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Building a new computer, $980 budget

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  • Dantae87Dantae87 Camloops, ABPosts: 166Member
    Originally posted by Imperator101
     
    Originally posted by Quizzical

    Processor:  $210

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I53570K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1033

    Motherboard:  $155 before a $30 rebate

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69234&vpn=Z77A%2DGD65&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1033

    Power supply:  $80 before a $15 rebate

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1033

    Memory:  $60 before a $10 rebate

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76335&vpn=CMX16GX3M2A1600C11&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1033

    CPU heatsink:  $19

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=41337&vpn=RR%2DB10%2D212P%2DG1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1033

    Case:  $80

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65171&vpn=ELEVEN%20HUNDRED&manufacture=Others&promoid=1033

    Optical drive:  $15

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76258&vpn=SH%2D224BB%2FBEBE&manufacture=Samsung&promoid=1033

    SSD:  $150

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71916&vpn=AGT4%2D25SAT3%2D256G&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1033

    Hard drive:  $60

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58746&vpn=ST31000524AS&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1033

    Operating system:  $85

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=77180&vpn=WN7%2D00404&manufacture=Microsoft&promoid=1033

    Total:  $914 before $55 in rebates.

    I'm not sure how much NCIX will charge for shipping, but those prices are all in Canadian dollars, and they're based in Canada.  If you need to cut back a bit to fit a strict $980 budget (and I'm guessing it's a strict budget, or else you'd have said $1000), a cheaper motherboard is probably the best place to cut back.  Depending on how much capacity you need, with a 240 GB SSD, you might be able to skip the hard drive entirely.

    If you get this, then you plan on upgrading the video card in the future whenever you decide that it isn't good enough anymore.  That might take you a few years, but the rest of the system should still be decent then.

    I'm also assuming that you already have a surge protector, since you have the rest of the normal peripherals.  If you don't, then you'll need one.

    Also, if you dislike your keyboard, it's cheap to get a different one.  You probably don't need anything fancy, and most desktop keyboards will work fine.  Laptop keyboards are dicier, but that's due to the form factor.

    I don't know why you suggested such a junk CPU!

    With the sales on now you can get an I7 for 330$

     

    CPU 330$

    Hard Drive 100$

    Ram 80$

    OP 85$

    SSD 150

    Case 70

    MOBO 100

    PSU 50

     

    965$

     

     

    i got that I5 and it runs stupid fast, i dont c what u call it junk for sum of us dont have money to throw away on I7's. considering i got mine for 190 shipped im laughing at your and your overpriced I7 lolz. Got my I5 overclocked to 4.6hrtz 

     

    Also i have been using my Ultra 550 PS for year with NO ISSUES plus they have a LIFETIME warrenty...

    i can cut that cpu price u listed in half and have enough to get me a 560TI video card

     

    For 900 bucks i can build a top of the line PC, just have to know where to look and not be willing to buy new :p

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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,777Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Dantae87

    Also i have been using my Ultra 550 PS for year with NO ISSUES plus they have a LIFETIME warrenty...

    The risk of a bad power supply isn't that the power supply might die.  It's that it might take everything else in your system with it.  Ultra's warranty doesn't cover everything that the power supply destroys, and if it does fry your system, do really want to collect on warranty service and see if an identical model does the same to your next system?

    Maybe it will work just fine.  But it's an unnecessary risk.

