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PC Build for Glub

Discussion in 'The D-Pad' started by Kenac, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Kenac

    Kenac Well-Known Member

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    Glub wanted me to put together a list of parts for him for a new PC build. This build comes in under 1000 bucks including shipping and will run circles around WoW and SC2, which is what he said he wants to play:

    Case:
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Picked this case because it will fit his parts, it has a bottom mounted power supply, and it vents out the top so with intake in the bottom/front and exhaust out the top/back there will be sufficient airflow to keep all his stuff inside cool.

    Power Supply:

    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    It's ugly but it's powerful enough for the parts and its modular which is insanely useful for a first-time build and overall case cleanliness.

    HDD:

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

    Nothing fancy. Standard 7200 RPM HDD.

    Drive:
    LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

    Once again nothing fancy. Just enough to get the OS installed.

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    The most CPU 90% of people need. It's an i7 without hyperthreading, that's it. Even at stock speeds this thing will not break a sweat on most day to day tasks, and people regularly overclock them to the 4.2-4.5ghz range to really get their moneys worth.

    Motherboard:
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    This is actually the exact mobo I bought 2 weeks ago when I converted my PC over to an i7 build. I'm so impressed with it that I can't help but recommend it for any socket 1155 build. The features for the price are great. The BIOS is the best I've ever fooled around with (makes OCing especially easy), and it even looks cool when you're inside the case.

    The real kicker on this mobo though is that should glub need/want to upgrade to the new Ivy Bridge intel processors when they come out this board will do it.

    Oh, and SLI support for future expansion.

    Video Card:
    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    IMO the best card you can buy before you get into the "high end" ($300.00+) line. Also, this card can be OC'd to match and on some games/settings actually outperform a GTX570, lulz.

    Ram:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

    Only 4gb because by the time I was picking this I was pretty close to budget. Not ideal but still fully functional. Also a cheap/easy upgrade in the future.

    1333 instead of 1600 but has great timings. The 1600 version of this ram is 9-9-9-24 instead of 7-7-7-21.

    OS
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Windows 7. 64bit. Nothing fancy.

    If it was my own build I would add the following things that I left out due to budget constraints:

    1) SSD. Very easy to add for a great upgrade in the future.
    2) CPU cooler. The stock one that comes with the i5 will work for stock speeds but even for a very mild OC you're going to want to go to an aftermarket cooler. Personally I use an h100 water cooler for my i7 but air works just fine (for much less cost) for 4ghz and higher on this CPU.
    3) Case fans. Cases generally come with cheesy fans.
    4) I probably would have picked a different case overall, but the features/cost ratio of that Antec is very nice. If you bump up to the $100.00 range for a case it opens up tons of possibilities.

    Total cost, with shipping: $929.91


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    Marius stuped babby

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    yep, solid. will play almost anything at full settings at 1680x1050 easy.
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    Some good reads on that site.

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