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$1000 - $1500 Gaming Rig

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May 19, 2012 8:22:12 PM

Need advice on a new gaming build. I play current MMO's: Tera, SWTOR, and will play Guild Wars and then World of Darkness from CCP when its released. I would also like to play Battlefield 3 and other shooters. I hate jaggies so I would like to turn up the eye candy.

Replacing a Core 2 E8400, 4gb Ram, ATI HD 5870.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks.

Budget Range: (1000-1500)

System Usage: Gaming

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, Monitor?, speakers, OS) I would like to re-use powersupply Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V if possible. Not sure if that is possible with new motherboards. I am currently using a SyncMaster 245BW running 1920 x 1200. Does this need to be upgraded to meet todays standards?

Current parts:
Monitor
Power Supply


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor, 16gb Ram. (A sold state drive. Not sure how big I need or how many. I currently have 1TB Seagate drive.)

Overclocking: Maybe but I do not have experience with it.

SLI or Crossfire: If needed

Monitor Resolution: I am currently using a SyncMaster 245BW running 1920 x 1200. Seems like a nice monitor but maybe I just don't know what I am missing. I would not want anything over 27/28 inches.

Additional Comments: I desperately need help matching parts so I have a balanced gaming machine. I grab a new I5 Ivy Bridge and GTX 670 but I don’t know if that’s the most cost effective route with the budget I have and would need help picking the correct motherboard and ram for my needs. I will not be running any raid configurations and I do not have any plans to run three monitors as of today, sure it would be great but I don’t think my budget would allow it.

Thank you for your help.

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May 19, 2012 8:28:41 PM

No, the Synchmaster is just fine!
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May 19, 2012 10:32:01 PM

How about the PSU and the latest motherboards?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 20, 2012 12:29:16 AM

Capacitors on psu's wear out with time. That and it might be time to look for a more efficient and up to date psu.


This build includes a 120GB SATA 3 SSD, gtx 670, Windows 7, etc...


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code PCPMK15OFF, ends 5/21
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $222.98 save: $20.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board with benchmarks.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX8063... $239.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $104.98 save: $13.00
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400
gtx 670 2GB

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,357.90 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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