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February 7, 2013 5:24:44 PM

Hey guys. I am brand new to the idea of building. I've read a few things on here and watched a few youtube videos, however, some of it just gets confusing.

Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $800-$900 (can go as high as $1K if it is REALLY worth it)

System Usage: I don't play any games consistently, gaming: GuildWars2, Second Life, misc other games at various times, other than, I mess around on the net and watch movies/tv shows (typically not streaming), and I do hook up to our tv, currently through HDMI, and CAN connect to our router via cord, but would love a decent wireless option if budget-friendly

Have: I have a monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse, and I only use my wireless headset so I shouldn't need speakers.

Preferred Website: Not partial to any

Overclocking: Maybe (would need to learn more, but willing to do so)

Current Monitor Resolution: 1360x768

I would just like a system that should keep me comfortable for a few years, I know overtime it'll become outdated, but as I'm not a hardcore gamer, I am not horribly threatened by middle of the road settings (as it is, I've lowered pretty much everything to lowest settings and I still lag lol)

Also, I reside in NE Indiana, US, so I'm not aware of any budget computer part stores.

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February 7, 2013 5:45:29 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Other: XFX Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 860MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card ($149.99)
Other: XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze ($53.99)
Other: Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit ($38.50)
Other: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5in Hard Drive OEM ($69.99)
Total: $798.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


The gfx card : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=77797&promoid=1312
The hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&vpn=WD10EZEX&man...
The ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758
The psu : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257

Ncix offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart, i had to put the custom links, pcpartpicker is currently bugged.
If you have a microcenter store nearby get the i5 and motherboard there, the i5 is 190$ and a motherboard like the asus z77 LK is 60$.
Since your resolution is that low a 7850 will maxout most of the games at that resolution.
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February 7, 2013 6:33:26 PM

I will disagree with the above build - I don't think a system for what you need it to do will warrant overclocking. For mild gaming possibly but for streaming content no, you don't need a super powerful system to do that.

I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $840.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 15:33 EST-0500)
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February 7, 2013 6:42:08 PM

The op said : "Overclocking: Maybe (would need to learn more, but willing to do so)"
So i just listed the i5-3570k + z77 motherboard, a 7870 is overkill for 1360x768.

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February 8, 2013 12:36:54 AM

An i5 is also overkill for 1360 x 768 screen.

Best get an FX-6300.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $714.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 21:36 EST-0500)

High-Ultra everything with this build!!
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February 8, 2013 12:52:08 AM

of course the i5 is the better chip it's $100 more expensive.

The Fx-6300 is great for his resolution. It's better for him to get an SSD than an i5-3570k.
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February 8, 2013 12:57:28 AM

The i5-3570k build has a ssd, the plextor.
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February 8, 2013 3:34:34 AM

Okay, so I had already had an i5 in mind because from the little research I've done, that seems to be a fairly popular choice, so I am leaning toward the first build. I might upgrade the monitor within the next month or two so that makes sense to go with something that will carry over for that. Trying to understand one thing though, I'm sure it's there, but which component will connect to our router? And does it allow for wireless if I should choose that route?
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February 8, 2013 3:37:57 AM

You can get a pcie wif adapter, any motherboard can be connected by lan, but if you want wifi, get the adapter,it fits in any motherboard with a pcie x1, there's plenty of them on newegg
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February 8, 2013 4:55:06 AM

Just had another question pop up, since the motherboard looks like it has 4 slots for memory, would it be smart to go ahead and get 4 sticks to make it 16gb or is that overkill based on the rest of the system?
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February 8, 2013 5:00:00 AM

cutebeans said:
An i5 is also overkill for 1360 x 768 screen.

Best get an FX-6300.


What are you talking about? It's the GPU that would be overkill for the resolution, not the CPU. The i5 is a far better CPU than the FX-6300.
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February 8, 2013 9:13:46 AM

bspringer7 said:

Also, I reside in NE Indiana, US, so I'm not aware of any budget computer part stores.


The Microcenter in Westmont, IL is worth the two hour round trip. You'd get a i5-3570K for the online cost of a i5-3470.
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February 8, 2013 8:04:54 PM

Best answer selected by bspringer7.
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