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June 22, 2012 8:09:31 AM

First off: Huge thanks to the community at large. I've been pouring over posts on TomsHardware sporadically for the last few months while considering a new PC build and the information brought to the table has been invaluable.

Secondly: The last new PC I bought was a decade ago, and it's been collecting dust for years. Laptops have treated me just fine since then, and will continue to do so, but I'm looking to set something up for a designated workspace, for media streaming and for occasional gaming. And by occasional I largely mean I'm sick of hearing about all the sweet Diablo III or World of Tanks or League of Legends drinking sessions I'm missing out on. In any case, template away:

Approximate Purchase Date: Ideally, this week.

Budget Range: 600-700 (ideally).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Moderate gaming, media streaming, audio editing.

Parts Not Required: Starting from scratch, but I have a keyboard, mouse and I'm intending to use my HDTV as monitor/speakers (at least temporarily).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and HDMI support

Overclocking: Maybe. Waffling. Never done it before.

SLI or Crossfire: Not planning on it.

Monitor Resolution: Not immediately important.

Additional Comments: I'm trying to juggle quality vs budget to stay close to $600. I don't need to run the latest FPS on Ultra Settings, but it'd be nice to be able to suffer through games like The Old Republic if the urge strikes. I'm also trying to stay OC-sensitive, but it's not something I'm familiar with in the slightest.

Current In-Basket Build:

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$229.99 (after MIR)

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive

Subtotal: $794.93

If I can shave at least $100 off of this build, I would be happy. I'm assuming there are better bang-for-my-buck options for the Mobo, GPU and Hard Drives that I've been looking at. Any help would be much appreciated!

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June 25, 2012 3:01:03 AM

For starters check out these $400/$650/$850 basic builds. They will give you some other options to think about and other information to consider:

I don't see an OS like Windows 7 in your build. If you need it that would be another $100.

If you want to OC you'll probably have to get a heat sink which will run you another $35 minimum. If you don't think you'll OC you could save $15 with i5-3570 or downgrade just a little and save $30 with i5-3450.

The rest of your stuff looks about as low as possible. The only place you might have to take a dive a little to cut some $ is in your GPU. Just last week this HD 6950 2G was $190 but it's back up to $240 now. I'd keep my eye out on a few GPU's that I like that might drop for a week sale and save yourself $40 or more.

This 6870 1G is pretty nice and is presently pretty low in price $140.

This GTX 480 is $200 and is a step up from the Radeon 6000's.

Take a look at those and let me know if you have any more questions or thoughts.
June 25, 2012 3:26:13 AM

Here is a $700 build, including windows:
All from Newegg

Intel i5-3450: $199.99
Gigabyte B75M-D3V: $69.99:
Team 8 GB DDR3-1600: $40.99 (includes a 6 ft HDMI cable!)
Spinpoint F3 500 GB drive: $54.99 w/ promo code
Samsung DVD burner: $14.99
Sapphire HD6850 w/ DiRT 3: $134.99 + $15 rebate
Corsair CX430W Power supply: $44.99 + $10 rebate
Rosewill Ranger Micro ATX case: $24.99 w/ Promo code
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM: $99.99

shipping: $9.26

total: $700.17, before $25 in rebates
June 25, 2012 9:29:25 PM

Thanks for the responses! It's incredibly easy to get stuck in a "well for $20 more than THAT one I could . . ." mindset and watch the price blow up. I'm going to compare the suggestions here and from a few similar threads and see what I can drop or justify. I'll check back in to make sure I'm not too far off message before I pull the trigger.