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February 12, 2012 12:38:33 AM

I am looking to build a gaming computer, I have one but it is starting to get slow, it is about 4 years old now, I spent about $1500 getting it built about 4 years ago, and 2 years ago replaced the motherboard, and the processor because those died. It has been working fine since but I am planning on giving this to my girlfriends kid when I build mine.

I will buy him a new keyboard and mouse and will keep mine.
I am trying to figure out what the best option and price range would be for me.


Approximate Purchase Date: At the end of February.

Budget Range: $1200-$2000 (I am not sure what pricing options I want to go with, but I want something that will last me a few years, but still kill it in the gaming department. Something that will load games like League of Legends pretty fast, as well as Modern Warfare 3 and similar games that might come out in the near future)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming< Surfing the internet< Watching movies.

Parts Not Required: Sound card (Soundblaster X-fi, G-15 Keyboard, Logitech gaming mouse, Sound System already have a 7.1 surround sound. I also have an external Hard Drive I plan to boot a lot of my games from, and save programs etc on like I do with my current computer, so I would like a SSD or a Raptor Drive only for the operating system)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, and anything that has good prices and good customer service. (Newegg is the only one I have heard of.)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel (Sandy Bridge I think it is?) But am willing to go with anything as long as I can get something that is great.

Overclocking: Most likely not.

SLI or Crossfire: SLI preferred

Monitor Resolution: I usually go around 1680x1050, somewhere around there.

Additional Comments: Case does not matter to me really.

I am looking to keep it in the 1200-2000 price range, my monitor I don't really want anything bigger than 22" but 19-21 would be optimal most likely. I don't care if it is plasma or lcd, as long as it fits well with my gaming.

I did some work on computers for fun when I was in the Marines so I know a little bit about working on them but am not an expert.

Thank you ahead of time for your help.
February 12, 2012 1:14:27 AM

huge difference between $1200 - $2000 -> can you pick a price in between..?
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February 12, 2012 1:32:28 AM

CPU - Intel Core i5-2400($189.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus($29.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P($189.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD - SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive($63.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB($174.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB($159.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC ($299.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W($149.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T($169.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - ViewSonic VG2236wm-LED Black 22"($224.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal - $1702.90($1652.90 after MIR)

All these parts and your $1200-$2000 budget are a bit overkill for playing at 1680x1050, so I picked a 22" 1920x1080 monitor for you. You can find others but this one has great reviews. Blu-ray drive prices are getting cheaper these days and with your budget, it's quite easy to pick one.
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February 12, 2012 1:35:22 AM

we can start with this -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular: $130

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen: $144

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit: $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner: $16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel 520 Series Cherryville 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive: $240

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $190

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost): $300 (no need for after-market cooler or 'K' series if not over-clocking)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 CL8: $75

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB: $490

TOTAL: $1,755
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February 12, 2012 5:33:10 PM

I think both look great, I do have questions.

Ezio, is there a generic case that I could get that would work that that just as well? I am not a huge fan of the fancy looking cases plain black is preferred.

wasupmike,
Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... dual those in sli be as good/better than that video card? I have been told that Sli is the way to go so I was just wondering.

Thanks to both of you!
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February 12, 2012 5:45:33 PM

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February 12, 2012 5:54:39 PM

QuietPC said:
Here is a full build including SSD for $1300 before rebates. Compare it to yours:

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I am currently looking at this and I was wondering is there a difference between these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... as the one it looks like you showed in your list is out of stock.
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February 12, 2012 11:31:15 PM

SmileyB84 said:
I think both look great, I do have questions.

Ezio, is there a generic case that I could get that would work that that just as well? I am not a huge fan of the fancy looking cases plain black is preferred.



There is a 600t in plain black, also a favorite of mine. If you want simple black case, there are tons of them. The bitfenix shinobi and bitfenix raider, thermaltake v3 etc...you can find any good simple black chassis, but make sure they have proper ventilation and probably good cable management.
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February 13, 2012 12:21:33 AM

Best answer selected by SmileyB84.
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