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March 22, 2013 9:50:59 PM

I'm thinking about building a pc, and I'd like some advice on what parts I should buy. I'm pretty sure I know what i'm doing, but I sure don't want to screw up and buy any parts that aren't compatible with each other. All I'm really looking to do with it is web-surf and play some games.

These are the parts I currently plan on getting:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

MB: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

Video Card: ASUS GTX650TI-O-1GD5 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PS: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Well, that's about it. If you see any way I can save some money, or if you think I should get a better product please tell me.

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March 22, 2013 10:24:05 PM

I think it is a nice looking build, I've been using "pcpartpicker.com" to check my compatibility and I know there are tons of sites out there for that. You're build looks like this on there:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($153.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $819.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-23 01:20 EDT-0400)


I'd say if you are looking to save money you can drop your PSU down from the 650W to something closer to 500W because you aren't going to need much more than that with your build, but that being said you can probably find a 650W for not much more than the 500. Also I might look at upping your video card just a tad, possibly to the 660 Ti which I've seen getting lower and lower in price and would make your build be able to handle some games on a higher settings.

If you really want better advice you might want to throw out what you will be doing exactly, like I am trying to create a build now that will be able to handle Starcraft 2, WoW, and Crysis 3 on High/Ultra settings, and hopefully be able to run my Solidworks/MATLAB pretty well also.

Best of luck!
March 23, 2013 12:23:15 PM

Thanks for your help. Now I think I'll consider using a power supply at around 550W, but I'm not sure if I'll really need the 660Ti. The kinds of games I'll be looking to run on this are Far Cry 3, Planet Side 2, and Counter Strike. I know These games would run better on a higher end GPU, but I think I'm better off buying a cheaper one right now and upgrading in the future.

And thanks for showing me this parts picker website it really helps!
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