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November 21, 2012 3:02:59 PM

I would like to purchase a pre-built computer, but if I'm unable to to find one during Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I'm hoping to buy parts and have someone build one for me. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks! :) 

#1 CASE
NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$69.99

#2 CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$219.99

#3 CPU COOLER
NZXT RC-HV120-01 120mm HAVIK 120 Dual Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$49.99


#4 MOTHERBOARD
ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$119.99

#5 MEMORY
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$34.99

#6 STORAGE
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$84.99

#7 VIDEO CARD
ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$239.99
Free $60 game - Assassin's Creed III

#8 POWER SUPPLY
NZXT HALE82-N NP-1BN-0750A-US 750W ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$109.99

#9 OPTICAL DRIVE
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$19.99

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#10 MONITOR
Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$144.99

#11 OPERATING SYSTEM
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PRICE
$179.99
$199.99

#12 KEYBOARD
RAZER LYCOSA
http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-lycosa-mirror
PRICE
$79.99

TOTAL COST: $1,354.79
GOAL: $1,000-1,200 (after sales)

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November 21, 2012 3:23:37 PM

Why have someone build it for you? It is really simple to do yourself if you have 5 free hours. You will enjoy it much more if you do. I don't know about that cooler, I would ge a Coolermaster 212 evo. You don't need a 750W psu for 1 card. Look for a 620W Seasonic. With the extra money from the psu get a 7870 or 660ti. You will enjoy gaming more if you have good sound, look for a 2.1 speaker setup. I have Logitech z313 and they are nice for $39.99. That keyboard is a little expensive, look for a microsoft x4 sidewinder.
November 21, 2012 3:32:19 PM

wanderer11 said:
Why have someone build it for you? It is really simple to do yourself if you have 5 free hours. You will enjoy it much more if you do. I don't know about that cooler, I would ge a Coolermaster 212 evo. You don't need a 750W psu for 1 card. Look for a 620W Seasonic. With the extra money from the psu get a 7870 or 660ti. You will enjoy gaming more if you have good sound, look for a 2.1 speaker setup. I have Logitech z313 and they are nice for $39.99. That keyboard is a little expensive, look for a microsoft x4 sidewinder.


Thanks for the quick reply! I know someone who has a lot of experience building computers, so I was thinking of asking him for help. But I guess it wouldn't hurt to try on my own. I'll take a look at that Seasonic PSU, I've actually had someone recommend it to me. For the keyboard, I was looking for anything to match my case and mouse, both would have the blue lighting.
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November 21, 2012 3:36:38 PM

Why not have him walk you through it if you don't feel comfortable? Trust me, you will appreciate the computer more if you put it together yourself. Peripherals are really a matter of opinion. If you like the Lycosa a lot then don't let me stop you from getting it.
November 21, 2012 3:43:32 PM

wanderer11 said:
Why not have him walk you through it if you don't feel comfortable? Trust me, you will appreciate the computer more if you put it together yourself. Peripherals are really a matter of opinion. If you like the Lycosa a lot then don't let me stop you from getting it.


Yea, I think I'll do that. Thanks again for your input. :) 
November 21, 2012 3:55:13 PM

You're welcome
November 21, 2012 4:28:29 PM

wanderer11 said:
Why have someone build it for you? It is really simple to do yourself if you have 5 free hours. You will enjoy it much more if you do. I don't know about that cooler, I would ge a Coolermaster 212 evo. You don't need a 750W psu for 1 card. Look for a 620W Seasonic. With the extra money from the psu get a 7870 or 660ti. You will enjoy gaming more if you have good sound, look for a 2.1 speaker setup. I have Logitech z313 and they are nice for $39.99. That keyboard is a little expensive, look for a microsoft x4 sidewinder.


5 hours? I can build a system in less than two, and I did so on Monday. I definitely agree that you should build it yourself.

Also the operating system - no need to pay for the full version of Windows 7. You can get the OEM version of Windows 8 which includes a license for system builders for $99, you can use the difference to get a better video card.
November 21, 2012 4:34:01 PM

g-unit1111 said:
5 hours? I can build a system in less than two, and I did so on Monday. I definitely agree that you should build it yourself.

Also the operating system - no need to pay for the full version of Windows 7. You can get the OEM version of Windows 8 which includes a license for system builders for $99, you can use the difference to get a better video card.


What exactly is the OEM version? And thanks for the info, that would definitely lower the total cost by a lot!

Also, would this be a good replacement for the PSU? Looks like it's on sale and has decent reviews:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 21, 2012 4:39:12 PM

I meant 5 hours as in your first time. I'm sure you got faster over time. The PSU looks good.
November 21, 2012 4:51:16 PM

Srslyrly said:
What exactly is the OEM version? And thanks for the info, that would definitely lower the total cost by a lot!

Also, would this be a good replacement for the PSU? Looks like it's on sale and has decent reviews:

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


OEM means that it's supposed to be for system builders only. The Windows 7 system license means that someone has to sell you your PC in order for it to be legal, or you sell your computer to someone else. The Windows 8 system license does away with that provision.

That power supply is an excellent choice, but don't go by what the store reviews tell you. They're baseless most of the time. Here's what a real review looks like: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
November 21, 2012 5:08:08 PM

g-unit1111 said:
OEM means that it's supposed to be for system builders only. The Windows 7 system license means that someone has to sell you your PC in order for it to be legal, or you sell your computer to someone else. The Windows 8 system license does away with that provision.

That power supply is an excellent choice, but don't go by what the store reviews tell you. They're baseless most of the time. Here's what a real review looks like: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...


Oh okay, awesome. Thanks again!

Oh and one more thing, is it worth it to spend the extra money to upgrade the video card to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Personally, I won't be doing any hardcore gaming, but would like to play games such as Guild Wars 2, Assassin's Creed III, Battlefield 3, and etc. without having to worry about performance. I was actually planning on getting something worse, but decided to stick with the GeForce GTX 660.

Other than that, what are your thoughts on the CPU Cooler and Motherboard? I think everything else is all good to go. Just wanting to make sure everything is compatible and whatnot.
November 21, 2012 5:12:39 PM

You can't really get more demanding that BF3 right now. Yes, spend as much as you can on the gpu.
November 22, 2012 3:56:47 AM

Srslyrly said:
I need some input, I found a lot of parts on sale.

Storage

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

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

Video Card

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

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

I may update this in a bit. Thanks in advance!


I would suggest the 7870 for a graphics card

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

cheaper and works amazing, and if you overclock your computer it will be out the 660ti for the occasions you do game
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