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February 2, 2013 7:47:54 AM

This is a build I put together for a friend who has been asking for me to help him with moving up from a laptop to an actual desktop, I would appreciate any help in terms of making sure it would work in terms of power , Future proofing(his main want) and Price per part. Any feedback is welcome though. The main use for the computer is gonna be light video and College work use, with gaming (d3, Skyrim and future releases) All prices are currently through newegg, Providing peripherals from previous build I have, Also getting win 7 operating system from dead laptop. Feel free to ask for links to parts and I will provide them from wish list if this link doesnt work.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Model #:ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1G
Item #:N82E16814121435

$129.99 $129.99





GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:GA-990FXA-UD3
Item #:N82E16813128514



$139.99 $139.99



CORSAIR GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:CP-9020063-NA
Item #:N82E16817139045



$99.99 $99.99





SAMSUNG Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model SH-118AB
Model #:SH-118AB
Item #:N82E16827151258


$17.99 $17.99



OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Refurbished: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:o CZSSD3-2VTX120G.RF
Item #:N82E16820227928


$129.99 -$60.00 Instant $69.99



AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
Model #:FD8150FRGUBOX
Item #:N82E16819103960



$179.99 $179.99





G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
Model #:F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
Item #:N82E16820231455


$49.99 $99.98
February 2, 2013 7:59:08 AM

I suggest something like this

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($243.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $790.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 04:57 EST-0500)
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February 4, 2013 2:58:05 AM

Thanks do you mind going over the changes with me in terms of what switched up and why?
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February 4, 2013 3:14:44 AM

If you want AMD. Here you go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($173.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
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)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ 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 ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $755.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 00:12 EST-0500)

The 8150 is Bulldozer architecture, go with Piledriver in the 8320. The 7950 will outperform the 660 and the 550 Ti. Wouldn't worry about an SSD for the budget. Money needs to be put into the CPU and GPU as main concerns.
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February 4, 2013 3:19:06 AM

All from newegg :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ 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)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $794.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


With a good card, with two free games, and an i5-3570k.
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February 4, 2013 4:33:33 PM

Best answer selected by damage145.
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February 4, 2013 5:49:39 PM

Could you recommend a After market heat sink that would fit on this build and in the case? Alot of the reviews on the CPU highly suggest it.
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If you want AMD. Here you go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($173.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
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)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ 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 ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $755.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 00:12 EST-0500)

The 8150 is Bulldozer architecture, go with Piledriver in the 8320. The 7950 will outperform the 660 and the 550 Ti. Wouldn't worry about an SSD for the budget. Money needs to be put into the CPU and GPU as main concerns.

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