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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:
Helpful Guides

Post overclocking, cooling, building, software and other guides here
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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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#4516
Quote from VarmintCong View Post :
I would get one of the cheaper SSDs, which are more than enough for gaming. You don't need a PRO for gaming.

You'd be going single channel w/ that single stick of Crucial. This hurts performance a bit, kind of similar to DDR 1333 vs 1600.
I will be doing the same build as him, why does the single stick DDR3-1600 Memory hurts performance?

Also whats a good GPU for around $300? Thanks
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#4517
Quote from luischav3z View Post :
I will be doing the same build as him, why does the single stick DDR3-1600 Memory hurts performance?

Also whats a good GPU for around $300? Thanks
GTX 670 or spend $399 for GTX 770 unless you like AMD then HD 7970.
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Quote from luischav3z View Post :
I will be doing the same build as him, why does the single stick DDR3-1600 Memory hurts performance?

Also whats a good GPU for around $300? Thanks
Running dual channel (two identical DDR3 sticks) provides double the bandwidth of a single stick. In real applications you're talking maybe 5-10% difference, and that's only when memory bandwidth becomes an issue. You probably wouldn't notice but it's not ideal.
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#4519
Sorry I'm a bit late to this thread so I know i'm missing out on some context, but I'll still try answer people!

Quote from onexrom View Post :
Thanks for the reply. Hmm. Right now I'm using a AMD 955 oc to 3.6. I believe the 4100 and the 955 have similar benchmarks. I was actually looking for something better, something that can perform like an i5 2500k. I'm willing to spend 200 dollars on a cpu but I'm not sure.
I wouldn't go AMD for my main build, ever. It may be cheaper, but it just doesn't have the performance that Intel processors have. My old i7 930 sitting at 3.4ghz outperforms my test build phenom II x4 975 @ 4ghz all day every day. If you have a microcenter nearby you can pick up a i5 3570k for $190 or a Haswell i5 4670k for $200.
If you don't have a micrcenter, you can still find both online in the $200 range if you look for deals.

Quote from luischav3z View Post :
I will be doing the same build as him, why does the single stick DDR3-1600 Memory hurts performance?
Also whats a good GPU for around $300? Thanks
A single stick can't run in dual channel mode (obviously) which results in a small performance difference (5-10%). In all honestly you probably would not be able to see the difference in real-world applications, though.

As for a GPU, the $300 range gives you tons of options. What are you planning on running?

Also, a lot of people here have been saying that SSD's don't help for gaming, and that entirely depends on what kinds of games you are playing. If you're playing a game with lots of caching, such as world of warcraft, a SSD will actually be one of the single biggest improvements to your gaming experience.
Additionally, they make using the computer much more enjoyable since everything is faster Stick Out Tongue
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Quote from SwiftDW View Post :
Sorry I'm a bit late to this thread so I know i'm missing out on some context, but I'll still try answer people!



I wouldn't go AMD for my main build, ever. It may be cheaper, but it just doesn't have the performance that Intel processors have. My old i7 930 sitting at 3.4ghz outperforms my test build phenom II x4 975 @ 4ghz all day every day. If you have a microcenter nearby you can pick up a i5 3570k for $190 or a Haswell i5 4670k for $200.
If you don't have a micrcenter, you can still find both online in the $200 range if you look for deals.


A single stick can't run in dual channel mode (obviously) which results in a small performance difference (5-10%). In all honestly you probably would not be able to see the difference in real-world applications, though.

As for a GPU, the $300 range gives you tons of options. What are you planning on running?

Also, a lot of people here have been saying that SSD's don't help for gaming, and that entirely depends on what kinds of games you are playing. If you're playing a game with lots of caching, such as world of warcraft, a SSD will actually be one of the single biggest improvements to your gaming experience.
Additionally, they make using the computer much more enjoyable since everything is faster Stick Out Tongue
Thanks, I might get a second 8gb stick in the future.

I am planning on running mainly Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 when it comes out. I was thinking of getting MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card but im not sure.

I got an 120GB SSD for OS and use it for Football Manager 13.
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#4521
Quote from luischav3z View Post :
Thanks, I might get a second 8gb stick in the future.

I am planning on running mainly Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 when it comes out. I was thinking of getting MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card but im not sure.

I got an 120GB SSD for OS and use it for Football Manager 13.
That card seems to handle BF3 just fine, it's slightly behind the 7970 and GTX 670 in performance but it's also much more reasonably priced.

The GTX 760 is supposed to be launched on like, the 25th so you could wait around and see what price point it drops at and what the benchmarks show, but if you're in a hurry I think the 660 TI is a fine choice.
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Thanks, I might get a second 8gb stick in the future.

I am planning on running mainly Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 when it comes out. I was thinking of getting MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card but im not sure.

I got an 120GB SSD for OS and use it for Football Manager 13.
Heck of a deal on the Sapphire 7970 right now if you haven't seen it. Link below.

http://slickdeals.net/f/6106982-SAPPHIRE-Radeon-HD-7970-3GB-Video-Card-OC-with-Boost-299-AR-20-Rebate?v=1
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#4523
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Those parts are super old, and you'd probably have a hard time finding a (modern) board with IDE support. Not to mention most DDR2 boards probably run AM2 or AM2+ processors, which is a good 4-5 years old now. It may be better to just replace everything. I am in the process of building a mid-quality AMD rig. So far my parts and prices are
Ultra Xblaster V2 case with PSU = $40. It is now $50
Used Seagate 500gb sata II Hard drive from ebay = $28
Asrock 990FX Extreme 3 board with 8gb crucial ram (combo at newegg, still going on I think) = $105
MSI 5450 video card (newegg deal yesterday) 24.99 - 15 rebate = $10
Processor will be either a FX 6000 series. Don't have it yet. Will be around $100-120
DVD RW is free, I have one lying around. But can be purchased for $15 or so anywhere

That puts me right under the $300 mark and it's not too far behind the FX 8000 series in performance. You can find cheaper boards on newegg. I think their is a Gigabyte board right now for $54 AR going on now that is pretty nice. Just piece it together little by little and don't rush into it, and you'll be surprised how much more you can save.
Thank you for your comparison. I guess I'm just unsure of what's a "good deal" nowadays. It's amazing how easy it is to fall behind on technology. Life gets busier as you get older and it's easy to not have time to fiddle around with tech nowadays or always be up to speed on the latest and greatest as far as chips are concerned.

