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May 30, 2012 7:15:33 PM

I'm looking to replace my Asus gaming laptop with a desktop, and my budget is $900. Any Suggestions are appreciated, thank you for taking a look.



Approximate Purchase Date: (1 week)

Budget Range: ($900)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming---Guild Wars 2 High/Ultra settings)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, ssd, monitor, speakers)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Newegg.com, Amazon.com)

Country: (USA)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Prefer Intel and Nvidia and Asus/Asrock MB's but not opposed to other suggestions)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1280x1024)

Additional Comments: (The CPU/GPU/Heatsink/hard drive... I'll buy from Amazon as it's cheaper with no shipping for Prime Members, and the 3550 cpu is $199.99 the price that Newegg has for a 3450 w/no shipping charge)



Asus dvd drive

$17.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Western Digital 250gb HD 7200 rpm 64 mb cache

$84.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Combo with Rosewell 650s 80 + bronze certified power supply.

$104.98

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo)

$209.99 (Will get it from Amazon for $199.99 No Shipping Prime Members)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$119.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)

$59.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



560 gtx (Will buy from Amazon, no shipping cost for Prime Members)

$169.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Windows 7 Home $99.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Coolermaster 212 Heatsink (Will get from Amazon, cheaper and no shipping Prime Members) ( I know stock fan is fine if you're not overclocking, but they're just junk and I've never had luck with them.)

$29.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Total from Newegg...$909.72

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May 30, 2012 7:19:30 PM

I think you have it pretty muched figured out, except a little lacking on storage with a 250GB hard drive. What was it you needed advice on? I would say its a fine build for your intended use.
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May 30, 2012 7:24:39 PM

noreaster said:
I think you have it pretty muched figured out, except a little lacking on storage with a 250GB hard drive. What was it you needed advice on? I would say its a fine build for your intended use.


Just want to make sure the motherboard is fine mainly and to make sure there isn't something I'm forgetting, or that could be better within the budget. I decided on the 250gb HD because I've had a 500gb HD several times and never filled it halfway, so I figured I'd buy only what I could use this time. :) 
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May 30, 2012 8:03:48 PM

Why buy a Z77 board if no plans to over clock?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=B75%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the most recent bios update

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <----- or combo that board with the psu

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637... $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050I1PGU/ref=pd_lpo_... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1463-KR

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
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May 30, 2012 11:13:45 PM

Thanks for the reply.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 31, 2012 9:24:34 PM

Rawyn said:
Would this motherboard be ok, with the i5 3450 or 3550, since I only plan to use 1 graphics card and don't care about overclocking?

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One of these boards down below is what you want for either of those cpu's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product5/ProductList.aspx?Submit=... <---- B75

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- H77 if you plan on doing a lot of video editing with the on die Intel HD 4000 graphics and need the lucid virtu.
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May 31, 2012 9:29:23 PM

Best answer selected by Rawyn.
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May 31, 2012 9:30:41 PM

Thanks much, since I'm just going to be using it for gaming and mainly Guild Wars 2 with just one graphics card, want to make sure I'm not paying for a mobo I won't be taking full advantage of.
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