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First build - $600-800

I just had my 6 year old Dell XPS MB bite the dust. I was trying to add some ram and must have static electricity the MB. Opps, live and learn.
Anyhow I am looking to build my first rig. I do not game much, if at all honestly. I do some video editing of 1080p home vids and watch alot of video. So computer use is mostly just basic office and web use, with some video editing mixed in. I also like to fool around with everything so I will want to mildly overclock my system. That said I have a $600-800 budget. I am going to reuse my 500 GB HD and I also just purchased a reurb OCZ SSD 128 gb Sata 2 (that was for the Dell originally).
Here is what I was looking at:


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$19.99


EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130826
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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$229.99


Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
-$4.00 Instant
$11.99
$7.99


Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
Item #: N82E16899261005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$4.99


G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GSR
Item #: N82E16820231611
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$89.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$34.99
$29.99



Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811139009
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139028
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$30.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.98
$174.98



Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 ...
Item #: N82E16819115233
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813130645
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$344.98
$304.98
Subtotal: $862.90


This is a little more than I wanted to spend but is doable. Let me know what you think and please feel free to point me in the right direction. Thanks
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  1. You have the wrong cpu for overclocking, get the i5-3570k.
    Also you don't need 16GB of ram, just get 2x4GB, get the 660 ti.

    Something like this :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($283.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $758.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. Here is a great build if you don't really game. The CPU has integrated HD graphics and can play some games at low settings and it can overclock. You can always add a GPU later if you decide to get into heavy gaming. You could also probably use the HDD and DVD-ROM drive from the Dell, if you so choose. You could even throw in an SSD for your OS and most used applications.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $539.83
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 12:31 EST-0500)
  3. Thanks for the recommendations. I would like to stick with Intel because that is what I have always bought.

    I adjusted my list based on DJ's, here it is, guess I will be ordering tobight unless someone else has any suggestions.

    Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811139018
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $59.99
    $44.99
    Subtotal: $44.99
    Shipping: $0.00
    (Really liked the look of the 400 & 500R cases, but I am sure this will be fine)

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $19.99

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139028
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $79.99
    $69.99

    Artic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
    -$4.00 Instant
    $11.99
    $7.99

    Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
    Item #: N82E16899261005
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $4.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $34.99
    $29.99

    GIGABYTE GV-N66TOC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814125440
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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    CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
    Item #: N82E16820145315
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    -$11.00 Combo
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $357.98
    $336.98

    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    Item #: N82E16819116504
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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    ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157297
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    -$5.00 Instant
    -$13.00 Combo
    $324.98
    $306.98
    Subtotal: $776.91
    Shipping: $10.98
    psu80b0113 Discount From Promo Code -$14.00

    Grand Total: $818.88
    Mail In Rebate -$50
    Grand Total $768.88
    Hopefully this set up hits the sweet spot with price and performance.
  4. Ok, here is what I bought, found a sweet deal on Motherboard and i5-3570k. Microcenter in store pick up was $44 for MB and $189 for CPU. That is a good deal from what I have found.

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($283.98 @ Newegg)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($38.68 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $761.57
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 02:26 EST-0500)

    My final purchase price is $728.

    Thanks again for the advice, this site was a real help to me. I never would have picked the right combination of parts on my own. I feel like I got the right pieces for a good price.
  5. You don't need the sound card, the asrock z77 pro 3 is a better motherboard.
    Get the antec neo 520 it's a better psu and cheaper.
    There's also cheaper ram.
    Check this list : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B2tl
  6. I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I am following it pretty closely. I will probably be following this build as well. I was wondering tho, I came up with this list here.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B2Md

    I was told that I wouldnt need a CPU Cooler because the CPU comes with one. Also I dont need a optical drive. I changed the CPU to a 3570 rather than the 3570k because I don't plan to ever overclock it. I also wanted to cut some expense to add the GTX 670 because I was told it was better than the 600ti. Anyways please give your thoughts on this as I am no pro and really I have no idea about compatibility. Thanks!
  7. djangoringo said:
    You don't need the sound card, the asrock z77 pro 3 is a better motherboard.
    Get the antec neo 520 it's a better psu and cheaper.
    There's also cheaper ram.
    Check this list : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B2tl


    Too late now,its all purchased!

