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    Complete Noob's attempt at a computer build

    So I'm trying to save money but also build a computer that will play D3 at a high level... granted; i currently play on a 5 year old macbook so any kind of upgrade is going to look great to me haha... Here is a few hours of research and comparing prices got me and I just wanted to know if there were any glaring problems with the parts i've chosen or if you know of any cheaper parts that i could swap out. Let me reiterate that I know virtually nothing about computers so any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066
    DVD Drive: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B0033Z2BAQ
    Vid Card: http://www.provantage.com/evga-01g-p...r~7EVGA0MP.htm
    Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182200
    Mobo: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B0058G65UU 94.99
    Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103996
    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148767
    RAM: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B0026ZPTR6

    Total: 644.41

    p.s. i borrowed a few of these things from the "setup of the Month" post
    p.p.s. Does this setup require a heatsink?

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    1. Cheaper (and better / modular) PSU / DVD burner combo:


    $75 -and- a MIR for $25. Total cost: $50.

    2. Take the money you save there and get a GTX 560 ti. They're absurdly better for the extra 30~ bucks.

    3. You don't need a heatsink, the CPU comes with it.

    4. The FX-4100 is now in line with the Intel counterparts due to recent price drops. However, you have a very limited path to upgrade if you decide you want more performance. In the higher end of the spectrum, Intel's Sandy Bridge line outperforms Bulldozer quite a bit. If you want to go with Intel for that reason, have a look at the i3 2120.
    i7-4770k - GTX 780 Ti - 16GB DDR3 Ripjaws - (2) HyperX 120s / Vertex 3 120
    ASRock Extreme3 - Sennheiser Momentums - Xonar DG - EVGA Supernova 650G - Corsair H80i

    build pics

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    Thanks a lot for the help! Just one question... when you say i have a very limited path to upgrade what exactly do you mean by that? How will the build affect me switching out CPUs somewhere down the line? Thanks again.

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    What is the maximum allowance to spend on your build?

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    kinda wanna stay under the $800 price tag... but if i cant play d3/sc2 on really good settings w/o spending more I'm willing to cave

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    Most answers will point you towards :
    -i5 2500k
    -6870 or 560ti
    -2x 4GB Memory @ 1600 (I don't know much about PNY, but they always scare me away with their lower prices).

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterland View Post
    Most answers will point you towards :
    -i5 2500k
    -6870 or 560ti
    -2x 4GB Memory @ 1600 (I don't know much about PNY, but they always scare me away with their lower prices).
    Low prices doesnt equate to bad product. PNY is not a bad company but w/ the price of ram Gskill corsair Mushkin and so on are all easily obtainable in any budget.

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    Dont choose Bulldozer for your gaming PC. Any Intel processor in the same price range is better.

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