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November 14, 2012 6:12:50 PM

First time ever building my own PC. Tell me what you think? Any suggestions feel free to let me know. Budget is $700 Oh and I already have a 640GB HDD as well as an optical drive.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Other: 120mm Fan ($5.99)
Total: $659.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 15:09 EST-0500)

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November 14, 2012 6:16:29 PM

I am not a fan of the Zalman Z9. Better alternatives would be the Antec One or Cooler Master HAF 912. The FX 6300 is decent enough, the i5-3470 would be better. The extra fan isn't needed.
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November 14, 2012 6:26:19 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I am not a fan of the Zalman Z9. Better alternatives would be the Antec One or Cooler Master HAF 912. The FX 6300 is decent enough, the i5-3470 would be better. The extra fan isn't needed.


I'm picking the Zalman Z9U3 because i want a window. And I like the design plus the price is pretty good. The regular Z9 is cheaper but it has ventilation holes on the window that I don't like :/ .

Also i agree the i5-3470 would be better. However it's almost $70 more than the FX-6300. :( 

And the fan is a preference with the case. I don't like the blue led front fan so im going to put it on top with the other led fan and keep the pre-installed back fan as is.
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November 14, 2012 6:31:10 PM

But will this run good with gaming? Like Skyrim/BF3/War Z/Arma II/ and some newer games releasing soon?
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November 14, 2012 6:31:38 PM

moes said:
I'm picking the Zalman Z9U because i want a window. And I like the design plus the price is pretty good. The regular Z9 is cheaper but it has ventilation holes on the window that I don't like :/ .

Also i agree the i5-3470 would be better. However it's almost $70 more than the FX-6300. :( 

And the fan is a preference with the case. I don't like the blue led front fan so im going to put it on top with the other led fan and keep the pre-installed back fan as is.


If you want a case with a window maybe try this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yeah Intel CPUs are quite a bit more expensive, I'll agree there.

You can always add or replace fans later. I usually don't recommend that people go splurging on fans until they get their build up and running.
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November 14, 2012 6:46:44 PM

Whilst it is still more expensive, you do have some funds, in budget, if you have access to Microcenter this is definitely better.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.56 @ Newegg)
Total: $249.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 15:43 EST-0500)

Even better, of course, if you can stretch budget to, maybe, Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H mobo.

Either way you would need CPU cooler, if you want to overclock, and personally, I'd think about 550w for PSU.
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November 14, 2012 6:59:41 PM

Think about your PowerSupply!

If you will overclock that CPU, it might take a lot more power!
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November 14, 2012 7:15:22 PM

Hm I'll see how far microcenter is away from me. Might have to do that.

Also I won't be overclocking. The i5-3570k is just $40 cheaper in store pickup than the i5-3570 is. I'll have to see. Nice find by the way because it only shows $215 until you click on it and see the merchants.
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November 14, 2012 7:20:50 PM

Ok here's what I have. It's a little over budget out of pocket, $816 but I'll see what I can do. Also I believe Costco sells Windows at $70 so that's a little more savings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.56 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Other: 120mm Fan ($5.99)
Total: $720.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 16:21 EST-0500)

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November 14, 2012 7:37:01 PM

Microcenter CPU & Mobo combo can not be beat. Only downside - gotta go to the store to pickup. 3570k + ASRock Z75 ... solid build.

GL !!
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November 14, 2012 7:51:15 PM

moes said:
Ok here's what I have. It's a little over budget out of pocket, $816 but I'll see what I can do. Also I believe Costco sells Windows at $70 so that's a little more savings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.56 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Other: 120mm Fan ($5.99)
Total: $720.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 16:21 EST-0500)


That's pretty good for $750, I say go for it.
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November 14, 2012 7:54:47 PM

Don't forget, when you want to overclock CPU, you will need cooler. Suggest Coolermaster Hyper 212Evo.
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