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November 1, 2011 11:13:08 PM

I want to buy a new computer and I have a budget of 1200$.

Approximate Purchase Date: December

Budget Range: 1200$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, editing. (I don't need a really good graphics card, maybe something like 150 - 200$ is good.

Parts Not Required: OS, Mouse, Keyboard, CD-DVD Drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Anything that works good together. (i7 sandy bridge would be good)

Overclocking: Probably

Monitor Resolution: 1080p - 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I don't need a nice looking case, I don't really care about that.

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November 5, 2011 5:15:44 AM

($220) CPU: i5-2500K. This is one of the best processors in the world right now relative to price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($125) Motherboard: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3. It has a weaker port cluster than some people like and no usb 3.0 header, but it's easily the best motherboard at this price point - especially for gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($250) GPU: EVGA 560ti. I know this is higher than your stated price range for graphics, but since gaming is your first listed usage and it fits into your budget, this is what I'd go with.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($140) Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3. Unfortunately hard drive prices have skyrocketed since the flooding (this drive was $60 a month ago), but this is the sweet spot for price, performance, and size. It's 1TB and 7200RPM and it's very quiet.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($50) RAM: Whatever 8GB 2x4GB kit is cheapest at the time. RAM prices fluctuate often so I'm not going to list a particular kit, but anything from the following list will be great (1600mhz, 1.5V, CAS Latency 9):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
I would go with the cheapest thing on that list from either Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin, or Kingston.

($65) PSU: About ~550W from Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic. You don't need a whole lot to power this system and 550W will be enough. Brand matters for power supplies and Antec, Corsair, and Seasonic are going to give the best efficiency and the most reliability. The cheapest model I found that fits the bill is the following Antec unit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: You want a cheap mid-tower. The following three are my favorits at three different price ranges:
*NXZT Gamma ($35): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*Rosewill Challenger ($50): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Be warned: the U3 version of the Challenger has a USB 3.0 port and the motherboard I recommended doesn't have a header for it.
*Antec 300 ($60): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There is a version of the 300 that does not have the LED's on the fans if you don't like them.

At this point you're at about $900. If you want to fill out your budget you've got the following choices:
(1) Replace the i5-2500k with an i7-2600k. The 2600k has hyperthreading which helps in multithreaded applications. I don't recommend this option.
(2) Replace the 560ti with a better card. A 2GB 6950 or 6970 would be a nice upgrade. This is what I would do.
(3) Add an SSD to the build. These are relatively expensive but worth it. An SSD is a smaller drive (I'd recommend about $200 for 120GB) that is very fast and you install your OS on it. $200 is a lot for a 120GB hard drive, but there is no bigger performance upgrade for the price.

If you want to do any of those things, let me know and I'll give some recommendations.
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November 5, 2011 5:32:30 AM

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99

MOBO- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99

Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $319.99

Cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99

GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99

Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99

Total $1017.92 :sol: 
Tack on a little sales tax and Bobs your uncle under 1200. You may want to go
a little bigger on the power supply for head room in case you go SLI in the future or simply get a more demanding GPU all together.
Just my 2 cents do with it what you will.
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November 5, 2011 5:51:36 AM

Danaires has a pretty good build.
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November 5, 2011 6:09:22 AM

This is what I what do, it's $1100 but the build I'm currently about to buy.

GTX 570 + i5.2500k SB 3.3ghz(3.7 turbo) combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (CPU Cooler so you can OC the i5.2500k) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint, as others have mentioned. The cheapest HDD you can get for the quality right now with the whole Thailand flood thing going on. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A high quality PSU that is Silver Certified (high efficiency) and gives you room to SLI / xFire later http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x4=8gigs of DDR3 1600 ram, G.Skill and compatible with the i5.2500k perfectly http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAF 922, probably a bit more than you want your build, but what I'm getting http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus 24x DVD drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes to ~$1100 for a very solid PC with room for upgrading

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