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November 12, 2012 7:59:17 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nty6

Could you guys improve upon this build?
Its my first build. I already own a monitor.
In the future I plan on buying a h100 CPU cooler. (fits snugly with the case)

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November 13, 2012 6:10:17 AM

There's no point in getting the Sandy anymore especially since the price difference isn't even that big. You also won't be able to enjoy the full benefits of your z77 board since it's based on features that came with Ivy.

The 550 Ti is a very weak card, it's not worth the buy. The 6870 or 7770 will outperform it.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=541

Here's my revision of your build,
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ny7X

If it's not much of a stretch, I would get a Caviar Blue instead btw.
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November 13, 2012 6:15:44 AM

What is it for? If you're gaming, the 550 TI is not the best choice in video card, nor do you need such a high end CPU, an i3 will sufficiently keep up with that video card (I had a 550 TI, so I'm well aware of its capabilities).

Stronger CPUs cannot make weaker video cards perform better. If you're crunching the budget to get the i5-2500K in there (or 3570K), you're starting off with a compromised balance between the two.
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November 13, 2012 8:54:41 PM

I have made an update PCpartpicker: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nCHu
Its too far above budget. I want to keep the corsair case (500r)
Any of the other components can be replaced. But please dont
pick an ugly brown mobo. thanks.
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November 13, 2012 8:56:59 PM

nekulturny said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nyaO

This system is much better balanced, and this video card (it isn't on PCpartpicker for some reason)

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

Brings your total slightly over budget, but well worth it. I didn't put a traditional hard drive in there, I put a 128GB SSD, you can change that back if you'd prefer more storage, or go over budget and buy both.


I cant afford that $100 over budget. I currently don't have a job. (and probably will not get one within the next few years, thanks.)
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November 13, 2012 9:16:33 PM

Then drop the SSD, drop the overclockable i5 and get a 3450 w an H77 motherboard, that should put you back on track. You can overclock that CPU as much as you want, its not going to make a lower end video card game better there is no graphics card on the market a 3450 can't keep up with, overclocking is just gravy for the most part.
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November 14, 2012 3:21:16 AM

Best answer selected by mtft.
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November 14, 2012 8:11:44 AM

Well good luck, but your system is no better balanced than it was in the beginning.
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