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May 26, 2013 2:59:10 PM

I'm an active gamer and put some money away for a good computer sine this is my first time build i dont know much but i've been researching and am not confident in my knowledge base on this subject as of yet.The build is going to be blue themed and also a dual monitor setup with the option of going tri-monitor setup .I can afford to push the buget a little but would prefer to keep it under 1650. I want the computer to be fast with nice graphics, as well as the ability multi-task well and would like to try overclocking.
the budget does not include the monitors, mouse, or keyboard as that is a seperate budget all the money is for the tower components and case
build so far:
case:thermaltake chaser mk-1
monitor:ViewSonic VA2212M-LED 22-Inch LED-Lit Monitor (open to suggestions)
Mouse:E-3lue Mazer Type-R 2500DPI
keyboard:Saitek Eclipse II Backlit
OS: win7 ultimate 64b
storage: SSD card for os(recommend size) mechanical for the rest

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May 26, 2013 3:30:10 PM

With that price range, wait for haswell to come out. There's no point buying any other CPU until then.
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May 26, 2013 3:34:10 PM

Alright.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard ($78.50 @ Newegg)
Mouse: V7 M30P10-7N Wired Optical Mouse ($4.52 @ Amazon)
Total: $1035.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:33 EDT-0400)
That's the whole deal, for much under your budget. So you've got a lot of room to upgrade!

Firstly you could get a K-edition i5 or i7 CPU. Though i5 is the sweetspot.

You could add in a 128 or 256GB SSD. I wouldn't recommend going over this threshold, as it gets too expensive per GB.

You could upgrade the GPU, with something insane like the newly released GTX 780 for completely baller graphics.

That would be great for your multi-monitor setup too. You'd then be at almost 1500$.

You could pick a different mouse, which suits your preferences better. The same goes for the keyboard, although

the keyboard is already mechanical, which makes it nice for gaming. You could go for a higher resolution

display, as well as a bigger screen too. Something like a 27" IPS panel. Though the current monitor is pretty brilliant.

Plus the higher resolution is very expensive, such as 2560 x 1440 and if you have multiple screens with that

resolution, it'll press your GPU a lot. You could also go for higher frequency RAM, such as 1833 or 2133Mhz, though

it's not really necessary. Increasing it to 16GB is also an option, even though 8GB is the sweetspot for gaming currently.

Note if you do any upgrades, such as the GTX 780, to remember to upgrade the PSU accordingly. Get an 80+ Bronze

certified one at the very least. You could also go for a more spacious case. A good case can last many builds. You could be

looking at a "Full Tower" case. With all these things, a motherboard upgrade could/would also be in order.

Enjoy.
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May 26, 2013 5:08:25 PM

MJSBLUES said:
With that price range, wait for haswell to come out. There's no point buying any other CPU until then.


how long until it comes out and how much will it cost?
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May 26, 2013 5:10:25 PM

June 2 i read. Doesnt cost much more..
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May 26, 2013 5:38:34 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
June 2 i read. Doesnt cost much more..


do you have any recommendations for the build other than the haswell?
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