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October 17, 2012 5:30:56 PM

I do NOT need to buy an: OS, Mouse/Keyboard, Monitor, or Optical drives.

My budget: I would be willing to spend about 900-950 (No going over at all)

NOTE: I want a gold power supply. I want good quality parts. I don't wanna waste money.

I will be playing games like WoW, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, and some other games. The majority of games will be played on my xbox 360 though.

I do NOT need a GPU that can do ultra settings, with 60+FPS. I only wanna be able to play medium settings with 30+FPS for most modern games. However if it really is necessary to add more to the GPU you can suggest it. Won;t be doing alot of gaming though so keep that in mind.

HERE's my build:
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Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
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ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813157330
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$124.99
$119.99


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
$69.99


1


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$29.99


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 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$119.99
$99.99


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


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 100355OCL Video Card OC Version
Item #:N82E16814102999
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$209.99
$199.99


1


Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819116504
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$229.99


1


Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $15.00
Item #:N82E168GC000001
Grand Total: $879.92

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How does that build seem? Only thing I'm worried about is will my heatsink and fan work with that ram (will it fit on the motherboard without blocking each other???)

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October 17, 2012 5:41:31 PM

It's a good start but for $900 you can definitely do better. I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $974.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I went a little bit over budget but you get a stronger case and PSU and a better GPU.
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October 17, 2012 5:59:59 PM

Don/t need an optical drive, upgraded gpu is a waste for me as gaming will be few and far (literally wont happen much at all), That PSU would be overkill for my setup (if i'm not mistaken). The above case I just prefer it much better. That cpu cooler is more expensive but rated much lower than the one I have choosen.
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October 17, 2012 6:03:56 PM

Dear OP, your build is fantastic. The only thing I would switch would be your RAM for your expressed concerns. Get this instead.
I recommend similar builds all the time. To be honest though, a bronze power supply would suffice. Gold ratings just mean that they are really efficient, it does not necessarily indicate quality.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop%20Memory)-_-G.SKILL-_-20231544&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=
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October 17, 2012 6:31:41 PM

zared619 said:
Dear OP, your build is fantastic. The only thing I would switch would be your RAM for your expressed concerns. Get this instead.
I recommend similar builds all the time. To be honest though, a bronze power supply would suffice. Gold ratings just mean that they are really efficient, it does not necessarily indicate quality.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop%20Memory)-_-G.SKILL-_-20231544&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=


Thanks I swapped out the memory with the one you suggested. And yes I understand the gold rating is not for quality, but I prefer to have an efficient power supply as I will have the computer on a LOT. Other computers in the house ect, xbox's, and yeah (the extra 7% is worth it to me).
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October 17, 2012 6:40:57 PM

Yeah, I agree with zared619 above - is there any specific reason you NEED a 80Plus Gold power supply?

You could theoretically even drop down your GPU one level, get a cheaper power supply - and with those savings, sneak in a nice 128GB SSD.

If this is an overclocking build, perhaps consider a better CPU cooler? Or are you only considering modest overclocks?
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October 17, 2012 6:45:55 PM

sktittles said:
Don/t need an optical drive, upgraded gpu is a waste for me as gaming will be few and far (literally wont happen much at all), That PSU would be overkill for my setup (if i'm not mistaken). The above case I just prefer it much better. That cpu cooler is more expensive but rated much lower than the one I have choosen.


Don't rely on store ratings to choose products - Noctua makes excellent heat sinks and the strongest PWM fans on the market.
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October 17, 2012 6:46:13 PM

The CM EVO is one of the better coolers on the market. The only other one worth more money is more or less the D14, or the silver arrow, but that's hard to install.
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October 17, 2012 6:52:29 PM

zared619 said:
The CM EVO is one of the better coolers on the market. The only other one worth more money is more or less the D14, or the silver arrow, but that's hard to install.


I didn't really like the Silver Arrow - but the fans included are of the highest quality you can find on the market.
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October 17, 2012 6:57:38 PM

I'm trying to decide on whether a SSD is worth the price right now? Anyone have some recommendations there?
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October 17, 2012 7:34:06 PM

If you can afford it, it is definitely worth the money. Even if you can only afford a 64GB, get it. If you install windows and some of your commonly used apps and games, you will see a noticeable increase in speed. Throw everything else on an HDD until you can get a bigger SSD.
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October 17, 2012 8:24:03 PM

sktittles said:
I'm trying to decide on whether a SSD is worth the price right now? Anyone have some recommendations there?


Not on this budget, you're better off adding one in later. SSDs are dramatically dropping in price and getting better controllers (Indilinx, LAMD) so it's easier to add one later on that way you don't skimp on capacity.
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October 17, 2012 8:39:20 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Not on this budget, you're better off adding one in later. SSDs are dramatically dropping in price and getting better controllers (Indilinx, LAMD) so it's easier to add one later on that way you don't skimp on capacity.

I agree with that, but you could easily get an SSD to boot off of, and have a few programs on it. However, just as gunit said, I wouldn't sacrifice your performance of your current build. If you can add an extra $70 to your budget, you can get this.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005RUBFAC/?tag=pcpapi-20

It would be nice to boot off of and hold your common programs like Office, Web browser, and a game or two.
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October 17, 2012 8:45:13 PM

zared619 said:
I agree with that, but you could easily get an SSD to boot off of, and have a few programs on it. However, just as gunit said, I wouldn't sacrifice your performance of your current build. If you can add an extra $70 to your budget, you can get this.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005RUBFAC/?tag=pcpapi-20

It would be nice to boot off of and hold your common programs like Office, Web browser, and a game or two.


Yeah but 60GB won't get you very far these days, I had to replace my 64GB M4 because I was tired of the limited capacity. You can score a 128GB Vertex 4 or Samsung 830 for less than $100 and those are better drives anyways.
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October 17, 2012 8:57:24 PM

Slight Changes made.

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Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1


ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813157330
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$124.99
$119.99


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


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 100355OCL Video Card OC Version
Item #:N82E16814102999
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$209.99
$199.99


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
$69.99


1


G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231544
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$38.99


1


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
Item #:N82E16835103099

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$37.99
$35.99


1


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$119.99
$99.99


1


Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819116504
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$229.99


1


Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $15.00
Item #:N82E168GC000001
Grand Total: $884.92 + 16$ shipping
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October 17, 2012 9:17:40 PM

Best answer selected by sktittles.
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