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First PC Build for $500-700

#41Rainbow_Dashing(Topic Creator)Posted 6/2/2012 4:28:07 PM(edited)
Volebamus posted...
Oh nice, I've been always curious to do a 3 monitor setup, but never bothered to since My desk and living space couldn't come close to supporting it.

But if you do plan to do triple monitor (what resolution for them?), do you plan to have the games span all 3, or do you have just a main monitor for gaming? Depending on your answer, a slightly different GPU might be suggested, but I don't recall offhand.


I'm only playing on one screen, but I wouldn't mind hearing about that card.

DiehardFFv2 posted...
From: Rainbow_Dashing | #037
Volebamus posted...
Hey wait, wait. One thing wasn't really mentioned yet, since this is a first-time build

What about your monitor? Do you have a decent one that will actually showcase the power of the tower you're trying to build?


Yeah I do. One thing I'm curious about will I be able to have three monitors hooked up to this thing, I don't really know what the cables are called. I've been able to do two monitors and that's fine. Just as long as I can have multiple screens.


You can connect multiple monitors, but don't plan on gaming on all of them simultaneously.


Nah I think I'm fine for gaming on one monitor.
#42DiehardFFv2Posted 6/2/2012 4:32:06 PM
In that case, you'll be just fine.
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#43Rainbow_Dashing(Topic Creator)Posted 6/2/2012 5:06:01 PM(edited)
So here's what I got. I put in an i3 2120, used the z77 motherboard suggested before, got the 6950 incorporated, downgraded the harddrive (although I can use an older HDD and I may get an SSD later on when they get cheaper), and swapped to 2 sticks of 4 GB ram. I may need to change the case and power supply so any suggestions guys?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9lTF
#44ShubPosted 6/2/2012 5:17:00 PM
You have a laptop hard drive in this list.
Get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 while it's $79.99 with the promo code.
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#45Rainbow_Dashing(Topic Creator)Posted 6/2/2012 5:19:45 PM(edited)
Shub posted...
You have a laptop hard drive in this list.
Get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 while it's $79.99 with the promo code.


Sorry about that, I was wondering why it was 2.5". Weird how it was the cheapest brand name harddrive I could find though. Any suggestions for the case and PSU or are they fine?
#4660secondAssasinPosted 6/2/2012 5:22:56 PM(edited)
not bad. make these changes and prepare to order.
hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148728
or the spinpoint 1TB that's $80 right now.
case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235027
nzxt source 210 elite or HAF912 would be good too.
psu: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67324&vpn=HCG-520M&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1068

if you order by june 6th that superior, modular psu is $59.99
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#47Rainbow_Dashing(Topic Creator)Posted 6/2/2012 5:37:56 PM(edited)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9m0D
So I got the right sized HDD this time, have yet to change the PSU because I don't think I'll be able to buy this buy june 6th, but for the cases is it really necessary for a snazzy one?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vl80001w2z
That one should be fine right? It has all the exhaust places and everything.

Also will I need to buy extra fans for this thing as well?
#4860secondAssasinPosted 6/2/2012 5:45:38 PM
it's not fine. I've done lot's of builds in it and it's tight, even more so than the source 210, Z9 and other similarly priced cases. it, like all thermaltake budget cases, is incredibly thin and flimsy. you can do better than that hard drive too. hell, you should be getting a 7850 gpu instead of the 6950. try examining the links people are posting really good. it's for a reason.
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#49KingsofroninPosted 6/2/2012 5:54:02 PM
There are better cases. A LOT better. And unlike everything else CPU related, a well taken care of case will last you the rest of your life. Look for anything with a front, side, back and top vent with room for at least 4 fans. If you go to newegg.com, it will tell you how many fans it supports, their sizes and what fans actually come with it. Ventilation is the most important thing. Remember that and look around the 50-75 dollar range. Some of the cheaper cases have no false wall for cable management, so look for that too.
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#50Rainbow_Dashing(Topic Creator)Posted 6/2/2012 6:10:14 PM(edited)
60secondAssasin posted...
it's not fine. I've done lot's of builds in it and it's tight, even more so than the source 210, Z9 and other similarly priced cases. it, like all thermaltake budget cases, is incredibly thin and flimsy. you can do better than that hard drive too. hell, you should be getting a 7850 gpu instead of the 6950. try examining the links people are posting really good. it's for a reason.


http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/680286.aspx
According to this list the 6950 is about the same level as the 7850 while being cheaper.

http://www.hwcompare.com/12077/radeon-hd-6950-vs-radeon-hd-7850/
This says the same as well.

Am I missing more gaming benchmarks like before?

I'll trust you on the casing and get the better one. And for the HDD, I'm ok with that one. I'm thinking of getting an SSD later on.