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A noob's entry into PC building...with some help from the pro's I hope :)

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So, first time ever starting a PC build. Been a gamer for years now, playing mainly World of Warcraft. Have had a few stock computers that would play said game at mostly minimal to near medium potential and that's it. Suffice to say, nothing impressive tech wise. Been working hard and decided to reward myself with a new, custom built PC.

As I said, first time build, but I would like to put together a computer that will last for a few years and have room along the way for expansion/upgradability. I have been grabbing a few pieces along the way that made sense or were on sale for a decent price. I am at a point now where I am struggling a bit with hardware choices, namely because I have a small amount of knowledge as to the my capability needs vs hardware ability. They are modest and achievable from what I gather, for a decent price, component depending of course. I would like to play WoW at max settings, play Blue Ray movies in 1080 and run Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop for light graphic design.

I picked up a few items already and have another $1,300 USD I would like to spend on the build. This is what I have so far:

Chassis: Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Mid Tower ATX

Full tower is to big for me. I understand it had cable management issues, but plan on moding the case myself to curb that issue. Also, 4 stock fans with a 5th add on to side panel for great airflow over drives and exhaust through rear and top. Blue LED's as a bonus.

Memory: 8GB G.Skills Ripjaw X 2133 RAM

Great reviews and speedy. For the price I got it for from Newegg.com ($69 with free shipping), I snagged it. 8GB should be enough, but I will expand if needed.

Optical Drive: Asus Blue Ray Drive 8x

Fan of ASUS gear. Would like to contain as much of ASUS as I can in this build. They are designed very well for looks and performance. So many people with great rigs swear by them, so I can trust in that advice. I don't have a plan on burning, so I grabbed the plain player for a decent price from Newegg.com

HDD: Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black 7200 RPM Sata6

Good reviews and recommended for an HDD by a few friends. I don't download any music, movies, so 500GB is plenty for me. My current HDD has 350GB and I barely touch 200GB of it with the wifes crap in hear to. I have a 500GB external anyway for more storage if needed.


That's what I have so far, but I need some advise/guidance with the rest. As I said, $1,300 USD left to spend. Not expecting a top tier monster with liquid cooling and a helicopter landing pad on it, but I would like to enjoy the hardware I buy. I would like to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge processor early next year along with an SLI/Crossfire of whatever card I get to start with. I appreciate the help in advance from anyone who would help this noob build his first PC!
post #2 of 22
There's a lot of debate over Sandy Bridge vs. Ivy Bridge still, but I'd say go with an i5 for your needs, either the 2500K or the 3570K. You say you need Photoshop type stuff, but if you only do light work the i5 will be fine. The i7s have hyperthreading, but if you're doing a lot of intensive rendering or encoding it isn't necessary. It depends on how much you use that stuff. You can put the extra $100 towards an SSD or a better GPU, or you can get the quad core with hyperthreading.

Do you need a monitor, operating system, keyboard/mouse, etc?

If you want to SLI, I'd recommend a full atx motherboard and something like a 750W or 850W psu. Corsair, cooler master, seasonic, OCZ, and silverstone make good ones.

Gigabyte, MSI, and Asrock make good boards with better prices than Asus. Asrocks extreme4 or extreme6 or Gigabyte's UD3H are good choices. If you want to spend more, Asrock's Z77 professional (different from pro4), the Gigabyte UD5H, or the Asus z77 deluxe boards are good.

As for the card, you can definitely fit a 680 into that budget if you don't spend a ton on a monitor and a mouse and keyboard. If you want more money for other stuff, the 670 should be out soon, or you can go with a 7950 or 7870.

I'd get an SSD on that budget as well. 128 GB will be enough for Windows, most of you're smaller programs, and a few games. The M4 is a really good choice since it came down in price a lot.

Also, you probably don't need to spend $70 on 2133 MHz RAM. Go with 1600 or 1866 and save some money, it won't make any noticeable difference.

And finally the cooler. If you don't want to overclock, an aftermarket cooler isn't necessary but it's probably nice to have one anyway. If you plan on overclocking, you'll need something nice.
For air coolers, the Noctua NH-D14 and the thermalwright silver arrow are some of the best. A little more budget oriented one is the cooler master hyper212 evo. You can also go for a all in one watercooling thing like the corsair h100 or h80. The h80 will fit in almost any case, but the h100 is a dual 120mm radiator so you have to make sure it'll fit in your case.

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Here is what I came up with for you.

ASRock Z77 LGA 1155 - 8 SATA 8+4 Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295
$169.99

i5-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
$219.99

if you want to start with ivy you can get a i5-3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
for just $30 more at $249.99

EVGA - GTX-680
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768
$499

So you could get these for about $890 leaving you $410 for case, power supply and windows.
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Just one thing: MAKE SURE YOU GET AN SSD. Spend the $100-150 and pick one up for your boot drive, but you will need a hard drive too for storage of course. The speed is extremely worth it. Never again will you have to experience lag when opening files, closing things, etc. Your system will be much faster.

For the memory, pick up the Samsung 2x4GB kit in the "Online Deals" thread. It's $40-45 and can clock to 10-10-10-28-1T 2133MHz at 1.5v totally stable.

