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Old 11-24-2012, 04:56 PM   #1
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I am starting out on building a gaming computer, but right now, I want to use it for work and school until I save up a bit more.

Right now, I am just trying to get the 'bare bones' in, hence my lack of a sound, graphics card, etc. I do plan on installing more ram and getting a solid state hard drive as soon as I can, as well as maxing out the case fans and getting a media reader. My budget is 600-900 for the parts listed below. I want to make sure, that for the budget I have, that I am getting the most bang for my buck and that the parts are solid.

I have a monitor, speakers, scanners, printers.


Case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147053

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan

Processor and Fan:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103960

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118019

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

OR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL

OS:
Windows 7 64 bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116986

HARD DRIVE:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148840

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard:

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128514

DVD burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151256

SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model
SH-224BB - OEM

Power Supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703035

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 ...

I also found these two options for Intel Processors and Motherboards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131819

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I know that a lot of users have said to go for an I5 and then spend on a graphics card, but I also want to use this computer for work and school, so I need it to be as fast as I can get it with the money I have.

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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your list seems cool ;']
but i think you should handle the new computer and its components differently , i mean that you should buy a case , a psu , an ups , videocards , keyboards and mouse at any time [ or for vga few weeks after new models for the year like the hd8000 for ati and geforce 700 for nv ] .
cpu , mainboard and ram should be bought at once all-together to prevent incompatibilities .
for mainboards , you should try to use all slots at once too and buy a lot of ram like 8 or 16 with a max of 32 Go .

then you will have a barely nice pc
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:22 AM   #3
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Thank you. I am actually leaning more toward the following parts. I know I don't have a graphics card, but right now, I need a computer that can handle a lot of things at once, over one that just goes fast.




Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan-Retail

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Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM

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G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GSR

G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GSR
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ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

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i looked at mainboards using the z77 chipset and i find them very big .
i mean that you or Avirhel do not want to install a lot of pci-e card except the main vga and may be an other one for tv or wifi
here is a list of little mobo : http://www.ldlc.com/informatique/pie...v144-7792.html
you should see and look if one does not fits you better
may be you can take a smaller case and spare some money enought to take a vga card
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:26 AM   #5
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I'd highly recommend you to pick an Intel CPU instead. They cost the same and are faster. Please read our latest review on this:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...PU-Review/1657
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Sorry to jump on your thread.

Gabriel, how does the 3570 compare to the 3470 you used in that benchmarking test? There's a ~$40 difference...
Would be interesting to know how the i7's compare like 2600 in comparison to i5's? I guess you see a gradual increase in performance between the intel models..?
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Hi, I can only comment on products that we reviewed; we haven't reviewed the parts you mentioned, so we can't comment on them. Try looking for reviews at Anandtech, Tom's Hardware, Xbit Labs, etc.; they may have reviews or comparisons on them.
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Quick thing about your work/school and your cpu choice.

If you've got some high resolution video rendering or really CPU heavy programs you need to run, then the i7-3770k makes sense.

However, if you're primarily just word processing and things of that like, and gaming is the most intensive thing you'll do... the i5-3570k would make a better option.

The main difference between the two is that the i7-3770k has hyperthreading for those CPU heavy tasks. However, it means little for this day and age in gaming and the i5-3570k should perform about the same as the i7-3770k for gaming purposes. That being said...

The motherboard is a thing of preference. If you like the ASUS, get it. You'll be happy with it.

Overclocking? How much? If just a moderate amount the the CM Hyper 212 Evo is an excellent bargain but do some searching around and maybe you can find something you like even better.

About the Solid State Drive. I don't think you want to put your system files on the HDD at all if you can. Instead, go ahead and get the SSD now and make your life easier. Doesn't have to be big. A 60-128gb drive is plenty. I got a 128gb for 60 bucks on sale (a little Kingston HyperX 3k) so the good brands are out there for cheap, just gotta look and have a little luck.

Last but not least, if you can, get your CPU off of MicroCenter. It's only in-store pickup but man do they have good prices on their CPU's. Don't know how they do it. Earlier this year they had a great deal on their CPU+Mobo Intel combos, but it seems the combo deal has since been axed. Get your mobo elsewhere if you want. (Here's a link to the i7-3770k http://www.microcenter.com/product/3...1155_Processor).

So... in conclusion. The CPU decision is the most important part from what I can see. Decide what you need, don't just buy the most expensive part and expect to see a huge difference. The GPU is going to be the biggest contributor to gaming performance. Save those 50-100 if you can and get a better GPU.

Oh my, almost forgot. RAM. If gaming, you don't need 32gb of it. I'm not really sure what would force you use all of that RAM but 8gb is surely enough for gaming. 16gb is already overkill. Instead, get two sticks of faster ram (either 2x4gb or 2x8gb) at 1866 or higher if you're looking to splurge a bit on RAM. But, like I said before. Save that money and put it into a stellar GPU.

Pricing (my opinion):
170 CPU (i5-3570k off MicroCenter)
150-220 Mobo
70-90 HDD
50-80 SSD
100 Case
20 Optical Drive
50-80 PSU
40-60 Cooling Stuff
30-60 RAM

Total: 680-880. If you get the 3570k elsewhere, add 50. If you get the 3770k elsewhere, add about 120. I think I fit within your budget (unless I forgot something haha). Hope I could be of use.
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Sorry to jump on your thread.

Gabriel, how does the 3570 compare to the 3470 you used in that benchmarking test? There's a ~$40 difference...
Would be interesting to know how the i7's compare like 2600 in comparison to i5's? I guess you see a gradual increase in performance between the intel models..?
If you are talking about the vanilla 3570 and not the 3570k, you get 200 MHz higher clockspeed and max Turbo boost clock; I don't think that is worth 40 extra dollars. If you want to overclock, the 3570k is only way to go in the i5 series.
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