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Old 05-08-2012, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm building my first pc and would like a review on it. I have a budget of roughly $1100, although I'd like to save money wherever I can. I'm relatively new to this, so go easy on the criticism :P

Here is my build: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wi...ref=cm_sw_su_w
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would choose a different board other than Intel brand, and grab a Seagate 5900rpm instead of that WD green.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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you should look in more places than just amazon for price comparisons. i really like to use newegg.com

but for consistency:

get this hard drive, the one you picked out would be noticeably slow. really noticeably if you are trying to game.
Amazon.com: Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD5002AALX: Computers & Accessories

ram is ram, this is cheaper:
Amazon.com: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR: Computers & Accessories

asus makes good motherboards, try this one instead:
Amazon.com: ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 - ATX Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 Intel ? LGA 1155 Motherboards (P8Z68-V LE): Electronics

you dont really need that much power supply, try this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthus...6566002&sr=1-1

you wont be happy with that monitor. you should get one with 1920 x 1080 resolution that isnt a tv, (response time less than 5 ms) 22 - 24 inches or so.

try plugging all of this into newegg.com and youll have more money to put into the monitor and the videocard.
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Pretty sure he wants size over speed on the drive hence the 2TB. I recommended the Seagate 5900 because it is cheap and runs with the 7200rpm drives.

The 18" LCD he picked is perfect because of the resolution on his video card. A 1080p res will simply lag him at higher settings which is why I said nothing on it.

I do agree, OP should be using Newegg.
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a 6850 isnt enough to decently game at 1920 x 1080?

if he needs the storage, he should get an additional 7200 rpm hd to run his programs on.
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a 6850 isnt enough to decently game at 1920 x 1080?

if he needs the storage, he should get an additional 7200 rpm hd to run his programs on.
Depends on what you mean (and ultimately him) by decently game. A 6850 wont run high on most newer games at reasonable frames. At the res of that 18" LCD it will max everything with room to spare for some AA.

Actually, for the budget I think I need to redo this whole thing.

Case:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU:
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

HDD:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

Motherboard:
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

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

Video Card:
Newegg.com - XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Burner:
Newegg.com - LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - CD / DVD Burners

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

LCD:
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG B150 Series S19B150N Black 18.5" 5ms GTG Widescreen LED Monitor 200 cd/m2 DCR Mega 8 (600:1)

$1099

Faster drive, faster GPU.
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Thanks Mguire, I might end up using that build. I wanna know more about overclocking, what can you tell me? :3
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Its pretty simple, I recently built a PC and overclocked it.



basically you are raising the speed at which your CPU works (for example my I5 2500k runs at 4.8ghz instead of the stock 3.3ghz). If you want to overclock it would be best to get an aftermarket cooler as the stock fan will not sufficiently cool your CPU above 4ghz (even at 4ghz it runs pretty hot, in the 70 degrees).



Overclocking is pretty simple, I kinda guessed while doing mine, you simply change the speed of your CPU in the bios and the voltage. I found it easiest to leave the voltage at auto and change the speed to what I wanted. Then when booting up my PC I used cpu-z to check what voltage was being applied automatically by the PC then restarted, entered the bios again and gradually lowered the voltage until my PC became unstable.



To check whether your overclock is stable you can use Prime 95, run it for a while and if your PC doesn't shut itself down you have successfully overclocked, congratulations. before lowering the voltages from auto as i explained above check your CPU is actually stable at that speed with prime 95.



I'd also like to add this is a noob guide/explanation to overclocking but it worked for me, there are a couple of other settings you can change to allow you to achieve greater speeds but I will let someone with more knowledge explain. Basically what I explained above worked for me. Also don't expect to be overclocking much higher than 5ghz as each chip is different therefore some CPU's simply won't reach that speed stable. I read somewhere only around 5% of I5 2500k's (the CPU PP suggested In the above build) actually reach above 5ghz.



When you get your rig feel free to ask for help in the overclocking section of the forum. Myself and a few others on the forums have 2500k's and can give you starting points for your overclock and help you through it (for example I can give you the settings I am using at the moment to see if it works for you).
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