Building a new computer. NEED ADVICE.


Nov 6, 2012
Hi All,

I am currently building a computer and am pretty new to all the specific specs of all the components of each piece required, so I have lots of questions. I do occasional movie watching, starcraft 2, league of legends, and hoping to get the new black ops 2. What would be a good set up to play and do what I want at maximum settings with no lag. I would like to keep the whole set up <$1000.

This is the general setup stats I had in mind.

Is the price for intel really worth it? Is there a big difference between i5 and i7? I am leaning towards the i5 for the price of it + the mobo.
---Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
---Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor
---Core i7 2700K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
---Core i7 3770 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
---AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8120

---Agility 4 AGT4 Series AGT4-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
---Barracuda 2TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Is 16GB overkill? and is there a big perfermance gap between 1333, 1600 and 1833 RAM ?
---G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

I'm not sure about the following 2 GPUs. One has 2GB whereas another is superclocked with only 1GB, which is better and why?
---EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2048MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card
---EVGA GeForce GTX 650 SUPERCLOCKED 1024MB GDDR5 DVI mHDMI Graphics Card 01G-P4-2652-KR

That leaves the chassis, mother board, and the power supply, please suggest which kinds would be adequate or a nice deal or has nice features. I have a single 21 inch monitor running ~1600 x 1080 resolution. I am open to all suggestions, these are just what I found on sale from newegg, microcenter and amazon.

I want to pay about this much for each part.
CPU ~200
GPU ~150
RAM <100
HDD <100
SSD ~120
PSU <80
Chassis < 100
MOBO < 200


if your pretty much only gaming
" then get the i5.
" I would recommend at least the GTX 670. Also more gpu ram supports larger resolutions which is critical in hi-res or multi-screens. Superclocked gpu's are just overclocked. they get a nice boost but usually you can do nearly the same to the stock version using one of the gpu overclocking utilities.
" 8 gb ram wont save you much over 16gb and with 16gb you can often turn off you swap file and not have problems. This depends on the software you run of course. Ram speed makes little noticeable (to the user) difference. Get the fastest non-overclocked ram speed supported by your motherbd. Probably 1866.
" a 2tb drive is awfully large just to hold games. Think about dropping down to a smaller 7200 rpm drive and save a few bucks

A cheap motherbd can run a 680 just as well as a $200 bd can. You can shift some cash towards a better gpu than the 650.

Don't forget to grab an aftermarket cpu cooler unless you like fan noise. the stock fan can spin up pretty loud.



Oct 23, 2012
If you have the money go for intel CPUs, i5 is fine for the money you willing to spend. Just make sure you get Ivy bridge one.
1600mhz ram is fine, if you get 1866 make sure mobo will support it. Unless you'll be running heavy-duty 3D applications and alike, you don't need 16 GB, 8 Gb is more than enough for gaming and everyday use.
For gpu why not Radeon? May even save a bit. Like Radeon HD7850. Here's chart for you to think on


Nov 6, 2012
I chose the GTX 650 because it was cheap, but I will take you guys opinion in mind.
New updated build: One big thing I am watching for is if everything is IVY bridge compatible.

EVGA 130-SB-E675-KR ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

Would a 650W PSU be sufficient, also, it says its Sandy bridge compatible, but will it still work fine with ivy?
OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Graphics Card: Still looking for the best GPU for <$200, I don't mind what brand it is.
HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL

OOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case