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$1000 - 1500... Gaming rig first time build

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June 30, 2012 6:58:39 PM

Hey everyone. I'm looking to finally update my computer I bought way back in July 2005.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month or two

Budget Range: $1,000-$1,500 Before Rebates

System Usage: Gaming, surfing the internet, working on reports from home

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) I'll probably need everything including an OS, keyboard, mouse, and monitor. I can wait for speakers to save money. As for the mouse and keyboard, I have the older purple and green connections but I know many newer computer parts either support none of these or have one universal port. With that said, I may be able to save one or the other pending your recommendations.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe. I've never overclocked before so I would have to educate myself before attempting to do so.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. Starting out with one video card is fine for now; however, I'd like to have the option in case I decide to go this route in the future.

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) My current monitor can only go up to 1280x1024 and its older... from 2007 I think. Its time for a new one!

Additional Comments: My existing computer is just too old. The newest part in it is the nvidia geforce 6600 video card lol. I would like a computer that can run existing games and has the ability to last me for awhile. Other than that, as I mentioned above, I'll only use it for surfing the web and sometimes for work.

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June 30, 2012 7:28:43 PM

I would start with something like this, it's on the high end of your budget, but it's a great build for gaming:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b8sH

It will allow you to OC with the addition of a cooler.
It will give you the flexibility to CF in the future.

Things you could change to save money with my build:
1. Drop the SSD entirely.
2. Get a cheaper case.
3. Re-use an old hard drive?
4. You could use your old kb/mouse and buy adaptors to go to USB.
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July 1, 2012 4:52:49 AM

Thanks for your suggestions
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July 1, 2012 5:25:26 AM

Agreed with cranked's build, looks good with the extra tips.

If you live close to a Microcenter they have a sale on the 3570k for $189 and $50 off a mobo when u buy them together. Best deal out there.
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July 2, 2012 2:31:59 AM

That's a pretty sweet deal but I don't live near a Microcenter unfortunately. Is that deal good online or only in their stores?
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July 2, 2012 2:39:44 AM

Unfortunately in store only. I know, it sux.
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July 2, 2012 2:44:16 AM

How long is the deal going to be available? I have some folks who live near the stores in the Atlanta area and I might be able to get them to go take advantage of the deal.
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July 2, 2012 3:39:29 AM

Microcenter did not list an expiration so it looks like they can stop the sale whenever they decide. You can get a real good deal if you pick a mobo that is already on sale and reduced $30-$40 then an extra $50 off with the promotion you can get a really good deal.

Oh btw you can pick the items and pay on Microcenter.com and just have your folks pick up the components. Just make sure you pick the location where you want to pick up at the top of their web page.
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July 6, 2012 11:00:55 PM

Awesome man.

Anyone else have any build suggestions/alterations to the above before I move to the buying stage in the coming days?
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July 17, 2012 12:39:46 AM

Best answer selected by Kevin9809.
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