Custom-Built PC

Core i5 2500, 16GB RAM, SSD boot drive, 1TB HD, Radeon HD 6850 video

3-May-2012
This page contains the particulars concerning a custom-built PC I am putting together. The target was to build a completely new, medium- to high-end machine for about $1000. I took a fair bit of time to assemble the parts as I was doing careful research on components and waiting for great prices on them.

The components

Case
Rosewill GEAR X3 Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CPU Case
Power Supply
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular Power Supply
Power Supply
Mother Board
MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 ATX Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Motherboard
Processor
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
Processor
RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
RAM
SSD
Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
SSD
HDD
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
Hard Drive
Video
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card
Video Card
DVD1
Lite-On 24X DVD Writer SATA Model iHAS424-98 w/ LightScribe Support
DVD
Component Mfr. Info Store Cost Notes
Gear X3 rosewill.com Newegg $39.99
BP550 Plus antec.com Newegg $69.99
Z68A-GD65 msi.com Newegg $189.99
Core i5 2500 intel.com Newegg $194.99
16GB RAM gskill.com Newegg $79.99
SSD 330 intel.com Amazon $144.99 Product Details. A newly released SSD. This item, being new, doesn't have a competitive price but has exceptional performance for the price-point. I needed to finish off the build ASAP due to my current PC starting to die.
7200.14 seagate.com Amazon $99.99 The Barracuda rev 14 has exceptional performance, beyond what its price-point indicates. Data sheet
HD 6850 amd.com Newegg $134.99
iHAS424 liteonit.com Newegg $23.50
Total Cost: $978.42 Coming in under budget I spent about $20 to buy a very quiet replacement fan for the front of the case. I can't stand those light-up fans!