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Its been about 7 years since I built a system and things have kept moving right along.

The system is a present for my soon to be 22 yo son who predominantly games. I have between $1000-1400 to spend on everything (computer, monitor, operating system and all the peripherals). I've done some preliminary research and come up with the following build using PCPartPicker:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9k40
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9k40/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9k40/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.98 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.00 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full (32/64-bit) ($248.00 @ Adorama)
Keyboard: SIIG JK-US0012-S1 Wired Standard Keyboard ($15.84 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech M310 Wireless Laser Mouse ($24.87 @ Amazon)
Total: $1330.38
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-02 10:46 EDT-0400)

Any advice would be welcome. Hell, you can tell me I have no clue and give me a whole new build...no pride in ownership on this build.

Thanks in advance.

-Sid
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  1. Why Win 7 pro for $248 ??

    Why 16GB ram?
  2. After posting I found Win Pro for $140 at Newegg.

    As for the memory, in the past I always went for a nice break point that I could afford. Is 16Gb too much or too little?
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    As far as RAM goes, 8Gb (2X4Gb) is kind of the sweet sport right now as far as price/performance. Certainly no harm in having 16Gb but if you wanted to save a little cash....

    Do you have a specific need for Windows 7 Professional? You could save $40 by dropping down to Windows 7 Home Premium. Make sure you get the 64-bit version of whichever you choose.

    Other than that, your system is almost exactly what I would build if I was making a gaming computer today. The only thing I might add to it is an SSD as a boot drive. Something like the Crucial M4 128Gb or 256Gb would be a good choice. Although Intel and Samsung also make pretty good SSDs.
  4. Actually, now that I think about it, I could drop to Win 7 Home Premium.

    If I did drop down on the memory and switched OS, then I could add an SSD. That is seriously worth considering.

    Thanks.
  5. Lovely system! SSD's are cool for fast boot and some gaming. Mine presents continual challenges. My 10+ years of building and maintaining "mission critical" systems in healthcare leaves me thinking that SSD is still 2-5 tears away from being a stable, reliable device.

    8GB RAM and W7 Home Premium as mentioned would still make a great system.

    Good Luck with the build!
  6. johnsid52 said:
    Its been about 7 years since I built a system and things have kept moving right along.

    The system is a present for my soon to be 22 yo son who predominantly games. I have between $1000-1400 to spend on everything (computer, monitor, operating system and all the peripherals). I've done some preliminary research and come up with the following build using PCPartPicker:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9k40
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9k40/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9k40/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.98 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.00 @ B&H)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full (32/64-bit) ($248.00 @ Adorama)
    Keyboard: SIIG JK-US0012-S1 Wired Standard Keyboard ($15.84 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech M310 Wireless Laser Mouse ($24.87 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1330.38
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-02 10:46 EDT-0400)

    Any advice would be welcome. Hell, you can tell me I have no clue and give me a whole new build...no pride in ownership on this build.

    Thanks in advance.

    -Sid

    http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html <----- Do you have access (live nearby) any of these Microcenter locations? The reason I ask is because of their walk in only specials.
  7. I live about 2.5 hrs from Atlanta. I "could" drive over to pick up parts, but it certainly isn't convenient and the prices would have to take into consideration the current price of gas.
  8. Best answer selected by johnsid52.
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