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January 28, 2013 10:36:25 PM

This is my first time building a comp. I have listed my components along with the links and prices of what I would like to purchase, however I would like to get some opinions on my inventory. Needless to say, this is a working inventory so feel free to post any suggestions to improve or find a cheaper equivalent.
Also, I am in no rush to construct my comp so this process of gathering components will stretch over the next few months. Thanks for the help.

I work from home so I will be on my comp for most of the day. My work consists of general Microsoft Office programs and internet usage. On my free time I will watch TV (eventually get a TV tuner card), movies, light gaming, etc. Things of that nature. I currently use two monitors, but I will eventually upgrade into 4 monitors when I get this comp rolling. I would like for comp to last quite a while, but not have to upgrade in a year or two. Thank again!

Processor
$180 - Intel Core-i5 3350P Quad-Core Processor 3.1 Ghz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i53350P
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan/Heatsink
$ 35 - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
$145 - MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
$50 - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
$47 - Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PVI38G160C9K
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card
$180 - SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
$80 - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive
$20 - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
$80 - COOLMAX CUL-750B 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI/Crossfire ready Modular and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply
Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or
$100 - OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Link -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 28, 2013 10:58:13 PM

if you wish to go upto 4 monitors you are going to have to get dual video cards

did you prefer to buy from one place or just wherever is best deal?


http://pcpartpicker.com gives best deals for items you choose
January 28, 2013 11:48:50 PM

I will probably buy based on the best deal.
Also, I will eventually get duel cards for four monitors when I get there, but right now I will only use two monitors.
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January 28, 2013 11:51:07 PM

country of origin and max budget? and do u need sli or crossfire?

January 29, 2013 12:39:58 AM

Why are you buying the Cooler Master Evo? It's only needed if you overclock the CPU. Since you chose the 3350p you can't overclock so you don't need the Evo. Also for $15 more you can get the i5-3470 which is much faster and has onboard graphics in case you had GPU issues.

January 29, 2013 12:48:26 AM

envy14tpe said:
Why are you buying the Cooler Master Evo? It's only needed if you overclock the CPU. Since you chose the 3350p you can't overclock so you don't need the Evo. Also for $15 more you can get the i5-3470 which is much faster and has onboard graphics in case you had GPU issues.


Dont always need to overclock just to get an upgraded cooler :p 
January 29, 2013 1:04:36 AM

this is tru :) 

January 29, 2013 1:10:20 AM

i would recommend getting the 2GB version of the HD 7850 if you are using 2 monitors
January 29, 2013 1:11:29 AM

good recommandation, less chance of vram limitations with 2gs :) 

January 29, 2013 1:17:49 AM

envy14tpe said:
Why are you buying the Cooler Master Evo? It's only needed if you overclock the CPU. Since you chose the 3350p you can't overclock so you don't need the Evo. Also for $15 more you can get the i5-3470 which is much faster and has onboard graphics in case you had GPU issues.


Because the stock fan is still crap regardless and is loud? I have a non overclockable CPU, and its one of those things, that if I had a choice to rebuild my computer, would keep buying again and again. I went from like 70 degrees at load to not even getting higher temps from idle to load (38 degrees)
January 29, 2013 1:23:21 AM

i agree, stock fans dont do good cooling and are noisy, for 20-25$ is a decent investment for noise reduction and better thermal cooling.

January 29, 2013 11:20:54 AM

To respond to the earlier post, county of origin is US. And, my budget I would like to keep around $700. Almost all items listed are mail-in-rebate items which has put me a tad over $700. Obviously, if there are cheaper equivalents then please let me know.
Thanks for the input.
January 29, 2013 1:06:27 PM

do u require windows as well?

January 29, 2013 1:07:30 PM

Yes. I plan to use windows 7.
January 29, 2013 1:08:08 PM

do u plan to overclock or use sli?

January 29, 2013 1:11:17 PM

no on overclock and i plan to use crossfire instead of SLI. Do you have any recommendations for a 4 monitor set-up to support this? Cheaper the better in this case.
January 29, 2013 1:18:16 PM

4 monitor ud need more than one card to run that properly.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AgQ4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AgQ4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AgQ4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.78 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $638.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 10:18 EST-0500)

Base Total: $728.71
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Total: $668.71

January 29, 2013 1:28:04 PM

Thank you for the suggestions. I will eventually get two cards when I upgrade to four monitors.
January 29, 2013 1:36:36 PM

sounds good. :D 

this pc should do the trick. the 2gb will be useful as games are already using more than 1gb of vram

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