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Old 11-24-2012, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Custom Computer-Both a Game and Work

I am starting out on building a gaming computer, but right now, I want to use it for work and school until I save up a bit more.

Right now, I am just trying to get the 'bare bones' in, hence my lack of a sound, graphics card, etc. I do plan on installing more ram and getting a solid state hard drive as soon as I can, as well as maxing out the case fans and getting a media reader. My budget is 600-900 for the parts listed below. I want to make sure, that for the budget I have, that I am getting the most bang for my buck and that the parts are solid.

I have a monitor, speakers, scanners, printers.


Case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147053

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan

Processor and Fan:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103960

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118019

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL

OS:
Windows 7 64 bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116986

HARD DRIVE:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148840

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OR

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Motherboard:

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128514

DVD burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151256

SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model
SH-224BB - OEM

Power Supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703035

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 ...

I also found these two options for Intel Processors and Motherboards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131819

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I know that a lot of users have said to go for an I5 and then spend on a graphics card, but I also want to use this computer for work and school, so I need it to be as fast as I can get it with the money I have.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get the 3570k instead and an ASRock Extreme 3 Z77. You wont notice the difference between it and the 3770k, and it is faster than the 2600k.

For the money you have, you can then add a GTX 660 to complete your rig.

CPU:
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Motherboard:
Newegg.com - ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

PSU:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

GPU:
Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

HDD + DVD:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224BB - CD / DVD Burners

OS:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems

at $852 which leaves you 50 bucks for a case. You don't need such a huge case for this setup. These products run real cool, so you don't need a ton of fans either.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Custom Computer-Both a Game and Work

the case that you picked out is a full tower. full tower cases are really big. a mid tower will be plenty large enough for all that you need.

the wd velociraptor 10k was cool back in the day, but no point at all now that there is ssd technology.

intel handily beats amd. beats it like it owes it money. the i5 is fast enough for anything that you are going to do. in fact, with the exception of video encoding or photoshop or CAD work, programs are only go to use 1 core anyways, so even an i3 level will be more than most people need. as youre going to game, that should be where most of the budget goes into.

i would go for what pp listed above, or perhaps get a slightly cheaper cpu and mobo combo to afford a few dollars more in a case (that isn't a full tower.)
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I can attest to the fact that a full tower is a pain. I have a full tower that weighs in at about 50lbs...
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