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post #1 of 21
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Just had a birthday and got some spending monies for a new rig. Never built a PC before, going into this relying on the research/videos that i've seen online and on Reddit.
I'm really not much of a gamer, but I like the option of being able to if I wanted. I would like to get into some simple games. (Diablo II, Borderlands 2) Nothing big like Far Cry, BF3, or Skyrim.
Mostly going to be using this computer for computational math work. I'm going to be majoring in CS in University next year so I want something that'll handle graphics related stuff and math simulations mostly.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $672.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 23:08 EST-0500)

My main goal is to reduce costs but also have a strong system that'll last me through University (4+ years to come). I have to stay under $700 though. (Have to save some money for Prom)
As an additional question, when would be the best time to build a computer? Should I wait until Summer for some more sales/deals? Or would this be the time?
post #2 of 21
Thread Starter 
All of the peripherals and Windows 8 are covered.
At this point I just want to know if any of the components are overkill (CPU or GPU possibly?)
Any suggestions and comments are welcomed smile.gif
post #3 of 21
If you don't heavy game the gpu is good. The psu is a little bit overkill, mght cut costs there. Some will tell you your mobo is bad, but I just chose one for a diff build. Its a fine board. The cpu is fine. Don't let anyone try to shake you from amd. Your chip will do all you will ever need it to. Cases are all mostly preference, so whatever you like. My only suggestion would be to throw a bluray player in there. You can hook your system up to your tv at school.
Looks good! Have fun!
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(22 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 (4.8GHz) Sabertooth 990FX (R1.01/BIOS1604) ASUS GTX 780Ti 2x8GB G.SKILL TRIDENT-X (2140MHz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 PRO 128GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Kingston HyperX 3K 128GB Kingston SSDnow 128GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar BLACK 500GB ASUS Blu-ray ASUS LightScribe SILVER ARROW SB-E 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 PRO 64-bit 3x ASUS VN248H (24" 1080p AH-IPS) Logitech G710+ Seasonic G-750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM STORM:Trooper (DEFCON-3 MOD) Logitech MX Master Corsair MM600 CREATIVE Sound Blaster Z 
AudioOther
Audio Technica ATH-m50xbl Chill Factor III 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 880k ASRock A88M-G/3.1 ASUS GTX 660ti HyperX Fury 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial MX300 750GB LG Blu-ray Windows 10 P502ui-b1 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Proffesional  Acer 24"  Logitech Wave OCZ modXtreme Pro 600W 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Centurion 5 blue Logitech LX8 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 (4.8GHz) Sabertooth 990FX (R1.01/BIOS1604) ASUS GTX 780Ti 2x8GB G.SKILL TRIDENT-X (2140MHz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 PRO 128GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Kingston HyperX 3K 128GB Kingston SSDnow 128GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar BLACK 500GB ASUS Blu-ray ASUS LightScribe SILVER ARROW SB-E 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 PRO 64-bit 3x ASUS VN248H (24" 1080p AH-IPS) Logitech G710+ Seasonic G-750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM STORM:Trooper (DEFCON-3 MOD) Logitech MX Master Corsair MM600 CREATIVE Sound Blaster Z 
AudioOther
Audio Technica ATH-m50xbl Chill Factor III 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 880k ASRock A88M-G/3.1 ASUS GTX 660ti HyperX Fury 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial MX300 750GB LG Blu-ray Windows 10 P502ui-b1 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Proffesional  Acer 24"  Logitech Wave OCZ modXtreme Pro 600W 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Centurion 5 blue Logitech LX8 
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post #4 of 21
I would get a FX-8320 over the FX-8150.
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AMD A-3870K AsRock A75 Pro (FM1) HyperX DDR3 1866 8 GB SAMSUNG 830 256gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
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LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies! I'm not really a Blu Ray fan, I mostly just stream all of my media content really. Taking into consideration the comments, this is an updated parts list:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($173.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $663.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 23:27 EST-0500)
post #6 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post

