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Old 12-04-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hello,
I haven't built a custom computer since about 10 years ago when I was a teenager. Since then, I also haven't kept up with the changing technology and it's essentially all new to me as far as compatible hardware would go. I will be using my computer to multi-table alot of online poker tables while running rather demanding poker analyzing software. My laptop doesn't seem to cut it, after 15-20 minutes it generally starts stalling and it effects my gameplay too much. I'd also like to be able to play certain newer games at decent FPS. (Diablo 3 and the like)
I am receiving money from both my girlfriend and my mother as a Christmas present, I also will be spending some money, probably all in all totalling a $700-850 budget.

Keep in mind that I want to eventually have dual 19''-23'' widescreen monitors to be easily capable of multi-tabling 12-20 poker tables. (This will be a future investment but I want to make sure I have a capable video card)

So here is the list guys, please tell me what you think.

MoBo - Intel BOXDQ77MK LGA 1155 Intel Q77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121623

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $40

CPU - Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310 $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115089

CPU Fan - 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+ $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099

Video Card - EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) Classified Ultra 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130758

Boot Drive - I'm not sure of the specs but I have a 120gb or so hard drive thats a little outdated but believe will do the job just fine, when I find out what it is I will update.

Hard Drive - This is where I become completely unsure of what to get, I want to stay within my budget but I want a quality seagate or something. I see ones such as the Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148321) but it's a bit overkill for me, I will never need 1TB, max probably 500GB if even that. I have plenty of other things I can store files on. I would like it to be cheaper but I don't want to sacrifice performance too much.

Power Supply - Also, very unsure of what wattage to get at this point. I know I should stick with a good name brand, but I don't see myself upgrading anymore in the next several years and don't need any overkill.

CD/DVD Drive - I have a few laying around I don't think it will be necessary to buy a new one.

Case - I do not care what it looks like whatsoever, I'd preferably like a butt ugly cheap case that performs great.

At this point, that leaves $265 available for hard drive, power supply, case, and other case fans I should get. I'd like to stress that I am not committed to this build, if I can go a cheaper route without sacrificing too much performance I'm all for it. If I happen to need to spend more than $850 for what I wan't I wont be mad either.

I look forward to a response. If there are any recent threads on here that relate I would love to see them. Thanks guys
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #2
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Why a Q77 motherboard and not a Z77 motherboard?

I'd pick an Ivy bridge CPU instead of a Sandy Bridge.

Also, I'd pick a more recent video card, as the GeForce GTX 560 is "past generation". Maybe the GTX 660 or even the GTX 660 Ti.

As for power supply, try Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, etc.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response, I'm not aware of the specific differences in Q77 and 277 motherboards, I'm assuming I should so I will research it now. I've decided to get the Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor from Micro Center if I can make the hour drive up to it. I figured I'd get my final build specs together within the next two weeks and hope I can get most of it there.

How many watts do you think my power supply should be?

Would this Z77 mobo be a good option?

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $145

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157295

Also, says it needs a CPU with Integrated Graphics? Does that matter if I get a video card?
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Q77 boards are more business-oriented. The motherboards that use them generally have higher build quality, but they are often more expensive, and may have fewer overclocking features. I'd probably use http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128544 as a board, or the one you suggested if you intend to overclock.

All s1155 CPUs have integrated graphics (except for the P series), so don't worry about that. I'd use an i5 3450 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116506)

I'd use this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151096) for the PSU - a Seasonic S12II 620W.

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Thanks again! Okay, from the responses I've recieved my build currently stands as such:

Motherboard
$145
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157295

RAM
$40
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

CPU
$195
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116506

CPU Fan
$35
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+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099

PSU
$80
SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151096

Video Card
$230
EVGA 02G-P4-2663-KR GeForce GTX 660 FTW Signature 2 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130833

Harddrive
$80
Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148321

Case
$60
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233


My biggest concern is will I be capable of using dual monitors in the near future?
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