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July 10, 2012 10:45:56 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: TBA

Budget Range: 900-before rebates including the monitor and win 7

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, ect.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes(please include in price, thanks)



Parts to Upgrade:none

Do you need to buy OS: Yes( OEM, please include in price, thanks)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any site that does not charge sales tax to California (TigerDirect, NCIX to I believe, possibly Amazon)

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Southern California (I do not live near a microcenter :/ )

Parts Preferences: Intel I5 ~2400(up for debate)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I'd like the monitor to by 1920 X 1080 (at least 21.5")

Additional Comments: I'd like to be able to run Arma 2, BF3, the new Arma 3, and near future games. I don't overclock so a more expensive mobo isn't required. It would be awesome if you guys could cut costs anywhere, but please make sure the parts come from a reliable brand

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Honestly my old computer is junk, and PC gaming has so much more benefits over my PS3...


Thanks so much guys, I know you get a ton of these everyday, and I felt kinda like an ass for asking again...

Any help much appreciated :D 
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July 11, 2012 12:22:40 AM



its 1000 dollars but i will redeem myself

this build is capable of running bf3 at ultra with 50+fps and does very good in other tasks that demand CPU power. 8gb of ram is also good for multi-tasking

here are some places to reduce the money spent.

1: drop the cpu to a i5 2400
2: drop the memory to 4gb
3: use your tv as your monitor for the time being

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bMMf
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July 11, 2012 2:17:44 AM

Thanks for the help man, build looks awesome. I can up the budget to 1000.

Muh appreciated xD
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July 11, 2012 4:08:51 AM

Will that PSU listed be able to run my setup? Also will 4gb of ram do or should i go for the full 8?
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July 11, 2012 9:59:12 AM

Upon second thought...could i get away with a gtx560? Or should i just go for the 7850?
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July 11, 2012 10:31:41 AM

here you go, sub $1000

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: AMD Performance Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: PNY Prevail 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($68.48 @ eCost)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Planar PL2210W 22.0" Monitor ($115.99 @ eCost)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $994.34
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

has a 120GB SSD (at $68, grab this while you can!), 1.5 TB HDD, a single 7850, and an i5-2400.
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July 11, 2012 11:00:27 AM

doomdesire86 said:
Will that PSU listed be able to run my setup? Also will 4gb of ram do or should i go for the full 8?


it can run it but you will have to get the 600w to run crossfire in the future

8gb of ram can really help with multi-tasking
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July 11, 2012 10:06:06 PM

Thanks for the answers, guys...I wish I could pick both of yours as the best answers -.-
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July 11, 2012 10:32:54 PM

doesnt really matter. glad to help
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July 16, 2012 1:36:33 AM

Hey guys, back again.

Changed a few things...was wondering if you can rate my build?

TigerDirect stuff :


XFX core edition 7850 - 250$
i5-3450 - 200$
LITE ON DVD burner/CD rom - 18$
Western digital 500GB caviar blue - 70$
Win 7 - 100$
HAF 912 - 60$
Corsair 500wCX2 - 60$
Acer 22" LED monitor - 120$

Newegg stuff

Asrock pro3 Z75 motherboard - 85$ (Not overclocking, but it was cheaper than the rest -.-)

Gskill ripjaw series 4GB RAM - 30$

I do have some reliability concerns regarding the motherboard but everything else seems pretty balanced to me. Thoughts?

Thanks for reading :) 
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July 16, 2012 1:37:19 AM

Total was around 1020 including shipping
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July 16, 2012 11:08:15 AM

looks good
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