I have no problem NOT reusing my parts. Figured they were more or less useless as DDR2 ram is more expensive than DDR3 nowadays.

Is there anything I should look for in particular regarding motherboards? A basic motherboard + decent processor + $15 cheap/dedicated graphics card should do the trick right?

I'm thinking if I spend about 40% of my $$$ on CPU + 30% on RAM/MB + 30% on Case/GPU/PSU I should be good? I know, % is really useless as it's the combo deals that really matter. blah.
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#4524
Someone talk me out of the gigabyte sniper m5.

Why mATX? the higher end mATX boards seem to have all the bells and whistles as the larger boards minus a graphics card slot or two, at a significantly lower price... I also might switch from my fractal arc midi to a defini mini.

Basically, upgrading from qx9650 and an asus striker II extreme that I HATE... my previous builds have mostly been gigabyte boards I have loved.





1. Purpose of computer: ->SINGLE GFX CARD<- Gaming
2. Budget: Any
3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU: (insert new 4670k here)
b. Mobo: (help)
c. video card: Have a 560ti, most likely drop 250 on the new 760's (i'm only gaming in 1080p)
d. Hard drive: sammy 840 pro
e. Ram: ddr 3 ripjaws
f. power supply: seasonic 750w
g. Case: arc midi (fractal)
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc): covered
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor: various mechanical kb's, rat 7, razer naga, logitech g700 and a few 37" 1080p screens
j: Operating system: win 8

4. Will you be overclocking? maybe a little, not important.... h80 cooler already acquired.


motherboard candidates include the gigabyte sniper, asus gryphon, latest asus gene, etc.


Asus fans always try to steer people away from gigabyte, but i'm seeing same quality level components, plus the gigabyte has the bigfoot killer nic, very nice sound with op-amp swapping, etc.

WHY SHOULDN'T I GET THE SNIPER? I mean I don't NEED swappable opamps or the killer nic (although i've got 20+ sets of headphones and wouldn't mind having it).
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well, this place isn't quite what it used to be.... DEAD
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#4526
I just bought the SSD, which is the final item for my budget build. I could've waited & saved an extra $7 on it, but I"m excited about getting started. I believe the build isn't bad for $387. What's your opinion?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eTmL

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Hi! Looking to build a computer with my son. Computer will be used mainly by the kids for internet surfing and research. Will also be used for some video playback and a few games, mainly Minecraft. I would like to keep it around $400. I have mice, keyboards and a monitor so I will need pretty much everything. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Hi! Looking to build a computer with my son. Computer will be used mainly by the kids for internet surfing and research. Will also be used for some video playback and a few games, mainly Minecraft. I would like to keep it around $400. I have mice, keyboards and a monitor so I will need pretty much everything. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Hello there!
I'd be glad to help you, but first I have a question
Do you live by a microcenter?
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Hello there!
I'd be glad to help you, but first I have a question
Do you live by a microcenter?

Hi thanks! I live in the Chicago area and can easily get to Microcenter or Frys.
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Quote from jglynn View Post :
Hi thanks! I live in the Chicago area and can easily get to Microcenter or Frys.
Nice!

Lets see what we can do for $400.

Processor/Mobo
i3 - 3245 = $130 Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single...sku=634030
+
MSI B75MA-E33 LGA = $70 - $30 for purchasing in bundle = $40 microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/produc...otherboard
or

A8-6800K = $140 Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single...sku=617795
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MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 = $60- $30 for purchasing in bundle = $30 Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/produc...otherboard


Ram:
There's lots of options in varying Prices. I'm a fan of Corsair ram but the only Corsair on sale is XMS with pretty medicore timings for $50 after rebate.
Corsair XMS - 8gb (1 stick) - $50 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820233385

Patriot Viper 3 - 4GB (x2) - $48 after $20 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820220775
or if you don't like rebates:
Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820313344

HDD:
You have lots of options. You could grab one as small as 500gb or as large as 3tb.
I'd probably go with a 1-2TB HDD so you don't have space issues.

Options:
1TB WD Blue 7200 rpm - $60 after $10 rebate
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...6&csid=_61

2TB Seagate Barracude 7200 rpm - $90 after promo code EMCXNXR29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822148910

Power Supply:
Corsair CX430 - $20 after $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...17-139-026

CD burner/player
Asus cd+dvd burner - $17 after $3 promo code EMCXNXR32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6827135204

Total Cost:

$130-$140
$30-40
$48-50
$60-90
$20
$17

=$315-347
After tax, that brings you pretty close to your $400 budget!
Hope that helps, and feel free to ask any questions Stick Out Tongue

The main decision you will need to make is between the AMD 6800K and the Intel i3-3245.
I much prefer Intel to AMD, but you will get much better graphics performance out of the 6800k than you would the intel. This saves you having to buy a video card.
If you go the intel route, you may need to buy a cheap video card such as this
Radeon 6570 - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6814102994

You could still play Minecraft on the integrated graphics of the i3 3245, but without a video card I think you'd be at around 25-30 FPS.
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