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Review my sub-$1000 build

Approximate Purchase Date: next few days or so

Budget Range: <$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: work [dual monitors, lots of concurrent apps], gaming, surfing)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Building a desktop from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (but open to suggestions)

Location: San Antonio, TX, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, no preference otherwise as long as it's reliable

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (probably not in my initial budget)

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1680x1050 currently, but will probably get better monitors at some point)

Additional Comments: I've done a bit of research and have selected something that feels pretty good on newegg. I haven't built a computer from scratch since I was a kid (about 15 years ago) so I just wanted to have someone check my work and make sure everything looks ok. Do I need anything else? I'm happy with these components, but can I spend a bit more on something and get a lot better value or spend a bit less and get 90%?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently doing my work and trying to play games on a 4-5 year old laptop which just doesn't cut it. Do a variety of miscellaneous IT related stuff for my job and I work remotely. Web dev, misc programming, sql stuff, etc - I generally have a lot of stuff running at the same time on a dual monitor set up and don't want performance to suffer because of it. I also want to check out Diablo 3


Proposed config:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102948

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145345

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820147163

Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] bo.1131452

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] bo.1131452

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] bo.1033223

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] bo.1033223

Comes out to about $800, which seems fine. One more question would be whether it's worth it to shop around for the best price on each component, but I assume Newegg is a pretty decent way to go for everything.

Thanks!
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  1. Best answer
    this would be much better
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nevD

    750w is overkill for a single GPU system
    you will need a hard drive
    i have a better case. fans are meaningless if they are crap. in my case, fans do nothing
    newegg is pretty good but i generally shop at ncix. price matching and customer service is awesome
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/neye
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/neye/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/neye/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.88 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $846.65
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 20:35 EST-0500)
    The above build is okay, but I wouldn't recommend getting a Seagate HDD.
    Both of our builds are very similar, just dif cases. Both would be good either way.
  3. dude, single channel memory is a bottleneck. 2gb? seriously?
  4. TheBigTroll said:
    dude, single channel memory is a bottleneck. 2gb? seriously?

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

    Lol oops! I didn't mean to put that on there. Wrong ram.
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $772.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 23:31 EST-0500)

    You could upgrade the GPU if you want, for crossfire in the future. You could also add a SSD, but IMO, they are a waste of money, as we all know, you can wait a few more seconds.
  5. lchrisk said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nfMb
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nfMb/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nfMb/benchmarks/

    Lol oops! I didn't mean to put that on there. Wrong ram.
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $772.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 23:31 EST-0500)

    You could upgrade the GPU if you want, for crossfire in the future. You could also add a SSD, but IMO, they are a waste of money, as we all know, you can wait a few more seconds.


    you need 2 16x slots for a CFX the mobo you put down only has 1. Having at least a 64 GB SSD pretty much feels like the money you spent on the PC feel slow off the start.

    if you want to save money/not on a total gaming build then going AMD is also a great choice

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.88 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($352.00 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1008.80
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 23:44 EST-0500)

    goes a bit over but if intel is ur one and only choice i will make one too

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.88 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($352.00 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1069.80
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 23:51 EST-0500)

    does go over of course you can downgrade quite a few things if needed. if you do not want to CFX/SLI then downgrade PSU to a 500-600W supply. you can also down grade GPU i suggest a 7870 if you want to save some.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-hd7870dc22gd5v2
  6. Best answer selected by billy hoyle.
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