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July 2, 2013 8:24:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Saturday 7/6/13

Budget Range: $600-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Live Streaming, Web Browsing, Music, Watching Movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All Parts except for GPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Palm Desert, CA, United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type
Quad Core i7-2600 series CPU or better
8GB RAM
Dedicated video card, 512MB VRAM
Windows Vista / Windows 7

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: No preference

Additional Comments: League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Command and Conquer, Starcraft, Diablo 3

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer is crashing during gameplay and FPS are way too low to enjoy it.

More about : 800 build

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July 2, 2013 8:47:22 PM

What GPU are you having? And can you reuse any parts like case or HDD, PSU,.. ?
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July 2, 2013 9:05:55 PM

Madn3ss795 said:
What GPU are you having? And can you reuse any parts like case or HDD, PSU,.. ?


I have a GTX 550 TI FPB 1GB

I am not using the other parts because the current tower is a Stock HP Pavilion Tower with no Cooling, Also a Stock PSU.
I Have only upgraded the GPU. So I will keep the GPU at the moment and upgrade later if needed, but looking for a computer that will not crash with all the multi-tasking I do and be able to Live Stream any gaming I do.
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July 2, 2013 9:34:51 PM

This build should fit your needs nicely:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


CPU : Xeon E3 1230 V3 Haswell LGA1150 ($264.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.28 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.62 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.03 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.91 @ Amazon)
Total: $665.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 00:24 EDT-0400)

Now here are some notes:

- A Xeon is equal to an i7. The E3 1230 V3 in this case is equal with the i7 4770, but has no IGP. Since you already got a discrete VGA ( that 550ti ), the Xeon CPU is a more efficient choice that costs you almost 100$ less compared to an i7, while multitasking/gaming performance stays the same.
- A high quality PSU like this XFX 550w can house even the GTX Titan along the rest of your system. Since crossfire/SLI isn't what you're aiming to, it's best to select a high quality PSU with ok wattage like this one, especially when there's a deal on it ( this PSU normally cost $70 ).
- Solid case, and a solid motherboard that haven't got reported for any flaws so far.
- Haswell-compatible RAM kit with big heatsink to ensure low temperature.

Last but not least, this system cost just $666, so if you're wiling to pay up to 800$, you can choose to get a mid-end 128GB SSD that can boost your PC's performance by a lot. I'd recommend the Sandisk Extreme II 128gb, which is tested by Toms here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandisk-extreme-ii-...

With this SSD put in, the total cost still stay right below 800$:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.28 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.62 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.03 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.91 @ Amazon)
Other: CPU : Xeon E3 1230 V3 Haswell LGA1150 ( Newegg ) ($264.99)
Total: $795.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 00:34 EDT-0400)

( the E3 1230 V3 isn't showing up at pcpartpicker just yet, so I have to add it into the build manually )
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July 3, 2013 8:39:20 PM

Thank you for all the info, I forgot to mention but I also do Video Editing so i was wondering if this computer would be good for Video Rendering as well?
Im using this computer alot so hope all these specs will put out what i need. My current computer is way too slow so going to be upgrading my Internet upload speed so i can stream without FPS drops.
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July 4, 2013 3:21:20 AM

Yes, a Xeon is as good as an i7 of the same platform in rendering :) 
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