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After seeing people usually asking on if these are good for a build, lets create some example parts are good for building a computer. Here is the format this post wants.

  1. Use of computer:
  2. Budget:
  3. List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:

a. CPU:

b. Motherboard:

c. GPU:

d. Hard drive:

e. Ram:

f. PSU:

g. Case:

h: Disc Drive (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)(Bunr/No Burn):


  1. Overclocking? (Y/N and what speed):
  2. Other:

Please give specific parts (type/model) and not vague parts.

Hopefully, this Post will help people who want to build a computer have some idea on what to get

asked Apr 25 '11 at 17:32

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kevin ♦♦

I might post something on the blog to help as well, need to find out how to post stuff first :p

(Apr 25 '11 at 17:35) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

Thought something like this could help users on what parts to get when they are building their computer

(Apr 25 '11 at 17:38) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

Indeed. But people never user search do they :p

(Apr 25 '11 at 17:43) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

usually not

(Apr 25 '11 at 17:46) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

Maybe you should have a price range for people to follow...

(Apr 25 '11 at 17:48) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

Its probably not good to have many different posts. Just something on the format about pricing will be good enough

(Apr 25 '11 at 18:12) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

price ranges work for system build requests but for users posting systems based on a set of tasks that the system will be used for, you get better results by not restricting prices.

(Apr 26 '11 at 16:50) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

This is a great video about learning how to build a computer: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcmj8o_how-to-build-a-pc-amd-vision_tech

You should include this in the "question" and delete my comment.

(Aug 15 '11 at 19:12) Josh_M Josh_M's gravatar image
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decent low cost system that can max out all current games at 1920x1080 and higher (metro 2033 wont be able to be maxed out at resolutions like 2560x1600 with that card)

Use: Gaming Budget: $720

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T black edition (Easily overclocks to 4.1GHz+, simply push the voltage to about 1.5V then increase the multiplier until you hit 4-4,1GHz (if CPU temperatures start hitting the 70C+ range then you will need a aftermarket cooler)

Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

GPU: Nvidia GTX460 768MB (Asus)

Hard drive: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB 7200RPM (does around 115MB/s)

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power

Case: Thermaltake V6 BlacX Edition Gaming Chassis (Remove the rear 120mm fan and move it to the front of the case for best results)

Disk drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD +-R, DL

Monitor: users usually already have a monitor but if you want one, then this is good (I did not include it in the price Asus VE228H 21.5" 1920x1080 $160

Edit: also wanted to add, the motherboard also has a FDD connector so you can still enjoy all of that 1.44MB goodness (1.39MB usable)(and best of all, you can span files across multiple floppy disks, so if you wanted, you can make a backup image of your hard drive, then copy it to a few hundred floppy disks. At a whopping 30-50KB/s... SSD's.. Bah!, 1.44MB floppy disks is where it's at :) jk

answered Apr 25 '11 at 18:08

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edited Apr 25 '11 at 19:16

Use of computer: Music/Video List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:

a. CPU: Intel i7 2600k (about $300) With CoolerMaster V10 cooler ($120)

b. Motherboard: Asus P67 ($250 from memory)

c. GPU: nVidia Quadro 2000 ($460)

d. Hard drive: 4x 1TB HDD's in RAID 10 ($69 per HDD) and 1 SSD 64 GB OS/Audio editing files drive (About $130)

e. Ram: 6 GB of Corsair Dominator GT ($200 from memory)

f. PSU: 1kW (1000w) gold Silent PSU ($130)

g. Case: CoolerMaster HAF X ($180)

h: Disc Drive (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)(Bunr/No Burn): CD Burner, DVD Burner, BD Burner ($100 for Blu-Ray)

i.Monitor: 2x Dell IPS UltraSharp 24 inch display ($500 p/monitor) Overclocking? (Y/N and what speed): Yes, 4.2 gHz Other: Some really awesome 5.25 inch drive bay devices such as draws etc...

answered Apr 25 '11 at 18:15

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edited Apr 25 '11 at 18:20

"Use of computer: Budget" 2x Dell IPS UltraSharp 24 inch display and a i7 ???????

(Apr 25 '11 at 18:19) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

Sorry @Jack, I forgot to change that field. Thanks for the notice. I've changed it now...

BTW put an i7, not a i7... (English :) )

(Apr 25 '11 at 18:20) eInfinity eInfinity's gravatar image

Use of computer: Gaming, Video/Photo Editing Budget: List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering: a. CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX840WFGMBOX

b. Motherboard: ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

c. GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283FLEX Radeon HD 5770 FleX 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

d. Hard drive: H HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

e. Ram: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK

f. PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

g. Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

h: Disc Drive (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)(Bunr/No Burn): AMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM (CD/DVD Burner)

i.Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 12,000,000:1 (ACM)

Overclocking? (Y/N and what speed): No Other:

answered Jun 23 '11 at 22:00

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I was looking for the most bang or the buck and sine i already had a CD drive, A card reader, a monitor, keyboard,mouse and a hard drive I figured i would get the most by building my own. So here we go:

  • Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB
  • Sound Card (I don't need anything special!): ENCORE ENM232-6VIA
  • RAM x2: Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
  • Fans X2 (was not sure if I should go with 120mm or 80mm): Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fan

Price before shipping: $568.89

Anything I should change. I would prefer to get anything from Newegg to get it all in one place! What do you think?

answered Aug 14 '11 at 23:34

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scott hart

edited Aug 14 '11 at 23:42

Use of computer: Video editing, AMD Eyefinity, light gaming, and a lot of web browsing at a budget.

