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April 9, 2012 8:16:28 PM

Hi guys ... Well I need some PC spec recommendations for a new gaming PC that I'm planning to build .. Here are some pointers regarding my requirements/preferences:

1) My budget is about $900 (does not include funds for monitor and casing - see point 6 below)
2) I want an nVidia based card, not ATI
3) Also, an SLI setup is NOT needed (unless its very cost effective)
4) The video card should be of relatively very high spec ..
5) The CPU can be a good one too, but money priority is to be given to the graphics card ..
6) The above indicated budget is for all components required except the casing and monitor, which I already have ..

So fire away people ... looking forward to some great recommendations :) 
April 9, 2012 9:00:32 PM

CPU: Intel i5 2500K or Intel i5-3570K (Ivy Bridge when it comes out) - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 1333MHz - $42
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 LGA1155 (IT'S GREAT BUY IT) - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: ECS GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5 - $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream 600W Modular 80Plus Certified - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar 500GB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/s - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner - $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total came to $912, but w/ mail in rebates will fall into your budget, but it will be worth the money.
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April 9, 2012 9:06:58 PM

Thanks for the suggestions man .. Here are a few pointers:

1) I don't need an OS as I already have an existing subscription, so that can be taken out ..
2) Also, I already have a DVD burner so that can be cancelled out too ..
3) Also, isn't a Core i7 more recommended ?
4) And if I further increased the budget to $1000, can I get one of those GTX 680 cards ?
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April 9, 2012 9:13:58 PM

ahmadka said:
Thanks for the suggestions man .. Here are a few pointers:

1) I don't need an OS as I already have an existing subscription, so that can be taken out ..
2) Also, I already have a DVD burner so that can be cancelled out too ..
3) Also, isn't a Core i7 more recommended ?
4) And if I further increased the budget to $1000, can I get one of those GTX 680 cards ?


With $118 out of the question, I would recommend that you get a bigger wattage PSU and get a better NVIDIA card, like a 700W 80Plus PSU and a GeForce GTX 570, you will have a fantastic system. I wouldn't recommend a Core i7 - you will have to raise your budget by quite a bit and the i5 is a fantastic processor and provides great FPS in every game.
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April 9, 2012 9:14:37 PM

ECS is bad. Get the GPU from EVGA/Gigabyte/Sapphire.
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April 10, 2012 4:50:46 AM

Sure, but which one then ?

I dont want to compromise on performance/quality, so I can increase my budget a little if needed ..

Waiting for more suggestions/comments ..
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April 10, 2012 5:14:56 AM

I second the 2500K or the 3570K if it comes out before you purchase. The GTX 570 is a great card. I personally feel anything beyond that leans more heavily on price over performance. If you've got the money, go for it. Otherwise I'd go for 570 since you'd like nvidia. I've personally had good experience from EVGA.

PS: if you go with a special version, for example the SuperClocked edition, due note that later down the line if you decided to SLI, it might be difficult to find the same model, versus a standard version.
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April 10, 2012 8:31:51 AM

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004R... $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX ATX 550 Power Supply - P1550SXXB9

or....

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-com... $71.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 550W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
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