Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

New Build, Suggestions Maybe?

Last response: in Systems
Share
February 13, 2013 10:22:46 PM

CPU - Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
GPU - EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB
RAM - Kingston HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
MoBo - ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155
Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
PSU - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V
HDD - Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
Drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

Total = Around $731 or so.

My question is, anyway to bring this down to $700 or so? Can go over slightly (Like $10) (Definitely want the CPU to be Intel although GPU doesn't matter. Only Newegg too, please.)

Any help is appreciated! :) 

More about : build suggestions

February 13, 2013 10:27:43 PM

Use a motherboard with an H77 chipset . Performance will be the same . You lose the ability to overclock , but you cant OC that processor anyway .

Switch to a Radeon 7870 Ghz edition .

The rosewill challenger won an award for being cheap , not good . You can save $10 and have a better HAF 912 , Antec ONE gamer , CM 431 etc etc

Make sure the RAM is rated for 1.5 volts or less
m
0
l
February 13, 2013 10:27:46 PM

Drop the z77 board, get a h77 one, like the asrock H77M.
The antec neo 620 is cheaper with promo code : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
50$ with code, 30$ after mir, it ends today, the offer.
The intel i5-3350p is cheaper, if you don't need the integrated graphics, it's a good option : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That ram is rated at 1.65v, it's not good for ivybridge cpus, get this ram : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 43$ after promo code, it ends today.
m
0
l
Related resources
February 13, 2013 11:05:44 PM

Forgot to state I'm not overclocking. My bad on that. :) 

No I won't need the Integrated graphics as this PC will be for gaming primarily. (I have a Laptop for anything else or as a backup.)


SAPPHIRE 100354OC-2L Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

How is this card?
m
0
l
February 13, 2013 11:24:37 PM

Great suggestion there. :)  Final build listed below (maybe?)

CPU - Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz - $179.99
RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - $50.99
MoBo - ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 - $69.99
HDD - Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM - $59.99
GPU - SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $259.99
Case - NZXT Source 220 CA-SO220-01 Black Steel / Aluminum-like finish ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $49.99
PSU - Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V - $69.99

Total after discounts = $732.93 (Before shipping) $722.93 after shipping and promo codes.
m
0
l
February 13, 2013 11:55:54 PM

Made the edit above. Now gonna add it all up.
m
0
l

Best solution

February 14, 2013 12:09:33 AM

It's a good build.
Share
February 19, 2013 2:05:34 AM

Okay got all my parts today but..(yeah here we go. :p )

Turned on the PC and..black screen. The 7870's fans do come on. CPU fans come on, everything does. Blue LED around the power light (if that is okay). Requires 2 PCI-E connections from the PSU. Tested my HDTV too, same results.

Any suggestions?

EDIT

Okay, I..sorta fixed the problem? Forgot to plug in the 4 pin connector to the ATX 12V and now the PC restarts itself every 5 or so seconds. (the mobo is 8 pin fyi.)
m
0
l
February 19, 2013 7:15:42 AM

take one of the dimms out and see if the rebooting stops. most times it a bios bug where the bios needs updated ram code or the ram speed with two dimms is not set right.
m
0
l
February 19, 2013 2:00:57 PM

Thank you for that. Took both DIMMS out and installed them in the opposite slots. (aka DIMM 1 went to slot 2 and DIMM 2 went to slot 1). Before I did that though, I did take one out and reseated the other (to be safe) and the BIOS screen came up with no problems. Reseated the 2nd DIMM and 8GBs of RAM is good to go. :)  (And yes, rebooting, black screens, etc stopped.)



One last problem I noticed. The top chassis fan on the case turns on just fine (as it's plugged in on the MoBo) but the one behind the case (where the I/O Shield is at) cannot turn on as the fan connector simply isn't long enough to reach the 2nd chassis fan connector on the MoBo. Either:

1 - It's just not long enough.
2 - It's long enough, I just ain't seeing something correctly.


Any ideas or am I'm going to have to buy a chassis fan? (Unless the top one is good enough?)

m
0
l
February 19, 2013 2:19:41 PM

If I am not mistaken you can get a connector to extend it or a Y connector and connect both fans.
m
0
l
February 19, 2013 2:47:58 PM

Yeah you can. :)  Just googled it. I'm gonna make sure it can't reach when I get home. (Currently at college.) Which of the two will work best? (Extender or Y connector)
m
0
l
February 19, 2013 3:26:53 PM

I am not sure. I have only saw the cables, and heard of people using them. I have never personally had to use them so I can not speak from experience, so you might be better off waiting for an experience person to comment. My thoughts are: with the prices of both being so cheap I would probably just get the extender and use the other plugin on the mother board. If the were side by side I would probably go with the Y connector so that I didn't have to hide another cable, if cable management is important to you.
m
0
l
February 19, 2013 6:11:56 PM

I'll prob go with the Y Connector as the PSU for me is on the bottom of the case and all of the wires are in the drive bays so cable management isn't an issue really. (I'm on the new build as I type this. Everything is smooth. :) )


Are there any specific brands of the Y Connector or they are pretty much made by 1 place?

The chassis fans are far apart for me. The first one is near the CPU socket and the other is near the PCI-E slots. Even without the 7870 in the PCI-E 3.0 slot, the chassis fan that is for the rear still isn't long enough. (Wanted to make sure the video card wasn't the culprit of blocking it/limiting it's length.)
m
0
l
February 20, 2013 1:24:50 PM

Best answer selected by azure justin.
m
0
l
!