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January 25, 2013 7:47:46 AM

So I'm building my first rig but can't decide on some parts yet, so I need help.

So these are the parts I can't decide on:

CPU: Intel i5-2500K or Intel i5-3570K. I was thinking about the 3570K mostly.
MOBO: I will decide on MOBO as soon as I decide on what CPU I'm going for
GPU: SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 2GB, HD 7850 or HD 7870
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W
Gonna keep my HDD and CD Drive
Haven't decided on a budget yet, but I'd say $700 for now

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January 25, 2013 8:41:26 AM

Fill out the sticky 'how to ask for newbuild advice' on the main page and post back, that way well have a better idea of what your after and can offer you some build suggestions for your needs.
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January 25, 2013 8:44:27 AM

Here's a quick gaming build for about $700. The more information you can give though the better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($224.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $665.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 05:44 EST-0500)
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January 25, 2013 4:46:59 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This upcoming week possibly

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, GPU, PSU, Case

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, amazon, tigerdirect

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Carribean islands Aruba

Parts Preferences: by brand or type) -

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

Additional Comments: I've already bought BF3, but I lag with my current PC. So I wanna upgrade and hopefully run it on ultra and upcoming games

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: ^

I'm keeping my HDD and CD Drive

Also mikerockett, Isn't Microcenter store pickup only?
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January 25, 2013 5:15:17 PM

By the looks of it, if you aren't going to overclock or use a cpu cooler, get a i5-3470 or i5-3350P.

Don't get an FX cpu if you aren't going to OC. And always get the piledriver second gen Fx cpus because
bulldozer was a huge fail. So FX 6300 instead of FX 6100.
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January 25, 2013 5:22:26 PM

Well atm, I'm not thinking about overclocking. But I might later on, though. Still new to this so have no idea how to OC. If I OC later on, how's the 3570K/2500K?
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January 25, 2013 5:34:36 PM

i5-3570k is the best price/performance processor if you are going to overclock. With an Unlocked multiplier it is pretty easy. First, buy and install an aftermarket heatsink like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo. Second, go into your bios and change the multiplier from 33 to 42 (or higher) and reboot. You need to get a Z77 motherboard if you're going to overclock an intel processor. H77/B75 do not allow multiplier overclocking. In contrast to AMD where virtually all motherboards allow multiplier overclocking (but the cheap ones aren't good at it - don't have the power delivery).
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January 25, 2013 5:41:41 PM

Here you go. All from amazon.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $695.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 14:41 EST-0500)
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January 25, 2013 6:14:13 PM

Can I overclock with a z75 motherboard too?
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January 25, 2013 7:14:48 PM

Yes, you can overclock with z75 but in practice there are very few z75 boards and you can find a z77 board at the same price points.
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January 26, 2013 5:30:19 AM

Ok this is the build I'm going for atm.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x 4GB) ($47.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Keeping my current one. Might buy an SDD, though.
Video Card: HIS IceQ Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB ($219.99 @ NewEgg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Computer Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Keeping my current one.
Total: $612.94

Thoughts about it?
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January 26, 2013 10:56:46 AM

Looks like a pretty decent set of parts for a non-overclocking rig. I don't see any issues.
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January 26, 2013 6:53:54 PM

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