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Hi everyone, Im going to be building my first gaming rig soon, and my budget is $1500. i would need help in choosing the "best but affordable" component for my budget that would include a monitor (im thinking of getting the ASUS VS248H-P), so that leaves me with 1300 left for other components. i dont need keyboard/mouse since i might just get a cheap one right now and just upgrade it eventually. would it be possible to squeeze a 680 in build.

I dont know much about mother board, but i think I want a z77 so i can upgrade when Ivy drops, or I can just get whatever the "2500k like" ivy processor.

monitor: ASUS VS248H-P - 199.99
case: NZXT phantom (or any case that have a good/easy cable management) - 129.99
dvd drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 - 17.99
cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - 26.99
cpu: 2500k / ivy equivalent of 2500k - 219.99


i'd need help with choosing these parts:

mobo: good z77 that would fit my budget
gpu: (680 if it would fit)
ram: (advisable 8gb)
psu: one that would let me upgrade to sli in the future
ssd: (60gb will do just for the booting drive and a game or 2)
hdd: (adviseable 1tb)


also, i dont have any MC near me.


id love to build this rig with $1500 budget, but I can stretch it if it's worth it..

i'd appreciate all the help guys! thank you!
post #2 of 52
Hyper 212 Evo instead of the plus (more contact area with the cpu). And buy an extra fan for Push/Pull. thumb.gif

Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Extra Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069

MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 OR

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016 (more $ but more efficient).

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768
Edited by Ramsey77 - 4/19/12 at 6:15pm
 
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Hyper 212 Evo instead of the plus (more contact area with the cpu). And buy an extra fan for Push/Pull. thumb.gif
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
GPU: Any 680 out right now is essentially the same thing, just different customer support. Take your pick. thumb.gif

I was thinking of getting 7850 at first, would the 200+ increase for 680 worth it? also, is hx850 for 148 shipped a good deal? i like to have a modular psu so i can sleeve it in the future.

build you did was spot on. thank you!
post #4 of 52
I edited/added a few things. Personally, I am of the mind of buying once, so if a 680 is what you really want, buy it, don't mess around. biggrin.gif And that is a good price for that psu, I would jump on it. It's not a Gold unit, but it's acceptable. thumb.gif Good luck with your build. Looks promising.

EDIT: The second PSU I threw in there is the one that I use, and I freakin love it. Cables AND connectors are all black, and in my opinion, doesn't need re-sleeved. It looks good as is.
Edited by Ramsey77 - 4/19/12 at 6:21pm
 
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post #5 of 52
mobo: MSI z77a-gd65
gpu: 7950 u can grab for around 400 bucks now
ram: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB kit
psu: Corsair AX850
ssd: highly recommend the 60 GB Corsair Force GT
hdd: any Western Digital green drive should do just fine for storage

hope this helped and all of these are available on newegg
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I edited/added a few things. Personally, I am of the mind of buying once, so if a 680 is what you really want, buy it, don't mess around. biggrin.gif And that is a good price for that psu, I would jump on it. It's not a Gold unit, but it's acceptable. thumb.gif Good luck with your build. Looks promising.
EDIT: The second PSU I threw in there is the one that I use, and I freakin love it. Cables AND connectors are all black, and in my opinion, doesn't need re-sleeved. It looks good as is.

i just saw the psu edit, i saw the 750ax on amazon for 145 shipped and no tax compare to if i buy it on newegg.. i should jump on it right now huh, eventhough i wont build my system until ivy comes out. im just not sure cause i dont know what "good" prices with components since im hella new to this..

do you know any case that will be cheaper but serve the same purpose as the phantom? like cable management wise.. so with 680, my budget has to be 1700 for it to work out.. would it be a night and day difference between 680 and 7850? that's the only components im not sure of what to get.. will the extra expenses for gpu be worth it?
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I am only recommending this case because I use the little brother to it, and I know it is a quality unit. It is a bit understated and kind of plain, but that is my taste. Yours may vary.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007&Tpk=Fractal%20arc%20midi

EDIT: And sorry, I won't be able to help on the GPU questions, as I haven't any experience with either one. But, I think the 680 would last you a long time.
Edited by Ramsey77 - 4/19/12 at 6:43pm
 
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mobo: MSI z77a-gd65
gpu: 7950 u can grab for around 400 bucks now
ram: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB kit
psu: Corsair AX850
ssd: highly recommend the 60 GB Corsair Force GT
hdd: any Western Digital green drive should do just fine for storage
hope this helped and all of these are available on newegg

ill just go with ax850 for extra $17 compare to 750.

about gpu, 7950 for 400 is hella good now.. i just noticed that 79xx series dropped price lol. would 680 be a big upgrade from 7950? or should i just save the $100 and get 7950? sorry if i ask a lot of question.
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ill just go with ax850

Also, a really nice unit. You really wouldn't be disappointed with either one. And as long as you weren't trying to quad sli, a 750 would be plenty of juice.
 
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Also, a really nice unit. You really wouldn't be disappointed with either one. And as long as you weren't trying to quad sli, a 750 would be plenty of juice.

i might sli, but if i get a 680 i dont think i would need to sli for atleast a year, so 750 should be plenty i think.. honestly i dont understand how to measure if a psu is enough. but im definitely grabbing a psu tonight since it's hella cheap right now on amazon,. im just undecided between 750 and 850,. only upgrade that i can think of that i will make is 2 680 sli(wont happen till 680 can't max out games), and another 8gb of ram. 750 should be good enough with that in mind right?
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