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Trying to make a Computer $1000 - $1400 budget

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May 3, 2012 7:17:02 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: $1000 - $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching videos (blurays), surfing the internet, gaming, app development from android, and school projects, burning blurays, dvds, and cds

Parts Not Required: I have a keyboard, mouse and speakers. I don't mind using xp for a while and then upgrading to windows 8 when it comes out. I have an old monitor but will try to get one from a friend, so am not worrying about that.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: wherever they sell cheap and reliable parts

Country: I live in the United States

Parts Preferences: I would like a modern intel processor maybe with the hyperthreading, preferably one of those intel core ones since they seem to have high benchmarks, maybe i should get a 3rd generation even, i don't know?

Overclocking: Yes, that would be cool if it can fit in my budget.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if it fits my budget would be nice for the occasional games my brother plays on the computer

Monitor Resolution: i have a old dell E193FP, but i don't want to include the monitor in the budget, because for now i have 2 spare normal standard monitors, and a led hd tv with a hdmi and pc port i can use.

Additional Comments: I would love for it to be fast, but also upgrade able, maybe have a raid hard drive or a small ssd just for the operating system. I would love to have a tv tuner to record shows, and anything else that would make it more entertaining. A quiet pc is always a plus since it will be in my living room, and i don't want to hear a fan always.
May 3, 2012 7:40:30 PM

Man you can build a good PC for like 1/2 your budget that will do everything you want it to do perfectly fine.

Try this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 500GB - $79.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99 ($15.00 MIR)

Total: $756.92 - $25.00 MIR = $731.92

If you want a better CPU - upgrade to the i5-2500K and that will add about $40 to the cost, and then if you want to overclock add a Hyper 212 Evo for another $35, and then if you want to upgrade your GPU to a 7850 that will still put you at under $1K and you can use the difference for any peripherals, a nice monitor, or OS license.
May 3, 2012 9:52:31 PM

SSD's keep going down in price every few weeks. When you get Windows 8, then pick up a 120GB - 128GB SSD. You will probably be able to find them under $100 in a month or two they are going down in price that fast these days.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case

http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-Series-Certifi... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-750TXV2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $379.98
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997002

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card
ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870

Total: $1,194.87 *not including shipping and rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <------ TV tuners

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-... $79.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- another look at that case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 - $144.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 - $164.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-22-Inch-Ultra-Slim-Widescr... $149.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same monitor @ newegg
May 3, 2012 11:04:04 PM

thank you guys so much its good to have your guys help, i was going to buy a pc but where can you go to buy one that is so customizable nowhere lol i am going to start seeing which one i will use :) 
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