  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILPosts: 1,886Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Dantae87
    Originally posted by Imperator101
     
    Originally posted by Quizzical

    Processor:  $210

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I53570K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1033

    Motherboard:  $155 before a $30 rebate

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69234&vpn=Z77A%2DGD65&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1033

    Power supply:  $80 before a $15 rebate

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1033

    Memory:  $60 before a $10 rebate

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76335&vpn=CMX16GX3M2A1600C11&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1033

    CPU heatsink:  $19

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=41337&vpn=RR%2DB10%2D212P%2DG1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1033

    Case:  $80

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65171&vpn=ELEVEN%20HUNDRED&manufacture=Others&promoid=1033

    Optical drive:  $15

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76258&vpn=SH%2D224BB%2FBEBE&manufacture=Samsung&promoid=1033

    SSD:  $150

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71916&vpn=AGT4%2D25SAT3%2D256G&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1033

    Hard drive:  $60

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58746&vpn=ST31000524AS&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1033

    Operating system:  $85

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=77180&vpn=WN7%2D00404&manufacture=Microsoft&promoid=1033

    Total:  $914 before $55 in rebates.

    I'm not sure how much NCIX will charge for shipping, but those prices are all in Canadian dollars, and they're based in Canada.  If you need to cut back a bit to fit a strict $980 budget (and I'm guessing it's a strict budget, or else you'd have said $1000), a cheaper motherboard is probably the best place to cut back.  Depending on how much capacity you need, with a 240 GB SSD, you might be able to skip the hard drive entirely.

    If you get this, then you plan on upgrading the video card in the future whenever you decide that it isn't good enough anymore.  That might take you a few years, but the rest of the system should still be decent then.

    I'm also assuming that you already have a surge protector, since you have the rest of the normal peripherals.  If you don't, then you'll need one.

    Also, if you dislike your keyboard, it's cheap to get a different one.  You probably don't need anything fancy, and most desktop keyboards will work fine.  Laptop keyboards are dicier, but that's due to the form factor.

    I don't know why you suggested such a junk CPU!

    With the sales on now you can get an I7 for 330$

     

    CPU 330$

    Hard Drive 100$

    Ram 80$

    OP 85$

    SSD 150

    Case 70

    MOBO 100

    PSU 50

     

    965$

     

     

    i got that I5 and it runs stupid fast, i dont c what u call it junk for sum of us dont have money to throw away on I7's. considering i got mine for 190 shipped im laughing at your and your overpriced I7 lolz. Got my I5 overclocked to 4.6hrtz 

     

    Also i have been using my Ultra 550 PS for year with NO ISSUES plus they have a LIFETIME warrenty...

    i can cut that cpu price u listed in half and have enough to get me a 560TI video card

     

    For 900 bucks i can build a top of the line PC, just have to know where to look and not be willing to buy new :p

    Buying used computer parts is very scary, you dont know what kind of punishment the parts were put thru.

  • PainlezzPainlezz Laguna Hills, CAPosts: 616Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Souldrainer
    Originally posted by EvilMix

    Oh, and I have Windows 8 already, so -$85 and keeping the Harddrive, that should be enough to cover $980 right?

     

    I'd advise you to dump Win 8. While it is technically sound, a lot of game devs refuse to support it.

    Windows 8 on my brand new laptop... runs everything perfectly fine.  Anything that claims to not support Windows 8, can be run in Windows 7 mode... 

  • PainlezzPainlezz Laguna Hills, CAPosts: 616Member Uncommon

    Anyone mention to the OP that a quality video card is going to run him 1/3rd his budget?

     

    I noticed someone posted a long part list and left out the video card which is in the top 2-3 most important items of a gaming rig lol...

  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILPosts: 1,886Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Painlezz

    Anyone mention to the OP that a quality video card is going to run him 1/3rd his budget?

     

    I noticed someone posted a long part list and left out the video card which is in the top 2-3 most important items of a gaming rig lol...

    If you read the op he is going to use his 560 gpu.

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,777Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Painlezz

    Anyone mention to the OP that a quality video card is going to run him 1/3rd his budget?

     

    I noticed someone posted a long part list and left out the video card which is in the top 2-3 most important items of a gaming rig lol...

    The idea is that he'll continue to use the GeForce GTX 560 that he already has for a while longer, and then build an otherwise excellent rig around it.  At some point in the future, he'll decide that the GTX 560 just isn't getting it done anymore, upgrade that, and still have a very nice gaming rig.  I think that makes more sense than replacing the video card today and cutting back on everything else.

