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February 2, 2013 8:44:40 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In about month

Budget Range: 500$ excluding OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg but I don't care

Location: Virginia

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like fast internet browsing and smooth frame rates with moderate or higher settings on games like BF3. As far as PSUs go I am lost and need help. Thanks in advance for any replies!

So Far:

Motherboard:
GA-H77-DS3H

CPU:
i3-2120

Gpu:
GeForce GTS 450

Hard drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200

Case:
Xigmatek ASGARD II

Ram
Kingston HyperX Blu (2x4g)

PSU:
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February 2, 2013 9:03:57 PM

Sniped said:
Approximate Purchase Date: In about month

Budget Range: 500$ excluding OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg but I don't care

Location: Virginia

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like fast internet browsing and smooth frame rates with moderate or higher settings on games like BF3. As far as PSUs go I am lost and need help. Thanks in advance for any replies!

So Far:

Motherboard:
GA-H77-DS3H

CPU:
i3-2120

Gpu:
GeForce GTS 450

Hard drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200

Case:
Xigmatek ASGARD II

Ram
Kingston HyperX Blu (2x4g)

PSU:
?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure if that fits in your budget because you did not include prices, but that is a reliable power supply that will allow for upgrades in the future.
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February 2, 2013 10:35:43 PM

Hi. The GTS 450 isn't a very good graphics card. You can get a B75 motherboard to save money. If you decide to go with Intel, I suggest something similar to the build below. If you can spend a little more, get the HD 7850 with 2GB. The CX430 is sufficient but you can spend more for a bigger PSU if you plan on future upgrades. Since you won't be buying soon, there may be better deals down the road. Feel free to make changes as you'd like.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($52.99 @ 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 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $495.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 19:22 EST-0500)

Here's a building guide with videos: http://techreport.com/review/23624/how-to-build-a-pc-th...
GTS 450 vs HD 7850: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/609?vs=549
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February 2, 2013 10:46:06 PM

McLubbin said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure if that fits in your budget because you did not include prices, but that is a reliable power supply that will allow for upgrades in the future.


This is a little expensive but would definetely work. My budget for the power supply is around 30$-60$.
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February 2, 2013 10:49:33 PM

johnsonjohnson said:
Hi. The GTS 450 isn't a very good graphics card. You can get a B75 motherboard to save money. If you decide to go with Intel, I suggest something similar to the build below. If you can spend a little more, get the HD 7850 with 2GB. The CX430 is sufficient but you can spend more for a bigger PSU if you plan on future upgrades. Since you won't be buying soon, there may be better deals down the road. Feel free to make changes as you'd like.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($52.99 @ 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 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $495.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 19:22 EST-0500)

Here's a building guide with videos: http://techreport.com/review/23624/how-to-build-a-pc-th...
GTS 450 vs HD 7850: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/609?vs=549


Thanks. That was very helpful, but I was wondering if the change from a 2120 to a 3220 was necessary or was because the budget allowed it.
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February 2, 2013 10:52:19 PM

No the change wasn't necessary.
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February 4, 2013 5:19:14 PM

Best answer selected by Sniped.
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