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June 5, 2012 8:58:42 AM

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Everyday machine used for general usage/movies/surfing/etc., some 24/7 use, cpu-intensive Monte Carlo simulations (similar to Fritz), some gaming (mostly Diablo 3).

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget: ~1200 (1000-1500)

Country: USA

Overclocking: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

CPU - i5-2500k $220
Heatsink - CM Hyper 212 EVO $34
CPU Fan - Scythe Gentle Typhoon $19
Motherboard - BIOSTAR TZ68K+ $100 ($15 MIR)
RAM - Samsung 8GB DDR3-1600 $47
GPU - ZOTAC GeForce GT 430 $70 ($30 MIR)
HDD - WD Caviar Green 2TB SATA3 $120
Optical - Lite-On 24X $22
SSD - Plextor M3 128GB $130 ($30 MIR)
PSU - Antec Earthwatts Green 380W $49
Case - CM HAF 912 $65
Case top fan - CM Megaflow 200 $19
Monitor - Asus 23.6" VH242H $180 ($10 MIR)
Speakers - Logitech S-220 2.1 $25
Keyboard/Mouse - Logitech Wireless MK260 $29
OS - Windows 7 $100

Total: $1,229 ($1,144 after MIRs)

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June 5, 2012 5:19:30 PM

I'd scrap that whole build. You're paying way too much in fans, that video card is junk, and you can always get other accessories like speakers later. Here's what you should get for $1200 if you need everything:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $119.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $127.99
HD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Power Color Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers - $169.99

Total: $1,386.89 - $20.00 MIR = $1,366.89

Add whatever peripherals you want and you're good to go.
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June 5, 2012 6:19:21 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd scrap that whole build. You're paying way too much in fans, that video card is junk, and you can always get other accessories like speakers later. Here's what you should get for $1200 if you need everything:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $119.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 - $199.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $127.99
HD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Power Color Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers - $169.99

Total: $1,299.89 - $20.00 MIR = $1,279.89

Add whatever peripherals you want and you're good to go.

You forgot one thing; he wants to overclock, so change that 3450 to a 3570k and the MOBO to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and he's good to go. Then, add the peripherals. :) 
June 5, 2012 10:52:11 PM

Revised:

CPU - i5-3570K $240
Heatsink - CM Hyper 212 EVO $34
Motherboard - BIOSTAR TZ68K+ $100 ($15 MIR)
RAM - Samsung 8GB DDR3-1600 $47
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1GB $140 ($25 MIR)
HDD - WD Caviar Green 2TB SATA3 $120
Optical - Lite-On 24X $20
SSD - Plextor M3 128GB $130 ($30 MIR)
PSU - CORSAIR TX650 650W $90 ($20 MIR)
Case - Lian-Li PC-K7B $80
Monitor - Asus 23.6" VH242H $180 ($10 MIR)
Keyboard/Mouse - Logitech Wireless MK260 $29
OS - Windows 7 $100

Total: $1,310 ($1,210 after MIRs)

I have heard that the Samsung 30nm OC's better than the Ripjaws. Is there any particular advantage to getting a Z77 mobo over a Z68, a Seagate over a WD, or the Crucial M4 over the Plextor M3?
June 6, 2012 6:26:24 AM

The build G-unit provided is better - much better.
June 6, 2012 6:47:24 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1393.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-06 02:51 EDT-0400)
June 6, 2012 6:56:34 AM

That card is out of stock, but good build above otherwise. I'd say it is better than the one g-unit provided. :p 

One thing: get the V2 TX650.
June 6, 2012 7:16:46 AM

I really don't have any use for a GTX 670. Seems excessive. I will do some light gaming, but no Metro or Crysis.
June 6, 2012 8:31:40 AM

Well if your just going to game light then how about this?btw just add HDD - WD Caviar Green 2TB SATA3 $120 PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1186.61
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-06 04:34 EDT-0400)
June 6, 2012 8:42:40 AM

BTW the 6870 is the weakest GPU i would recommend any less than that your just wasting your money imo but it's your choice of course
June 6, 2012 5:14:07 PM

For D3, you will be fine with a 6770, but the question is, are you willing to spend extra cash later when you decide you want to play more games?
June 6, 2012 8:19:39 PM

That's fine with me. I am not going to play many games; if it becomes necessary to upgrade a year or two from now then I can do so. For me the main bottleneck is always going to be the CPU.
June 6, 2012 8:38:02 PM

azeem40 said:
For D3, you will be fine with a 6770, but the question is, are you willing to spend extra cash later when you decide you want to play more games?
You help him bud because i don't know low grade GPU very well or which ones are good or not good any lower than a gtx460 or a 6850 i am lost as to what out preforms what and so forth and i don't want to give him advice for stuff i have no idea or first hand experience with :( 
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