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October 26, 2012 4:26:15 PM

Hi everyone,

I've never completed a home build before but want to toy around a bit. Budget isn't really an issue but I'm not out to waste money. If I could come in around $1,500 that would be ideal. I've put together the following:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lul1

Some questions:

1. I have no idea how to determine what power supply to use.
2. I have a couple monitors around the house already - one from a pre-bought Dell desktop that is about 4 years old. The other is from a work system that I have home that I could use that is about 2-3 years old, both are 17". I'm assuming the resolutions on these are decent but not great. Becasue of this I have not listed a monitor in the build but don't want to have a great build only to play games on a crappy monitor.
3. I use PCs at work but all our home based computers are Macs - because of that I don't even know which version of Windows I would use. We (my son and I) predominatly play Starcraft 2 on the iMac (high end one 27" screen, i7 processor). Am trying to improve upon that experience and expand to other graphics intensive games.
4. I am generally handy but tinkering with insides of computers has never really been more than adding some memory but think it would be fun to learn.

Mostly looking for advice along the lines of whether what I put together makes sense, is a decent bang for the buck, or some obvious incompativility issues, etc. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 5:07:02 PM

♦ First you had chosen an i5 3570 non k series so you will not be able to overclock it so you will not need the hyper 212 evo cpu cooler unless you got the 3570k and i recommend to get it.

♦ second you had chosen an over priced motherboard if i were you and can afford the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H i would get it , still high end mobo.

♦ you had chosen an old gpu with high price , at the same price you can get two of the newest high end cards like the gtx 670 or the HD 7970.

♦ about the power supply if your not going to sli or crossfire 2 graphics card you can run this build with 600 watt psu.

Good lucK ;) 
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October 26, 2012 5:30:30 PM

Are you saying the GPU I selected is so overpriced that I can get 2 better ones for around the same price? Wow - I really don't know what I'm doing here. lol

Someone please save me from wasting my money : )
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 5:38:15 PM

i didnt mean ( at the same price you can get two of the newest high end cards like the gtx 670 or the HD 7970) i mean you can get one of these two high end cards.
the 6970 is about 2 years old while the gtx 670 and the HD 7970 is about 1 or 2 months old and they perform incredibly awesome.

here is build that you can steal some parts from it ;) 

Case : COOLER MASTER Storm Scout Black Steel Mid Tower Case. ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155. ($149.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo). ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($359.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 . ($41.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650 Watt 80 PLUS BRONZE. ($64.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital RE3 WD7502ABYS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache. ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD : Kingston SSDNow 120GB SATA III. ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER V6 GT DynaLoop CPU Cooler Universal bracket & Dual Fan. ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical : SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R ($17.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL = $1130
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October 26, 2012 6:09:03 PM

Thanks for your replies.

If you had $100 - $200 more to invest in the system where would you put it?

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 6:11:34 PM

show me your final build and i will tell you where 2 put these 100 or 200 bucks ;) 
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October 26, 2012 7:27:41 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lvnD

I took many of your suggestions and added the DVD drive. Didn't think I needed but it's so cheap may as well toss it in there.


Welcome thoughts from anyone else too.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 7:33:49 PM

so you still want to pump $200 to this build ? the build is very good , maybe the cpu cooler is not perfect but it still performs nicely
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October 26, 2012 7:36:32 PM

No. I think it's at a good investment level and maybe I think about a monitor. Thanks for your help.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 7:40:54 PM

i can recommend you a monitor if you want and if you hit the best answer for me i will appreciate it lol
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October 26, 2012 7:49:15 PM

Best answer selected by kflynn_69.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 7:52:18 PM

I don't like the SSD suggesting I would get something like a samsung 830 you would be happier with it then that low end kingston SSD. If you were to go with kingston a hyper x series would be where you would want to look.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the Extra Money
I would get the samsung 830 instead and perhaps get a blu ray writer in stead of the cheap drive so you have the capability to play HD content and the ability to write massive amounts of data to a blu ray disc. Which with both the Blu Ray drive and the Samsung 830 its about a 100 dollar increase with 20 dollar Mail in Rebate bringing it to 80 dollars - the money you would of spent on the drive 63 dollars.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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