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Builing My First Tower

Hi guys, I was talking to friend today, and I was convinced to build a tower instead of getting another laptop.
I'm very new to this. I just joined the forums this afternoon and read a few threads before visiting that PCPartPicker to see what I could pick out :D

OK so I'm working with a $900 budget, I picked some parts, but since I am new to this, I'm not quite sure if got the right combination for all the things.
I can be considered a light gamer I guess, I only play one, and it's not that demanding, as the average laptop runs it fine. I use Photoshop quite often, and I want to get back into video editing... and maybe if I'm bored I might get one of those shooting games lol :p

basically I just need some that's fast and does work, and below my budget :D if it could get reduced below $800 that would be awesome lol

OK so here is what I ended up with :sarcastic:


CPU
Intel Core i5-3570 $209.98
CPU Cooler
SilenX EFZ-120HA5 $28.99
Motherboard
ASRock Z75 Pro3 $76.99
Memory
G.Skill 8GB $49.98
Storage
Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM $59.49
Video Card
Asus Radeon HD 7770 $162.98 *
Sound Card
Asus Xonar DS $45.57 *
Wired Network Adapter
Intel EXPI9301CTBLK $29.99
Wireless Network Adapter
Rosewill RNX-N250PCe $20.17
Case
Apex PCV-588 (Black) $39.99
Power Supply
Xion 700W $89.64 *
Optical Drive
Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS $79.99 *
Subtotal: $893.76
* Mail-In Rebates: $60.00
Total: $833.76


Estimated Wattage: 276W


I notice you guy respond pretty fast to these new posts, so I look forward to all the inputs :D
Thanks!
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  1. This would be more than enough for your needs.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.82 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $650.54
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:41 EST-0500)

    Photoshop and Video editing isn't intensive. :) Hope this helps. The 6 cores will be more thanenough.
  2. I was wondering about the CPU, while browsing I saw that the Intel was better then the AMD in terms of performance o.o I guess, but hen again, they are both two good CPUs right? :o

    I like, but what about the network adapters and other stuff o.o they aren't needed? lol

    Thx for the info on the cpu ;o
    Also, can I keep my chosen case? I kinda like that one D:
  3. Oh yeah, if you are going to connect to your router through wifi you are going to need network adapters. :)

    Hi, The 6 cores of the AMD would be more than enough for your needs. Photoshop and Video editing isnt' intensive enough to warrant an i5 which would be $40 more expensive than it is already but if you want an Intel i5 then it can be easily done with your budget.

    Don't get that Apex case. It looks good but it's flimsy.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Wired Network Adapter: Rosewill RC-404 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.82 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $711.09
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:59 EST-0500)

    This would be the i5 build which would be more powerful and will overkill your needs.
  5. Ok I see, I'll go with the AMD then.
    You know any good cases that allow for the glow D: I'm not sure if the one you chose can be modded to do that :o
    And how does a 1GB Vid Card differ from the 2GB :o
    And I'm going t need a wireless adapter added to it ;o I actually need it at this particular moment xD
    A sound card should be added yes?
    And do they have more USB ports that can be added? I didn't see that option, I don't know if I missed it.
  6. Best answer
    Hi, this would be it.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Wired Network Adapter: Rosewill RC-404 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.82 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $651.54
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 20:24 EST-0500)

    I put a Red LED light glow in the case. Hope you like it.
    Yes, put a wireless adapter.
    Sound card isn't needed because motherboard already has one.
    Hi, it's really unlikely you will need more than the usb the motherboard already has.

    The Gigabyte has 10 Usb ports already :).

    The Zalman z9 or Zalman z9+ is also a good case with cool LED lights or glow as you call it :)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235027&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=6146836&SID=120hbrtr59fs5

    Looks sleek actually. :)
  7. LOL I just finished adding some stuff to the fist build you gave me, and I came back only to learn something new again lol
    Thx, loving the help so far.
    I'll go check out those cases.

    Oh you forgot the question about the 1B vs 2GB vid card, does 2GB make for clearer quality or something? o.o or it has something to do with running HC games like Farcry etc.
  8. Hi, since you are not a heavy gamer. The 1gb is good.

    If you monitor resolution is 1920 x 1080 and below. 1gb is enough for now :)
  9. I see. I don't have a monitor, but I was planning on using a TV I have sitting around :D
    It has a HDMI port, that can work right? o.o As for size, um, it is about...... I don't remember lol, it's wider than 25" though... the best comparison I can give is like 4 15.6" laptop screens stacked together? lol bout the same height but a lil wider.
    And I have no idea what th resolution on that would be haha.

    Well I added that wireless adapter to it.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.49 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Wired Network Adapter: Rosewill RC-404 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($23.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.82 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $640.22
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 20:45 EST-0500)
  10. Hi, don't get a wired adapter. The motherboard already has wired adapter build in.

