PC build

By Dat1Gamer
Jun 21, 2013
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  1. Alright guys I need help my laptop got the FBI virus -.- & im gonna get $1300 this year so I need help picking good parts for my 1K budget
  2. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 413   +112

    What will you be using this PC for? (gaming, workstation, specific programs)

    Will you need a monitor, peripherals and an OS? (I assume yes)

    And to clarify, you are spending $1000 on this system, correct?
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  3. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,146   +739

    Also, will it be a laptop?
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,860   +402

    Since he said parts, I'm assuming he's speaking about a PC.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    Since the title is "PC build", I assume he is building a PC and don't have anything that can be reused from the previous laptop.
  6. Dat1Gamer

    Dat1Gamer TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 135

    I can reuse the laptop but I just got a newer laptop HP 2000
  7. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 413   +112

    Please answer my first questions, then we can get started suggesting components for you.
  8. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,146   +739


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  9. Dat1Gamer

    Dat1Gamer TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 135

    What will you be using this PC for? (gaming, workstation, specific programs) Gaming, Video editing,

    Will you need a monitor, peripherals and an OS? Win 7 home

    And to clarify, you are spending $1000 on this system, correct? Yes​
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  10. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 413   +112

    My Suggestions:

    CPU: i5-3570K ($219.99) About the best Mid-High Range CPU out there, and I think is the right pick for you. Alternately, you could downgrade to an i3-3240 if you want to focus more on GPU power, but you run the risk of bottle-necking some games. I don't really see any point going for Haswell at this price point.
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($134.99) A solid budget Z77 that has all the features you'll likely need, and comes with free memory!
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) (FREE!) This comes bundled with the motherboard, and is good quality.
    Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO ($32.99) A great little cooler for the cash, and should allow some decent overclocking.
    GPU: HIS 7870 2GB ($199.99) A nicely priced 7870 (no need to go for the more expensive models), comes with Crisis 3 (Yay!) and is a great GPU overall. If you want to take advantage of CUDA, then the Nvidia alternative is a GTX 660. You can always downgrade the CPU (as above) and get a more powerful GPU, but again, you risk bottle-necking.
    Storage: Western Digital WD Black 1GB ($94.99) I don't think you could squeeze an SSD into this budget, so I've recommended a high-performance HDD.
    Power Supply: CORSAIR TX650 V2 ($89.99) More than enough juice to feed the system, modular and 80 Plus Bronze.
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R (89.99) This is largely up to you, choose one you like the look of. I personally like that one, but might not, so feel free to change it.
    Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner ($19.99) Just get the cheapest one :p
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($99.99)

    Total Price: $982.91

    Of course, these are just my suggestions, there a many many similarly priced components out there to choose from, so go ahead and explore all the PC guides out there to fine-tune your picks.

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  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

  12. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 413   +112

    That's an option, however it still only leaves him $50 for an SSD, which isn't really enough.

    Personally, I think that trying to squeeze an SSD into an $1000 budget isn't the best thing to do. They are super-easy to install later down the track when you have the money, and you have to sacrifice other components which are expensive/difficult to upgrade/replace down the track.
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

    I know but it depends on what you want out of your computer. For me, I'd trade anything else to fit in the SSD.
     
  14. Dat1Gamer

    Dat1Gamer TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 135

    Already have a 40gb ssd
  15. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 413   +112

    Good, you can use that for your OS then. What do you think of the rest of the system I suggested?
  16. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,146   +739

    Lol 40Gb. The OS will take 20GB of that. A game like BF3 will take up 12GB. Adobe programs take up about 1-3GB each depending on which you use. Watch out my friend! I find that I need at least 180GB of SSD space nowadays. 120GB is not enough for me. Make sure you send all your large files (lesser used programs and games) to the HDD and more used programs/OS to the SSD. I think he should get a Corsair 200R instead and put the money he saved from the PSU+case downgrade toward a 7950 or 660Ti, or a XFX 7870 (HIS has not given me good experiences in the past, plus XFX has a lifetime warranty).
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    12GB of which could be installed to an HDD. My OS partition is currently only using 30GB. Makes for easier recovery when the OS recovery image is smaller, not to mention storage of the image. There might be a slight advantage to installing a game to SSD, but in the long run is it really worth it? I would consider installing games to an SSD, but only if I had a second partition or SSD to keep my OS independent.
  18. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,860   +402

    Now at your price point since you said you were doing a 1k build (Im curious if you mean you only wanted to spend the 1k or were inferring you had 1300 and you wanted to spend that much)

    This is my 1k build, Its over by 70 bucks but you can change to a cheaper case if needed and motherboard as well (I kinda picked the MSI gamer board because its just such a nice board IMHO for the money) The motherboard has an additional 10 Dollars off at checkout till the 30th as well.

    Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R
    CPU: Intel i5-4670k
    Motherboard: MSI Z87 Gaming LGA 1150
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost
    PSU: Corsair CX750 (Haswell Ready)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb
    HDD: Western Digital Black 500Gb 7200RPM
    DVD Drive: Asus DVD-RW Drive

    With all this bundled on Newegg.com you are getting a total of 5 Games free.

    If you want to go higher as in closer to 1300, swap the I5 for the I7 4770k and throw in a bigger SSD (Since you already had one, I was gonna assume you would use it just as an OS drive)
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    GhostRyder, Can you detail the links next time, so we third party viewers don't have to click each link? This would make it a little easier for us to agree or disagree with you. lol Just a friendly suggestion, not intended to be insulting.
  20. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,860   +402

    I did already, I had forgotten to then added it, you must have just not seen before I did. Sorry. Ill make sure to remember to do that first from now on.
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  21. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,146   +739

    Well, most people like to put games on the SSD for fast loading speeds.
  22. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,146   +739

    Dang, how did you find a 7970 for $300? I mainly see them for $400 xD. That is a good deal even though I hate Sapphire. I think you can cut back on the GPU and make it a 7950 and put the savings toward a 1TB HDD.
  23. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,860   +402

    Magic

    Went on newegg and saw a daily sale deal on it thats a direct non-rebate discount (Well theres also a rebate, but its 80 off period). Its actually a steal of a deal and honetly I am considering buying some now because I can get 4 of those for ~1300 and make 4 way CFX with liquid blocks on them.

    I was considering it for fun, but I re-read that these non-reference boards will not fit any block except those seperate block with heatsinks for the Vram ones. Still an excellent card for air cooling though.
  24. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TechSpot Addict Posts: 413   +112

    Wow, that's a beastly system for 1K. If you downgraded to Ivy Bridge, got a less flash case, smaller PSU and maybe a slightly less powerful GPU, you could probably get a sizable SSD.
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    Dat1Gamer TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 135

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