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ORDERING THIS WEEKEND

Hey all,

I need to order parts for a rig very very soon and my budget is $1200. Here's what I've got so far:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FpWE
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FpWE/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FpWE/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (free from a friend)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston LoVo 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (free from a friend)
Memory: Kingston LoVo 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (free from a friend)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($278.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($157.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $941.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 11:27 EST-0500)

I need it to run MMORPGs, old RPGs, and maybe Skyrim. If you guys could help me avoid stupid NooB mistakes (this is my first build), I'd really appreciate it. Also, would you please tell me why I should go with part X over part Y, so that I can better understand the choices before buying.

Many thanks!!!
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  1. replace that Z68 with this B75:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008S8WA18

    thats way, way too much for a 560ti, try this GTX 660 ti for the same price:
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-660TC2G&c=CJ

    add a 128 GB SSD for a boot drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171740
  2. duplicate post :kaola: :kaola:
  3. Swap that PSU for a 80Plus Bronze one
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9

    Swap that 560 Ti for 7870 XT
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354xtl

    add SSD if you want to...
  4. Best answer
    obiwontonton17 said:
    Hey all,

    I need to order parts for a rig very very soon and my budget is $1200. Here's what I've got so far:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FpWE
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FpWE/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FpWE/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (free from a friend)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston LoVo 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (free from a friend)
    Memory: Kingston LoVo 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (free from a friend)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($278.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($157.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $941.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 11:27 EST-0500)

    I need it to run MMORPGs, old RPGs, and maybe Skyrim. If you guys could help me avoid stupid NooB mistakes (this is my first build), I'd really appreciate it. Also, would you please tell me why I should go with part X over part Y, so that I can better understand the choices before buying.

    Many thanks!!!


    Try this...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 better price z77 board for ivy bridge processors and gen3 graphics like 660ti and other 600 series cards...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504 you may never want to overclock, but the k series will retain higher resale value if you ever want to upgrade later. deffinately worth the extra... Also cannot use 600 series graphics at pci exp 3.0 specs with sandy bridge cpu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130859 Newegg shows out of stock but can be found if shopping around.

    for a psu look for a modular 500 to 750 watt corsair, antec or seasonic, also xfx are pretty good :sol:
  5. It's been said, but holy crap that.560Ti made me do a triple take. Lol you could almost get a 7950 at that price.
  6. sorry, my above post shared a link to a refurbed gpu. That was not my intention. sorry, good model but prefer to buy it new...lol
  7. the 2400 is free, and good enough, so stick with that
  8. ScrewySqrl said:
    the 2400 is free, and good enough, so stick with that


    In'm sorry, didn't notice the free, part. The squirrel is right. You might even want to consider this board for your build

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASRock-Z68-Extreme3-Gen3-LGA-1155-Motherboard-USED-/300865937038?pt=Motherboards&hash=item460d01de8e

    or better yet... this one

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASRock-Z68-EXTREME3-GEN3-ATX-LGA1155-DDR3-SATA3-USB3-0-Motherboard-63945-/151000519478?pt=Motherboards&hash=item2328551336

    Both the same board but the second is more like new, with accessories.
    I had one and loved it.
    It can be upgraded for ivy bridge later and 3rd gen graphics as well...
  9. I cant immagine spending that much money when I already have the processor and the ram..
  10. Thanks for all the input! I think you've saved me some time and frustration, not to mention money :) I would have tried a 600 series card and been cheesed that I couldn't take advantage of it with the sandy bridge. Good mobo suggestions and psu too...I benefited from reading about the specs.

    Thanks again!
  11. obiwontonton17 said:
    Thanks for all the input! I think you've saved me some time and frustration, not to mention money :) I would have tried a 600 series card and been cheesed that I couldn't take advantage of it with the sandy bridge. Good mobo suggestions and psu too...I benefited from reading about the specs.

    Thanks again!


    Please choose a best answer, and let us know what final components you decide on...
  12. Best answer selected by obiwontonton17.
  13. obiwontonton17 said:
    Best answer selected by obiwontonton17.

    n
    n Thanx, don't forget to post your final parts list. I will be curious which way you go with it all!
  14. Final components:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fy0p
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fy0p/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fy0p/benchmarks/

    Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1046.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 21:22 EST-0500)

    GPU ok or overkill?
  15. Gpu will be great. I might have picked a z68 over p67 mobo ,but will serve purpose. For that price tho, you could get the new z77 extreme4 which will also work with all of your components and be upgradeable to ivy bridge ,and 3rd gen gpu later
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