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The goal of this thread is to be of assistance in building your computer. The intention is not for other people to build an entire computer or find deals for you. Answering the questions below will help get things started.

1. Purpose of computer

2. Budget:

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU:
b. Mobo:
c. video card:
d. Hard drive:
e. Ram:
f. power supply:
g. Case:
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc)
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor
j: Operating system

4. Will you be overclocking?
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Processor Selection
AMD
Socket AM3 [newegg.com]
Intel
Socket 1155 [newegg.com]
Socket 1366 [newegg.com]
Socket 1156 [newegg.com]

Motherboard Selection
AMD
Socket AM3 [newegg.com]
Intel
Socket 1155 (Z68/P67/H67/H61 Chipset) [newegg.com]
Socket 1366 (X58 Chipset) [newegg.com]
Socket 1156 (P55/H55 Chipset) [newegg.com]

Memory Selection
Minimum: 4GB DDR3 at 1333 MHz [newegg.com]
Recommended: 4GB DDR3 at 1600 MHz [newegg.com]
Advanced User: 8GB DDR3 at 1600 MHz [newegg.com]

Graphics Card Selection
AMD Radeon 6000 series [newegg.com]
AMD Radeon 5000 series [newegg.com]
NVIDIA GeForce 500 series [newegg.com]
NVIDIA GeForce 400 series [newegg.com]

Hard Drives & Solid State Drives Selection (Storage)
Hard Drives [newegg.com]
Solid State Drives [newegg.com]

Optical Drives Selection
Optical Drives [newegg.com]

Power Supply Selection
Power Supply Needs Calculator [outervision.com]
Reliable Power Supplies [newegg.com]

Case Selection
Computer Cases [newegg.com]

Review Sites:

Here are some good review sites for those who want to make comparisons between components before they buy:
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Uber-budget Intel Sandy Bridge Build Updated: 7/5/11 by nealb
I am currently looking to build a new system. I wouldn't call it a "budget build" exactly, but I want a build with basic necessities and very little fluff (I'm a cheapass). So I am going to compile a list of basic components for the least expensive prices I can find in an effort to make a "base system" from which I, and everyone else, can work to customize a system to suit our needs. As prices and promotions change, please work to keep this up-to-date. Thanks! nealb
Of course you may find better combo deals, please post those.


Case:
MicroATX: APEX TX-381-C @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $49.99 AR/FS
ATX: APEX PC-389-C Mid Tower @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $19.99+$9.99 S&H = $29.98
Motherboard:
MicroATX: BIOSTAR H61MH @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $49.99 AR/FS
ATX: BIOSTAR TH61A @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $64.99 AR+$7.56 S&H = $72.55 AR
CPU:
Pentium: G620 2.6 GHz @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $77.99 FS
i3: i3-2100 3.1GHz @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $124.99 FS
i5: i5-2300 3.1GHz @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $184.99 FS
i7: i7-2600 3.8GHz @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $299.99 FS
RAM:
(Mobos above support only 2 DIMMs)
2GB: G.SKILL DDR3-1333 (1x2GB) @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $17.99 FS
4GB: Crucial DDR3-1333 (1x4GB) @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $30.99 FS
8GB: Patriot Gamer 2 Series DDR3-1333 (2x4GB) @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $54.99 AR/FS
Graphics: Integrated (very variable depending upon needs)
HDD:
HDD: 160GB, 7200RPM Seagate Barracuda @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $34.99+$1.99 S&H = $36.98
SSD: I'm not informed enough to comment on this.
OS:
Windows 7
Student: Used to be on The Ultimate Steal [theultimatesteal.com] for like $70. Not there now. Check w/ your campus bookstores or IT depts.
Non-student: Home Premium OEM 64bit @ newegg.com [newegg.com] $99.99 FS

Cheapest Build: $233 ATX Mid Tower & Motherboard, Pentium CPU, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Integrated Graphics, No OS (use existing OS or download free OS)
$236 (add $3) for MicroATX Case & Motherboard

Optional:

Optical storage:
Display:
Peripherals:

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#3796
I used this thread to build a Q6600, 8800GT, Vista system in January 2008 (old faithful, only within the past month have I been getting BSOD on certain videos/games, not sure what's failing). Looking to replace it with a i5-2500K, GTX 570, Windows 7 system.

