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October 15, 2012 8:40:23 AM

Here is my final build:

My budget: I'm wanting to stay at the $800 mark. All of this together is $781 at newegg. (What that means is there is roughly about $15 dollars to play with. (I would consider up to 30 maybe 40 If it is absolutely necessary and will keep my system going longer).

NOTE: I'm not upgrading the GPU anymore (I won't be doing tons of gaming, most of it will be on the xbox 360. I really only wanna be able to use medium settings and get atleast 30FPS).

What would you change in this build? And why would you make the change? How beneficial is it going to be to me?

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/knGt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/knGt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/knGt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex PCV-588 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.42 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg) (I want an efficient power supply)!
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($11.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Rosewill RM-P2U Wired Optical Mouse ($8.94 @ Amazon)
Total: $706.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 15, 2012 8:55:19 AM

Change the Kingston RAM. Nearly all Kingston kits run at 1.65v, which is bad for your Intel CPU. Also 1866Mhz isnt needed, 1600Mhz is fine.
Swap to a 1.5v Corsair or G.Skill kit.

If you were going to put money anywhere, would be into the peripherals.
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October 15, 2012 10:55:55 AM

I wouldnt go for the 1GB 7850's, that extra GB of VRAM is well worth $10. Games @ 1080p can use up to 1.5GB.
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October 15, 2012 10:59:29 AM

It's.. $30 after rebates actually. :p  but fair point, yes.
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October 15, 2012 5:06:28 PM

I need a very efficient power supply. Which is why I have chosen the a Gold rated one. Right now I won't have dual monitors, but hope to down the road.
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October 15, 2012 6:43:15 PM

Anymore input on this build?
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October 15, 2012 11:52:30 PM

The difference between Bronze and Gold isn't very significant.
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October 16, 2012 1:37:33 AM

I can get a bronze for same price basically. Why get a cheap power supply?
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October 16, 2012 5:10:04 AM

Just because its a Bronze unit doesnt mean its cheap. Cheap is getting a DIABLOTEK or other horrible brand (Rosewill dont have the greatest reputation either, only some of their supply's are any good. Dont worry, that Capstone is a good one).
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-CAPSTON...

80+ Bronze and Gold are not all that different in term of efficiency.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_Plus
Lets just say if you are trying to save $10 by halving the VRAM on your graphics card, you should have already cut down on a Gold Supply.
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October 16, 2012 7:12:08 PM

manofchalk said:
Just because its a Bronze unit doesnt mean its cheap. Cheap is getting a DIABLOTEK or other horrible brand (Rosewill dont have the greatest reputation either, only some of their supply's are any good. Dont worry, that Capstone is a good one).
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-CAPSTON...

80+ Bronze and Gold are not all that different in term of efficiency.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_Plus
Lets just say if you are trying to save $10 by halving the VRAM on your graphics card, you should have already cut down on a Gold Supply.


Not trying to cut money down though. Trying to get a really good build without wasting money. Powerbill is a big thing for me since i'm in college and dont have much money as it is. So the little difference helps when everyone is using a computer and the power bill is about 100$ a month already.

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Here is my new build:
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Cart Item List:
Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1


Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819116506
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$194.99


1


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 100355OCL Video Card OC Version
Item #:N82E16814102999
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$209.99


1


IOGEAR GKM513 Black Wired Keyboard
Item #:N82E16823176026
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$21.99


1


Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822148840
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$109.99
$89.99


1


GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128550
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$99.99


1


Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active-PFC Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817182068
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$99.99
$74.99


1


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231428
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$39.99


1


COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$69.99
$59.99


Grand Total: $791.92




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October 16, 2012 9:48:48 PM

Thats the build i'm gonna be buying. Anymore input on it?
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October 17, 2012 5:07:30 AM

Looks like a good non-overclocking light gaming machine to me. Wouldn't change anything personally except for getting Low Profile RAM. But since it wont overclock and therefore wont be having any aftermarket heat sinks on it, not really a concern.

Have you factored in how much Windows will cost?
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