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Last Edited by beowulf7 March 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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:
Helpful Guides

Post overclocking, cooling, building, software and other guides here
Compatibility Check

Post sites here

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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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#4276
Quote from jlobb2 View Post :
I take negative reviews with a grain of salt. First, you have everyone with a problem commenting vs the ones with no problems not commenting. Out of 176 reviews on Newegg, there are 22 one egg reviews(13%). I would bet they sold a helluva lot more than 176 of these boards. Also, you mix a good motherboard with crap memory or a crap power supply and you're going to have problems. If you dont get all the drivers installed correctly, you're going to have problems. If you dont configure you're BIOS correctly, you're going to have problems. If you don't know what you're doing, you're going to have problems. I would guess most returns are due to user error or crap components.

As far as why choose one over the other, here is a professional review that sums it up. This is the "conclusion" page, but feel free to read the whole article.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/579...and-msi/18
jlobb2, very nice review! Thank you for sharing that with me. I learned a lot!

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#4277
I'm having problems with my pc taking about 45 minutes to 1 hour to start up. When I press the power button it sputters for about an hour & then turns on. From what I've been reading its probably the mother board. I've changed the power supply, and test the memory. The only other thing I have not done is changed the vid card.

With that said, I need a MOBO/CPU/Memory combo for a multitasking box. I can use all my other components. It is an ATX box. My budget is about $150. Looking at 1 stick of 8 GB mem.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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#4278
Ive been a bit torn for the last few days and I guess Im coming here looking for help. Im building a PC for somebody and its going to be partially a budget build. I already have power supply and cpu cooler. Im looking for the best gaming PC for under $500-600 basically. Im not too excited to go with intel due to the price of boards/cpu, so Im leaning more towards AMD(and Im a bit of an AMD fanboy). I havent seen any deals lately on 8120/8320s at all. Most of the cpus I see deals for on here, I look up and people shy away from using as gaming rigs examples fx6100, 1045t.

The reason Im a bit torn is Im building the PC for someone "important" at least in my eyes to PC gaming/video games in general. So I dont want it to be slow or just enough for right now. My ideas were, mobo(dont matter much to me), 8120/8320, HD 7870, LE/7850, ram 8gb, case(dont care), 500gb/1tb HDD, 60-120gb ssd. Im thinking its achievable for under what Im looking at, do you guys have great suggestions for the ram choice, mobo, or case(has to fit CAFA70/hyper212+ cooler).

Help or suggestions greatly appreciated!
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Quote from TheGeneralCS View Post :
Ive been a bit torn for the last few days and I guess Im coming here looking for help. Im building a PC for somebody and its going to be partially a budget build. I already have power supply and cpu cooler. Im looking for the best gaming PC for under $500-600 basically. Im not too excited to go with intel due to the price of boards/cpu, so Im leaning more towards AMD(and Im a bit of an AMD fanboy). I havent seen any deals lately on 8120/8320s at all. Most of the cpus I see deals for on here, I look up and people shy away from using as gaming rigs examples fx6100, 1045t.

The reason Im a bit torn is Im building the PC for someone "important" at least in my eyes to PC gaming/video games in general. So I dont want it to be slow or just enough for right now. My ideas were, mobo(dont matter much to me), 8120/8320, HD 7870, LE/7850, ram 8gb, case(dont care), 500gb/1tb HDD, 60-120gb ssd. Im thinking its achievable for under what Im looking at, do you guys have great suggestions for the ram choice, mobo, or case(has to fit CAFA70/hyper212+ cooler).

Help or suggestions greatly appreciated!
get a 6300, and a 7870 le or xt or whatever they call it. check out pcpartpicker.com [pcpartpicker.com] and price out some builds.
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Quote from AGpennypacker View Post :
get a 6300, and a 7870 le or xt or whatever they call it. check out pcpartpicker.com [pcpartpicker.com] and price out some builds.
thanks for the suggestion right now Im sitting on an 8120, msi 970-ds3, 8gb of ram and a 7870 le for $496 not bad
anyone know a cheap case that will fit a Hyper212+/CAFA70?
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Quote from TheGeneralCS View Post :
thanks for the suggestion right now Im sitting on an 8120, msi 970-ds3, 8gb of ram and a 7870 le for $496 not bad
anyone know a cheap case that will fit a Hyper212+/CAFA70?
personally, I would spend the extra $20 to $30 and go to the 8320. It uses less energy and generates a lot less heat than the 8120. It's also a good amount faster, handles single core applications better, and overclocks better. Unless you already have the 8120, you would be way better served by the 8320. Currently, there aren't any particularly good sales on cases. A case that goes for as little as $20AR that can hold a Hyper 212+ is the NZXT Source 210 as well as the 210 Elite for as low as $30AR. I strongly recommend at least a $50 budget for a case to house a bulldozer or piledriver chip. You may be fortunate and find one for less, but you really ought to get a case with good airflow.

