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November 6, 2012 3:13:20 PM

Hi, I have never built my own computer before, but after hearing all the positive things about doing it yourself I decided to give it a go. I'm pretty much a novice when it comes to computers but I did some research and picked out all the components that I want for it. I'm on a budget so my price range is between 800 and 900 dollars. My current pc is an HP a203w that I bought some six years ago so I hope to be able to use this computer's optical drive for my new build and I also plan on reusing the hardd drive. Anywho, heres my build.

Cool Master HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120 R4-L2R-20AR-R1 120mm Silent operation Red LED case fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Final Price is $868.54

I'm a gaming gal so I want to be able to play some things on it annd I don't want to have to deal with frame rates that are in the low 20s' anymore. ;(
Also my room gets kinda warm so the case needs to have really good air flow.

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November 6, 2012 3:50:35 PM

That's a pretty good start. The extra fan isn't needed, and for the same price as the GTX 660, the Radeon 7950 is a far better GPU in its' class.

For $900 I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $916.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I included a better case, PSU, motherboard, and video card. The Corsair 300R has better airflow than the HAF 912 does. Plus you also get front USB 3.0. Alternately check out the Antec 100 and Fractal Design Arc MIDI for the same price.
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November 6, 2012 4:09:51 PM

Neat it didn't push my price to far off the edge. Thank you! ^ ^ I'm curious though whats the advantage to having that motherboard as compared to the other one?
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November 6, 2012 4:11:41 PM

Apple Blossom said:
Neat it didn't push my price to far off the edge. Thank you! ^ ^ I'm curious though whats the advantage to having that motherboard as compared to the other one?


The Extreme 4 has a visual BIOS and more headroom for overclocking, it also has more SATA ports and USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.
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November 6, 2012 4:53:44 PM

Ah okay, thank you for the help! I'll check out those two cases and see which one is best for me. Thanks again. :) 

The Sapphire card makes me worried though since some people have a black screen issue. Makes me nervous about buying it.
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November 6, 2012 6:55:38 PM

Apple Blossom said:
Ah okay, thank you for the help! I'll check out those two cases and see which one is best for me. Thanks again. :) 

The Sapphire card makes me worried though since some people have a black screen issue. Makes me nervous about buying it.


Don't believe what the store reviews tell you - they're baseless 90% of the time. Most people forget to do simple things like update the driver software to correct issues like this. I have two Sapphire cards in my system and they're fine. I have yet to run into that issue.
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