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-UPDATE- $1,000 Gaming PC (First Build)

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June 27, 2012 5:56:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1,000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com

Country: United States.

Parts Preferences:The CD/DVD drive doesn't need to be anything fancy would be used to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and light use. HDMI on the graphics card and a 1TB hard drive.

Overclocking: Down the road but is not a concern now.

SLI or Crossfire: Will be doing at another point just not right away

Additional Comments: Noise level is not a top priority but would be nice.

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Most current list:


CD/DVD: Sony Optiarc High Speed SATA DVD RW Burner Drive Black with DVD+R DL Overburn Model 5280S-CB-PLUS - $35.99


Case: Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99


HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $99.99

GPU: MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support - $299.99
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $89.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $46.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K - $229.99


CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - $30.00

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064B/WW 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $83.99


Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $114.99

Subtotal: $1091.91
June 27, 2012 7:01:45 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450S 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($197.99 @ eCost)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $808.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Swap the case for the Antec One and you're good to go.
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June 27, 2012 7:55:20 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450S 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($197.99 @ eCost)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $808.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Swap the case for the Antec One and you're good to go.


Is there a ASUS or MSI motherboard you would suggest instead? Unless you can tell me why I should go with Gigabyte.
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June 27, 2012 8:46:31 PM

i suggest these pc component
i5-3550 200$
asrock z77 or msi z77a-g43 100$ or msi Z77MA-G45 110$
radeon 7850 250$
2x4GB 1600 50$
seagate 1TB 7200 100$
500watt seasonic or FSB 60$
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June 27, 2012 8:48:42 PM

fallingrock95 said:
Is there a ASUS or MSI motherboard you would suggest instead? Unless you can tell me why I should go with Gigabyte.


Asus is fine - I'm not the biggest fan of MSI but I've had lots of success using Gigabyte boards on my builds which is why I generally recommend them. The computer I'm using right now runs off the Z68XP-UD3P.

If you want Asus go with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Your wishlist is empty.

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this is what i would get

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aXJ9
minus the os and a lil over budget but a beast of a computer


I wouldn't touch that case with a 10 foot pole but otherwise pretty solid selection of components there, but it is going way over budget.
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June 27, 2012 9:33:03 PM

newegg: note combos

You can drop down to 2500k/z68 and make 800 limit.

At 800 bucks plus 1t HDD some corner will be cut. Most times it is the Mobo or case or 4 gigs of ram but you should do your best to walk way with a 7850 +i5.

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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$2.00 Instant


$18.99
$16.99
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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G)
Item #: N82E16814102986
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy


$239.99
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AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon
Item #: N82E16800995124
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving


$59.99
$0.00
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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
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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
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Item #: N82E16820145345
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
-$7.00 Combo


$284.98
$272.98
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ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157296
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148840
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo


$239.98
$194.98
Subtotal: $834.92
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June 27, 2012 9:42:29 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Asus is fine - I'm not the biggest fan of MSI but I've had lots of success using Gigabyte boards on my builds which is why I generally recommend them. The computer I'm using right now runs off the Z68XP-UD3P.

If you want Asus go with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Your wishlist is empty.

Quote:


this is what i would get

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aXJ9
minus the os and a lil over budget but a beast of a computer


I wouldn't touch that case with a 10 foot pole but otherwise pretty solid selection of components there, but it is going way over budget.


Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K -$229.99

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

GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 99.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $46.99

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $99.99

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G) - $239.99

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM - $16.99

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - $134.99 After rebate

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

Subtotal - $913.99 After rebates
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June 27, 2012 11:53:06 PM

fallingrock95 said:
Intel Core i5-3450S Ivy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 65W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450S -$199.99

GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 99.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $46.99

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $99.99

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G) - $239.99

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM - $16.99

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $59.99 after rebate

Subtotal - $833.92


That looks good except for the PSU - Cooler Master is really dishonest in their PSU department from what I hear. Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 28, 2012 12:06:57 AM

