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May 13, 2012 2:53:09 AM

I do have an $800 PC budget thread on the forum somewhere in the recent threads, however I just found out I might possibly get an extra $500 from Amazon.com gift cards for book trade-ins. Thus, in order to possibly get a better computer with some new accessories I would love would be great. So…

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $1300 (Before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, hosting MC server, live streaming, surfing, video/movie playing

Parts Not Required: Mouse (I am starting off with basically no parts)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I need about $500 of my budget to be able to purchase on Amazon (gift card) the rest is your preference.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU with obviously a compatible Mobo

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Preferrably getting a monitor that goes up to 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Doesn’t need to have a lot of bling, preferably a somewhat quiet PC would be nice. I may want to do some video recording and editing in the future as well as host a MC server and play some modern games on High settings.

This is a possible build I can do if I manage to find my way into some extra cash soon. I want to try and have an i5 processor and maybe a Radeon HD7850 GPU together so I would have enough to still get a nice monitor and OS and keep the build under $1300. However if you guys can make a build that’ll work with a better GPU or something go for it. Monitor preferably in the 21.5-23” size range. OS can just be Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. If I need a CPU cooler for all this please do tell me.

Here was my experimentation of a build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/89jJ

Any help on picking the best parts I can get within the budget would be much appreciated for a first time builder like me. Thanks.

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May 13, 2012 3:04:56 AM
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The $1000 build in my sig with a full HD monitor :) 
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May 13, 2012 3:32:44 PM

Zero_ said:
The $1000 build in my sig with a full HD monitor :) 


Will 500W cover all that?
I'm not sure I want to OC for a while, so do skip over getting a CPU cooler?
Should I invest in a 64GB SSD for just the OS and games to install on?

I love your build though I think that's what I want to go with. i5 at 3.1GHz should run the games or host a MC server or livestream correct? Just want to make sure.


bigcyco1 said:
That build is fine bud if you plan on overclocking add CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Gotcha, I liked this build until I saw Zero_'s though because I didn't realize I could basically get better parts in all the categories and still be right at my budget with some tweaking but we'll see.


Why_Me said:
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I really like your build as well Why_Me I just keep finding myself confused as to which CPU/Mobo combo I should get and whether or not this one or Zero_'s I should go with (they come out to about the same when I parts price them together.) but I like how you have a few options to throw around.
May 13, 2012 9:11:05 PM

Zero_ said:
The $1000 build in my sig with a full HD monitor :) 



So I'm finding Zero_'s build really appealing and just to make sure I have the right parts correct could you guys look at this and tell me if that's right and looks good to you (you know for compatibility, able to run the stuff I want to run, etc.)? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8aRR

I found that purchasing all the parts off Amazon rather than those websites mentioned I get about $30 cheaper then what they say I could get.

The only thing that bothers me, and I mentioned some of these in the above post, if you guys have some suggestions/advice is:
1. Should I invest in an SSD for just the OS and installed games to run on?
2. Will the i5 3450 coupled with the 670 ensure that I can host and run a MC server or play like LoL or BF3 on their high settings? If it doesn't would it be smart to go upgrade to a 3570?
3. And as the part list says, I upped the PSU to 600W cause I just thought 500W might not cover it, would I get away with 500W or keep the 600?
4. Is the 670 better than the 7870 at this budget range or can I save some cash by going 7870 with little loss to performance?

May 23, 2012 12:33:21 AM

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