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2,000 budget, first time, any pointers?

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January 23, 2013 4:59:57 PM

Hey guys,

This would be my first time (outside of being show exactly what parts to use etc etc) that I will be building my own, from scratch, computer. I've saved up $2,000 and worked up a build I personally think it is alright, so here goes I am very welcome to criticism and different parts.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9LJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9LJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9LJ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.59 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($122.54 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1776.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 14:01 EST-0500)

a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 5:06:34 PM

dude... you cheap out too much on acer monitor...

what is the PC for? gaming? what game?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 5:11:03 PM

If it is only for gaming, this would be much better. If its for some video editing etc, just get a i7 /16GB ram. That psu is a hunk of junk.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/za17
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/za17/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/za17/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($192.16 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1557.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 14:13 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2013 5:20:38 PM

It is for gaming. What i'm looking for is a computer that will last me for at least a few years without having to update much.
My problem is I don't have a lot of familiarity with parts outside of what I use at work, home, and the basic computer classes I took while in school.

I'm liking the build by camo. I was actually thinking of using the 7970, but sadly I've had problems with AMD before and it's kind of scarred me lol.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 5:26:52 PM

XFX Makes excellent cards and just remember, amd only make the tiny gpu inside the rest is up to the manufacturers. So its the manufacturers faul most likely. I suggested the 7970 as it has 3gb of ram which is perfect. 2gb seems a little too small and unfexable but 4gb is too costly.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 5:27:30 PM

You can always just swap out a 680 with the 7970 if you really must
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January 23, 2013 5:30:12 PM

I agree, the GPU I had picked out was incredibly expensive, and was on the fence about it the entire time. I've heard great things about AMD's beta drivers they have put out lately.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 5:33:29 PM

Yes, you would be making the right choice going with the 7970!
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 5:43:53 PM

You dont need more ram then 8GB for gaming..
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 5:46:01 PM

Think Camo's build is very solid but would drop down to sub-$100 550-600W unit if you're not going to SLI. This maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would take a lot of kilowatts to make up the $80 difference, but that's just me!

I'd also drop the HDD completely. 256GB gets you a lot of games...
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January 23, 2013 5:58:52 PM

My two cents:

1. Newegg next 24 hours: Corsair TX 750 watts for $59.99 With Promo Code: EMCYTZT2832 The Seasonic is probably better, but $100 dollars better ???

2. If you can go to a microcenter their CPU & Mobo combo's can't be beat

3. For the build itself: Youtube: "newegg computer build" parts 2 (assembly) and 3 (Windows install)

4. I love the 3570k + ASRock Z77. I went with an intel 330 SSD, 180 GB. I have Win 7, 2 games (World of Tanks and Diablo 3), and turbotax and it's only 1/2 full.

Good Luck !!
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January 23, 2013 5:59:19 PM

I guess I should have mentioned this earlier. I do plan on at some point adding more monitors to it, I personally have never done it so i'm not sure what I would have to do to set up for it. Again this may be a year after I buy this initial computer.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 6:01:44 PM

STDeez said:
I guess I should have mentioned this earlier. I do plan on at some point adding more monitors to it, I personally have never done it so i'm not sure what I would have to do to set up for it. Again this may be a year after I buy this initial computer.


The 7970 can handle 3 or so moniters, you can even do eyefinity.
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January 23, 2013 6:06:01 PM

I may drop the HDD as I do have 2 1.5TB externals sitting at the house, but I may not because camo's build (which I plan on using at this point) is only 1,550. So why not?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 6:19:12 PM

If you're going for 3 monitors down the line, may as well get that 850W PSU since you'll need to SLI another 7970 GHz to drive them at very high settings.

If you can use the HDD definitely get it. But doesn't get you very far if you buy it and never put anything on it. That SSD will support your OS and 6 x 30GB game installs, or a couple of big ones and many more "normal" sized ones.

Have fun no matter what you go with!
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 6:38:10 PM

Since you have the exterNals, ditch the HDD. That is why I put the 850w in for crossfire down the road. Eyefinity is said to be awesome and I suggest 3x asus 23" moniters for it. They only cost $150 ea (450 for 3 making it cheaper then a 27" which is $600+) so you can buy two of them later with you second 7970
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January 23, 2013 7:10:40 PM

Best answer selected by STDeez.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2013 7:32:50 PM

Enjoy the new build! Thanks for best answer
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