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May 12, 2012 4:25:58 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range:$700-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Game Development

Parts Not Required:Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Speakers, Headphones, Mic, Webcam

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not too sure, I suppose the most reliable and best priced

Country:United States of America

Parts Preferences:Not too sure if I should go with an AMD CPU or a Intel CPU? I hear most are going with Intel so most likely an Intel CPU, Idk what particular Mobo either so any suggestions on the best Mobo and CPU for Gaming and Game Design would be great, same going for the rest of the parts, Case, RAM, Harddrive, (CD/DVD dont have to be the best or most expensive), PSU, GPU, Fans, I need the best suggestions for all. If I left out any parts that would benefit me greatly in my need for Gaming and Game Development then please add in with the build suggested.

Overclocking: I would like to say yes since I plan on not only using this for gaming but game design (if you disagree or suggest diffrent please let me know)

SLI or Crossfire: If it is relevant to Gaming and Game Design then yes ( same as overclocking, best suggestion on this subject would be appreciated)

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768 (may get a new monitor than what I have but dont know yet, will post if do)

Additional Comments:Well Ive pretty much made clear that Im going to mostly be using this for Gaming and Game Development, so whatever the best build anyone can suggest for my particular want, need, and price range, then I will feel simply greatful and helped. Thanks to all who read.

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May 12, 2012 4:41:01 AM

CPU: i5 2500k (theres your overclocking)

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M should serve you fine (supports Crossfire/SLI)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8Gbs 1600mhz (might want more if your game development includes rendering)

Graphics card: Depends if your going to Crossfire or SLI. For a single card, I'd say a HD6850 or 6870.

Thats the core of a decent system, though take what I say with bit of salt, I am pretty new at this as well.
May 12, 2012 5:07:00 AM

Well lets just assume im going the way of Intel and that im going the way of Crossfire without overclocking what would be the best CPU, Mobo, GPU, RAM, Hard Drive, PSU, Fans, Case for Gaming and G. Development? (again if I missed out any parts that would benefit me towards those needs please add in the new build suggestion) Thanks!
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May 12, 2012 5:10:36 AM

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LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
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NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
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-$5.00 Instant


MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127675
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OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341018
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-$40.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231311
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Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Item #: N82E16819116504
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813138354
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
-$25.00 Combo


Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $20.00
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Subtotal: $1,049.92
May 12, 2012 5:41:54 AM

Here's a rough list of components that should add up to around $1000 (all prices are from Newegg, search around some more and you'l probably find better prices)

Case: HAF - XM ($130,
HDD: Seagate 2tb 7200rpm ($120,
CPU: i5 2500k ($220,
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M ($130,
RAM: 8gb Corsair vengeance kit ($50,
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD6870 ($160,
PSU: Corsair 750W ($100,
Note: I'l admit, I dont know much about PSU's, but I know Corsairs are held in high regard.

That comes to $910 (no postage, before rebates and tax)

If you still have some more money to spare.

SSD Boot Drive: Vertex 3 60gb (Should be around $100, Newegg has them ridiculously expensive for some reason. Look around a bit)

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster hyper 212 EVO ($35,

This is a respectable build, will do games modern games at a medium-high performance and demolish older ones. As for game development, no idea. If it involves doing lots of rendering (character models, textures, Photoshop) you might want to bump up the RAM to 12 or 16gb.

EDIT: Dont know what Operating System your using, if its a 32bit OS, you'l need to upgrade to 64bit if you want to use more than 3.5gb of that RAM. Windows Home 64bit is something around $100.
May 12, 2012 7:30:03 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.65 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $ GPU:SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870( $159.99@ Newegg)

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 ($44.99@ Newegg)

comes out to around $895: That is a solid build or you could go this route for under 1000 check link Want to go cheaper $705