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November 21, 2012 12:01:55 AM

Hey guys, this will be my first time building my own pc and im pretty excited and confident about it.
But before I blow my my money away, as I am on a strict budget, I want to make sure what I have is good so far..
So far I am looking at this build...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oxAZ

So how am I looking so far in terms of gaming and a few other programs such as editing(mostly gaming)?




Please dont advise me to a 350 or 400 dollar plus gpu or cpu as that is out of my price range..:) 

Ohh and I plan to overclock...

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November 21, 2012 12:14:32 AM

all i can say is that you got some pretty crappy components inside the build.

-took out crap power supply
-took out crap motherboard. or super low end
-found faster and more ram for cheaper
-better video card
-took out crap case
-more storage for less

and the build now performs better for less. no overclocking though
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oyJZ

if you want overclocking. i would if it would cost me so much more for 5-8% tops more performance
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oyLM
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November 21, 2012 12:26:34 AM

TheBigTroll said:
all i can say is that you got some pretty crappy components inside the build.

-took out crap power supply
-took out crap motherboard. or super low end
-found faster and more ram for cheaper
-better video card
-took out crap case
-more storage for less

and the build now performs better for less. no overclocking though
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oyJZ

if you want overclocking. i would if it would cost me so much more for 5-8% tops more performance
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oyLM


wow thanks!!!!
Much better than mine and cheaper....
but I have a question about the cpu...Which would be better for gaming ,the fx 8320 or the i5 3330?(I know I would have to go with a diff mobo with the fx cpu but just wondering..)
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November 21, 2012 12:47:52 AM

For a non-overclocking build, I'd make these changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $775.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 21:41 EST-0500)

Better CPU, better GPU, 8GB of RAM comes free with the motherboard when you buy it from Newegg.

An SSD could be added later on if desired.
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November 21, 2012 12:53:39 AM

lol a parallel port in 2012

i5 3330 is much better at gaming
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November 21, 2012 12:59:47 AM

thanks guys I REALLY appreciate the help....
but what if i want a build for slight overclocking thats a little bit cheaper?
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November 21, 2012 1:11:05 AM

A cheaper build which is also overclocking friendly:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $734.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 22:06 EST-0500)

This motherboard is also eligible for the free RAM promo. For the video card choice, take a look at this quote from Tom's Best GPU for the Money guide updated today:

"The Radeon HD 7870 sets a new standard for what we expect from a sub-$300 GPU. With performance kissing the heels of AMD's own Radeon HD 7950 and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, this card represents one of the best enthusiast-oriented values we've seen. A recent price drop makes it hard to recommend those more expensive cards because the extra speed they offer is relatively minor compared to what you'd need to pay for them. "

Also, if you live near a microcenter, you can save a good chunk of change on the CPU. However, you'd then lose the combo deal which makes the HSF practically free. All told you'd still save about $30, if you have that as an option.
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November 21, 2012 1:22:52 AM

ckholt83 said:
A cheaper build which is also overclocking friendly:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $734.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 22:06 EST-0500)

This motherboard is also eligible for the free RAM promo. For the video card choice, take a look at this quote from Tom's Best GPU for the Money guide updated today:

"The Radeon HD 7870 sets a new standard for what we expect from a sub-$300 GPU. With performance kissing the heels of AMD's own Radeon HD 7950 and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, this card represents one of the best enthusiast-oriented values we've seen. A recent price drop makes it hard to recommend those more expensive cards because the extra speed they offer is relatively minor compared to what you'd need to pay for them. "

Also, if you live near a microcenter, you can save a good chunk of change on the CPU. However, you'd then lose the combo deal which makes the HSF practically free. All told you'd still save about $30, if you have that as an option.


Thanks alot everyone for the help.. :) 
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November 21, 2012 2:22:03 AM

ckholt83 said:
A cheaper build which is also overclocking friendly:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $734.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 22:06 EST-0500)

This motherboard is also eligible for the free RAM promo. For the video card choice, take a look at this quote from Tom's Best GPU for the Money guide updated today:

"The Radeon HD 7870 sets a new standard for what we expect from a sub-$300 GPU. With performance kissing the heels of AMD's own Radeon HD 7950 and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, this card represents one of the best enthusiast-oriented values we've seen. A recent price drop makes it hard to recommend those more expensive cards because the extra speed they offer is relatively minor compared to what you'd need to pay for them. "

Also, if you live near a microcenter, you can save a good chunk of change on the CPU. However, you'd then lose the combo deal which makes the HSF practically free. All told you'd still save about $30, if you have that as an option.


-xigmatek isnt known to be anything near quality
-pretty sure there are single fan coolers that go for 20 bucks cheaper.
-seems good now
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November 21, 2012 2:48:21 AM

The Gaia has acquitted itself reasonably in a number of reviews, including one here on Tom's:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-cooler-heatsink...

It's also $1.99 with the CPU combo, so I think you'd be hard pressed to beat it in terms of value proposition. OP said he's only looking for a 'slight' overclock as well, no need to throw away $30+ on another cooler if this one will do the job for $2.

"-pretty sure there are single fan coolers that go for 20 bucks cheaper. " - I'd like to see this.
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