1st build noob, 600-800

I want to build my first computer. I know nothing about building a computer or what to get so I need some help finding parts to use. I have a HP Pavilion Elite e9105z that can't handle playing high quality movies and surfing the web with multiple tabs. I was originally planning on rebuilding that after first seeing budget builds on maximumpc.com using older cases. But seeing how the cases are relatively cheap, I'd rather completely build something new. I use my 37" tv as my monitor, I don't know if that is of relevance or not but I'd like an HDMI port. I was looking at the Best Configs:Home Theater PC but I want more out of my computer than just home theater. I occasionally use Photoshop, I don't know if that makes a difference or not either. I'd like a SSD internal hd. I probably wont be doing this for a few weeks as I am getting a new car next week so time is not of the essence.


Budget Range: 600-800

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

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Parts Preferences: 37" tv for monitor, SSD internal HD

Overclocking: I dont know what this means

SLI or Crossfire: I dont know what this means
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  1. Here you go.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $743.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 01:54 EST-0500)
  2. Check out my $650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module146695821
    Add the SSD here for the boot drive and programs (+100):
    http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-HyperX-2-5-Inch-SH103S3-120G/dp/B007R67FNA%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB007R67FNA
    Drop the 7870 down to the 5450 (-200)
    Swap Antec Neo Eco 520 to the Corsair CX430 (-9):
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0092ML1SC/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new
    Total: $543

    You get a solid build that will run all the things you wanted just fine. Since you are just running movies on this the 5450 will do just fine, the FX-8320 will give you enough multi-threading for a low price and it'll perform great. If you need more juice it can still overclock.
  3. aznshinobi said:
    Check out my $650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module146695821
    Add the SSD here for the boot drive and programs (+100):
    http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-HyperX-2-5-Inch-SH103S3-120G/dp/B007R67FNA%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB007R67FNA
    Drop the 7870 down to the 5450 (-200)
    Swap Antec Neo Eco 520 to the Corsair CX430 (-9):
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0092ML1SC/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new
    Total: $543

    You get a solid build that will run all the things you wanted just fine. Since you are just running movies on this the 5450 will do just fine, the FX-8320 will give you enough multi-threading for a low price and it'll perform great. If you need more juice it can still overclock.


    Can I run Blu-ray player on that? And does amazon sell them? Can I run windows 8 on here?
  4. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/szXb
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/szXb/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/szXb/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.48 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.49 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $558.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 04:43 EST-0500)

    Get the cheapest 2*4gb RAM you can get from a good brand..the 64GB SSD will be enough for your needs..the 6670 is a fanless silent version..you can get any good case according to your preference..
  5. prokill00 said:
    Can I run Blu-ray player on that? And does amazon sell them? Can I run windows 8 on here?



    Well you can easily swap the standard DVD drive for a Blu-ray drive, so yes. Amazon sells all these parts yes.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106325
    Blu-Ray players are super cheap now so might as well.
  6. CPU - Intel Core i5-3470: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3470-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B0087EVHVW/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102998#top Can easy OC to preform on par with GTX 580

    Asus P8-H77-I Motherboard: http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-H77-mini-Motherboard/dp/B007RIFLVQ/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1

    8GB Samsung DDR3 1600MHz RAM: http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2FPtqKe&session_token=CA1ncyh5J2qzxW-Uz1DuWcpLE698MTM1NjMxMjM3MkAxMzU2MjI1OTcy You Highly overclock to ram that cost double the price speed.

    500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue Hard Drive: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desktop/dp/B00461G3MS/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1

    Bitfenix Prodigy Case: http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2FgaaLj&session_token=CA1ncyh5J2qzxW-Uz1DuWcpLE698MTM1NjMxMjM3MkAxMzU2MjI1OTcy Out of stock? Try here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811345016

    430W Corsair CX430 Power Supply: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Series-Watt-CX430/dp/B0092ML1SC/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1

    Molex Adapter (for third case fan): http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimited-3-Pin-Connector-FAN-CABLE/dp/B000V6T5HW/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1

    These parts make up the core $600 build however this is a custom computer so feel free to customize as much as you like! Here are some good options you might want to consider.

    Windows 7 Home Premium: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_2

    Windows 8 System Builder: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-System-Builder-DVD-64-Bit/dp/B0094NY3R0/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_2

    LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Reader Model : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106325#top

    Wi-Fi Adapter - AirLink 101 Wireless N USB Adapter: http://www.amazon.com/AirLink101-AWLL5088-Wireless-Ultra-Adapter/dp/B003X26PMO/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1

    Extra Case fan: http://www.amazon.com/BitFenix-Spectre-Pro-200mm-BFF-SPRO-20025WW-RP/dp/B008UYZ102/ref=sr_1_150?ie=UTF8&m=A28CFGAEH1L7HN&qid=1356230363&s=generic&sr=1-150

    SSD Upgrade - 120GB Samsung 840: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-120GB-internal-MZ-7TD120BW/dp/B009NHAF06/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1
  7. Overclocking is hard for me to explain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overclocking

    SLI is more than 2-4 nvidia video cards working together, usually giving more performance than a single card. Crossfire is similar but with AMD cards.
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