If you like the look, I would recommend the NZXT Phantom 410 case. Many people dislike the look, but the features it has make it the best case under $100 (debatable of course). I find it to be the best case. TONS of features, 2 inches in the back for cable management, tons of hard drive toom, removable HDD trays, beautiful exterior, etc. Absolutely amazing case.

Just choose the GPU yourself. Easiest part.

For the motherboard (you should be going Sandy/Ivy Bridge of course) I'd go with an ASUS or an Asrock as they both make extremely solid boards that are fantastic for overclocking. Get the P8Z68-V or the P8Z77 (or whatever it is called).

For the hard drive, anything from WD would be great.

Do you need a monitor, mouse, headset, etc as well?
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Here are some sample builds. I assumed you needed a copy of windows in your budget. The price listed on the dropdown menu will be the actual price before rebates if you order all 100% online $1400 build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list 

CPU:  Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($169.99 @ Microcenter) 
CPU Cooler:  Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($19.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard:  ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX  LGA1155 Motherboard  ($129.86 @ Newegg) 
Hard Drive:  Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  ($78.95 @ Adorama) 
Video Card:  Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire)  ($399.98 @ NCIX US) 
Video Card:  Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire)  ($399.98 @ NCIX US) 
Power Supply:  Antec 750W ATX12V Power Supply  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Operating System:  Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)  ($99.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1378.73
$1320 build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($116.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1262.95
$1290 build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($116.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1232.32
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Hello guys. Sorry to bump this old thread, but I am ready to start picking the parts up for my first custom PC build!!! After a bit of help from you guys, getting me steered in the right direction, I have my layout of parts. Here they are:


CPU: i7 3770k Going to overclock after I break the chip in a bit. Only to like 4.1 or 4.2 though. Nothing major.

MoBo: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro Awesome board and decent ratings. All the features I'll ever need.

CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo- Awesome reviews and cooling for the price point. I may, however, head in to watercooling in the future if I find the CPU is getting to hot with air cooling.

Case: Antec DF-30 Modded Awesome airflow for the price I paid. The cable management was god awful, but after I had a few minutes with my jigsaw and a 36TPI blade, holes appeared and cable management was back on track!

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB Reliability and cost. Need I say more? Got it on sale for $100

HDD: WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200RMP Great price on this as well. And I will never fill it as I don't download media. If I ever get close, HDD's are dropping in price so I can always expand.

RAM: G.Skillz Ripjaw X 8Gb 2133Mhz Great price when I bought it. Will likely add 8gb more in the very near future.

GPU: EVGA FTW 670 Awesome ratings and a beast with stock OC.

PSU: Corsair AX850 Fully modular and plenty of power for expansion. I will be adding the Individually sleeved cables in the future, but my budget is getting tight rioht now.

Monitor: ASUS VE248H 24" LED Perfect size for what I needed and good reviews. Price point helps as well.

Optical Drive: ASUS Blue Ray 8x Never need to burn the Blue Rays. Saved some coin.

Fan Controller: Aerocool V12XT Great styling and functionality. Not bad for the price.

Thats about it folks. I really appreciate the help I got here on OC.net It really got me looking in the right direction. I will be sure to post the pics up in the next few weeks here. Gonna make it as clean as I can and do myself proud for my first build! Thanks again and remember, stay classy OC.net!!!
post #7 of 22
Did you already buy it? An i7 is pointless for a gaming machine. So is RAM over 1600Mhz. Both offer little-to-no benefit for gaming. SLI 670s can run on a 650W PSU(everything overclocked with room to spare), so you could have saved there as well.
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256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
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Take the money off the i7 and put it in a 680 would be what I will be doing.
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Take the money off the i7 and put it in a 680 would be what I will be doing.
680 offers little benefit over a 670, it will only be about a 5% increase over a 670. It would be better saving and grabbing a second 670.
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I just grabbed a few of my parts this morning. I saved big money and went with a Seasonic x750 full modular PSU, gold rated. Newegg has it on a special sale for 119.99 with a promo code. I also grabbed the EVGA GTX 670 FTW Edition with a boost clock of 1084MHz. Near stock 680 speed for $80-90 less. $419.99 at Newegg as well. Also got my P8Z77 V-Pro for under $200 with another promo code and all with free 2 day shipping. As for the i7, I will be doing more than just gaming with this rig. I am grabbing the Adobe CS 5.5 Master Collection in a few months to continue with my side business of designing T-Shirts for Metalheads, MMA and Gamers smile.gif So, the i7 will be a huge boost to my rendering times and efficiencies. If I was just gaming, i5 3570k would be my go to CPU. This system also needs to last me a few years and I really think with the PSU overhead I have and new tech, I can accomplish that with this rig. I also scored a free copy of Win7 Ultimate from my IT Systems Manager at work until Win8 drops later this year. In total with the order this morning, I saved $65 dollars which will be rolled into a 27" monitor instead of a 23" or 24" like I was looking at. The only things left after CPU, Monitor and a new keyboard is to find a decent Router that can handle my PC on hardwire, laptop and 2 iPhones running on the wireless without bogging my MBps down. Anyone have any suggestions? I can squeeze around $100 for a new router that is compatable with Verizon. I appreciate the help. My tech level is basic, although I have been learning a great deal with research and have been having a blast "Theorycrafting" this system to desired specs. Now, back to installing some custom grommets for my case and finishing touches on the new cutout for my CPU connector. I'll check back later and may drop picks of the minor mods to the case when I finish them up.
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