    You only need the wireless. :)

    You can buy though. There is a cheap Zalman 1920 x 1080 monitor that you can get for $100.
  11. kk I'll think about the monitor ;o
    ok so ill remove that wired adapter :D
  12. Ok then we're good. :)
  13. Ok so this is it. I got a keyboard, and I like the case you chose by the way, ish sick ._.
    :D
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.49 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($23.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.82 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $662.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 21:31 EST-0500)

    So if this is final, I just order all of these o.o?
    And I just connect together like leggo? lol
    Will I need any power cords? wires? stuff like that o.o
  14. Ok so I was going over some of the parts, and I notice the Vid Card you chose doesn't use a VGA female port D: I'll need to have one of those o.o
    Can you add a similar one with VGA port please :D I'll go looking but you'll probably find it before me lol
  15. Yeah, it's not as easy as lego since if you mess up it dies.

    You should not need anything since everything comes with the parts itself.
  16. I upgraded to a Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card, and I guess I'll have to get an adapte for VGA connections :/


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    Looking at more cards though, is Radeon the best fit for this build or it doesn't matter? o.o
  17. rhoninho said:
    Ok so I was going over some of the parts, and I notice the Vid Card you chose doesn't use a VGA female port D: I'll need to have one of those o.o
    Can you add a similar one with VGA port please :D I'll go looking but you'll probably find it before me lol


    Why do you need a VGA port? You can just use DVI with your monitor. Also, sometimes graphics cards come with adapters that might fit what you're looking for. If you don't want to buy another monitor, and just use your TV, you can buy a HDMI cable for it.

    I don't think you need a 2GB graphics card... the 2GB is the amount of VRAM the card has. You need more if you are gaming at higher resolutions (e.g. triple monitor setups) or more demanding games. I doubt the light gaming you're doing will use up that much VRAM.
  18. Buy both your CPU and Motherboard at Microcenter and you will get $50 off the motherboard :bounce:

    Here: http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx
  19. @thhiddenlotus thx for the link

    @TemurAmir computer science just happened in my head, I see now :D
    I'm going to use a TV. I think it is a 30in" so that's why I was wondering if I should get the 2GB.
  20. Size matters not :na: it's the resolution, and I'm assuming it is a normal 1080 HDTV so a 1GB card will be fine for most games but games like BF3 are using more than that. I would suggest the 2GB, its not much more and worth it just for some future proof.
  21. OK I'll go with he 1GB then.
    So I went to the link you gave me, and I was browsing the compatible motherboards, and I saw one with the VGA port that I oh so want QQ and I noticed that the motherboard cutebeans had picked out for me had no LAN RJ-45 port D: so I was wondering if I got a motherboard that is on the compatibility list of the CPU, if that would be fine :o
  22. All of the compatible motherboards will work but you will not be using the video out ports on the motherboard, you are going to use the ports on the graphics card.
  23. Well I wanted the extra VGA for like maybe a projector connection, extra monitor or so? o.o no?
  24. The video out ports on your motherboard do not utilize your GPU
  25. And as for as going with AMD, its a great choice right now with the free game deal
  26. I just got a Radeon 7950 and get Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite Free, two Amazing games ^_^ with a 7850 you get Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider, still great games and is like $120 off your graphics card
  27. Oh they give you games with the card o.o from the listed selling website? o.o
    OK so im itching o order all this stuff >< But I wanna make sure I got everything.

    just gonna copy this here again


    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.49 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($23.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.82 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $662.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 21:31 EST-0500)
  28. Yes they will give you a code for bioshock infinite and tomb raider http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/never-settle/Pages/nsreloaded.aspx#2
  29. KK
    Well I Guess if no one posts anything that could be improved, I'll go by MicroCenter tomorrow and pick p what they have that is on my list, and order the rest :D
  30. Best answer selected by rhoninho.
  31. I went to pick up the mother board and CPU today. Got em for $175 :D
    Question, I need to get the thermal paste for installing the heat sink right?
    Noob question, but I wasn't sure if it came with some applied or not o.o
    I noticed some stuff on the heat sink but nothing on the CPU so I wanted to be sure xD
  32. The stock heatsink that comes with the cpu has a thermal layer on it. Should be fine if you're not over clocking.
  33. is it that grey looking set of squares I see on it?

    would hate to mess up my first build lolololol after reading all those warnings... lololol
  34. Yes, they are sticky.
  35. I didn't touch it xD
    so tell me something, if the heat sink already had the thermal paste on it, why are the manuals telling me to apply it? o.o
  36. I want to get a SSD, how exactly does that work with the HDD o.o
    And would it be a good idea to get a new fan for the cpu?
  37. If you buy an aftermarket cpu cooler you usually have to apply the thermal paste yourself. That's what the guides are referring to. I would suggest getting the SSD it definitely worth the money. You will install the OS and other important applications including the ones you use most and it will give you lightning fast boot and load times. You can have both an HDD and SSD and you will choose which one to save on when ever you download or saving anything new
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