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December 22, 2012 6:27:58 AM

I wanted to buy something Fast, quite and powerful for gaming, animation and editing. For Christmas I got Far cry 3 in a CD for PC. So I have been deciding what I wanted to build for a while. I like Intel i5's especially the Ivy bridges. But I'm built an AMD, I am at a budget around 750. I wanted to concentrate on the graphics card.



ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1 GB

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow Design

Windows 7 home premium

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan

G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz 240-Pin PC3-12800 Desktop Memory F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Seasonic S12II 520 BRONZE Power Supply

Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ

This Is what I came up with, I don't know if everything will work with each other. This is my first build. Please respond!

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December 22, 2012 1:06:56 PM

Well it is OK and it will work but how have you been concentrating on the graphics card?The 550 Ti is pretty much the lowest end gaming card you can buy right now.

Buy this instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $779.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 10:02 EST-0500)

The CPU is light years ahead in terms of technology (it gets faster than a 3570K when they are both overclocked)
The case is overall better(yes it's air flow is better).
It lacks a CPU cooler, but you can get one in the future when you actually need it.
The RAM kit is exactly the same specs wise but looks better.
The power supply is a bit better.
The Optical drives used in the builds are pretty much identical.
It's hard drive is faster and more reliable.
It's motherboard is, well they are not directly comparable but it's two classes higher.
And its graphics card is more than twice faster.

I hope i've helped you make the right choice.
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December 22, 2012 3:04:09 PM

Kamen_BG said:
Well it is OK and it will work but how have you been concentrating on the graphics card?The 550 Ti is pretty much the lowest end gaming card you can buy right now.

Buy this instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $779.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 10:02 EST-0500)

The CPU is light years ahead in terms of technology (it gets faster than a 3570K when they are both overclocked)
The case is overall better(yes it's air flow is better).
It lacks a CPU cooler, but you can get one in the future when you actually need it.
The RAM kit is exactly the same specs wise but looks better.
The power supply is a bit better.
The Optical drives used in the builds are pretty much identical.
It's hard drive is faster and more reliable.
It's motherboard is, well they are not directly comparable but it's two classes higher.
And its graphics card is more than twice faster.

I hope i've helped you make the right choice.


Thank you, I really appreciate the help. I think this might be the computer I will build. To be honest I wasn't very interested in the AMD cpu.
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December 22, 2012 3:14:42 PM

My Phenom II x4 970 BE is no slouch in the gaming department. So let's not just write off a wonderfully performing chip just because the technology is considered 'old'.

Am just saying...
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