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July 5, 2012 7:59:29 AM

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: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

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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July 5, 2012 12:38:47 PM

you need a 1080p monitor first of all to take advantage of the new hardware.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bqu2

even gave you a monitor inside the budget range
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July 5, 2012 12:39:00 PM

you cant overclock or crossfire in this build telling you right now
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July 5, 2012 4:00:04 PM

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.
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July 5, 2012 5:22:46 PM

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
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July 17, 2012 5:56:30 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W

Motherboard
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

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

Optical Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
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July 17, 2012 8:34:16 PM

Best answer selected by JackDaddio.
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