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The Ultimate 'Build-A-PC' Thread. Complete With Pricings & Recommendations (06/06/10)


#2945 j-cart   PAPER TRAILS on a mountain CAGiversary!   5539 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

If any of you are looking for a cheap video card upgrade, tigerdirect is have a deal on a 560ti for $110 after rebate.

Link to the awesome deal

#2948 hpbbes   I typo'd my username CAGiversary!   1267 Posts   Joined 15.5 Years Ago  

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:09 AM

I need a new computer and since I haven't built one in about a decade, I need opinions so thanks in advance.

We currently have a late 2007 iMac, which I plan to make the full-time kid computer. It still works but its awfully slow for loading pictures, videos, music, etc. and i can't see spending $1800 on a new one. Anyway, the main purpose of the new computer is basic browsing, Skype with the family, the aforementioned pictures and videos. I do all of my gaming on consoles now, but would like to play diablo 3, guild wars 2, and run Dolphin and PCSX2 at 720p or 1080p.

Here is what I came up with:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AKvu

Core i5 3570k
ASRock Z77 pro4-m
Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus
EVGA GTX660
8gb Corsair 1600 CAS 9
WD black 1TB
XFX 550W PSU 80 Plus Bronze
Fractal Design Arc Mini
ASUS VH232H

I plan to run Ubuntu but also have a Windows 7 key for games.

Knock another $70 off due to better pricing on a couple items and the CPU/MB combo at my local microcenter. I'd like to keep the total as close to $925 as possible after rebates because I need a webcam, keyboard, mouse, wifi dongle/card, etc. too. I've struggled with what PSU to buy so any recommendations would be appreciated (do I need modular?). The GPU is probably overkill for my purposes, so spending less is ok (will a 650ti get the job done?).

Thanks again.

#2966 clonesniper666   Final Fantasy Fanatic CAGiversary!   2671 Posts   Joined 9.9 Years Ago  

clonesniper666

Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:47 PM


Sorry should have stated that most of mine will be online shopping because I live in a rural town, so no big stores like microcenter and the closet is a bestbuy that is an hour away.

I will check your build as well.

Edit:
Would anyone recommend this build:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C18t

Edited by clonesniper666, 07 February 2013 - 04:33 PM.


#2968 clonesniper666   Final Fantasy Fanatic CAGiversary!   2671 Posts   Joined 9.9 Years Ago  

clonesniper666

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:45 PM

Is this basically the build you would recommend: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C4wd

If you have any advice on the PSU I would appreciate it. I originally had a Rosewell 650W PSU but it is about 2x as much as the listed one and if it would not make a big difference I would try the Apevia brand.

I believe this may be the build I stick with since it is within the price I want to spend and seems to be able to play the game I originally listed.

#2969 j-cart   PAPER TRAILS on a mountain CAGiversary!   5539 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:15 AM

That setup will play all current games on high settings no problem.

As for PSU I have only have experience with Cooler Master, Cosair and now Seasonic.

Just recently purchased this guy on sale for $90

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817151087

Based on the stats, the Apevia looks like it will do you just fine. What I am wondering is why you don't just use your old Rosewell 650W. Either way your build looks pretty good. Make sure to take that list to other sites than just CAG to get a look over!