    Depending on what games he picks up in the future, a GeForce GTX 560 might be good for another several years.  Or it might not.  But it's still a capable card, and it should be quite a while before there are meaningful games that it can't handle at least at moderate graphical settings.

  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member

    Wow thanks a lot guys for posting, so should I go with Rides computer build then? It leaves me with some money left over which I wouldn't be sure what to do with haha.

     

    EDIT: I read all your posts Quizz, thanks a lot man. I got lost in some of the stuff you were saying, but I really want to learn about PC building and stuff like this.

  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    Ok guys. I'm thinking of using Ride's PC build then, I have the credit card in front of me now.
  • jdnewelljdnewell Spring Hill, TNPosts: 2,150Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by EvilMix
    Ok guys. I'm thinking of using Ride's PC build then, I have the credit card in front of me now.

    Ok.

    You have our permission to pull the trigger.

  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    Originally posted by jdnewell
    Originally posted by EvilMix
    Ok guys. I'm thinking of using Ride's PC build then, I have the credit card in front of me now.

    Ok.

    You have our permission to pull the trigger.

    Good. XD

  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    Oh, hey guys, if I was going to order a better PC case, which one do you think I should get? I still have close to $300 left after just ordering those other parts (excluding the PC case)
  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    And, some of the parts I ordered say Purolator Ground (International), I've only ordered 1 thing across the border before, and when they showed up they asked for another $50 because of some cross border fee, will they do the same thing here? 
  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    Well I don't know what to do guys, I'm trying to get Ride's PC parts that he suggested, the total is going to be $912.86 with express shipping, (which I need the parts by Friday) and I called up Purolator to see if I need to pay any cross-border fees when they show up to my door, they give me like 3 different numbers to call, nobody knows. And $912.86 is almost all of my bugdet, if they show up to my door and ask for more fees I won't have enough to cover for everything...
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,777Member Uncommon
    One of the reasons why I picked NCIX for you is that they're based in Canada, so if you're also in Canada, there's no cross-border shipping.  If you're finally ready to place an order, I'll update my original build for you.  But the reason I said to wait until you were ready to buy before coming back is precisely so that this wouldn't happen.
  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    Ya I have everything in front of me now, I wasn't trying to waste your time, but the situation I'm in as to how I'm able to pay over the internet kind of screwed me, but I'm ready now.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,777Member Uncommon

    All right.  Here's what you can do.  Go with the same build as before, except that you replace the original components by:

    This power supply for $70:

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=67325&vpn=HCG%2D620M&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1033

    This memory for $69:

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76779&vpn=PV316G160C0K&manufacture=Patriot&promoid=1033

    This case for $70, before a $10 rebate:

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=66063&vpn=CC%2D9011014%2DWW&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1360

    and this SSD for $150:

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76780&vpn=CSSD%2DF240GB3%2FRF&manufacture=Corsair

    As compared to my previous build, you end up getting a power supply and case that aren't as nice, but still decent, and everything else is basically equivalent.

    You also end up paying $8 more for the processor, $9 more for memory in addition to losing a $10 rebate, $10 less for the case in addition to gaining a $10 rebate, $2 more for the optical drive, $10 more for the hard drive, and $5 more for the OS.  So you end up paying a little more for a machine that is a little less nice, but it will still be good and fit your budget.

    Unless, of course, you dither for a few more days and prices change again, in which case, you're on your own.

  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    Should I select any insurance options?
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,777Member Uncommon

    No.  If it dies right away, you can return it for replacement.  If it takes several months to die, then it should still be under warranty from the hardware vendor (Intel, Corsair, MSI, etc.).

    Extended warranties tend to be mostly profit for the vendors that offer them--which is precisely why they offer them.  If you charge 10% for an extended warranty that only 2% of your customers will ever collect on--and the hardware will likely be much cheaper by the time they do--then you make a lot of money off of the customers that are dumb enough to buy the extended warranty, without losing the sales of those who aren't.  You're better off bearing the risk yourself.

