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April 19, 2013 12:15:15 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Perferably within a week.
Budget Range: No more than $1200 after everything is said and done.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming>movies>internet
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like newegg and amazon.
Location: Homestead Florida 33033
Parts Preferences: I just want high quality parts.
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: I have no idea what this is ;<
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: First of all thank you so much in advance to those who help me, this is a great forum and a great community. First time posting but I've read a few threads here and it seems a lot of people are just very knowledgeable and happy to help so thanks a lot. With that said I already have the monitor and graphics card: nvidia geforce gtx 660ti. I also have Corsair Vengeance 8gb of ram I'm just going to buy the parts and have best buy put it together at a discounted price since my wife works there. I know very little about pc's but I love gaming on them. I'm going to get windows and yea silent computers seem nice.

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April 19, 2013 12:21:57 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 ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
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 ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $739.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-19 15:21 EDT-0400)

The case is personal opinion. If you like it take it.
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April 19, 2013 12:26:16 PM

-If you want to run 2 cards in the future (SLI OR CROSSFIRE), and overclock, then get 750 watts.
-SSD for operating system and programs.
-Black for other games/data/etc.
-Seasonic makes fanastic power supplies.

There's a 55$ savings buying the motherboard and processor from newegg together right now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
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)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $919.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-19 15:23 EDT-0400)
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April 19, 2013 12:28:38 PM

You guys are amazing! Below budget is great but I have a question. Why not an i7? My wife who knows a little more then me but less then you guys seems to think that I should definitely get one. As always, thanks in advance for helping me out guys.
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April 19, 2013 12:31:08 PM

LordMortalituum said:
You guys are amazing! Below budget is great but I have a question. Why not an i7? My wife who knows a little more then me but less then you guys seems to think that I should definitely get one. As always, thanks in advance for helping me out guys.


i7 has hyper-threading which is useless for gaming, but helps with encoding and rendering.
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April 19, 2013 12:38:08 PM

edogawa thanks for the speedy replies. In your opinion or anyone else that would like to comment do you think this system will run higher end games like the witcher 2 on high quality reasonably well? Around what fps do you think? Also I already have the ram so if you could move that money to upgrade one of the other parts you mentioned would you?
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April 19, 2013 1:22:03 PM

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.98

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $134.00

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99

Samsung 840 Pro Series 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Disk X2 $439.98

Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $69.99

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.98 $17.98

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 $89.98

Total: $1070.98

Pick a case. I picked a PSU that will allow you to add more, like another graphics card etc. You could go windows 7 pro, add a HDD if you need more space. I put two 840 pros on there run them in raid 0 it will be faster than one 512 samsung 840 pro. You could get an i7 too, I know most people say it is a waste but I see it as much more future proof. Eventually quadcores and up will be cheaper and more used, so a quad core with hyperthreading will stay relevant longer...
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April 19, 2013 1:28:43 PM

Dude don't get windows eight I tried it out for three months and I liked it, a lot! But windows 7 is smoother, and all around better, windows eight is made to be used by touchscreen tablets. I would not recommend windows 8 to someone who is more of a power user.
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April 19, 2013 1:34:25 PM

LordMortalituum said:
edogawa thanks for the speedy replies. In your opinion or anyone else that would like to comment do you think this system will run higher end games like the witcher 2 on high quality reasonably well? Around what fps do you think? Also I already have the ram so if you could move that money to upgrade one of the other parts you mentioned would you?


This build will do well @ 1080P. With dual 840 pros in raid 0, it will be lightning fast. I would recommend if you want to an i7. Minus the ram at 60 bucks its only a 30 dollar upgrade and then get windows 7 pro. You will probably have to upgrade your gpu in two to three years to play all of the newest games at ultra or high. But this build is good.
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April 19, 2013 1:48:20 PM

LordMortalituum said:
edogawa thanks for the speedy replies. In your opinion or anyone else that would like to comment do you think this system will run higher end games like the witcher 2 on high quality reasonably well? Around what fps do you think? Also I already have the ram so if you could move that money to upgrade one of the other parts you mentioned would you?


Everything is fine, save your money for a future GPU upgrade. :D  GPU is only thing that could be more powerful, and you can easily upgrade that yourself in future.

You can handle ant game at 1080p well as long as Anti-Aliasing isn't cranked up high.
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April 19, 2013 6:35:29 PM

LordMortalituum said:
edogawa thanks for the speedy replies. In your opinion or anyone else that would like to comment do you think this system will run higher end games like the witcher 2 on high quality reasonably well? Around what fps do you think? Also I already have the ram so if you could move that money to upgrade one of the other parts you mentioned would you?


edogawa said:
LordMortalituum said:
edogawa thanks for the speedy replies. In your opinion or anyone else that would like to comment do you think this system will run higher end games like the witcher 2 on high quality reasonably well? Around what fps do you think? Also I already have the ram so if you could move that money to upgrade one of the other parts you mentioned would you?


Everything is fine, save your money for a future GPU upgrade. :D  GPU is only thing that could be more powerful, and you can easily upgrade that yourself in future.

You can handle ant game at 1080p well as long as Anti-Aliasing isn't cranked up high.

I bought everything that you suggested with the exception of the psu I opted for one with higher watts like you suggested. Same brand just higher watt. Thanks a ton bud.
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April 19, 2013 7:40:36 PM

No problem. Enjoy. :D 
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