Also, according to PCPARTSPICKER, the 8120's best price currently is $158.99, the 8150's is $159.99, and the 8350's is $169.99. At those prices, the 8120 shouldn't even be considered.
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Quote from ilikemoneys View Post :
personally, I would spend the extra $20 to $30 and go to the 8320. It uses less energy and generates a lot less heat than the 8120. It's also a good amount faster, handles single core applications better, and overclocks better. Unless you already have the 8120, you would be way better served by the 8320. Currently, there aren't any particularly good sales on cases. A case that goes for as little as $20AR that can hold a Hyper 212+ is the NZXT Source 210 as well as the 210 Elite for as low as $30AR. I strongly recommend at least a $50 budget for a case to house a bulldozer or piledriver chip. You may be fortunate and find one for less, but you really ought to get a case with good airflow.

Also, according to PCPARTSPICKER, the 8120's best price currently is $158.99, the 8150's is $159.99, and the 8350's is $169.99. At those prices, the 8120 shouldn't even be considered.
right I currently have an 8120, debated buying a 8320 and giving them my 8120 Smilie
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#4283
Microcenter has the:

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz
and
ASRock Z77 Extreme6

for $259.78 total.

I'm looking to upgrade from an old school core2duo.

Would y'all recommend those parts for a decent gaming desktop?

Thanks!!
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Quote from C47V3770 View Post :
Microcenter has the:

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz
and
ASRock Z77 Extreme6

for $259.78 total.

I'm looking to upgrade from an old school core2duo.

Would y'all recommend those parts for a decent gaming desktop?

Thanks!!
Absolutely I do!
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#4285
Hello Everyone!

Any suggestions? I keep trying to build pc's but they end up costing way over my budget. Thank You!

Edit:

Ok I didn't read the first post, here is what I am looking at for now, the problem is that it goes over my budget:

1. Purpose of computer - I am trying to build a pc that will be mostly for microsoft access (working on databases) and similar applications. It will be using 2 older lcd's, and will not play games. Other than the databases, it will be used for surfing the net, watching movies, and other light activities.

2. Budget:
My budget is $450, with no preferences (like amd or intel). I do not have a copy of windows 7, so that will also be needed.

3. List which parts you have:
Here is what I am planning to buy, info taken from newegg. Will buy from them unless parts are significantly cheaper elsewhere
a. CPU:
$84.99 - AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3850WNGXBOX

b. Mobo:
$47.99 - MSI A55M-P33 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

c. video card:
I will only need this if the setup does not have 2 monitor outputs

d. Hard drive:
$99.99 - SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

e. Ram:
$48.99 - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

f. power supply:
$44.99 - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

g. Case:
$44.99 - Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc)
$19.99 - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor N/A

j: Operating system
$99.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total:
$491.92

Is there any way to cut the price down (closer to 400-450) without significantly changing components or performance level?

4. Will you be overclocking?
no

Thank You
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i have this HSF/cooler http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...04_s00_i00 paired with my 1156/lynnfield i5.. anyone know if the mount for that is the same as the more recent 1155 sockets?
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Quote from C47V3770 View Post :
Microcenter has the:

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz
and
ASRock Z77 Extreme6

for $259.78 total.

I'm looking to upgrade from an old school core2duo.

Would y'all recommend those parts for a decent gaming desktop?

Thanks!!
That's a good bundle. Depending on the cooler you're getting, I would get the Corsair Vengeance or the Ballistix Sport DDR3 Memory at MC and the cooler of your choice (maybe the CM Hyper Evo?)
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#4288
ugh, the fans on corsair carbide 200r are really annoying me. sounds like a jet engine, and i don't need that much cooling inside since i barely have anything in there. i might have to put in my antec fan with a switch to adjust the speed.. how stupid of them to put the stock setting at such a noisy speed.
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#4289
Can anybody suggest a good motherboard and maybe a few other parts?
Only piece I've gotten so far is this card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6814131473
and I'm looking to put together a fairly cheap computer for some gaming and photoshop editing.

I'd like to keep the rest of the build under $350, or even cheaper, as long as it doesn't radically affect the quality of the parts.

The case I was looking at was this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6811119233 since it's $40 AR.
I wanted to get something with good airflow, but large enough to hold the card.

I was thinking about going with an Intel G860 since it's so cheap and my friend says it's more than sufficient for gaming, but I'm not sure which motherboard would go well with it, or even if it would fit the card well, considering a review of the GPU said that a bulge at the bottom of the plastic fan cowl prevents this card from being installed next to a legacy PCI slot, making it impossible to fully insert if the mobo has an arrangement like that.

Going to grab a Seasonic PSU or similar when they're on sale, card said it needs at least 500w.

So, in summary, I mainly need suggestions for a cheap yet not shoddy motherboard that doesn't have a legacy PCI slot next to the PCI 3.0 slot, comments on if the CPU is good enough for non-3D editing and gaming, and if that case is a good price and large enough to accommodate both the mobo and GPU.

Thanks in advance.
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you should go with the carbide 200r. it was $40 when i bought mine, and it has usb 3.0 for the front panel. the fans can be somewhat loud though.
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