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February 10, 2012 1:35:11 PM

Hey Guys, I’m looking to build a new gaming PC. I have never built a PC from scratch before, but have replaced/upgraded parts with no troubles.

I found this template on this site to hopefully help better identify what my needs are

Approximate Purchase Date: early March 2012 – April 2012

Budget Range: $1500 - 1800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Most importantly I will be using this PC for high end, graphic intensive gaming (Diablo III(when it FINALLY comes out), SWTOR, Skyrim, WoW, BF3, etc)) I will be playing both online and single player games.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speaker, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, just whatever has the best price

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Corsair, Geforce, Radeon

Overclocking: Sure

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I have never done either before. I usually just get one high end card.

Monitor Resolution: I will have a HD 24” monitor very soon :) 

Additional Comments: I would really like for the case to be black in color, to have a window, and light up blue (to match my keyboard and mouse). Also I don’t know much about cooling, which I’m sure is a necessity for a high performance machine like this. Quiet would be nice too, but not a huge priority. I have a 2TB external for extra storage, but would like a decent amount on the PC(games take up space) and possibly a 128 ssd.

Thank you so much for all your help,

- ssjkontra

More about : 1500 1800 gaming build

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2012 1:57:42 PM

CPU : I5 2500K
RAM ; CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GPU : HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit
HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
SSD : Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III
PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
DVD-RW : LG DVD Burner 24X
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
TOTAL : $1,691.89 without rebates.
February 10, 2012 2:05:22 PM

should i include the os
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February 10, 2012 4:02:53 PM

@sarinaide can you compare 570 with 7970 ? You forgot the OS.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2012 4:14:09 PM

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64Bit $140

TOTAL : $1693

No I am not comparing a 570 to a 7970, unless I accidently made that assertion. I guess the year + distance between the two cards and $200 has a lot to do with it. It is probably prudent to wait for Nvidia to release the 600 Series before singing AMD's laurels.