Well thanks for the help! Can't wait to order the parts and assemble everything.
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June 28, 2012 4:32:39 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks good except for the PSU - Cooler Master is really dishonest in their PSU department from what I hear. Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Absolutely DO NOT buy a CoolerMaster PSU, its amazing they've gotten away for it as long as they have lying about the capabilities of their power supplies. Corsair Builder and Enthusiast series are what I'd recommend, although there are other good options available as well from XFX and SeaSonic. (Corsair Enthusiast TX series are made by Seasonic anyway).
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June 28, 2012 4:38:51 AM

nekulturny said:
Absolutely DO NOT buy a CoolerMaster PSU, its amazing they've gotten away for it as long as they have lying about the capabilities of their power supplies. Corsair Builder and Enthusiast series are what I'd recommend, although there are other good options available as well from XFX and SeaSonic. (Corsair Enthusiast TX series are made by Seasonic anyway).


http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/736/pg1/cooler-ma...

http://www.elitebastards.com/index.php?option=com_conte...

http://www.overclock.net/products/cooler-master-silent-...

It would not be my go to, but it seems doable.
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June 28, 2012 4:44:08 AM

Yes, I have seen articles in which certain power supplies they have made have been perfectly acceptable, and I've seen just as many that say they have mislead and downright lied about their power supplies output capabilities. A company which such a shady history as they in my view as a consumer should be trusted only to buy things they are known to make well. Cases, and CPU coolers. Leave the power supplies to brands with better known reputations of honesty and quality.
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June 28, 2012 5:52:10 AM

Updated the parts list to the most current wish list.
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June 28, 2012 5:56:56 AM

The wishlist is private, you have to make it public.
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June 28, 2012 6:02:09 AM

I also have the list posted at the top of the thread.
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June 28, 2012 6:06:24 AM

Oh I see. Since you have budget left you might want to consider a CPU cooler, so that if you ever want to overclock you can have it installed already rather than take it apart and clean off the thermal compound to put the new cooler on later.

This is probably one of the best on the market that isn't insanely huge or expensive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

'By insanely huge, if you ever want to see a motherboard being gangraped, meet the Noctua D14.. Poor motherboard

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June 28, 2012 6:18:37 AM

I thought about a aftermarket cooler then I forgot so thanks for the reminder.
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June 28, 2012 6:24:58 AM
June 28, 2012 1:05:24 PM

Ok well I updated the list with that PSU and a SSD.
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June 28, 2012 9:27:00 PM

Is the motherboard I have selected able to overclock? I don't plan on it right now but maybe sometime in the future.
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June 28, 2012 9:29:40 PM

Yes, as long as you have a Z77, Z68 or P67 chipset you can overclock. Motherboards with H or B as their primary letter (example H61 or B75) do not support overclocking. In this case you picked a Z77, so you're fine.
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June 30, 2012 2:49:42 AM

One last question is there a Nvidia card that would be better than the Radeon HD 7850? The price could go up another $50 if it's worth it. The 7850 was $249.
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June 30, 2012 6:11:19 PM

Ok well I decided to go with the

MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Is this a good 7870 card?
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June 30, 2012 6:14:22 PM

Yes. The 7870 is slightly less powerful than the GTX 580 at stock, but it has more overclocking potential than a 580. Same deal with the GTX 570 vs the stock 7850. Nvidia GPUs don't have as much tolerance for voltage increases, which ultimately limits their OC.
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June 30, 2012 7:48:46 PM

I updated my list in the beginning of the thread. I noticed that the MSI Radeon HD 7870 OC is 10.63 inchs! Will that fit in the case I chose?
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June 30, 2012 7:57:44 PM

Good question.. Looking around on google, I can't seem to find a straight answer on the specific video card dimension allowances, but it does look like its a pretty tight-spaced case. Unless someone else can find a link, I'd consider looking for another case just to be safe.

CoolerMaster HAF 912s shouldn't have a problem and they're around the same price range. Or you could spend a little more on something like an NZXT Phantom, I have one, this thing will fit ANYTHING. Don't be fooled by the pictures like I was, its a lot bigger than it seems online.
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June 30, 2012 8:14:37 PM

I went with the Cooler Master HAF 912 because even if the card doesn't fit I can remove some of the 3.5" bays.
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June 30, 2012 8:58:33 PM

Yea the HAF 912 shouldn't have a problem, its a pretty nice case for under $60 bucks. I don't like how they didn't apply finishing inside and out, but thats neither here nor there in terms of how well the case can hold up. More a cosmetic annoyance in my opinion.
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