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Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 21 June 2013 - 05:13 AM

Ok I'm looking to build my first personal desktop but I'm a little confused about some of the parts i should use. I know I need at least a quad core processor(since I'll be playing games and possibly programming on it). But I don't know whether to go with the intel i7 haswell processor or the amd fx 8 core. I know the amd is cheaper, but I want to pick the one that will pack the punch and not be slow and unusable like my current windows 7 laptop with a dual core athlon in it that i haven't used for a year). But I know i will be putting at least 8gbs of ram in it. But if I don't go with the amd, or add a video card(and sound card) what should I use to make sure the graphics and sound are good for it? (and i plan on using a full atx board or bigger for this purpose as well as some solid states)

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Re: Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:55 AM

Well since no one did ever respond I ended up going to ##hardware on freenode and after talking to some of them came up with this build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($85.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($86.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte KM7580 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $847.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-22 12:56 EDT-0400)

Which is missing a optical drive a few minor things I might need to add, but would about do it for a pc for me...

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Re: Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:15 AM

If your playing games, you should be looking into getting a graphics card. I doubt that the onboard graphics will cut it (at least it would'nt for me). For the record, I use a NVIDIA Geforce 650 ti, and the graphics are just fine.

I see that you are getting a SSD and Harddrive. Are you going to make some sort of hybrid drive where you load the operating system/applications from the SSD, but store your data on the HDD?
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Re: Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:37 AM

Hmmm.. 32gb of RAM? I would probably advocate scaling that back to eight or sixteen, and redirect the cash to a videocard. Also I am not a fan of Toshiba drives - a western digital blue or black would have been a better choice.

Also with that Coolmaster - watch out, that sucker is huge. You might not have enough room depending on how tall the fin on the ram is.
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Re: Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:07 PM

Well after posting this on here I also posted on the pcpartpicker site after picking the parts on there and came up with a build, that while a little more expensive seems a little better: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1a4U8

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Toshiba 640GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Raidmax Viper (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.30 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Sparkle 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($130.04 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE278Q 27.0" Monitor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1412.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-25 18:07 EDT-0400)

That version seems a little better...but I will be hopefully saving the money up to buy this all at once or at least in two purchases. But use a license I got from school to upgrade to pro and see if i can use a usb that I've made bootable to install it.

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Re: Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:34 PM

Your original list was $500 short without the monitor and vidoecard.

As it is - why are you still trying to buy a laptop toshiba drive?

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"TOSHIBA MK6461GSYN 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive "


Western Digital WD Blue WD7500AZEX 750GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $84.99 (saved twenty bucks).

As for the SSD there are drives (the same quality and size) for about a hundred bucks less. I would think about picking one of those up.

Take that money saved and go for a Zambizi chip and not the Vishera. Hell - if you are going all in, might as well get this gen's chip for an extra (reallocated) $20.
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Re: Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:57 PM

Well the toshiba laptop hdd is for data, but was supposed to be the desktop version...I hadn't noticed that I picked the laptop version. As well with the hdd the reason I had gone with ocz is because i heard it was a really good brand. And I also thought vishera was current gen...zambizi from what I see is the last gen. But I will fix the hdd thing, don't know how that one happened, it really should have been a desktop hdd
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Re: Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:12 PM

Ah yeah.. I got those two flipped.

As for the SSD - sure, but you can find alternatively great SSDs, for less the cost, and still come out a head.
http://www.tomshardw...ation-benchmark,3269.html
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Re: Help with picking parts for new pc I'm looking to build

Posted 23 September 2013 - 02:40 PM

Do you have a sound card picked out? If not check out the Asus Xonar. I purchased that one about a year ago...it's pretty affordable. Great quality, no complaints here.
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