I would get a FX-8320 over the FX-8150.
Not a bad thought if it will fit your budget. Other thoughts... I've heard the caviar blues can have reliabilitty issues. Maybe switch it out with a caviar black 500GB hdd. Or maybe even cut costs somewhere else, and get an ssd. Not sure how much storage you will need. I personally could never fill 1TB. I'm at like 200GB now, with lots of music some movies, docs, and even data redundancy.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 (4.8GHz) Sabertooth 990FX (R1.01/BIOS1604) ASUS GTX 780Ti 2x8GB G.SKILL TRIDENT-X (2140MHz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 PRO 128GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Kingston HyperX 3K 128GB Kingston SSDnow 128GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar BLACK 500GB ASUS Blu-ray ASUS LightScribe SILVER ARROW SB-E 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 PRO 64-bit 3x ASUS VN248H (24" 1080p AH-IPS) Logitech G710+ Seasonic G-750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM STORM:Trooper (DEFCON-3 MOD) Logitech MX Master Corsair MM600 CREATIVE Sound Blaster Z 
AudioOther
Audio Technica ATH-m50xbl Chill Factor III 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 880k ASRock A88M-G/3.1 ASUS GTX 660ti HyperX Fury 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial MX300 750GB LG Blu-ray Windows 10 P502ui-b1 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Proffesional  Acer 24"  Logitech Wave OCZ modXtreme Pro 600W 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Centurion 5 blue Logitech LX8 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 (4.8GHz) Sabertooth 990FX (R1.01/BIOS1604) ASUS GTX 780Ti 2x8GB G.SKILL TRIDENT-X (2140MHz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 PRO 128GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Kingston HyperX 3K 128GB Kingston SSDnow 128GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar BLACK 500GB ASUS Blu-ray ASUS LightScribe SILVER ARROW SB-E 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 PRO 64-bit 3x ASUS VN248H (24" 1080p AH-IPS) Logitech G710+ Seasonic G-750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM STORM:Trooper (DEFCON-3 MOD) Logitech MX Master Corsair MM600 CREATIVE Sound Blaster Z 
AudioOther
Audio Technica ATH-m50xbl Chill Factor III 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 880k ASRock A88M-G/3.1 ASUS GTX 660ti HyperX Fury 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial MX300 750GB LG Blu-ray Windows 10 P502ui-b1 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Proffesional  Acer 24"  Logitech Wave OCZ modXtreme Pro 600W 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Centurion 5 blue Logitech LX8 
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post #7 of 21
Personally I would get this RAM for the same price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231550 (was going to say samsung as they are so amazing, but they've been sold out for a while.).

drive is a drive, and this is cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259

The rest is an amazing build it looks like.
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Q8400 Intel DB43LD  HD 7950 Kingston  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 830  Adata SP600 Seagate Barracuda  DVD-RW  
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
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Samsung 830  Adata SP600 Seagate Barracuda  DVD-RW  
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
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post #8 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

Not a bad thought if it will fit your budget. Other thoughts... I've heard the caviar blues can have reliabilitty issues. Maybe switch it out with a caviar black 500GB hdd. Or maybe even cut costs somewhere else, and get an ssd. Not sure how much storage you will need. I personally could never fill 1TB. I'm at like 200GB now, with lots of music some movies, docs, and even data redundancy.

Right now, with all of my movies, music, etc.. I am almost at 200GB.
I've never really read up about the differences in WD drives. I know that there are a lot (I'm also assuming that the Caviar Black is one of the higher ends?)

Anyways, I added the WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM and it lowered the total cost to $654.56 after rebates/taxes/shipping.
post #9 of 21
yes. It goes something like (from low to high) green, blue, red, black. There are RE4 drives and raptors out there too, but never went and researched where they go.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q8400 Intel DB43LD  HD 7950 Kingston  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 830  Adata SP600 Seagate Barracuda  DVD-RW  
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
Intel stock.  Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit Razer Blackwiddow  OCZ ZT750  
CaseMouseAudio
Antec NSK6582B Razer Deathadder  beyerdynamic Custom One Pro  
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Q8400 Intel DB43LD  HD 7950 Kingston  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 830  Adata SP600 Seagate Barracuda  DVD-RW  
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
Intel stock.  Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit Razer Blackwiddow  OCZ ZT750  
CaseMouseAudio
Antec NSK6582B Razer Deathadder  beyerdynamic Custom One Pro  
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post #10 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wolfeking View Post

yes. It goes something like (from low to high) green, blue, red, black. There are RE4 drives and raptors out there too, but never went and researched where they go.

Interesting, thank you for this.
Getting a WD Black would only be reliable and durable then, thanks!
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