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January 17, 2013 9:52:37 PM

Hey, decided i'm gonna try building my own computer instead of buying a premade one this time. Picked up a couple parts at micro center that seemed to be decent prices and were in some of the build threads i read on here. Mainly just looking for advice on parts to finish up building it.

Here's what i have so far:

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570K
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

Looking to spend around $650 on the remaining parts not including a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Will be used mostly to go online and stream netflix, also wanted to try some pc games like skyrim and diablo 3 and maybe try out some of the mmo's that are going free to play.

Here are some links to the stuff i was looking at for the other parts but i'm not sure if its all compatible or if there is better stuff for the same money. Also wasn't sure if the case would be hard to build in for someone who has never done it before.

Case - Corsair Obsidian Series Black 550D Mid Tower
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006L6ZSWC/ref=ox_sc_a...

Power Supply - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E98FVS/ref=ox_sc_a...

Ram - Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_a...


So if anyone could give some opinions on the above items and recommend a graphics card i'd appreciate it. Also if anyone could recommend a monitor around $250, thanks for any help.

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January 17, 2013 10:00:37 PM

caviar black is a pretty big waste given its not faster than any other 7200 drive (a seagate is actually faster) and its basically the blue drive with more warranty/ with that money i could have gotten you a better GPU

i have the 550D. not the best case to build in but not the worst. id suggest something easier

get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8xj
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January 17, 2013 10:09:53 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8BR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8BR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8BR/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($292.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $500.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 19:08 EST-0500)

Base Total: $571.95
Combo Discounts: -$14.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$75.00
Shipping: $17.55
Total: $500.50

within ur budget :) 

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January 17, 2013 10:29:01 PM

the asus pb238q is a better option in my opinion
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January 17, 2013 10:45:37 PM

Looks like a good start and others have given some good advice. My 2C- Seasonic makes the best power supplies (and makes Corsairs best power supplies too) and you can get a 520w modular version for 69 bucks on Newegg.com. Don't spend too much on a video card unless you really want to get into gaming, I would go with something like a 7770 to start out with. An SSD makes a BIG difference in performance and not just in boot time and application load times. I move files a lot and it has sped that up for me tremendously. I have used many monitors and my favorites so far have been from Samsung or Apple. My main monitor at this time is an ACER 27" LED model and I like it, but its a bit bright and has some bleeding on the edges of the screen. For the money though (350 at the time), it was worth it.
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January 19, 2013 12:35:54 AM

Thanks for all the replies and info. Just had a couple more questions, are the aftermarket coolers mostly for overclocking or should i still get one if i don't plan on doing that yet? Also is windows 7 better to get for this then windows 8? Haven't tried either one so wasn't really sure.

Wondering if there are any issues with this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yjrk

Have to head back to microcenter to pick up the case so i could bring back that western digital drive if the seagate one would be better for the money. Mainly wondering about the cooler, which o.s. i should get, if that ssd card is an ok one for the price, and which graphic card to get for around $250. Thanks again for any help.

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January 19, 2013 12:50:32 AM

better to get the cooler now, because once u install the mobo, gonna be a pain to take out the mobo just to install new cooler.

heres a revised build for u

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

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: 3770k on special ($229.99)
Total: $1160.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 21:49 EST-0500)

3770k is only 229! at microcenter what a steal.

the sandisk is just as good as the samsung and a few bucks cheaper.

and i got u a decent ps for less.

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January 19, 2013 12:57:19 AM

Windows 7 is better for desktop use. For mobile use get Windows 8. So we all know the answer now.
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January 19, 2013 10:37:00 AM

lookingforhelpplease said:
Thanks for all the replies and info. Just had a couple more questions, are the aftermarket coolers mostly for overclocking or should i still get one if i don't plan on doing that yet? Also is windows 7 better to get for this then windows 8? Haven't tried either one so wasn't really sure.

Wondering if there are any issues with this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yjrk

Have to head back to microcenter to pick up the case so i could bring back that western digital drive if the seagate one would be better for the money. Mainly wondering about the cooler, which o.s. i should get, if that ssd card is an ok one for the price, and which graphic card to get for around $250. Thanks again for any help.


i still have a

-much better heatsink
-same power supply, just less wattage for something that you dont need
-way better ssd. the 840 is pretty crap. if you want a large SSD i would recommend the 830 as that is faster
-the 660 is what 200 dollars can get you. a 660ti is for 270 bucks.
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January 19, 2013 4:08:43 PM

im pretty sastified of the pc i chose. i agree 840 is alright, id only recommand the 840pro personally. the sandisk 240gig is pretty zippy. and the 660ti is a good margin faster for a bit more $$.

also got that gtx 660ti for 260$ ish good deal.

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