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July 4, 2013 11:50:56 PM

Dear readers,

I never built a desktop before. I have no knowledge of computers. Been using friends laptop all my computing life. So please i ask for your help. Thank you. Based on research that i have done, i composed a list of parts , hopefully someone can guide me on what to buy or not buy or even a better customize computer for about $850.00(USD)

cpu-Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

motherboard- GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ram - Kingston HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8X

power supply - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

gpu- EVGA 01G-P4-3656-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Superclocked 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card

hard drive - Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

heat sink fan cpu- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel

case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

i look forward to everyone's help
July 5, 2013 12:30:39 AM

What will you be using this computer for? And it seems pretty decent. I'd switch out the PSU for Antec or a better brand and a small adjustment, grab the Hyper 212 EVO instead.

Once you tell what you will be mainly be using this computer for (Heavy gaming, editing, random internet surfing) I'll be able to help you out a bit more and maybe save you a few bucks.
July 5, 2013 5:59:04 AM

BreadWhistle said:
What will you be using this computer for? And it seems pretty decent. I'd switch out the PSU for Antec or a better brand and a small adjustment, grab the Hyper 212 EVO instead.

Once you tell what you will be mainly be using this computer for (Heavy gaming, editing, random internet surfing) I'll be able to help you out a bit more and maybe save you a few bucks.


Mainly gaming purposes, planning on overclocking( when i figure out how hahah)
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July 5, 2013 5:38:19 PM

Sorry for the late reply, my friend.

One last question, what games will you be playing, on what resolution, and how high of setting are you expecting to play at? (Low, mid, ultra.)
July 6, 2013 7:01:16 AM

BreadWhistle said:
Sorry for the late reply, my friend.

One last question, what games will you be playing, on what resolution, and how high of setting are you expecting to play at? (Low, mid, ultra.)


tera mmo and maybe final fantasy 14 in december. probably mid-high
July 6, 2013 1:40:33 PM

Okay, everything checks out. Just switch your PSU to a more reliable SeaSonic S12II 620w PSU and swap the 212 Plus for the Hyper 212 EVO

Also, you may want to wait for the new GTX 750 and 750ti to roll out so you can be up to date on graphics. The 650ti *seems* fine for the games you will be playing, but if you want to wait a while, or scrape up some extra money for the GTX 760, I think that would do you a bit better in the future.
July 7, 2013 6:13:08 AM

BreadWhistle said:
Okay, everything checks out. Just switch your PSU to a more reliable SeaSonic S12II 620w PSU and swap the 212 Plus for the Hyper 212 EVO

Also, you may want to wait for the new GTX 750 and 750ti to roll out so you can be up to date on graphics. The 650ti *seems* fine for the games you will be playing, but if you want to wait a while, or scrape up some extra money for the GTX 760, I think that would do you a bit better in the future.


thank you so much, my friend is moving away so i need a computer asap.
July 11, 2013 2:16:50 PM

You're definitely welcome ^_^
July 11, 2013 2:16:51 PM

You're definitely welcome ^_^
July 11, 2013 2:16:56 PM

You're definitely welcome ^_^
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