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June 8, 2012 10:58:56 PM

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...

MOBO
These are the motherboards i have looked at:
-Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ($160)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-ASRock Z68 Extreme3 ($122)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
-240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD ($195)
http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/ocz-vertex-3-vtx3-25sat3-...

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=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD
Lite-On iHAS124 ($18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Seasonic S12II 520W ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Windows 7 professional 64-bit ($200)
I may be able to purchase this at my university computer store at a discount.
June 9, 2012 2:52:33 AM

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.
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June 9, 2012 4:00:00 AM

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...

MOBO
These are the motherboards i have looked at:
-Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ($160)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-ASRock Z68 Extreme3 ($122)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
-240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD ($195)
http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/ocz-vertex-3-vtx3-25sat3-...

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=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD
Lite-On iHAS124 ($18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Seasonic S12II 520W ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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?
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June 9, 2012 7:16:21 AM

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.
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June 9, 2012 8:12:30 AM

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Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

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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_extreme... <----- 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... $189.99
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

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Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-66... $300 (due for release July/August)
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

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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

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June 9, 2012 3:14:57 PM

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