Computer Building Suggestions

seph ir oth

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I really just mentioned the cost savings as a joke :S I'm just a sucker for thinking that a better base element will actually result in better electrical usage, not just from the draw but from delivering to computer components as well. I will prolly still run with it, since as you can see, the cost isn't really the biggest issue. This is more to tinker with than anything, but I will ofc get good usage out of it!

Now tell Comcast to stop being a stuttering pile of poop and all will be well.
 
MSI HD7870 2GB for 185€. (w/ Far Cry 3 :))
or
ASUS GeForce GTX 660 OC DCII 2GB for 189.90€. (w/ Batman Arkham Origins o_O)

EDIT: Was first going to buy MSI HD7850 2B for 155€. I guess that would be a bad deal with those two above for about 30€ more?
 

Slapshot136

Divide et impera
@Ghan - there are other things to consider

lets go with when the computer is on, it will consume 400W of power (it can consume quite a bit more with dual 770's) - a 5% increase in efficiency means consuming 20W less power - that's 20W less that needs to be cooled, thus the fans can be quieter

now if it's summer, that's also 20W less that needs to be cooled by the air conditioner

air conditioners are roughly 15% efficient, so it needs to consume 130W to remove that extra 20W, so the total extra consumption is now 150W during the summer

lets go with summer lasts 4 months (with AC use) and the computer runs 40hr/wk
150(watts) * 16(weeks) * 40 (hrs/week) * .13c (cost per kwh) / 1000 = $12.5/year + the cost during the rest of the year (which is probably close to your number, and negligible relative to this)

that means it's worth spending ~$50 in order to get a gold as opposed to a bronze, and you will get a quieter computer as well
 

Ghan

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But how much would you save in your heating bill with a less efficient PSU? :p
 

choiminzi

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So with all these threads about computer components and building your own machine, I thought it would be a good idea to give you a few premade options that you can pick and be more confident that all of the components will work together and are of decent quality. I'll provide a few different price points. And hopefully I'll update this often. For now, I'll start with the "Bargain Bin" machine.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($80.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $596.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 15:26 EST-0500)



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.17 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1000.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 15:27 EST-0500)



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.17 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1505.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 15:27 EST-0500)



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.17 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2018.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 15:27 EST-0500)



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($217.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($519.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ATX Full Tower Case ($174.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($125.17 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $3017.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 15:28 EST-0500)


*I cannot guarantee the exact price at the time YOU order the parts. I can only give you what I found at the time I compiled the build.


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CPU: Central Processing Unit
ATX: A form-factor for cases - this indicates a particular standard that components will follow in order to be properly screwed into a given case. So if your motherboard and case are ATX, they will work together.
PSU: Power Supply Unit
RAM: Random Access Memory
AMD: Advanced Micro Devices - a leading manufacturer of CPUs
AM3: A CPU socket type for AMD
LGA 1156: A CPU socket type for Intel
HDD: Hard Disk Drive
SSD: Solid State Drive. Similar to a hard drive, however it is solid state (no moving parts) making it much faster than the fastest hard drives and also more durable.
it has a free shipping code on the newegg page

either way, if you wanted to go with the one you originally had you should still buy a fan for the front of the case

and the for the mobo, yes you can downclock the ram, but it's really just that specific mobo that has that minor issue, I don't see much reason for it above another mobo

also maybe you should list the price of each component and also mention rebates/bonuses (the graphics card comes with both), I really wish TH had a way to use tabs to align stuff, but only code seemed to allow me to control the spacing
 
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