DVD Any $20
Keyboard Any standard $20
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM$100 newegg
Heatsink -- --
Hard drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX $120 amazon
Case Azza Solano 1000 Black ATX Full Tower Case 10X5.25 1X3.5 8X3.5INT 2X230MM LED Fans & Window No PSU (ALT: Fractal Design Core 3000 ) $100 ($80 AR)
Case fans -- --
MOBO Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $140 ($120 AR) Amazon
Power supply OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $80 ($50 AR)
Video card EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI-I/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Limited Lifetime Warranty Graphics Card, 012-P3-1570-AR $280
Ram Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B $100
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K Processor $220 Amazon
RJ45 -- --

This is coming to $1180 ($1110 AR), and a new monitor is going to run about $350.


Any issues with the build? Any suggestions on changing the above to decrease price / increase performance (I would probably OC the CPU to 4.0 ghz on stock fan)? Any reason to hold off for a month or two (or longer) on building this system due to expected price drops in any of the above components?

I have no intention of upgrading components once built. Thanks!
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#3797
Quote from Vooper View Post :
I used this thread to build a Q6600, 8800GT, Vista system in January 2008 (old faithful, only within the past month have I been getting BSOD on certain videos/games, not sure what's failing). Looking to replace it with a i5-2500K, GTX 570, Windows 7 system.

DVD Any $20
Keyboard Any standard $20
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM$100 newegg
Heatsink -- --
Hard drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX $120 amazon
Case Azza Solano 1000 Black ATX Full Tower Case 10X5.25 1X3.5 8X3.5INT 2X230MM LED Fans & Window No PSU (ALT: Fractal Design Core 3000 ) $100 ($80 AR)
Case fans -- --
MOBO Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $140 ($120 AR) Amazon
Power supply OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $80 ($50 AR)
Video card EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI-I/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Limited Lifetime Warranty Graphics Card, 012-P3-1570-AR $280
Ram Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B $100
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K Processor $220 Amazon
RJ45 -- --

This is coming to $1180 ($1110 AR), and a new monitor is going to run about $350.


Any issues with the build? Any suggestions on changing the above to decrease price / increase performance (I would probably OC the CPU to 4.0 ghz on stock fan)? Any reason to hold off for a month or two (or longer) on building this system due to expected price drops in any of the above components?

I have no intention of upgrading components once built. Thanks!
What are you going to use it for? Gaming? What kinds of games / at what resolution?

If it's for gaming, you really don't need the 2500k. An i3-21xx will be just fine, especially paired with a 570. Don't need 16 GB of RAM either. Stick with 8 and you won't notice a difference. You can also bump the RAM down to DDR3-1333 with no appreciable effect.

Those suggestions would save you ~$150 off the price tag. Depending on your needs, you could get away with a cheaper mobo too (i.e., how many SATA, USB, PCI-e x16, etc do you need). That might shave another $25 - $50 off the price. I'd stick with Gigabyte though, they're a good brand.
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#3798
Quote from mmathis View Post :
What are you going to use it for? Gaming? What kinds of games / at what resolution?

If it's for gaming, you really don't need the 2500k. An i3-21xx will be just fine, especially paired with a 570. Don't need 16 GB of RAM either. Stick with 8 and you won't notice a difference. You can also bump the RAM down to DDR3-1333 with no appreciable effect.

Those suggestions would save you ~$150 off the price tag. Depending on your needs, you could get away with a cheaper mobo too (i.e., how many SATA, USB, PCI-e x16, etc do you need). That might shave another $25 - $50 off the price. I'd stick with Gigabyte though, they're a good brand.
Thanks, yeah, I game some, so I want a capable computer. MOBO could probably be downgraded, as I really don't need any more connections than necessary to support the above build. I also feel like that's a lot to spend on a case...
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#3799
is there a good case fan controller for pci slot? the only two i saw on newegg has review that said it's really filmsy and easy to break. i need one that can control at least 3 case fan. hoping to spend under $20
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is there a good case fan controller for pci slot? the only two i saw on newegg has review that said it's really filmsy and easy to break. i need one that can control at least 3 case fan. hoping to spend under $20
It's not a PCI one, but I have a Zalman 5.25" drive bay-mounted fan controller I got on craigslist a couple years ago. It's pretty sweet actually. It does 4x fans, 4x temperature sensors, and it also has a power meter feature that plugs in between your AC power plug that tells you how much wattage you're pulling from the wall.

