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I need help with my build. (500 - 620ish budget)

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January 28, 2013 7:37:23 PM

Hi there! Thanks for taking your time to help me out. I really appreciate it! :) 
As you may have guessed I am building a P.C. and these are, more or less, the parts I am deciding on.
I’m planning on using this computer for Homework, and to play online video games on high or ultra with good FPS (I’m hoping I can play Planet Side 2 at high/ultra settings with 30 – 60+ fps)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 – 49.99
OR
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – 44.99

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply – 59.99

CPU: Intel core I3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 – 129.99

GPU: HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card – 164.99

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX – 139.99
OR
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard – 134.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST250DM001 / HD253GJ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive – 44.99

Disk reader: SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224BB – OEM – 17.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-
12800CL9D-8GBXL – 47.99

Total Price: 655.92 (give or take a few dollars and without the mail-in rebates.) I don't mind spending a bit more on my computer but it be better if I could get similar results for a lower price, say 620.00 and lower.

As for over clocking…yea I don’t think I’m going to do that any time soon; don’t know how to and I don’t want to damage anything too soon. Especially because I was planning on going with the stock CPU cooler……


So yea.
Any suggestions? All are welcome. :wahoo: 

Note: I used Newegg to find all these parts, planning on buying them all from there too.....
January 28, 2013 7:47:34 PM

Get the antec neo eco 620w its made by SeaSonic and is onsale for $30. 620w is overkill but its cheaper than the lower quality lower wattage psu's so its a GREAT deal :D .
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January 28, 2013 7:51:37 PM

shop around. Similar ram is available under $40

You can save a lot on the motherboard too . Its could be under $75 if you use a board with a B75 chipset
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January 28, 2013 7:52:02 PM

Oh, look at that. That it is. :D 
Thanks for the info blake and you too outlander.

But um..what are the benefits of the b75? One of the reasons I chose the Asus is because of its chip being what from what I know the most "flexible".
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January 28, 2013 7:59:21 PM

Z77 is usually just a waste of money unless you are getting a "k" variant cpu like the 3770k or 3570k so you can overclock. You can find a decent B75 mobo for half the price since your not overclocking. That money could be put towards a i5 3470 instead of i3 or hd 7870 instead f 7850.
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January 28, 2013 8:08:31 PM

Z77 does have some additional features

but they wont affect gaming performance in this price bracket .
For instance there is no point getting a mb that can SLI and crossfire if you can only afford a single graphics card
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January 29, 2013 5:22:26 PM

Sorry about the late post but after going back and searching around and taking your suggestions to account I came up with this new list of components. (All i did was change the PSU, Mobo really... :p  )

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – 44.99

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply – 49.99

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220 – 129.99

GPU: HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card – 164.99

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard – 69.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST250DM001 / HD253GJ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive – 44.99

Disk reader: SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224BB – OEM – 17.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-
12800CL9D-8GBXL – 47.99

Or

Kingston Technology HyperX Blu 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2) KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G – 42.99

Total: 570.83

Actually while I was looking some ram up I noticed that some had 1333 instead of the usual 1600 I see. I assume these numbers represent the MHz, which made me wonder if one had any advantage over the other, or if the lower Mhz would affect performance in any noticeable way.


Oh another and another thing. Would you guys happen to know if an i5 is worth getting at the moment? Or will the i3 ivy 3220 3.3 GHz suffice for my gaming needs?
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January 29, 2013 5:28:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AiQt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AiQt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AiQt/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: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.78 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $547.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 14:28 EST-0500)

Base Total: $582.87
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $547.87

would be better

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January 29, 2013 5:50:14 PM

:)  Yea...does seem that way. Thanks for the info iceclock.
But out of curiosity whats the difference between the asrock and the giga mobo?
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