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July 11, 2012 3:58:14 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month
Budget Range: $1000-$1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter, amazon.com, ncix.com.
Location: Belton, Texas(Will probably be in Dallas area sometime so I can drop by Microcenter)
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe sometime in the future
Additional Comments: Want blu-ray and SSD, want it to be able to play skyrim and battlefield 3, also need a keyboard

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor -$170
Not sure what parts to get...
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 12:48:43 PM

Excellent choice for the processor; I would go to a microcenter manager and give him your requirements and get a discount on available motherboards; usually they are flexible and offer combo discounts. If you don't like the motherboard they offer, then here's a list of other recommendations:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $177 w/shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $45 after rebate, free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $140 shipped after rebate; lifetime warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $67
Get the keyboard and mouse at microcenter to avoid shipping charges.
Get the monitor at microcenter if possible so you can look the picture quality; otherwise, get a 23 inch acer or asus from newegg; priced in the $150 range after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $65

estimated total with microcenter parts: $1040


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a c 246 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 3:53:46 PM

Here's what I would get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.89 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($128.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 160GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.21 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: AZIO KB333BM Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard ($22.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $894.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 5:24:32 PM

Scorpio Black may be 7200rpm, but it is a pretty slow drive compared to others out right now. Also, that is meant for laptops. He can get a Radeon 7850 for $50 more.
a c 246 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 5:40:59 PM

azeem40 said:
Scorpio Black may be 7200rpm, but it is a pretty slow drive compared to others out right now. Also, that is meant for laptops. He can get a Radeon 7850 for $50 more.


I think I posted a build that was meant for another thread - I wouldn't touch a Scorpio Black on any build.

This would be a proper build I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $885.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

The difference gives you a good $125 to spend on a good 23" 1080p Acer or Viewsonic monitor.
July 11, 2012 5:54:11 PM

What is the actual budget? The title says $1000 and then the post says $1000-$1500. If you are able to work with anything around $1200+ I wouldn't get anything less than a GTX 670, especially since your #1 priority is gaming.

If you are working with a $1500 max budget then I would get

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bPnn

Thats got everything you asked for except for a keyboard, thats a personal choice. And I went with a 750W PSU because you said you might SLI in the future and I'm not a believer in building for the future and only planning for the now. If you ended up with SLI you would need to get a new PSU if you bought anything less. Doesn't make sense to me to save the ~$15 now but need to spend ~$80 more in the future.
a c 246 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 6:17:59 PM

cbsevenfifty said:
What is the actual budget? The title says $1000 and then the post says $1000-$1500. If you are able to work with anything around $1200+ I wouldn't get anything less than a GTX 670, especially since your #1 priority is gaming.

If you are working with a $1500 max budget then I would get

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bPnn

Thats got everything you asked for except for a keyboard, thats a personal choice. And I went with a 750W PSU because you said you might SLI in the future and I'm not a believer in building for the future and only planning for the now. If you ended up with SLI you would need to get a new PSU if you bought anything less. Doesn't make sense to me to save the ~$15 now but need to spend ~$80 more in the future.


You could always do this for <=$1200:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1198.31
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

And then add whatever monitor and peripherals you want and still come out ahead.
July 11, 2012 6:23:14 PM

The only difference is you spent more on certain components for nothing, imo. You also didn't add a Blu-ray into the build which is what the OP asked for.
July 11, 2012 6:23:54 PM

You could get by with a 650 watt PSU for that
a c 246 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 6:30:14 PM

cbsevenfifty said:
The only difference is you spent more on certain components for nothing, imo. You also didn't add a Blu-ray into the build which is what the OP asked for.


Fixed:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1245.31
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

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You could get by with a 650 watt PSU for that


750W included for SLI purposes.
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 7:13:41 PM

you can get by with a 550w for a single card just saying. 750w is necessary for SLI (safely)
a c 246 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 8:53:42 PM

Quote:
You could try this $1000 / $1500 Custom Workstation and Super Gaming PC Build, but I think the $800 / $900 Custom Gaming PC Build is a overall better choice. If you can get the CPU + Motherboard bundle at Microcenter that would be perfect. Because you can get the Intel i5 2500k for $170 or i5 3570k for $190 plus $50 Off on Z68 or Z77 motherboards. For example :

i5 2500k ($170) + ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 DELUXE (new: $53.49 / used: $47.96) = ~ $220
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/3811/microcenter.png

Or

i5 3570k ($190) + ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($90) = $280

That should be a very good start for your custom build. The rest of the components you can look at the suggestions from the two links above :) 


X79 isn't needed on a gaming PC. It's meant for data heavy programs like CAD rendering and CS5/6.

Quote:
The only difference is you spent more on certain components for nothing, imo.


They're literally the same system - I just added a far better GPU, PSU, and an SSD, that's all - if notice nothing else really changed. I don't spend "more on components for nothing" - I always try to balance systems out on any budget.
July 11, 2012 9:05:27 PM

g-unit1111 said:
They're literally the same system - I just added a far better GPU, PSU, and an SSD, that's all - if notice nothing else really changed. I don't spend "more on components for nothing" - I always try to balance systems out on any budget.


I'm not sure you can say that the EVGA FTW is better than the Gigabyte. The EVGA FTW comes OC'd from the factory. You can easily OC the Gigabyte yourself and have a much better cooler and save yourself $15. You picked out the exact same SSD and I was unaware that XFX (Seasonic) 750W PSU's were bad. There's nothing "far better" about 80+ bronze vs silver.

But other than that, if we added the same monitor to your system total my build comes out $89 cheaper for "literally the same system."
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 9:10:02 PM

the EVGA is only better than the gigabyte in one way: warranty

if nobody noticed, the gigabyte warranty starts right after manufacturing and they hardly have support for their cards. otherwise the gigabyte wins
a c 246 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 9:15:09 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the EVGA is only better than the gigabyte in one way: warranty

if nobody noticed, the gigabyte warranty starts right after manufacturing and they hardly have support for their cards. otherwise the gigabyte wins


I've had to RMA boards through Gigabyte before - it sucks. I'd rather pay the extra money and not hassle with annoying RMA departments.
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