This is mine [zalman.com], but i'm sure there are other ones with similar functions for less.
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#3801
Quote from uberw00tness View Post :
It's not a PCI one, but I have a Zalman 5.25" drive bay-mounted fan controller I got on craigslist a couple years ago. It's pretty sweet actually. It does 4x fans, 4x temperature sensors, and it also has a power meter feature that plugs in between your AC power plug that tells you how much wattage you're pulling from the wall.

This is mine [zalman.com], but i'm sure there are other ones with similar functions for less.
don't have a bay open for that since i'm gonna be using this for a silverstone htpc case. thanks though.
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#3802
Quote from dn3g3l View Post :
is there a good case fan controller for pci slot? the only two i saw on newegg has review that said it's really filmsy and easy to break. i need one that can control at least 3 case fan. hoping to spend under $20
ditto this, any recommendations?
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#3803
Quote from Sudhakar2k View Post :
Are you going to be overclocking? Are you going to use onboard graphics or have a dedicated video card?

The better choice is probably the 3570K if you dont plant to overclock alot. If you are going to use onboard graphics definitely get the 3570K.

As for motherboard just get a Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI, or Intel board that falls within budget and has good reviews on Newegg.
Yes there will be overclocking. I have a 6870 card and three 23 in monitors. 8gb ram as well. mainly looking for recomendation on the motherboard. Alot of people seem the like the AsRock 77?
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#3804
Quote from Sudhakar2k View Post :
The main problem with purchased PCs is there is no option to change the motherboard, and that is the component most important in customization down the road.

If you do decide to go this route, just get the best CPU available, and upgrade the rest of the components yourself.

You could also sell your giftcard and use the money for your machine, which I think is the best option.
I guess if I cannot find a way to get rid of this gift card efficiently, I'll chose this road. I checked the Dell's website, they do not sell computer parts, the ones they sell are overpriced and seems outdated.

Quote from dubleo View Post :
MATLAB isn't optimized well for newer processors nor is it optimized for multi-threaded systems. I was extremely disappointed that my 2500k @ 4.0 GHz was only a little faster ( 2-3 minutes faster) than my Core 2 Duo T9550 for some simulations but YMMV.

If you are going to be running simulations for days you might want to consider an Intel Xeon CPU with ECC RAM.
Diablo 3 was made to run on older hardware so you shouldn't have much problem getting it to run at max settings even at 1080P unless you are using 6 year old technology.

If you want a customizable desktop then don't buy a Dell , Apple , or even an HP desktop. Just buy the parts on your own and put it together.
Well I run long simulations that run couple days rarely, once in couple months. With my i3 laptop I don't have much complaints from MATLAB. I'm guessing forcing computer to run a simulation for a week or more is not harming computer in any way.
This Xeon CPU is a totally new concept to me. I didn't know such CPU's exist. I'll check them. But from my initial I cannot compare them with normal I5-I7 series. I'm not sure what I will gain significantly with them. Thanks for advice though.
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Quote from hikmetbaturalp View Post :
I guess if I cannot find a way to get rid of this gift card efficiently, I'll chose this road. I checked the Dell's website, they do not sell computer parts, the ones they sell are overpriced and seems outdated.



Well I run long simulations that run couple days rarely, once in couple months. With my i3 laptop I don't have much complaints from MATLAB. I'm guessing forcing computer to run a simulation for a week or more is not harming computer in any way.
This Xeon CPU is a totally new concept to me. I didn't know such CPU's exist. I'll check them. But from my initial I cannot compare them with normal I5-I7 series. I'm not sure what I will gain significantly with them. Thanks for advice though.

The Core i5 and Core i7 series were based off of the Intel Xeons.
When you are running simulations for a long time ( let's say a week or so) , normal RAM starts to faces a lot more errors. ECC RAM corrects most of those errors so your resulting data would end up being more accurate.

