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Published on July 10th, 2012 | by Brandon

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PC Build Guide – July 2012

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Welcome to the July version of our PC build guides. As with before, we have implemented hard price limits ($800, $1300, $1800) on ourselves and have had to make tough decisions with each build. Your personal budget will likely be flexible, but we hope this article will give you a baseline. You can of course spend more or spend less, but you run into a case of diminishing returns at either end. Please keep in mind that pricing information is immediate and may not necessarily reflect real prices by the time you have read this article.

With little change to the hardware scene recently, this month sees little change from last month’s guide. The Starter sees just one minor change to the video card–we stick with the Radeon 7850, but shift to MSI’s Twin Frozr version, which is a killer deal at the time of publishing (nearing the $200 mark after the mail-in rebate is factored in!). Similarly, the Enthusiast sees the most minor of changes: a slightly lower wattage power supply (of the same model) to deal with fluctuating prices and stay under our self-imposed price limit. Lastly, the Professional sees no change this month, as SLI GTX 670s still represent an extraordinary amount of gaming performance at that price point.

 

The Starter ($800 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bKPO

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 ($107.55 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 ($46.99 @ Newegg)
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($84.98 @ Amazon)
  • Video Card: MSI Twin Frozr Radeon HD 7850 2GB ($209.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master 500W ATX12V ($34.99 @ Newegg)
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $775.46

 

The Enthusiast ($1300 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bKQ9

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K ($283.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 ($107.55 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 ($46.99 @ Newegg)
  • Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5″ SSD ($103.98 @ B&H)
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($84.98 @ Amazon)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB ($407.55 @ Newegg)
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V ($114.99 @ Newegg)
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $1281.00

 

The Professional ($1800 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9yn2

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K ($283.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 ($107.55 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1600 ($94.99 @ Newegg)
  • Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5″ SSD ($103.98 @ B&H)
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($84.98 @ Amazon)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB – 2-Way SLI ($407.55 @ Newegg)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB – 2-Way SLI ($407.55 @ Newegg)
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V ($130.98 @ Newegg)
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $1792.54

 

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  • TheBadamanCJ

    The starter costs around £700. Oh god the compromises. I’ve managed to change some things and get a £533.40 build that I hope is ok. I’m not too sure though. If there is one thing I shouldn’t skimp out on, what would it be?

    • bobmadman

      Powersupply never ever skimp on power always go for popular brands like corsair,antec,xfx etc

    • bobmadman

      oh and its $700 not £700. £700 = ~£450

      • Vosos

        Not necessarily. Parts will often cost almost the same amount in GBP as they do in USD. So it is very likely that the actual price is much higher than £450 as they do not equate.

        • yes the UK parts are very expensive in comparison to the US but PC part picker takes the current prices from all the leading sites so you will struggle to find many places where you will be able to find it cheaper.

  • sc_fed188bc5857a5c38102622b43adf1d9

    AMD LMAO

    • Wheelzz

      There is currently no option from nvidia that offers the same performance for the same price. A 560 TI is about the same price yet the 7850 performs about the same as a 560 TI 448 core or 570 and uses far less power.

    • TheOneHalf

      AMD cards aren’t bad dude. Drivers can be a let down at times but to be fair I had nvidia driver problems before as well.

    • Conaer

      Once Nvidia release the 660 I think we’ll be seeing AMD free build guides for a while, unless AMD drop their prices or till the 8000 series, I could be wrong but I heard it was due late this year.

  • FredTheAlmighty

    Is the power supply on the 800$ build good enough? I heard somewhere it wasn’t enough so i’m just wondering.

    • Wheelzz

      Yes, this system could run on the CX430 but that is cutting it kind of close. This 500w will run it fine but if you have a bit extra maybe invest in a modular PSU or a slightly higher wattage unit. Something like a seasonic 620w/520q M12II.

  • PoundHerStaank

    Hey guys im a 14 year old douche. im making my first build in september. do you guys think there will be better parts for cheaper by then thanks bros

  • murdergames

    I need some help I’ve modified the enthusiast build here http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/cCFh i want to lose a little price so i can have a os and ssd. Any help on what i could downgrade or change would be useful thanks.

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