Looking to build a system

Hi, I am not very new to computers but relatively new at building one. I compiled a list that I thought seemed like a wise choice, when it comes to picking parts I am completely lost. Mainly because I don't know what the part name is, other then, motherboard, harddrive etc. I figured I would post my list and see what you all experts thought and maybe you have some feedback on what could be changed or if I have something that is not compatible. I had seen budget builds at the top of this forum section, I will go ahead and give those a read to get some better ideas.








Grand total comes to $372 with shipping. Which is around the budget I was looking at. I'm not sure what else I would need other then cords, but those should come with the power supply if I am not mistaken?
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  1. You have no motherboard listed.

    What is the main use of the computer going to be?
  2. Not sure how I missed the motherboard. The main use will be multimedia and maybe some gaming.

  3. Your CPU is very weak and I wouldn't recommend it at all. If you want to go AMD I would say get a phenom 2 x4 965 black edition at the least. If you were cool with intel then an i3 3220 would be a better choice all around.

    Your PSU is a very unreliable brand which is known to fail. You only want to get a PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic. 700w is super overkill for this system. An antec VP-450 will be plenty. or a Corsair cx430.

    You could also save some money and get 4gb of ram and not notice a difference. Games use only 4gb max anyway.

    I would recommend an hd 7770 if you plan to play modern games. It will get you comfortably medium settings.
  4. Thank you for the response. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back, Work has me busy as can be right now. I put together a new list, maybe you can take a look and tell me what you think. I took a few suggestions I had seen on the forums and think for the most part I have a descent setup. Not sure though.









    Total comes to $565.00 Which is within my price range.
  5. Use pcpartpicker.com to list your components please :)

    I suggest this

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ykpT
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ykpT/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ykpT/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $488.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 16:31 EST-0500)
  6. Hi Camohanna and thank you for the reply. I know I am a noob in the computer hardware area, but what you have looks good. I noticed you suggest the I3 processor, Would it be better to go with the I5 instead? And on the list above I have a network adapter added, as the internet I have is shared. So I would need the computer to be wireless. Would I need to purchase one of these or does the motherboard have anything like that built into it?

    Also, I noticed this down at the bottom of the page..

    Compatibility Notes

    ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

    Is this Going to be a problem with the case selected?
  7. You can just buy a usb adaptor for it :) If you went with an i5, your only ooption would be to buy it from a microcentre near by if you want to keep it under $500. If ou can spare the extra, the upgrade to an i5 is well worth it. I suggest the i5-3470
  8. Alright, I think I am ready. All I did was up it to an I5 and up the storage to a 500gb drive. Puts the base total at $611, or $571 after mail in rebates. That is about the budget I am after :)

  9. matt2 said:
    Alright, I think I am ready. All I did was up it to an I5 and up the storage to a 500gb drive. Puts the base total at $611, or $571 after mail in rebates. That is about the budget I am after :)


    Very nice build, go with it ;)
  10. Thank you for the help! Looking around, and watching videos on how to put a pc together has dug up two more questions for me. #1 I see allot of people using coolers. Would this be absolutely necessary with the build above? And Two, would the build require any additional single fans for cooling or ventilation?
  11. People only use those coolers if they are overclocking. The stock cooler is plenty if you keep the cpu at stock speeds (which is the only option is you dont have a 'k' edition and the respective motherboard (Z77 for ivy bridge) . I suggest looking up the case to see where the premounted fans are. If there is non mounted on the back , but some mounted on the front i suggest buying one to mount on the back. And vice versa. This will maintain good airflow within the case and prevent your components overheating.
  12. Thank you for clearing that up! :) . I have about a week before I am able to throw down the money for the build. So While I wait, I was fiddling around with pcpicker. If I wanted to go as cheap as I could, keeping the I5 processor. This is what I came up with. I know later down the line the memory and storage I could always upgrade to a bigger capacity.

  13. Very nice choice, i would get a 550w xfx psu for corsair builder psu though.
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