    The MB (MSI Z77A-G41 115 ATX) was a combo in store purchase at Microcenter with the i5-3570K, cost me $34.99 for MB ($10 mail in rebate) and $189 for CPU plus 6% sales tax. I think hey had the board you listed but it was $20 more. The Cooler Master cpu cooler was $19.99 ($10 mail in rebate) with combo special too. The ram and psu were a combo buy on New Egg, I listed cost of each item below.
    I got the sound card based on what I read on AVS Forum, most still outperform the Realtek processor and the Viva-something processors most MB's come with. I listen to a lot of music and have a decent set of Logitech 5.1 surround speakers with a sub woofer. Not an audiophile but thought for my usage worth it to get a sound card. I will have to test with and with out sound card to see if I can really hear a difference, if not I will just return it.

    Here is the breakdown of what I paid for everything from New Egg:
    DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #1204338
    -$11.00

    GIGABYTE GV-N66TOC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814125440
    $299.99
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139028
    $69.99
    ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audio Card
    Item #: N82E16829132013
    $41.99
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820233186
    $49.99
    Subtotal $450.96
    Tax $0.00
    Newegg 3Day $9.72
    Promo code -$14.00
    Order Total $446.68

    Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811139018
    $44.99
    Subtotal $44.99

    I have $60 in mail in rebates so the total from New Egg with rebates is $431.67. I have $20 in mail in rebates s total from Microcenter was $243.98 without sales tax.

    Total First Build cost = $675.65


    Thanks again for all the advice on my build!
  8. looks good mang :)
  9. I changed my mind on the MB and the case. The case was going to take a while and I like the Corsair 300R, so I am going to go with that.
    The MB's I can choose from are the following (this is bundle price when buying CPU):
    Asus P8Z77-V LX 1155 $64.99
    ASRock Z77 Pro3 1155 $44.99
    Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H-MVP 1155 $59.99
    MSI Z77A-G45 155 $59.99

    Which one? The Asus has the most reviews on New Egg, so I am leaning towards that. I guess the audio of each board is a concern if it allows me to eliminate the sound card.
  10. id go with the p8z board.

    ;)
  11. Best answer
    firebird696 said:
    I changed my mind on the MB and the case. The case was going to take a while and I like the Corsair 300R, so I am going to go with that.
    The MB's I can choose from are the following (this is bundle price when buying CPU):
    Asus P8Z77-V LX 1155 $64.99
    ASRock Z77 Pro3 1155 $44.99
    Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H-MVP 1155 $59.99
    MSI Z77A-G45 155 $59.99

    Which one? The Asus has the most reviews on New Egg, so I am leaning towards that. I guess the audio of each board is a concern if it allows me to eliminate the sound card.


    If you're going to a microcenter store get the i5-3570k + Asus P8Z77-V LK, it's at 60$, it's better than the LX.
    Most boards have the realtek 892 onboad audio, the asrock extreme 4 has the 898, it's at 75$ in microcenter.
    The corsair 200R is a fine case, only get the 300R if it's cheap.
  12. good comment mang. +1
  13. Best answer selected by firebird696.
  14. I ended up with the Asrock Extreme 4 MB and I got the 400R case. Seeing all of the cases in person helped with that decision. All the Corsairs were nice, I just like the look of the 400R. Plus it comes with 3 case fans and was on sale, but it was still double the cost of the 200R. I figure I will have this case for years, so spending a bit extra was worth it for that piece.
    I also picked up a Samsung 840 Pro 128 gb SSD. I am at the top end of my budget now, will tally it up later and post.
  15. Well at least you got a good case and a fast ssd, but the plextor was cheaper and the 200/300R too.
    Anyway good luck with your build.
  16. yes i agree. plextor is good. and 200-300r are beauts
  17. The outcome is the teacher of fools. indeed it is.

    id say seize the day. -_-
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