won't be utilized if you're gaming.

Here's what you should spend $1K on:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
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: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1005.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 4, 2012 9:53:48 PM

Thanks gunit... I've always gone intel and the only reason I went AMD was to save a little bit of money... but the build seems a lot more solid and its $5 less than my build, which is always nice :)  Thanks!
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October 4, 2012 10:13:12 PM

Pmoscato said:
Thanks gunit... I've always gone intel and the only reason I went AMD was to save a little bit of money... but the build seems a lot more solid and its $5 less than my build, which is always nice :)  Thanks!


Yeah you don't actually save money in the long run by going with AMD - Intel's usually a far better bet. AMD GPUs however, that's a completely different story. And there's no reason to spend that much money on outdated hardware - you're going to spend $1K or more on a system you want the latest and greatestt.
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