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February 18, 2013 1:47:00 AM

This will be my first time buying parts and building my own pc so I appreciate all help and suggestions!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month

Budget Range: $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: online gaming, BF3 online is must, single player gaming, maybe movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Rather not see ebay, want new parts

Location: Indiana, United States

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Ive been told that I would want a GTX 660 but if SLI or crossfire can give something comparable and is in my budget might go with that.

Your Monitor Resolution: No monitor right now

Additional Comments: I would like to play tournaments and stuff so I would like to able to play online games like BF3, Borderlands with no issues from my pc. Also I would like to know peoples opinions on using wifi for gaming. I could buy a 100ft ethernet cord and run it around my house but if wifi gaming isnt that bad I might just do that.

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February 18, 2013 1:53:30 AM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ 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 ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $888.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The card is out of stock for now, but it will be back soon, it's actually 208.80$ after promo code.
If not, get the sapphire 7870XT : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354...

Also you can find cheaper ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
Same hdd cheaper here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1332
And the psu too : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
It offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart.
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February 18, 2013 2:20:54 AM

To answer the question of WiFi, I personally do not have a problem gaming with WiFi you really don't see that much of a speed hit. Of course I'm not some MLG gamer but a 5 to 10 ping difference really doesn't harm that much. But if those few numbers count for something to you definitely go the ethernet route. Also as a side note, you generally get faster down/up from ethernet, so that's another plus.
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February 18, 2013 2:26:24 AM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ 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 ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $888.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The card is out of stock for now, but it will be back soon, it's actually 208.80$ after promo code.
If not, get the sapphire 7870XT : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354...

Also you can find cheaper ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
Same hdd cheaper here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1332
And the psu too : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
It offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart.


Thanks for the fast reply. I have a another side question. I know this is a "build you own forum" but my buddies are suggesting I get this
How would the two (your build and this build) compare in performance you think?
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February 18, 2013 2:31:37 AM

It has a better cpu for gaming, much better than the bulldozer and most important, the prebuild has a 6670 which is a really low end card, for gaming you need a much better card, the 7870XT is miles better than the 6670.
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February 18, 2013 2:34:45 AM

AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 970 PRO3 AM3+ AMD 970 $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM Hyper 212 cpu cooler $30

GSkill sniper RAM $40

DVD drive $17

Case $50

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $50

GIGABYTE GV-N66TWF2-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Caviar Blue 1 tb $74

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA SSD $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-148-...

Totals $906

AMD builds start to shine when you load them up a lot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE&list=UUNovoA...

Hes using an 8350 but the 8320 can OC the couple of hundred Mhz [and much more ] very easily

Definitely dont buy the prebuilt with the 8120 though . The 83XX processors are an update and a worthwhile one
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February 21, 2013 7:04:01 PM

You don't need a 650W psu, get the XFX 550 core edition, it will do, it's also made by seasonic, it's at 40$ after promo code and rebate in newegg.
Get this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F1iD
Get the board in newegg for less, it's 75$ in newegg and the optical drive there too, also you can get an ips monitor for about the same price as the one you listed.
And the cpu here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1302
RAM : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
HDD : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302 (64 MB cache)
The case : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76376&promoid=1302
Ncix us offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart.
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February 21, 2013 7:42:45 PM

djangoringo said:
You don't need a 650W psu, get the XFX 550 core edition, it will do, it's also made by seasonic, it's at 40$ after promo code and rebate in newegg.
Get this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F1iD
Get the board in newegg for less, it's 75$ in newegg and the optical drive there too, also you can get an ips monitor for about the same price as the one you listed.
And the cpu here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1302
RAM : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
HDD : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302 (64 MB cache)
The case : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76376&promoid=1302
Ncix us offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart.


Hey Django, do you trust ncix? I've never ordered from them but they got some killer deals
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February 21, 2013 7:46:52 PM

Yes, it's a trusted website, in my opinion as reliable as amazon and newegg.
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February 21, 2013 9:20:01 PM

Is amazon really a good place to get parts from? Like is it comparable to the warranties given on newegg? I see newegg has like 2-3 year or lifetime warranty on their products.

never mind i see that i was looking at manufactures warranty not neweggs
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February 21, 2013 9:23:37 PM

Thanks Django and yes Amazon is awesome.
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February 21, 2013 9:32:30 PM

potentia1 said:
Is amazon really a good place to get parts from? Like is it comparable to the warranties given on newegg? I see newegg has like 2-3 year or lifetime warranty on their products.

never mind i see that i was looking at manufactures warranty not neweggs



You'll get the same warranty in all places, depending on the parts, but you'll have it the same, so go for the cheapest with free shipping, try to just buy from three places : amazon, newegg and ncix us(you can get cheaper parts there, see my post above).
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February 21, 2013 9:35:32 PM

djangoringo said:
You'll get the same warranty in all places, depending on the parts, but you'll have it the same, so go for the cheapest with free shipping, try to just buy from three places : amazon, newegg and ncix us(you can get cheaper parts there, see my post above).


And Microcenter if you have access to one :D 
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February 21, 2013 9:37:42 PM

Yes, that's even better for cpu and motherboards parts, since you can have the cheapest cpus there and also some motherboards with the 50$ combo discount, but you have to pick it up on the store.
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February 21, 2013 10:25:11 PM

Are you sure about the 550 watt psu? Shouldnt I want a bit more power?
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February 21, 2013 10:39:35 PM

No, it's fine, the 7950 requires a 500W psu with ~25A on the +12v rail, the xfx 550 core edition has 44A, it's more than enough even with the gpu oveclocked, also worth mention it's a quality psu made by seasonic.
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March 1, 2013 5:30:52 AM

djangoringo said:
You don't need a 650W psu, get the XFX 550 core edition, it will do, it's also made by seasonic, it's at 40$ after promo code and rebate in newegg.
Get this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F1iD
Get the board in newegg for less, it's 75$ in newegg and the optical drive there too, also you can get an ips monitor for about the same price as the one you listed.
And the cpu here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1302
RAM : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
HDD : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302 (64 MB cache)
The case : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76376&promoid=1302
Ncix us offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart.


Is there a reason you went with the Intel Core i5-3350p Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz over the Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz?

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March 1, 2013 9:31:55 PM

Best answer selected by potentia1.
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