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My buddy is wanting to build his first pc and asked me for his help. His budget is 1200 bucks max. I posted in the intel forum but he's not partial to intel or amd for the processor. Nor is he for nvidia or amd for the graphics card.. Help me build this pc everyone!!
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.45 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($422.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $1207.35
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Shipping: $2.14
Total: $1174.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Originally Posted by looniam View Post

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.45 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($422.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $1207.35
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Shipping: $2.14
Total: $1174.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Not bad but i will nit pick a bit. No OS, seems likely he will need one. I wouldn't build a $1200 rig in that case nor use that PSU. Several gold and platinum PSU's around for under $100, check the PSU forum FAQ, it is stickied. Also, Samsung Green for RAM. Mobo, gigabyte seems to be the OCN fav at the moment, (UD3H likely for this build) although I have nothing against the listed one.

Unless this is a gaming rig, I wouldn't reach for a 7970. Get some better parts and drop it down to a 7870 tahiti. If it is a gaming rig, always reach for the GPU!! gunner2.gif
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.78 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.45 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1119.18

I cant see getting any better quality parts with this budget then this. Fantastic case, great PSU (from the good psu thread stickied in my sig), great cooler, great mobo, good ram (I know its not the samsung ram, but this stuff is good to), and a 7950 for graphic power. Enjoy smile.gif
I left a little room in total price for taxes and shipping, it might be a little over after all that, but not very much.

Also if he already has an OS, change that out for the Samsung 840 120GB SSD mentioned above.
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I've noticed in both replies you've went with the I5 instead of an AMD. There a reason or does AMD just suck that bad?
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Not bad but i will nit pick a bit. No OS, seems likely he will need one. I wouldn't build a $1200 rig in that case nor use that PSU. Several gold and platinum PSU's around for under $100, check the PSU forum FAQ, it is stickied. Also, Samsung Green for RAM. Mobo, gigabyte seems to be the OCN fav at the moment, (UD3H likely for this build) although I have nothing against the listed one.

Unless this is a gaming rig, I wouldn't reach for a 7970. Get some better parts and drop it down to a 7870 tahiti. If it is a gaming rig, always reach for the GPU!! gunner2.gif

thanks for the critique and i'll admit cases are far from my strong suit. but personally IMO if there isn't enough for a seasonic X series PSU then an XFX or antec NEO ECO series it is(both also made by seasonic). most of the time a gold rating, of just a few percent of efficiency, doesn't justify the added cost; one on sale is worth consideration.

but as you pointed out, there is some money in there if you drop down from the 7970Ghz.
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I've noticed in both replies you've went with the I5 instead of an AMD. There a reason or does AMD just suck that bad?
Naw AMD doesn't suck, but if you could get someone into a Infinity instead of a Honda you would pick the Infinity. The 8350 isnt a bad processor by any means, its just that we would rather you never ever have to worry about anything with the processor.
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thanks for the critique and i'll admit cases are far from my strong suit. but personally IMO if there isn't enough for a seasonic X series PSU then an XFX or antec NEO ECO series it is(both also made by seasonic). most of the time a gold rating, of just a few percent of efficiency, doesn't justify the added cost; one on sale is worth consideration.

but as you pointed out, there is some money in there if you drop down from the 7970Ghz.
Cases are kinda tough, it really just comes with a bit of knowledge and experience. I basically look for a few things,
A: What is the case made out of, if its mostly plastic, garbage
B: How many fans can it take / potential airflow. Basically, where are the fans located, how big of fans are they, how many places can the air escape from
C: What can fit into the case. Can it fit a 140mm air cooler, can it fit a Corsair H100, can it fit a massive 7970
D: PSU placement, you want it on the bottom, no questions, you want it on the bottom. That way you cant easily knock over the case because all the weight is on the top
E: Cable mangement. How many holes are there for cable management, and their locations.
Everything else is up to what is needed for the rig.

As for good psu's, check the link in my sig, it contains a very large list of good quality PSU's that is updated regularly, its not the be-all-end-all list, but if it isn't on there, its either they haven't seen it in which case you should mention it, or it shouldn't be on there.
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I don't see a real problem with the proposed build. Other than needing a cooler, you will want to add some fans as well and those can add up quickly. Maybe even a 128gb SSD would be nice as well. Plus if he likes gaming then he will want a keyboard and mouse, those cost some, for the good ones. TV/Monitor good enough for that GPU would be nice to see if not already have one. thumb.gif
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.23 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1106.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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