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

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December 26, 2012 5:40:07 PM

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:

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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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December 26, 2012 8:52:18 PM

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
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December 26, 2012 9:25:49 PM

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.
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December 26, 2012 9:31:53 PM

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 $
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December 26, 2012 10:34:14 PM

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?
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December 26, 2012 10:40:09 PM

Hyper 212 Plus is deifferent from 212 EVO

you might want evo instead :) 
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December 26, 2012 10:59:00 PM

Is there any differences that I should be worried about?
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December 26, 2012 11:00:29 PM

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.
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December 26, 2012 11:08:31 PM

^ NO
intel need 1,5v ram
any other ram will kill your cpu slowly/fast lol
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December 26, 2012 11:29:08 PM

2849315,9,1067026 said:
^ 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.
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December 27, 2012 8:12:54 AM

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
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December 27, 2012 10:33:09 AM

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?
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January 3, 2013 1:22:00 AM

Best answer selected by ZachL123.
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