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January 22, 2013 5:54:23 AM

I'm finally pretty satisfied with this build, decided to make a new thread since I'm not looking for a complete build anymore. I just need some final suggestions.

First off, I need a motherboard, this has been the hardest for me to pick because I don't want to break the $750 limit.

The HDD is also going to go off sale before I order this build, so I'm going to need a new one. But come to think of it, I never actually filled up my 500GB HDD on this PC, so another 500GB would work if you can find one significantly cheaper.

And finally, I would probably need a decent Heatsink, right? So, I would need one of those.

Also, I do not have a microcenter near me, so I would have to buy my CPU from Amazon where it comes to $188.79. So add $38.80 to the final price.

And as always, if you know of any better deals on any of these parts, please let me know.

(updated list)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro 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: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $665.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 16:42 EST-0500)
January 22, 2013 6:06:56 AM

Hi. Any H77 motherboard will do and you don't need an aftermarket cooler. Feel free to make changes as you'd like. There's enough money left for a 1TB hard drive if you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
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)
Total: $703.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 03:07 EST-0500)

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January 22, 2013 6:18:54 AM

Perfect, thank you.

Honestly, if I ever do need any extra storage, I would just buy a SSD. I think in 7 years the lowest free space my 500GB HD ever had was around 70GB. So, I'm pretty good at maintaining programs or files I don't need anymore.

I noticed you changed the RAM as well, which was only about $2 more expensive but ended up being a bundle deal to save me money, thanks for that!

Do you have any experience with that mobo? I often get scared of cheaper mobos that don't have many 5 egg ratings.
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January 22, 2013 7:22:46 AM

fix psu (corsair on sale), ram, and bump HDD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $656.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 04:22 EST-0500)
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January 22, 2013 8:02:53 AM

The PSU only shows a $10 MIR on their website which makes it the same price as the Rosewill (which has better ratings)
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January 22, 2013 4:08:09 PM

hexgame said:
The PSU only shows a $10 MIR on their website which makes it the same price as the Rosewill (which has better ratings)

The CX600 is actually $60 after rebate at this moment; I think it was $40 after rebate yesterday. I guess pcpartpicker couldn't keep up with the price increase. If you still want the Rosewill at that price after rebate, you will have to order it soon. As a matter of fact I do own that very same motherboard and it's been a good simple budget board for me so far. Since you have some money left in your budget, you can go with a different brand or features that you prefer.
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January 22, 2013 7:35:21 PM

Thanks. I'll have to update the list later this week, hopefully I will be getting the money I need sometime around Sunday or Monday. So I'll probably need an update once again at that time to check if there are any better deals, but now that I have the basic build idea down things will be a lot easier.
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January 22, 2013 7:36:03 PM

whats ur maximum budget?

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January 22, 2013 7:42:24 PM

iceclock said:
whats ur maximum budget?


About $750 before MIR. Possibly up to $800, but not likely.

Another question, how do I get pcpartpicker to not show Microcenter? I don't have one near me, but it keeps showing up even when it shows Newegg on my current parts list

Edited with updated list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro 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: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $665.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 16:42 EST-0500)
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January 22, 2013 7:47:59 PM

it does that automatically. u gotta add custom parts for it to dizzapear.

do u need windows+monitor+keyboard+mousse?

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January 22, 2013 7:52:01 PM

iceclock said:
it does that automatically. u gotta add custom parts for it to dizzapear.

do u need windows+monitor+keyboard+mousse?


I don't. Nor do I need an OS or optical drive.
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January 22, 2013 7:59:29 PM

ok

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z0RD
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z0RD/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z0RD/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: 3570k ($220.00)
Total: $758.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 16:59 EST-0500)

base Total: $790.50
Mail-in Rebates: -$38.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $758.49
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January 22, 2013 8:07:21 PM

Thanks for that. A few things though.

I'll never use 1.5GB. I haven't even filled up my 500GB HDD which lasted me 6-7 years. I'm very good at file/program management.

I'm pretty happy with the case I picked, I like the look, the fan feature and the ease of cleaning. So I probably wont change that.

I think that was the motherboard I picked earlier, but several people have told me to go with ASRock H77M.

Did that 660 just go on sale? I swear I didn't see that earlier.
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January 22, 2013 8:19:24 PM

so u wont overclock also?, so 1tb.+h77+case u wanted got it

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z13f
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z13f/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z13f/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $774.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 17:18 EST-0500)

Base Total: $789.49
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $774.48

for the price i got u a xeon with 4cores+4ht cores. :D 

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January 22, 2013 8:26:00 PM

I've never been a big fan of overclocking. I like my builds to last.

Thanks for that build. Is the Xeon significantly better than the previous CPU I've picked? I'll only really be using it for gaming.
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January 22, 2013 8:32:12 PM

yes, it has 4cores+4ht software cores. versus just 4cores.

:) 

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January 22, 2013 8:42:50 PM

I'll think about it :p 
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January 22, 2013 9:10:33 PM

iceclock said:
yes, it has 4cores+4ht software cores. versus just 4cores.

:) 



So the xeon e3 1230 v2 would outperform the i5 3570k in games and whatever else?
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January 22, 2013 9:43:42 PM

iceclock said:
yep



so why does everyone recommend the i5 3570k instead of the xeon e3 1230 v2, when they are about the same price..
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January 22, 2013 9:45:01 PM

because they dont know much about xeons :) , and the 3570k overclocks and xeon not, but if ur not overclocking the xeon has the advantage with 4cores+4ht cores :) 

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January 22, 2013 9:58:26 PM

ohh i see, so if you were to overclock the 3570k to 4.0+ it would be better?

and the xeon cant overclock at all? or..sorry just a little confused..

Thanks for replying btw
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January 22, 2013 10:03:08 PM

u dont seem interested in overclocking, and also cost more for a board to overclock on.

and the xeon is locked yes.

if ur not gonna overclock xeon wins barnone.

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January 22, 2013 10:09:39 PM

what are the 4 ht cores actually for?
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January 22, 2013 10:17:27 PM

I'm not trying to sound like a jerk here or anything, this is all great questions you are asking. But could you possibly create your own thread instead of using mine? I'd appreciate it.
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