Living Room Entertainment / Work Machine

Hi everyone, first off, thanks for all the excellent info that has been provided here. I stumbled across this forum after researching the X51; I was set to purchase it until I did some research here and am now convinced I could do better for that amount of money. I started getting a wishlist of parts together but quickly went over-budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1200 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, work - MS access & other programs at same time, streaming videos, web surfing, photo editing. Games I'd like to play include: Civ5, Diablo 3, BF3.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe - preferably no

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments: I'd really like to get something that has the power to run the games mentioned in high settings and be able to upgrade in the future as I please (main drawback to X51). And since this will be in my living room it'd be nice if the case was a good looking one - something like the Corsair Obsidian 650D would be fine, but I'm guessing there's some more aesthetically pleasing ones out there.

edit: realized that the title makes it seem like it should have a blu ray player - not the case as I already have one.

Thanks very much in advance
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  1. Best answer
    you need a 1080p monitor first of all to take advantage of the new hardware.

    even gave you a monitor inside the budget range
  2. you cant overclock or crossfire in this build telling you right now
  3. Thanks for the input! I actually do have a 1080p monitor, just put the specs for my living room TV which is LED 720p. Thanks for that info though, I suppose I'd just stick to the monitor then.

    Just curious, what kind of a difference are we talking about, going from 720p to 1080p?

    Also, would it be worth it to swap the card you've got there for a GeForce GTX 570? Thinking I could do it since the price difference would be about the same minus the monitor... depending on the additional performance I'd get - pretty clueless about the 7850.
  4. you basically get 4x more pixels.

    the 7850 performs like a 570 but uses half the power in the process. you might want to overclock the video card a bit to 900mhz to squeeze out more juice
  5. Alright, I'm ready to order my parts I think - just want to get any input anyone has first. I'm really not sure if the PSU is the right one to get; I used some online calculators to get an idea and I think 600w should do it.

    Again, any input is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    CPU Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W

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

    RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    Hard Drive Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    GPU ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

    Optical Drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

    PSU PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular

    Case Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
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