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Well, new to building computers, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Note that this is somewhat of a budget build with room to grow/upgrade in the future. I originally wanted to limit myself to $650, but yeah, that soon grew to $750. I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Any suggestions would be great too. Need recommendations for a good sound card.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($105 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $728.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 22:30 EST-0500)
post #2 of 41
It looks like a good system. The case is a challenge though (no pun intended) when it comes to cable management. GPU is about 10.2" so it should still fit in the case without hitting drive bays. What are you doing for cooling just using the stock cooler that comes with CPU or could I throw a lifeline and suggest you look at a CM Hyper 212 EVO ($30-35) aftermarket cooler if you plan to OC. With regards to sound card what kind of audio setup do you have?
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Originally Posted by DUpgrade View Post

It looks like a good system. The case is a challenge though (no pun intended) when it comes to cable management. GPU is about 10.2" so it should still fit in the case without hitting drive bays. What are you doing for cooling just using the stock cooler that comes with CPU or could I throw a lifeline and suggest you look at a CM Hyper 212 EVO ($30-35) aftermarket cooler if you plan to OC. With regards to sound card what kind of audio setup do you have?
ANy other good cases for around the same price?

I probably won't OC at first, so that would be one of the areas that is open to upgrades in the future. Is the B75 motherboard OC compatible?

Sound system consists of the typical two speaks and a sub box, so nothing super amazing but it gets the job done. I might just pull the sound card from my old AMD computer and use it temporarily. At some point it would be nice to be able to plug into a surround sound system (if I ever get one for my TV and xbox)
post #4 of 41
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ANy other good cases for around the same price?
I probably won't OC at first, so that would be one of the areas that is open to upgrades in the future. Is the B75 motherboard OC compatible?
Sound system consists of the typical two speaks and a sub box, so nothing super amazing but it gets the job done. I might just pull the sound card from my old AMD computer and use it temporarily. At some point it would be nice to be able to plug into a surround sound system (if I ever get one for my TV and xbox)


COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99
Thermaltake Commander Series Commander MS-II Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99 (also comes in white, red, special AMD edition too)

The mobo you picked will OC your CPU should you some day choose to do so. The most important thing when you decide to OC later is that you have a good case to ensure proper air flow. The mobo itself has built in 6 channel sound, you're only doing 2.1 so I don't see what a sound card will do for you unless it is virtual 3d surround or something. If you go home theater, keep in mind the GPU has HDMI which does transfer sound and video.
post #5 of 41
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Alright sweet. So the motherboard I picked is a pretty solid one then?

is there any real reason to go to USB 3.0? I noticed the Coolmaster case has 2.0
Edited by Gravik - 12/13/12 at 11:04pm
post #6 of 41
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Alright sweet. So the motherboard I picked is a pretty solid one then?
is there any real reason to go to USB 3.0? I noticed the Coolmaster case has 2.0

The mobo is what you're paying for, a micro ATX board. Keep in mind it only has 1 PCIE 3.0 x16 lane so you won't be able to SLI/Crossfire down the road if you ever planned to for that matter. Dual channel memory also limits you to only 2 sticks, but 8GB 1600 will do just fine for now.

My external HDD has 3.0 but I plug it into the rear USB 3.0 ports. Unless you have a USB 3.0 flash drive or something that really needs 3.0 in the front, it's just a normal USB port.
post #7 of 41
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Do they make sticks of 16gb memory? If so, then 2 ports should be enough.
post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gravik View Post

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 22:30 EST-0500)

If you plan on overclocking, you'll have to swap that 3570 for a 3570K as the `K` Series are the only unlocked processors.
post #9 of 41
I would rather take something like this:

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $734.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 07:28 EST-0500)

What we have here is a K CPU for overclocking, an Hyper 212 Evo which the best bang/buck cooler and should be fine for a 4.5 GHz overclock, a good Gigabyte Z77 motherboard, the Samsung memory which often overclocks up to 2400 MHz, the HDD I selected here is one of the fastest 7200RPM's it uses a single 1TB platter and thus is significantly faster than the old F4 (more info here) - Samsung doesn't produces HDDs anymore, the GHz 7870 which holds the best value for GPUs, an NZXT Source 220 which offers a great value, the Rosewill Hive PSU: great price, bronze certified and modular, and recommended by OCN (see Recommended PSUs in my sig).
If you want to run dual GPUs later you can bump to the 650W or 750W Hive.
Edited by adridu59 - 12/14/12 at 4:31am
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Motorola 68k @16 MHz Ti-89 HW4 256 KB 2.6 MB Flash ROM 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Ti-89 OS 3.10 LCD Dot-Matrix 160x100 4x 1.5V AAA Ti-89 HW4 Black 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
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post #10 of 41
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If you plan on overclocking, you'll have to swap that 3570 for a 3570K as the `K` Series are the only unlocked processors.

Good catch on the missing K on the CPU. thumb.gif
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