  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member

    To double check, this is everything I need?

     

     

    Antec HCG-620M 620W ATX12V Modular SINGLE-RAIL 48A 80PLUS Bronze 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 10-10-10-27 1.5V Memory Kit - Black Mamba
    Back Order   1 $68.99 $68.99
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
    In Stock   1 $217.99 $217.99
    MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard
    In Stock   1 $154.99 $154.99
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120mm
    In Stock   1 $18.99 $18.99
    Samsung SH-224BB 24X SATA DVD Writer Black 
     Electronics Recycling Fee $0.05 Per Item
    In Stock   1 $16.99 $16.99
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive OEM 
     Electronics Recycling Fee $0.05 Per Item
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Corsair Force 3 Series 240GB 2.5in SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Refurb 30 D *IR-$30*
     
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,777Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by EvilMix

    To double check, this is everything I need?

     

     

    Antec HCG-620M 620W ATX12V Modular SINGLE-RAIL 48A 80PLUS Bronze 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 10-10-10-27 1.5V Memory Kit - Black Mamba
    Back Order   1 $68.99 $68.99
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
    In Stock   1 $217.99 $217.99
    MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard
    In Stock   1 $154.99 $154.99
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120mm
    In Stock   1 $18.99 $18.99
    Samsung SH-224BB 24X SATA DVD Writer Black 
     Electronics Recycling Fee $0.05 Per Item
    In Stock   1 $16.99 $16.99
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive OEM 
     Electronics Recycling Fee $0.05 Per Item
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Corsair Force 3 Series 240GB 2.5in SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Refurb 30 D *IR-$30*
     

    You also need an OS if you don't have it already.  And now the memory is out of stock.  Well, this will work:

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71631&vpn=997055&manufacture=Mushkin%20Enhanced&promoid=1360

    Or if you'd rather save some money and only get 8 GB, then you could get this:

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70136&vpn=KHX1600C9D3B1K2%2F8GX&manufacture=Kingston&promoid=1033

  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    Wait nvm: 
    Item Description In Stock Part # QTY Price Ext. Price
    Antec HCG-620M 620W ATX12V Modular SINGLE-RAIL 48A 80PLUS Bronze 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
    In Stock   1 $217.99 $217.99
    MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard
    In Stock   1 $154.99 $154.99
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120mm
    In Stock   1 $18.99 $18.99
    Samsung SH-224BB 24X SATA DVD Writer Black 
     Electronics Recycling Fee $0.05 Per Item
    In Stock   1 $16.99 $16.99
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive OEM 
     Electronics Recycling Fee $0.05 Per Item
    In Stock   1 $69.99 $69.99
    Corsair Force 3 Series 240GB 2.5in SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Refurb 30 D *IR-$30* 
    FREE GROUND SHIPPING FOR THIS ITEM!
    In Stock   1 $149.98 $149.98
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte 16GB 2X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 CL10 Dual Channel Memory Kit
    In Stock   1 $74.99 $74.99
     
    All set? I got W8 and the gtx 560 already
  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    Crap, I put the order in backwards lol, the billing adress and shipping adress should be switched around, but the orders already been placed. No way to fix that?
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,777Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by EvilMix
    Crap, I put the order in backwards lol, the billing adress and shipping adress should be switched around, but the orders already been placed. No way to fix that?

    You would have to contact NCIX about that.  It might be possible to cancel the order and then place it again.

  • EvilMixEvilMix ., ONPosts: 251Member
    I don't want to take any chances canceling it, and find out it ordered twice or something. I opened a ticket with the NCIX guys. Thanks a lot everyone, Quizz. Hopefully everything gets here by Friday and I'll have it built by Friday night. :) I might post a picture of it complete too, if I remember.
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