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$1500 or less computer build

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May 13, 2013 10:24:50 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1371.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 13:21 EDT-0400)

Few Notes:
Yes, I need the 3770k for video rendering.

I might wait for gtx 770, not sure yet. Would it be worth the wait?

I dont need keyboard, mouse, or OS.

Also, the 3770k wont be bought at microcenter so the build total is $80 more than it shows on here.

Any revisions or is that the best i can get for $1500?

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May 13, 2013 10:41:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($315.88 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($138.77 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($150.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1562.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 13:59 EDT-0400)



Alright, this is a tiny bit over 1500, but since your rendering you will likely need more memory.

XFX is just a re brand of Seasonic, just go from Seasonic directly. Although that promo for the XFX is pretty good, it's up to you.

Samsung SSD are fanastic.
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May 13, 2013 11:29:37 AM

Switch out your SSD with a Samsung 840 Pro or OCZ Vector otherwise that build looks good to me.

Although if you want the NVIDIA 7XX series, you're going to be waiting a while. Production delays on the chips have pushed the cards back to late September, early October at the latest.
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