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June 17, 2012 1:44:19 AM

Hello forums, I'm jake. I have another thread up for a lower budget PC, but I have some money coming in I didn't know about so decided to up budget. I dont know a thing about building computers, but I'd like to learn. Since my old laptop has lived well passed it's time, decided to use this chance to build my own computer! I'd like to be able to stream, game with the graphics on high, and record and video edit on this machine. (Also skype, surf, and normal things.)

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 week - Most likely ordering the parts next week around thursday

Budget Range: 1200 dollars - cheaper the better though. (Softwares gonna cost me a bit too =/)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Software, mouse, keyboard, screen.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Understand the concept, but not sure how to do it so no.

SLI or Crossfire: Again, not sure.

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

Additional Comments: Playing games on high graphics, while recording and streaming is what I'd like to achieve - And video editing.

thanks to everyone who comments / helps. I really appreciate it.
June 17, 2012 1:48:17 AM

Do you have a microcenter nearby?
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June 17, 2012 1:50:29 AM

azeem40 said:
Do you have a microcenter nearby?

Doesnt seem like they are in oregon =/
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June 17, 2012 2:36:48 AM

So this build will require everything including monitor , keyboard , mouse and OS?

COOLER MASTER Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1) Black Steel / ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This case comes with one rear fan and has the options to add a lot more so you will end up with good airflow by adding a fan or two.

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$144.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
$20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech SBF-96 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
$15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)
$149.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$294.99 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$11.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The final price for this build is $1183.88 and it includes everything that you will need for a complete build , if you do have some of these parts and you don't need them to be on this list then let me know and I can make some adjustments. Otherwise look it over and see what you think and if someone slse puts up a build then you can compare and select components from each or go with one build copletely it would be your choice.
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June 17, 2012 5:20:55 AM

inzone said:
So this build will require everything including monitor , keyboard , mouse and OS?

COOLER MASTER Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1) Black Steel / ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This case comes with one rear fan and has the options to add a lot more so you will end up with good airflow by adding a fan or two.

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$144.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
$20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech SBF-96 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
$15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)
$149.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$294.99 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$11.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The final price for this build is $1183.88 and it includes everything that you will need for a complete build , if you do have some of these parts and you don't need them to be on this list then let me know and I can make some adjustments. Otherwise look it over and see what you think and if someone slse puts up a build then you can compare and select components from each or go with one build copletely it would be your choice.

I apologize, the software, mouse, keyaboard, and screen aren't part of the 1200 budget, so hardware only!
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June 17, 2012 5:51:12 AM

Anything on here linked to Amazon can be found on Newegg....just not for the same price.


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... $69.99 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=N82E168... $99.99
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Pro3/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637... $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450

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/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/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/gp/product/B007JCNOZK/ref=pd_lpo_... $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: $834.92 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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June 17, 2012 4:48:04 PM

COOLER MASTER Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1) Black Steel / ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119241
This case comes with one rear fan and has the options to add a lot more so you will end up with good airflow by adding a fan or two.

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

EVGA M020-00-000234 Superclock CPU Cooler
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233202

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$11.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835100007

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$399.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After making the adjustments of taking out the parts not needed and then adding some better parts the total comes to $1176.91. If you don't want to go that high even though it's under your budget you can always mix and match parts from other suggetions if you see something that costs less and want to swap out a more expensive part. This build will last you and keep you from needing to upgrade for quite a few years.



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June 17, 2012 5:00:58 PM

Here's a another build suggestion, just at a lower price and includes an 128 GB SSD . Have a look:

CPU & Optical Drive: $226- i5-2500K & Samsung

Motherboard & HDD: $150- Biostar TZ77B & Samsung Spinpoint 1TB

PSU & RAM: $95- Corair CX500 & Corsair Vengeance 8GB(500 Watt PSU is more than enough unless you plan to add another GPU. Also PSU has promo offer)

GPU: $240- EVGA GTX 670 (a beast in its own class)

Case: $40- NZXT Source 210 (or whatever you like)

CPU Cooler : $30- CM Hyper 212(Optional, but needed in case you decide to overclock in future)

SSD: $95- OCZ Agility 120GB(optional, but if you need faster boot times, fast game level loading then get this)

Total (Excluding Rebates,Promos): 1036 USD

Rebates, Promos: ~$40
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