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June 16, 2012 4:41:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 1k. I want to keep it at or under 1k, as I have a 1k budget but would like to be able to fit some new games into that budget...

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Graphic Design, internet browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (preferred), ncix.com

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI: Maybe (I have a

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I want to build a rig that will keep me gaming nicely for the next few years. I have a 1k budget and have assembled a preliminary parts list for that budget but I want some help trying to figure out how to take the specs and parts that I have and figuring out ways to make the build less expensive so that I can spend some of my 1k budget on games. If that doesn't seem reasonable for my objective, please let me know, I am open to any and all advice and constructive criticism.
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Parts SO far:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VideoEVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

owned video card (potential sli):
8800 GT (not sure who manufactured, don't plan on sli soon)

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...









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June 16, 2012 4:54:31 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Get this MoBo instead since the processor you chose is un-overclockable.

I would get a Radeon 7850 instead. It performs similar to that gtx 570 but costs less, more power efficient, and produces less heat. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Get at least a 650W PSU if you do plan to SLI/xFire. Something like this Corsair tx650: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
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June 16, 2012 5:22:00 PM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006TVQTHW/ref=ox_sc_a... $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=N82E168... $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 10% off w/ promo code CorsairPSU612, ends 6/20
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $339.98 save: $25.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=gno_car... $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=N82E168... $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/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph... $239.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11200-00-20G

Total: $939.55 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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June 16, 2012 7:21:06 PM

l0v3rboi said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Get this MoBo instead since the processor you chose is un-overclockable.

I would get a Radeon 7850 instead. It performs similar to that gtx 570 but costs less, more power efficient, and produces less heat. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Get at least a 650W PSU if you do plan to SLI/xFire. Something like this Corsair tx650: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .


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I really like the Radeon idea, and I think I will do that, and I think the psu tip will be a good idea too, but do you think I should consider rearranging the build for an OC'able processor?
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June 16, 2012 7:29:13 PM

Destined said:
Newegg has the Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive for $99.99 with promo code FBWDHD20 (free shipping)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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Thanks I'l definitely be doing that
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June 16, 2012 8:13:15 PM

Np =)...I've been researching and shopping around to find components for my new PC so I am more than happy to share my finds. GL with your build.
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June 17, 2012 4:23:49 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006TVQTHW/ref=ox_sc_a... $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=N82E168... $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 10% off w/ promo code CorsairPSU612, ends 6/20
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $339.98 save: $25.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=gno_car... $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=N82E168... $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/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph... $239.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11200-00-20G

Total: $939.55 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes

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


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Thank you. Your comment was informative and I have changed my build accordingly. The end price ended up being ~968 before coupons and rebates, ~923 after, all on newegg.
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June 17, 2012 4:24:22 AM

Best answer selected by kidsinchina.
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