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$1000 Desktop Build

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March 12, 2012 1:57:32 PM

Hello this is my first time building a desktop and I'm seeking any revisions/mistakes that needs to be addressed before I start buying my parts soon.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week.

Budget Range: $900-$1000 USD (before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

- Various Gaming (Skyrim, Vindictus, emulation)
- Casual Photoshop use (image editing, drawing/painting, etc)
- Casual Sony Vegas use (editing gameplay videos and such)
- Basic web browsing and music playback.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, operating system, optical drive, hard drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I only know of Newegg, other site suggestions are welcomed.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, mid tower case, single GPU, need a wireless adapter.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768, sometimes 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: Essentially I'm going for a gaming rig that's focused on a single GPU. Future upgrades include a sound card, SSD, and maybe another case fan but for now I just want a working desktop.

This is what I came up with so far (all from newegg)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 - $99.99
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $119.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K - $224.99
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 core - $289.99 ($30.00 MIR)
RAM: CORSAIR DDR3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 - $42.99
PSU: SeaSonic 650w 80 PLUS Gold - $109.99 w/promo code
Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99
Side Fan: COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200mm RED fan - $24.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN722N 150Mbps - $19.99

Total: $967.91 - $40.00 MIR = $927.91

I'm debating if I should instead spent a little bit more for a HD 7870 when it hits retail soon.

Other than that how is everything looking so far?

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March 12, 2012 2:25:17 PM

Reswob said:
Hello this is my first time building a desktop and I'm seeking any revisions/mistakes that needs to be addressed before I start buying my parts soon.[

I think you did a fine job with your selections!
Reswob said:
I'm debating if I should instead spent a little bit more for a HD 7870 when it hits retail soon.

Both "RED" and "GREEN" have new stuff coming out soon. I'd wait, if you can, to see whats new. :) 
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March 12, 2012 2:48:09 PM

Chaz21 said:
I think you did a fine job with your selections!

Both "RED" and "GREEN" have new stuff coming out soon. I'd wait, if you can, to see whats new. :) 



Red and Green...hahahaha. I love it - I agree that your proc & graphics card should be your last purchase because the market shifts every 2-3 months based on new offerings. The 7000 Series is going to be higher quality and even if you decide to stick with your original option, the price will go down.
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March 12, 2012 2:49:32 PM

Good selections - I would look at a solid state for your OS disk. Awesome performance and the prices keep dropping and they keep getting faster. I rock the Intel 520 series and it's smoking fast.
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March 12, 2012 3:13:30 PM

I would wait til the 7870/7850 cards drop. there is no reason to spend 300 dollars on a card that is last gen. From what i have seen so far the 7850 has more power than a 570 which is faster than the 560 ti 448. the 7850 will hit the market at 249.99. i would wait. More power for a smaller price
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March 12, 2012 5:06:02 PM

game junky said:
Good selections - I would look at a solid state for your OS disk. Awesome performance and the prices keep dropping and they keep getting faster. I rock the Intel 520 series and it's smoking fast.

Indeed, I'm planning on a SSD for my OS down the road but for now I want to use that money for the core component budget.

mourice12 said:
I would wait til the 7870/7850 cards drop. there is no reason to spend 300 dollars on a card that is last gen. From what i have seen so far the 7850 has more power than a 570 which is faster than the 560 ti 448. the 7850 will hit the market at 249.99. i would wait. More power for a smaller price

Yes I agree after looking into it a bit more I decided to go with the suggestions and wait on the GPU.

The HD 7870/7850 is looking really good with its less power consumption, heat and noise without sacrificing performance. I'll most likely go with a 7870 if the prices look good, if not then a 7850 would do just fine.

Although NVIDIA's new cards could be better as well, blah I don't like waiting lol. Thanks for the help so far everybody I really appreciate the feedback =]
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March 12, 2012 8:07:23 PM

No problem. yea nvidias cards dont have a set release date. the 7850/70 will launch March 19th.
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March 12, 2012 9:06:06 PM

I didn't realize how close those cards were coming out, most of the reviews I found just talked about the performance with no actual retail date.

I decided that I'm buying everything on my list this week aside from the GPU, going to wait next week for the launch. If the 7870 really is going to be $350 I can still grab one now that the 560 ti 448 is off my list.

Just have to go $23 over my budget which isn't too bad at all.
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March 13, 2012 12:42:56 AM

Not too bad at all indeed. the 7870 is suppose to be close to the gtx 580 in performance or alittle less which isnt bad considering the price tag
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