Another PC Build Assitance Request

By evilsmith · 14 replies
Jul 5, 2013
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  1. Hello, Techspot community I'm back again for some assistance for some recommendation for parts and advice for another build. I know it hasn't been long since my last build (in fact I haven't even finished it since the part hasn't arrived) but I need to help someone else build a new computer. The TechSpot community has been great to me for quite a few years and for all my builds and that's why I keep coming back for more help. Hopefully it is not too much ask for some more recommendations. Thanks in advance!
    • What are you going to use the PC for?​
    This PC is more of a low budget gaming PC, the benchmark for this computer is Very High or Ultra (Around max settings) for Starcraft 2 Benchmarks. Browsing and probably a lot of video watching on sites such as Youtube, Hulu, and Netflix equivalents.
    • How much is your budget?​
    Preferably around 600. This is the goal for the best computer at this price but can go over if the difference in terms of performance is great, but with great reluctance to go over 600
    • Where are you located and what sort of system do you currently have, if any? (I.e. fill out your profile)​
    Located in California. Profile is updated, but it is an old build and irrelevant to the current build.
    • Are you going to buy online or from a retail store? (be sure to think about shipping costs in this case)​
    I intend to purchase only online, and retailers I'm familiar with are Newegg (Taxed/No Shipping) and Tigerdirect (No Tax/Shipping unless promotion). However I have Shoprunner so no shipping fee for newegg.
    • Are you going to re-use anything from your current rig?​
    Only going to be using peripherals, keyboard/monitor/mouse etc.
    • Do you need peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, amongst others?​
    • Have you already bought any components?​
    No components have been bought, as I don't trust myself to come up with the best combination but have high regards for the TechSpot community.
    • Do you already have an Operating System (OS) or will you be buying one? (this may add a significant amount of cost to a low-budget system)​
    Have an OS available for this build.

    I apologize for the awkward formatting, but once again thank you in advance to the techspot community and look forward to your responses.
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

  3. evilsmith

    evilsmith TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Hmm any specific Harddrive or SSD? Also does CPU not come with cooler fan? Does this mean I should also buy some thermal gel?
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    On a $600 budget, I wouldn't think about including an SSD. Besides an SSD can always be included at a later date. On a small budget, I usually concentrate on components absolutely needed.

    The boxed CPU's come with a heatsink and fan. The OEM CPU's are in my experience just the CPU.

    The packaged heatsink for the CPU has a thermal pad. If you would rather use a different thermal compound than what comes with the boxed heatsink, it really you choice. However if you need to remove the heatsink after it has been mounted to the motherboard, you will need to replace the thermal compound.
  5. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 ($200.00)
    MOBO: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M ($110.00)
    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 ($60.00)
    GPU: EVGA GTX 650Ti Boost ($170)
    Case: Corsair 200R ($50)
    RAM: GSkill 8GB ($70.00)

    This will come to about $660.00. You didn't really need the CPU cooler for this build unless you're going to be doing some heavy overclocking. The stock will even allow for a small amount of OC. The smaller PSU will still be able to run this build. And, you will get the better CPU. Will still need a HDD though...

    Edit: Added ram ._.
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    SC2 is absolutely NOT optimized at all, it can only use two threads.

    Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220
    Rosewill CAPSTONE-450 450W Continuous @ 50°C, Intel Haswell Ready, 80 PLUS GOLD, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, SLI/CrossFire Ready, Active PFC Power Supply Alternatively if you want to go with the Corsair CX430 it's $20 with mail in rebate right now
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL (Use the promo code)
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ ($5 mail in rebate)
    MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ($10 mail in rebate)

    Then just overclock that dual core as high as possible.
    That will total to $550 with the Rosewill Gold power supply. The GTX760 isn't necessary but it'll help on higher resolutions.
    You could certainly cut down on the power supply with the CX430 and something like a 650Ti boost and fit in an SSD (which is what I would do) or save some money.
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  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah I was thinking of putting in a Core i3. I thought the 6350 would be a better buy though despite SC2 being heavily optimized for Intel. I think he should get a 650Ti Boost GPU and use the savings toward a better CPU.

    I knew I forgot something! Get a WD Black HDD.
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    For SC2 there isn't really a better CPU, it just wants something with 2 highly clocked cores :)
    You could go with a quad core, but for SC2 it's pretty much wasted.
    In fact a GTX760 might be a bit 'wasted' on sc2 as well, I'm not too sure.
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  9. evilsmith

    evilsmith TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Hmm I know everyone has been building around the SC2 benchmarks but if I were to build something more overall would I go for the CPU: AMD FX6350 ($140) that was recommended? Also do HDD not factor into the builds as much anymore, because no one has been posting it along with their recommendations?
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Not necessarily check it out.
    The i3-3220 is still a powerful processor and can overclock well.
    Haha you are right! Take the corsair cx430 ($20 after MIR) and a 650Ti boost and you'll have room :)
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

  12. evilsmith

    evilsmith TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Hmm for the I3 would it be still good if I didn't over clock, as I have never really done it before and confident in my skills at the moment.
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    It is locked so you cannot overclock. I would push the 6350 instead, but sc2 is way too optimized for intel vs amd.
  14. evilsmith

    evilsmith TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    So personally I would rather have an overall better computer rather than have an I3 dual core so I love the parts you recommended; but the parts here including the HDD and Optical drive is just too expensive. I was looking for something under around 600 including tax. Are there any other recommendations? Thanks again for all the help so far and sorry for being picky.
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah I know. This happened with uh other build. Sorry for forgetting the HDD. hellokitty[hk] can recommend a cheaper PSU. You can downgrade to a 4350, but that should be a last resort (plus I think the 6350 is the same price). You can also downgrade the motherboard to this: Now you can add in a wd caviar blue. To further save money, you can lower the gpu to a amd 7790.

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