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My First Build - How's This for Around $800

Hello everyone. This is my first custom built computer, but I'n not completely new, I've helped my friend build his recently and I thought it was about time to upgrade to a custom desktop. I would like you guys to see if there's anywhere where I could cut costs, and if there's any places where I need better parts.

This is what I have as of right now:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($24.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Apex PCV-588 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $812.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 14:34 EST-0500)


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks

Budget Range: Hopefully around $800, possibly up to $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & YouTube

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All (Completely New Computer)

Do you need to buy OS: Possibly this is why I would like to keep the build as close to $800 as possible.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't Matter

Location: Mickleton, New Jersey

Parts Preferences: Doesn't really matter, besides an Intel Processor

Overclocking: Hopefully

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Current resolution is 1600 x 900

Additional Comments: Going to be using this for Recording and Rendering for YouTube, so it'll need decent power.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Been using a fairly good laptop, but I feel like I need an upgrade, so no real reason. ;)


Thanks for the Help,
Zach
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  1. Best answer
    RAM is wrong voltage
    PSU and HDD are not so reliable brands
    Here's my revision of your build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apex PCV-588 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $844.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 17:50 EST-0500)

    Though if you really want dual graphics option, you need ascrock extreme4 mobo and 750w psu, which will cost you
  2. butremor said:
    RAM is wrong voltage
    PSU and HDD are not so reliable brands
    Here's my revision of your build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apex PCV-588 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $844.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 17:50 EST-0500)

    Though if you really want dual graphics option, you need ascrock extreme4 mobo and 750w psu, which will cost you


    Thanks, and I agree with everyyhing you switched, but you don't think I need a CPU Cooler? Not trying to be rude, but I was just wondering when it is needed.
  3. Well, cpu comes with stock cooler and you may be fine with it because you're not overclocking. But if your budget allows and you want more cooling performance for cpu you definetely can get it. Like Cooler Master 212 EVO is good thing for ~22 $
  4. Alright I added the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus for $19.99, but I have one last question: will I need a separate card if I want to use wi-fi with my new build?
  5. Hyper 212 Plus is deifferent from 212 EVO

    you might want evo instead :)
  6. Is there any differences that I should be worried about?
  7. One more last thing: So I need 1.35 voltage RAM for my motherboard? I was interested, so I looked at the specs and I couldn't find anywhere where it specified the type of ram needed.
  8. ^ NO
    intel need 1,5v ram
    any other ram will kill your cpu slowly/fast lol
  9. ^ NO
    intel need 1,5v ram
    Yeah I see that now, he actually did have 1.5v RAM, but I accidently added the exact same RAM with a different voltage. Sorry for being an idiot.
  10. Alright, here's my latest and most likely final version of the build, unless you see something wrong. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ulXx
  11. Nonono, you see that ram has high heat spreders and that will trouble you installing 212 EVO, i had picked ram with low spreaders for a reason.
    For wifi you will need to buy the adapter its about ~20$, mostly goes to PCI x1 slot
  12. Alright, I'm sorry I didn't know there was an actual difference. And I'm not sure exactly what I need in terms of this wireless card, would you mind giving me a link to an example of one that I want?
  13. Thanks, now here's my revised final build, with the RAM you had selected and an Asus Wireless Card. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uqip
  14. Best answer selected by ZachL123.
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