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July 5, 2013 10:29:31 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: In about a month

Budget Range: $1300 max, for the system itself, a little under is preferred.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games mostly, and normal everyday stuff.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Michigan, usa

Parts Preferences: None really, although I here alot of good things about intel i5 cpu, so maybe that.

Overclocking: I dont really know how to do this.

SLI or Crossfire: no idea.

Your Monitor Resolution: Something big and pretty with really high resolution.

Additional Comments: First time building my own, For sure I know I want to be able to play skyrim on the highest or closest to settings, fallout games, and thinking about getting into some shooters. not sure what though. I'm probably asking too much for that budget, but as close as I can get is fine.
July 5, 2013 10:48:43 PM

avilash98 said:
SLI or CrossFireX means "r u planning on adding a 2nd gpu?"
SLI is a feature for nvidia cards only(no drawbacks)
CrossfireX feature for Radeons only(microstuttering effects seen in some)

basically its a piece of hardware dat comes wid d gpu. its a bridge like thing dat connects d 2 cards when u add them in ur baby.


Ah, I see, I guess not then.
July 5, 2013 10:59:01 PM

avilash98 said:
so what r u planning?...i suggest u 2 go wid my 2nd option and buy a win7 64 bit. dat should make ur budget.


Yeah, I like them both, 2nd one would fit my budget better, I could splurge and go for the first one, but I gotta keep in mind I still need a new monitor...
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July 5, 2013 11:00:59 PM

How much of a difference in price and performance would switching out the i7 processor for an i5 cause?
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July 5, 2013 11:01:54 PM

Gutholm said:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: In about a month

Budget Range: $1300 max, for the system itself, a little under is preferred.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games mostly, and normal everyday stuff.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Michigan, usa

Parts Preferences: None really, although I here alot of good things about intel i5 cpu, so maybe that.

Overclocking: I dont really know how to do this.

SLI or Crossfire: no idea.

Your Monitor Resolution: Something big and pretty with really high resolution.

Additional Comments: First time building my own, For sure I know I want to be able to play skyrim on the highest or closest to settings, fallout games, and thinking about getting into some shooters. not sure what though. I'm probably asking too much for that budget, but as close as I can get is fine.


What about this build....This is a beast and is well within your budget...Keep in mind that I have not added an after market cooler since you are not going to overclock. But I've added a large PSU in case you want to crossfire in future....I've also added a snappy Samsung ssd to use as boot drive....

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJPF

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July 5, 2013 11:03:04 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($207.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($278.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1252.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 02:02 EDT-0400)

This is about the best you can do. I added a 24 inch 1920X1200 display to give you some extra vertical pixels, they come in nice.
July 5, 2013 11:05:03 PM

Gutholm said:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: In about a month

Budget Range: $1300 max, for the system itself, a little under is preferred.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games mostly, and normal everyday stuff.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Michigan, usa

Parts Preferences: None really, although I here alot of good things about intel i5 cpu, so maybe that.

Overclocking: I dont really know how to do this.

SLI or Crossfire: no idea.

Your Monitor Resolution: Something big and pretty with really high resolution.

Additional Comments: First time building my own, For sure I know I want to be able to play skyrim on the highest or closest to settings, fallout games, and thinking about getting into some shooters. not sure what though. I'm probably asking too much for that budget, but as close as I can get is fine.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJOr
There are many things that you can change on this build, like drop the SSD and save 100 bucks. Or drop the SSD and get a better GPU. The gtx 760 will run skyrim at the highest settings, it should be able to run most nex-gen games at ultra to high settings. The SSD will not make your games run better, it will just load everything faster, so you don't really need it. You could also save money by getter a cheaper case. LMK what you think.
July 5, 2013 11:12:05 PM

Zenith808 said:
Gutholm said:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: In about a month

Budget Range: $1300 max, for the system itself, a little under is preferred.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games mostly, and normal everyday stuff.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Michigan, usa

Parts Preferences: None really, although I here alot of good things about intel i5 cpu, so maybe that.

Overclocking: I dont really know how to do this.

SLI or Crossfire: no idea.

Your Monitor Resolution: Something big and pretty with really high resolution.

