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Hello,

I'm doing my first build and all that's left to be decided is the CPU, Video Card, and Motherboard (...probably the 3 most important parts!). I want the computer to be lightening fast at media, and some decent gaming. Honestly, I just want the best performance for my dollar.

Any ideas? Thanks very much in advance.

It seems that Microcenter might be a good place to check out --- say this combo http://cart.microcenter.com/cart.aspx?RedirectUrl=http://www.microcenter.com

And then add a Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHZ 1 GB DDR5.

I don't intend to overclock.
post #2 of 13
u should overclock
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Hello,

I want the computer to be lightening fast at media, and some decent gaming.

I don't intend to overclock.

ok some actual advice, get the best k cpu ur budget supports, ivy or haswell, and an appropriate budget mobo. ASRock and gigabyte are the top picks here. z77/z87 chipsets only. overclock it.

your link didn't work for me

if your trying to make all 3 pieces on that budget im not sure what you will have left for a gcard, but do yourself a favor and don't buy anything that costs less than $200 and you wont be disappointed. like around $189 US is where the performance really starts to drop off. imo roughly
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Won't that be bottlenecking? I thought I would just get an entry level i5, some decent mobo, and then a $120 vid card.

What should I look for in a motherboard? Forgive my lack of knowledge. The all come with SATA conncetions for my internal hard drives, right? And sound and wireless cards?
post #6 of 13
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I can do

MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 ATX

Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155

GeForce GTX 650 Ti

That ends up being $360 with a deal through micro center
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I can do

MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 ATX

Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155

GeForce GTX 650 Ti

That ends up being $360 with a deal through micro center

hi buddy, that all looks good to me, I don't know anything about the mobo though. if you want to be sure maybe ask another thread about the mobo, or search around a bit.

a 650 ti is a good card and you will be happy with its performance. its about where the NVidia cards start to get decent, I wouldn't buy anything less than a 650 1GB. cards with 2GB are better, duno if yours has it. that's only if you are gaming on 1080p resolution, any smaller and 1GB is ok (generally). if u get 1GB card @1080p on some games you will have to run lower settings to maintain FPS. (it wants more memory for the frames than fits in your cards vram)

re mobos, top recommended brands here are ASRock and Gigabyte, see if you can find anything from them that will have the features you need.

SATA3 or SATA 6 GB/s means it has the good SATA, that's all your worried about for plugs really. PCIE 3.0 x16 for your gcard. almost all good mobos come with LAN and sound that's great.

check this guide for other parts ideas, its for ivy but has alot of good parts listed:
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post #8 of 13
how is asrock a better choice then msi? its not. you get more for your money with an mpower board. i use the built in bluetooth on my mpower with a wiimote to play dolphin emulator in 1080p with 4x internal resolution, anti aliasing and filtering the results are amazing. not to mention they are the best looking boards in the 200/250 $ price range. it overclocks like a champ and the mpower max has wifi/widi and blutooth.. 8 sata ports for all the disc drives you could want. just dont see how the features of the asrock line can compete.
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post #9 of 13
the g41 with a k cpu is pointless. that is not a oc board.
post #10 of 13
I would say go with the amd fx6300 for $120 to save money for the gpu. However, if it set on Intel and u don't wish to overclock, then save a few bucks and avoid a k series
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