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April 18, 2013 12:45:57 PM

With the new gaming consoles comming out, I have decided to not buy them and build a pc with superior hardware. The budget is $1500 and that includes only a mouse and keyboard. I would like the best motherboard and graphics card that I can get for the $1500 budget. I dont really need much hard drive space so a 1tb hard drive will work for me. Thanks in advance for the help.
April 18, 2013 12:54:05 PM

so wait, 1500 for just a mouse and keyboard....?
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April 18, 2013 12:55:46 PM

lolplanet said:
so wait, 1500 for just a mouse and keyboard....?


No, he means the computer too.

How about some additional information, like where(link) do you order from?
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April 18, 2013 12:56:03 PM

I'm not really good at choosing a mouse or a keyboard. Mostly because I don't know if you want a gaming keyboard, a typist keyboard, mechanical keyboard, etc.

The motherboard is fine below. The Extreme 4 is more than enough for the build. But there's the Extreme 6 for $20 more. Look into both and feel free to swap if you need/want to.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($81.12 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.19 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1348.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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April 18, 2013 12:56:28 PM

No, the mouse and keyboard are the only extras that I need. I want the majority of the budget to go towards the motherboard and graphics card. I will just assume that you were being sarcastic.
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April 18, 2013 1:04:26 PM

I am currently planning a similar build! I was looking, for GPU's, at the GTX 670 FTW edition ones. They provide an almost-eeriely similar performance to that of their more expensive (around a hundred $$ more) brother, the GTX 680. I haven't look much into Radeon graphics cards, but I hear that their Sapphire 7970's are pretty comparable for only about $400 (Newegg also gives three free games along with it). For CPU's, I would consider the i7 3770k and the i5 3570k. They both run great (from what I hear) for their price. As for mobo's, I was considering the Asus Sabertooth Z77, because a lot of it's features but am now looking at the Maximus V Formula... Republic Of Gamers endorsed. The BEST GPU on the market (or at least, most expensive) is the GTX TITAN. It's around a grand, but hey, if you want to play Crysis 3 on three 1080p screens with extremely high settings (not sure if Ultra will work) with over 30fps, then that's your baby. :)  (I'm just a consumer, not an expert btw).
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April 18, 2013 1:09:56 PM

Groomer said:
I approve of the parts selected by ksham. EXCEPT, you can save $45 with a different 7970:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Indeed. Up to the OP to decide. There was enough to opt for the Vapor-X, so I went for it. And enough left over for accessories.
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April 18, 2013 1:19:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical Mouse ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1429.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 16:20 EDT-0400)
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April 18, 2013 3:16:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($363.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($363.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($5.06 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($5.06 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1485.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 18:14 EDT-0400)

Use this combo to knock another $60 off the price,pcpartpicker doesn't show combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I hear the fans in there suck that I added, so go ahead and swap them for some other 120mm fans. Those are placeholders to show the fan size, led color, and how many additional slots there are.

For mouse and keyboard just get a basic usb keyboard and mouse, don't need anything fancy unless you have special wants/needs. The only reason why I got my logitech g9 was because it was the only one that fit my hand ergonomically which stopped me having pain in my wrist.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($5.06 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($5.06 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ Z Series Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1247.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 18:25 EDT-0400)

A more budgeted build with good performance if you wanted to go slightly cheaper. Use the combo same as before the drive the price down.
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