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$1250 gaming/balanced computer

Approximate Purchase Date: mid august

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 1000 - 1320

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, display.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.microcenter.com/, http://www.newegg.com/, http://www.amazon.com/.

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, radeon GPU(nvidia if performance/price advantage).

Overclocking: Maybe in future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future.

Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024

Additional Comments: I will be visiting a micro center on June 24 to buy a few parts (mainly CPU).

I primarily play WoW and diablo 3, but will be purchasing battlefield 3 and assassins creed 3. I would like to play these titles at max settings at my current resolution, and possibly beyond.

I have included a list of parts that i have looked at and decided were decent for my build. Please give input on any and all parts of the build.

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I have looked at the following parts:

CPU
The ONLY thing that i am quite certain on is the CPU.
i5-2500k ($170)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

MOBO
These are the motherboards i have looked at:
-Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ($160)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&Tpk=Gigabyte%20GA-Z77X-UD3H
-Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498
-ASRock Z68 Extreme3 ($122)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

For my motherboard, I would like overclocking support, room for future crossfire/SLI (enough so they aren't on top of each other), and at least 16 GB supported RAM. It seems the last option would be the best because of price, but i do not know very much about motherboards.

GPU
Radeon HD 7850 or 7870. I do not have a clue how to pick a brand in GPU.

SSD
I have looked at these two options:
-Mushkin Chronos Deluxe MX 120 GB SSD ($99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226318&Tpk=Mushkin%20Chronos%20Deluxe%20MX%20120%20GB%20SSD
-240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD ($195)
http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/ocz-vertex-3-vtx3-25sat3-240g-solid-state-drive/32768.aspx

I intend to keep many programs and data on the HDD. I am going to put my OS and games on the SSD, along with some frequently used applications.

HDD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

RAM
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

DVD
Lite-On iHAS124 ($18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&Tpk=Lite-On%20iHAS124

PSU
Seasonic S12II 520W ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

OS
Windows 7 professional 64-bit ($200)
I may be able to purchase this at my university computer store at a discount.
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  1. Looks like a pretty solid build. A couple suggestions though

    -For the SSD I would look into the Mushkin and Crucial M4, they are both reliable and great prices.

    -and GPU brand, generally want a well known brand for good customer service, EVGA is best known for that.

    -If you want to OC you need to look into a CPU cooler. I would suggest the 212 EVO, it's one of the best unless you want an extreme OC.
  2. 53X1M4573R said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: mid august

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 1000 - 1320

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet.

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, display.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.microcenter.com/, http://www.newegg.com/, http://www.amazon.com/.

    Country: U.S.

    Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, radeon GPU(nvidia if performance/price advantage).

    Overclocking: Maybe in future.

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future.

    Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024

    Additional Comments: I will be visiting a micro center on June 24 to buy a few parts (mainly CPU).

    I primarily play WoW and diablo 3, but will be purchasing battlefield 3 and assassins creed 3. I would like to play these titles at max settings at my current resolution, and possibly beyond.

    I have included a list of parts that i have looked at and decided were decent for my build. Please give input on any and all parts of the build.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I have looked at the following parts:

    CPU
    The ONLY thing that i am quite certain on is the CPU.
    i5-2500k ($170)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    MOBO
    These are the motherboards i have looked at:
    -Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ($160)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&Tpk=Gigabyte%20GA-Z77X-UD3H
    -Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H($140)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498
    -ASRock Z68 Extreme3 ($122)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    For my motherboard, I would like overclocking support, room for future crossfire/SLI (enough so they aren't on top of each other), and at least 16 GB supported RAM. It seems the last option would be the best because of price, but i do not know very much about motherboards.

    GPU
    Radeon HD 7850 or 7870. I do not have a clue how to pick a brand in GPU.

    SSD
    I have looked at these two options:
    -Mushkin Chronos Deluxe MX 120 GB SSD ($99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226318&Tpk=Mushkin%20Chronos%20Deluxe%20MX%20120%20GB%20SSD
    -240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD ($195)
    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/ocz-vertex-3-vtx3-25sat3-240g-solid-state-drive/32768.aspx

    I intend to keep many programs and data on the HDD. I am going to put my OS and games on the SSD, along with some frequently used applications.

    HDD
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB ($80)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    RAM
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($50)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

    DVD
    Lite-On iHAS124 ($18)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&Tpk=Lite-On%20iHAS124

    PSU
    Seasonic S12II 520W ($70)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    OS
    Windows 7 professional 64-bit ($200)
    I may be able to purchase this at my university computer store at a discount.

    If you plan on running dual 7850's then you wan to look at at 650w psu. Do you want the option of adding another card later on or no?
  3. If you live in driving distance to a Microcenter go with the i5-3570k-$190
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

    And, you get $50 off select MoBos
  4. rsheets1991 said:
    If you live in driving distance to a Microcenter go with the i5-3570k-$190
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

    And, you get $50 off select MoBos


    +1 that's exactly what I did
  5. I'd consider scaling the computer back somewhat and budgeting for a new monitor. Get yourself a 1600x900 or 1080p monitor. They can be had at decent sizes on Newegg for around $100. Your computer will be massively overkill for 1280x1024.
  6. Best answer
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I2H0YS/ref=gno_cart_title_3 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Compatible-platforms/dp/B004LB5AZY/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339228860&sr=1-4 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-650TXV2

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.977989 $209.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577 $189.99
    Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A1MD6J1KVR2O2V $34.62 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $21.48 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-660 $300 (due for release July/August)
    NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_img_b $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B003U4IROY&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=19R3TC3GR85FVKMZN6YW $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,156.02 *not including rebates
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