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April 8, 2013 6:18:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $850 BEFORE REBATES

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing web.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: None, buying new system altogether.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Superbiiz

Location: Washington D.C. (live near microcenter)

Parts Preferences: Inching towards the i5 3570k and asrock z77 pro4 Mobo deal at microcenter. $190 for CPU, $70 for MOBO, which is a pretty good deal isn't it?

Overclocking: Maybe in the future for bigger games.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Getting a $90 1080p monitor at Bestbuy, so take that out of the budget.

Additional Comments: Nothing else really.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2 Ghz and 2GB RAM isn't going to cut it nowadays.

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a b C Monitor
April 8, 2013 6:33:01 PM

Get this, your monitor and the i5 3570k + Pro4 Bundle and you are good to go:


CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $567.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Comes out as a clean $847
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a b C Monitor
April 8, 2013 6:40:06 PM

Lol. I always love the "im starting from scratch but no I don't need an OS, I'll steal it" builds
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a b C Monitor
April 8, 2013 6:41:19 PM

unksol said:
Lol. I always love the "im starting from scratch but no I don't need an OS, I'll steal it" builds


Did you know some people know about this secret thing called linux or even maybe calling windows tech support to get a new windows key... magic I know right?
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April 8, 2013 6:42:54 PM

burritobob said:
Get this, your monitor and the i5 3570k + Pro4 Bundle and you are good to go:


CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $567.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Comes out as a clean $847


Ehh, think you did a miscalculation there.

$190 ~ CPU
$70 ~ MOBO
$90 ~ Monitor
$25 ~ CPU Cooler
$42 ~ RAM
$69 ~ HDD
$369 ~ Video Card (Great video card by the way)
$59 ~ PSU

Total is $914. But there are some things I can decrease the price in. There's a 1TB HDD at microcenter for $59. And I can drop the CPU cooler, since I'm not overclocking right now. Makes it $880. I don't know how you did it, but that is one kick-ass system. Was going for the 7870 XT originally, but the 7970 just kills the competition. Thanks a lot, and you are awarded with a best answer! :) 
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April 8, 2013 6:44:27 PM

unksol said:
Lol. I always love the "im starting from scratch but no I don't need an OS, I'll steal it" builds


My school gives one for free.
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April 8, 2013 7:14:36 PM

EDIT: You forgot the case! I was thinking about the zalman z11 plus for $57? Is it good? And since my budget went very high, I've downgraded to an i5 3470, which I believe has the same performance as the 3570k but without overclocking abilities. Can you find a good cheap MOBO to pair with my 3470? Thanks a lot for your input, it's really helping
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