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November 14, 2012 3:19:53 PM

Hi All. I'm totally new to building a PC. I have changed hard drives, upgraded RAM, re-installed OS before but nothing from ground up.

I'm wondering if there are any recent/recommended builds close to my price range.

Additional info is below. I'm sorry if this is too generic. I just found this website today. I am going through the other threads as I type this :)  Thanks for reading!

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: 1200 After Rebates;

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Should I go for Win 7 or Win 8?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: New Jersey, 07041

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: ??

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Why Are You Upgrading: I don't have a desktop. I've been on a laptop last 4 years. (I do have monitor, keyboard and mouse)

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November 14, 2012 4:03:01 PM

Hey. I believe there's been recently 1200$ build topic.
edit: here's the topic you can pry on :)  http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/369862-13-under-100...

But anyways here's link to 1000$ build
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/build-a-pc-overclock-benc...
To see specs ang games benchmarks click the link
But that' just for starters.
I personally would choose win7 as it seems more stable and win8 has few faults, but here's link on comparison between two.
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Here is the the build you need. It jus don't gets better than this.


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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1142.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 13:20 EST-0500)
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Lol forgot ram.
but here's another build with cheaper(doesn't mean worse) case ans power supply.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3192-BS ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1109.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 13:16 EST-0500)
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November 14, 2012 8:43:49 PM

butremor said:
Hey. I believe there's been recently 1200$ build topic.
edit: here's the topic you can pry on :)  http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/369862-13-under-100...

But anyways here's link to 1000$ build
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/build-a-pc-overclock-benc...
To see specs ang games benchmarks click the link
But that' just for starters.
I personally would choose win7 as it seems more stable and win8 has few faults, but here's link on comparison between two.
***
Here is the the build you need. It jus don't gets better than this.


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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1142.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 13:20 EST-0500)
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Lol forgot ram.
but here's another build with cheaper(doesn't mean worse) case ans power supply.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3192-BS ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1109.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 13:16 EST-0500)


You've got a $1200 budget. Do not go cheap on the case or the power supply. That has become a really disturbing trend around here. You don't want to trust your new components to a sub par case. If you've got a $1200 budget you should be prepared to overclock.

Try 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 ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1255.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 17:43 EST-0500)
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November 14, 2012 10:14:33 PM

rdnrvn said:
Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Should I go for Win 7 or Win 8?

Overclocking: No



g-unit1111 said:
You've got a $1200 budget. Do not go cheap on the case or the power supply. That has become a really disturbing trend around here. You don't want to trust your new components to a sub par case. If you've got a $1200 budget you should be prepared to overclock.

Try this:

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 ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1255.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 17:43 EST-0500)

you are over the budget by $55 and you didn't include OS and he said he will not gonna overclock and you recommend a k seires with z77 chipset board !!!
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November 14, 2012 10:27:41 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
you are over the budget by $55 and you didn't include OS and he said he will not gonna overclock and you recommend a k seires with z77 chipset board !!!


You didn't see the part where I said "if you're paying that kind of money you should be prepared to overclock." :ange: 

Fixed:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1146.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 19:27 EST-0500)
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November 14, 2012 10:40:43 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.06 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1181.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 19:37 EST-0500)
i suggested a z77 board just in case if you want to change the cpu in the future to overclocked one , since the h77 boards are prices very near to the z77.
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November 14, 2012 10:48:07 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

I dont really mind going $50-$100 over the budget if it's worth getting K series cpu for my gaming..

How would you rate the noise level from the cpu with the above recommended case and graphics card? It would be nice if it's decently silent.

And I'll mostly go for a 128GB SSD, and add on more storage later.

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November 14, 2012 11:05:27 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.06 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1181.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 19:37 EST-0500)
i suggested a z77 board just in case if you want to change the cpu in the future to overclocked one , since the h77 boards are prices very near to the z77.


Wait - so you're saying my build is bogus because I include a Z77 motherboard yet you include one as well? :heink: 

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Thanks for the replies guys.

I dont really mind going $50-$100 over the budget if it's worth getting K series cpu for my gaming..


I'd personally say it is but if you're going to put money into something I'd rather have it be the GPU.

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How would you rate the noise level from the cpu with the above recommended case and graphics card? It would be nice if it's decently silent.


The Phantom 410 is one of the best case choices you can buy right now - should be fairly silent for the most part.

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And I'll mostly go for a 128GB SSD, and add on more storage later.


I'd do the opposite - get mass storage now, add the SSD later. SSDs are nice to have but I compare it to getting the navigation system on a car - sure it gets you from point A to point B quicker but it's also expensive and you can leave it off and add one later and it'd still serve the same purpose. 128GB will fill up very quickly if this is a gaming system.
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November 14, 2012 11:14:27 PM

overclocking will gain you just a couple of fps in gaming.
noise level ♦ the gtx 670 is 23dba.
♦ the case includes 3 silent blue led fans , i tried this case before it's just amazing and silent.
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November 14, 2012 11:29:14 PM

no no g-unit i was just saying that you included a overclock-able cpu and he don't want to overclock and you didn't include OS. and the z77 board its just a look into the future and he can change it to h77 one if he will never overclock even in the future.
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November 15, 2012 5:55:00 AM

g-unit1111 said:
You've got a $1200 budget. Do not go cheap on the case or the power supply. That has become a really disturbing trend around here. You don't want to trust your new components to a sub par case. If you've got a $1200 budget you should be prepared to overclock.



My first build listed has the same plus bronze PSU from reliable manufacturer and nzxt410 and as OP stated overlocking is not needed, you just complicating everything for him.
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November 26, 2012 7:16:01 PM

Best answer selected by rdnrvn.
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