Budget: I didn't really have a budget but all of the parts listed below cost about $1000 at Newegg.

a. CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K at 4.5GHz

b. Motherboard: MSI P67A-C43 (A nice budget overclocking board.)

c. GPU: HIS AMD Radeon HD 6450 (Upgrading to an AMD Radeon HD 6870 in the future since I want to try out Eyefinity gaming.)

d. Hard drive: 500GB WD Caviar Blue + 320GB WD Caviar Blue (I take advantage of the Internet for most media and if I need more storage hard drives are cheap.)

e. Ram: 4GB Corsair XMS3 1333MHz (1333MHz RAM is cheaper and performs about the same as 1600MHz RAM, I only have 4GB since for the most part I don't run applications that use a ton of RAM and RAM is cheap so I can always upgrade.)

f. PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular Power Supply (500 watts seemed like enough for me and I wanted a modular power supply so my computer would look better and have better airflow.)

g. Case: NZXT Lexa S (It's pretty big and looks good and I managed to get it on sale.)

h: Disc Drive (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)(Bunr/No Burn): LG DVD RW Drive (I really just bought the cheapest DVD drive I could find on Newegg, I knew I would only use it once to install Windows.)

i.Monitor: 2x 20" HP S2031 1x Acer X203H (The two HP ones are new but the Acer one is older. All are the same resolution and work well in triple monitor Eyefinity which is why I got them. Plus they are only about $100 each which is great if you want a budget Eyefinity setup.)

Overclocking? (Y/N and what speed): Yes, I'm at 4.5GHz.

Other: I have a card reader and a USB hub.


answered Aug 15 '11 at 09:52

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Liam Quade

edited Aug 15 '11 at 09:53

Is that a stock cooler on the cpu? How hot does that get? And nice computer by the way :D

(Aug 15 '11 at 10:31) josephLtech josephLtech's gravatar image

Yeah, it's the stock cooler and it is about 60 degrees under normal usage but when I'm editing video it goes up to 70 degrees and when the video is exporting it goes up to 80 degrees and not much higher. A little warm but I'm not going to always have the stock cooler so I don't think it's a huge deal.

(Aug 15 '11 at 16:20) Liam Quade Liam%20Quade's gravatar image

This is my rig, note that i am in canada so it's a bit more expensive, especially with 13% hst

Use of computer: Gaming

Budget: $2000, computer only...

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k ($325), Corsair A70 Cooler ($75)

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth P67 ($225)

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB ($325)

Hard drive: WD 1TB Black 7200rpm ($100)

Ram: Patriot G2 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3 1600Mhz($75)

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000w Gold ($175)

Case: Corsair 600T ($160)

Disc Drive (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)(Bunr/No Burn):Standard DVD Burner ($15)

Monitor: 2x ASUS VE247H 24" LED ($200 EA.)

Overclock: 4.4ghz daily, 26c idle, 60c load

Other: Loghitech g15 keyboard ($75) and Microsoft Sidewinder x5 ($50)

answered Aug 15 '11 at 10:06

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mike seth

edited Aug 15 '11 at 10:08

Use of computer: Virtual Machines, Video Editing, HD Movies, Internet, Web Design. Ideal for student & almost as quiet as a laptop on light load.

Budget: £300 (base budget Dec 2010) Displayed list is final version.

Parts (subject to personal case and cooler choice):

a. CPU: AMD Phenom 2 X4 965BE 3.4GHZ

b. Motherboard: Asus m4a79xtd evo

c. GPU: Ati Radeon HD 5450

d. Hard drive: Seagate 500GB

e. Ram: 4GB Kingston DDR3 Hyper X

f. PSU: Corsair CX 500

g. Case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Mid Tower Case

h: Disc Drive: LG GH22NS50.AUAA 22x SATA DVDRW Drive

i.Monitor: BenQ G2222HDL 21.5-inch Widescreen LED Back-Light Monitor

Overclocking? (Y): 3.8GHZ (x19 multiplier. 50oc load running prime cores & PWM fan mode set to silent)

Cooler: CNPS9700-LED Super Aero Flower Cooler (standard cooler is LOUD!)

Total Cost: Lost Count

answered Aug 15 '11 at 16:06

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hi guys I am thinking on building a gaming rig. I got this configuration in my budget, but I am not sure if there anything to change or update. Case N WIN DRAGON RIDER WHITE (Limited Edition) 1.0 ~ 0.8mm SEEC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Newegg.com - IN WIN DRAGON RIDER WHITE (Limited Edition) 1.0 ~ 0.8mm SEEC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case)

Motherboard SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard(Micro Center - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard 392787 ) Processor Intel® Core™ i7-3770K Processor (4x 3.50GHz/8MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core i7-3770K Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink (Micro Center - Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor 407643)

Memory 8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module (Micro Center - Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop RAM Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) CML8GX3M2A1600C)

Video Card ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Newegg.com - ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply 850 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-850AX (Micro Center - Corsair CMPSU-850AX Professional Series Gold AX850 High Performance 850 Watt Modular ATX Power Supply CMPSU-850AX A)

Primary Hard Drive 1TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive (Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive )

Optical Drive 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Blue (Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners)

Flash Media Reader / Writer 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Blue (Sabrent CRW-UINB 7-Slot USB 2.0 Internal Memory Ca at CircuitCity.com)

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

answered Jun 09 '12 at 20:10

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Use of computer - medium to heavy gaming Budget:600 US

CPU: Intel Quad Core q8300

Motherboard: biostar g41d3c motherboard

GPU: ATI 6870

Hard drive: Seagate 1T + barracuda 1T.

Ram: 2 x 4gb Hyper X 1600 running at 1333

PSU: Tr2 Rx 650 Watts

Case: Generic

answered Feb 15 '13 at 09:29

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edited Feb 15 '13 at 13:47

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