Additional Comments: First time building my own, For sure I know I want to be able to play skyrim on the highest or closest to settings, fallout games, and thinking about getting into some shooters. not sure what though. I'm probably asking too much for that budget, but as close as I can get is fine.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJOr
There are many things that you can change on this build, like drop the SSD and save 100 bucks. Or drop the SSD and get a better GPU. The gtx 760 will run skyrim at the highest settings, it should be able to run most nex-gen games at ultra to high settings. The SSD will not make your games run better, it will just load everything faster, so you don't really need it. You could also save money by getter a cheaper case. LMK what you think.


Well I was gonna do the monitor separate, I mainly want the system itself to be close to $1300. What tweaks could we do to this to make it slightly better with an extra $150?
July 5, 2013 11:13:48 PM

avilash98 said:
babernet_1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($207.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($278.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1252.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 02:02 EDT-0400)

This is about the best you can do. I added a 24 inch 1920X1200 display to give you some extra vertical pixels, they come in nice.




the GPU makes all d difference.
and now after crysis 3, all games (mostly) r goin to use HT(supported only in i7).
so, again after 1 and half years later this guy(OP) is goin to come to tom's hardware crying, sayin dat he needs a cpu upgrade.

U CAN NEVER REMAIN FUTURE PROOF BUT TRY TO BE AS FAR AS U CAN.


True, I wont ever have the kind of money I'm about to have ever again, so I probably should think about the future.
July 5, 2013 11:28:10 PM

avilash98 said:
look, listen to me...i suggested u d i7 3770k(currently d best out here) unlike d i5(whether its 4th gen or 3rd gen, i7 3rd gen always outguns an i5)...dont think about generations...and another thing...i7 3770k uses ivy bridge..dat is specialised for very high end professional systems even if it runs a little hot than d 4th gen haswell.

and, i suggested u d 770 gtx(4th best gpu out there...above this is 780,then titan and then 690)...so its goin to be d most futureproof rit now...prices r running low for 770...get it now or u will repent later


Ok, I took your advice on the processor and the gpu. What do you think? I feel like windows 7 will be ok for me for a few more years. Honestly I was using XP still up till like 5 months ago, so I can tolerate older OS for while. Plus this build also has the monitor.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Gutholm/saved/1Ubc
a b K Overclocking
a b 4 Gaming
a b à CPUs
a b V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
July 5, 2013 11:31:17 PM

avilash98 said:
look, listen to me...i suggested u d i7 3770k(currently d best out here) unlike d i5(whether its 4th gen or 3rd gen, i7 3rd gen always outguns an i5)...dont think about generations...and another thing...i7 3770k uses ivy bridge..dat is specialised for very high end professional systems even if it runs a little hot than d 4th gen haswell.

and, i suggested u d 770 gtx(4th best gpu out there...above this is 780,then titan and then 690)...so its goin to be d most futureproof rit now...prices r running low for 770...get it now or u will repent later


Looks like someone forgot the hd 7990
July 5, 2013 11:34:44 PM

avilash98 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJBC
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJBC/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJBC/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ 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 ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 900W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1417.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 01:39 EDT-0400)




PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJCd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJCd/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJCd/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ 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 ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($415.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 900W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1154.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 01:40 EDT-0400)


So I guess that 2nd one, plus a monitor, plus win 7. Should be golden.
Also an optical drive.
July 5, 2013 11:39:31 PM

avilash98 said:
dont think ASRock is a bad/cheap company.
i suggested u d best gaming rig.
if u r bent on going wid ASUS then MAXIMUS V GENE is a beast.
Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

wth r u speaking about OS?..dude, win 7 ultimate X64 SP 1 is still the undebated OS out here. Go through d blogs about win 8..its really BS. Every one hates it and me to...WIN7 is d best gaming OS out here.

btw, u crossed ur budget.


Yeah I wanna go with 7, I just meant as opposed to going with win 8.
July 5, 2013 11:44:06 PM

What about an optical drive, and a sound card?
July 6, 2013 12:04:04 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Gutholm/saved/1UbC

I added a cheap optical, sound card.
Added a monitor and a keyboard.
It says the estimated wattage is 426, if Im using a 900W power supply is it still drawing all that extra power for nothing?
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