ECC RAM discussion example : http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/fo...p?id=39399

If you don't run extremely important simulations for a long time, ECC RAM and the matching Xeon CPU(s) may not be the best tool for you.
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Which Matlab applications are you using? .
I'm using it for not-complicated statistical analyses, which can be easily written in another language. I rarely use statspack of Matlab. I choose Matlab just for ease of use and i heard it is faster than R (my other alternative). I want a computer for faster speeds and maybe occasional long runs which last about a week or so.

Quote from decolores9 View Post :
Are you aware you can compile Matlab M-files to machine code to achieve a 10X or so speedup?
Nope. I'd like to learn about it if it doesn't require me to learn another language from scratch.
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#3807
1. Purpose of computer- general use, but some interest in 1440p display or multiple displays later on.

2. Budget: $300 on integrated graphics for now

3. List which parts you have: prices are after tax, after rebate (hoping for the best)
a. CPU: Intel i3-2100 $97
b. Mobo: ECS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (H61H2-M2(1.0) $15 after $30 Rebate
c. video card: prefer integrated now, no more than a 65W TDP card later (6670, etc.)
d. Hard drive: OCZ Vertex Plus 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD $35 after rebate
e. Ram:MC 2x2GB DDR3 1333 $16 after coupon
f. power supply: Prefer one bundled with case
g. Case: need to choose, maybe between Apex DM-318 and Rosewill R-379M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6811147098 and
http://www.amazon.com/Black-ATX12...slickdeals
h: Optical drive: need one compatible with vertical mount, would either of these work?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6827136247, or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6827118067
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor: existing HDTV, choose between Lenovo N5902 or BlueTooth Keyboard
j: Operating system: Win 7x64 (1/3 of family pack) $33

4. Will you be overclocking? No
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Quote from QuicKSwitcH View Post :
ditto this, any recommendations?
No recommendations BUT have to agree with the NewEgg reviewer that the PCI fans ARE very flimsy ... would be my last resort ...

WOW -- just realized that we are at 600,000 views ... i built my first computer because of this thread back in 2007 ... and then upgraded the whole ting in 2010 ...and now am about to build my fourth one -- all from idea and help from this thread...
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Last edited by ghostwriter66 June 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM
#3809
1. Purpose of computer- Gaming - To be able to play Diablo 3 and upcoming Guild Wars on full with no lag

2. Budget: <$1000

3. List which parts you have: prices are after tax, after rebate (hoping for the best)
a. CPU: none: need recommendation for which i5 processor + aftermarket cpu heatsink
b. Mobo: none: a good one for gaming and possibly matching brands with vid card.
c. video card: none: preferably a GTX something and matching brands with mobo
d. Hard drive: none
e. Ram:none (8gb or 16gb)
f. power supply: OCZ Fatal1ty ATX 12V 750W Modular Power Supply $62 at Amazon
g. Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
h: Optical drive: any (if blu fits budget then awesome!)
: Keyboard, mouse, monitor: existing HDTV,
j: Operating system: Win 7x64 (1/3 of family pack) $33

4. Will you be overclocking? No
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Last edited by xxkaixx June 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM
#3810
Alright. Here It goes:

Gaming (Diablo 3 in FULL as well as other various games)
1. Purpose of computer- Gaming - To be able to play Diablo 3/Battlefield 3 Lag Free on HIGH settings preferably, Maybe some of the FF games.
2. Budget: $750
3. List which parts you have: Everything
a. CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-core processor $149.99 Microcenter
b. Mobo: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ ATX $49.99 AR (Bundled with CPU purchase from Microcenter)
c. video card: SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCPVideo Card Newegg.com $179.99 AR
d. Hard drive: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive $89.99 AR Newegg.com
e. Ram: Went with G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz $22.29 ($20 off due to Amazon Visa Rewards)
f. power supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular Power Supply $49.99 AR Tigerdirect.com
g. Case: 'NZXT ZERO 2 Crafted Series Steel Full Tower Chassis $89.99 Amazon.com
h: Optical drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM $13.99 newegg.com
i: Have Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor
j: Operating system: Win 7x64 Already Have
k: Extras: Mini USB Bluetooth Dongle $7.99 AR
4. Will you be overclocking? Possibly

So far total spent: $654.21 + Tax 66.58 = $720.79
Total Under Budget: $29.21

I met my budget and everything I wanted. What do you guys think?
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