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Hi guys. I want to build a pc for a summer project.

Approximate Purchase Date: Summer

Budget Range: 600-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games. High end ones.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, OS, Moniter, HDD

Preferred Website for Parts: Doesnt matter, all on one site would be nice, but it doesnt matter really.

Parts Preferences: Doesnt matter.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Dont really know..... 1280x720 seems what my monitor has.

Additional Comments: First Gaming pc, Not sure on how to build it really, any help? it seems really confusing, but im willing to spend 600-800 and want to get the best deal i can (Combo's, etc.)
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  1. well here's a thing, recently TH put this toghether and in their review they admitted that their CPU sux, so take all the hardware here, replace the motherboard with z77 and get i5-3570

    that should put you right in your budget range with much better cpu.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-do-it-yourself-geforce-gtx-560,3216.html

    oh and if you do get a 560ti, you will want to upgrade your monitor to 1920x1080 since at 720p (which you have now) 560ti is overkill.
  2. Best answer
    Ivy Bridge cpu, new generation board (PCI-E 3.0 / front 3.0 USB header), case with front 3.0 USB ports, and new generation vid card. Your good to go.


    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339534141&sr=1-9 $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194102 $54.99 - $34.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314 $79.99
    ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506 $199.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339452539&sr=1-1 $16.99 & 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

    Total: $766.94 *not including shipping & rebates

    http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor-Black/dp/B005BZNDOO $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
  3. Thanks, I might build it late june early july, any other GPU's just in case it doesnt come out for then?
  4. go with the other guys build that chose a 660 and change the 660 to gtx 570

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595

    this one? or a 580 not sure if im in budget range :heink:
  5. guerrero said:
    go with the other guys build that chose a 660 and change the 660 to gtx 570

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595

    this one? or a 580 not sure if im in budget range :heink:

    Ya lets think about that one. The 7870 stomps the 570 and beats the gtx 580 in more games than naught yet uses a third of the juice those old tech power hogs use. Seeing how the 660 will hit at $300 which is cheaper than the $350 7870 yet most likely match it if not stomp it and a 650w psu will push two 660's in SLI not to mention it utilizes PCI-E 3.0...well ya.
  6. Why_Me said:
    Ya lets think about that one. The 7870 stomps the 570 and beats the gtx 580 in more games than naught yet uses a third of the juice those old tech power hogs use. Seeing how the 660 will hit at $300 which is cheaper than the $350 7870 and a 650w psu will push two 660's in SLI not to mention it utilizes PCI-E 3.0...well ya.



    I dont really know about GPU's above $200 lol im sorry :non: :pfff: on me
  7. guerrero said:
    I dont really know about GPU's above $200 lol im sorry :non: :pfff: on me

    Sorry if I came across as a jerk. Naw that 660 should be a big hit...not the numbers the 670 puts up of course but if it fall in line with the 670 and 680 it should run on par with the 7870 and 7950 yet do it for cheaper.
  8. upgrade monitor?
  9. so.
    1) Yeah ill probably get a new monitor then...
    2)i dont know if the 7870 (whatever gpu you guys are talking about) is in my budget, same with the monitor, juggling things around.
  10. by the way, monitor's res is 1280x1024 so ill have to go go replace it. also i might be able to go over the budget a little bit for a upgraded GPU
  11. Replace for what?
  12. A new monitor.
  13. Garenett said:
    A new monitor.



    Why isnt that res true HD?
  14. I like Why_Me's Build he showed me ill just do that and put in the monitor. and if i build before can i use the Radeon 7870?
  15. Garenett said:
    I like Why_Me's Build he showed me ill just do that and put in the monitor. and if i build before can i use the Radeon 7870?

    If you build before that card is released then use the on die graphics to surf the net, check emails, etc.... The GTX 660 is going to be $50 cheaper than the 7870 and if the benchmarks prove a lot of us correct that card will use less juice than the 7870 and either run dead even with it or even curb stomp it.
  16. Newegg, note combos, you have HDD and I would think an DVD drive so:

    1

    Acer V223WEJbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
    Item #: N82E16824009241
    Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
    -$40.00 Instant


    $179.99
    $139.99
    1

    PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814131473
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy


    $239.99
    1

    AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800995124
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$59.99 Saving


    $59.99
    $0.00
    1

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231308
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


    $41.99
    1

    ---combo-----
    Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V ...
    Item #: N82E16817182133
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    Item #: N82E16811147153
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$40.00 Instant
    -$30.00 Combo


    $179.98
    $109.98
    1

    ----combo----
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    Item #: N82E16819116504
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157296
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    -$10.00 Combo


    $364.98
    $334.98
    Subtotal: $866.93


    You can come down to 800 by going z68/2500k and gtx 480 and get same lvl of game experience but ppl around here don't get too happy about the build as it uses older tec (even if it still kicks mad ass).
  17. Best answer selected by Garenett.
  18. Well, i really dont mind my res on my PC, I dont want extreme HD things, im fine with the one i have now what real perks are there for a Higher Resolution? i know better quality and thats all i can think of.
  19. well for your current resolution 560ti or equivalent would be overkill
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