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July 13, 2012 2:25:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week

Budget Range: 1200 - 1300 before rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Sim racing computer: mostly iracing, other sims such as race 07, rfactor 2, etc

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg I guess

Location: Alabama, no Microcenter near me to get a cpu cheap :??: 

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, Asus or Asrock mobo

Overclocking: Maybe, later

SLI or Crossfire: not at this time, iracing currently doesn't support crossfire or sli

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, I would like eventually go to 5760 x 1080 down the road, maybe in a year?

Additional Comments: I need help confirming some of the parts I have picked. I don't know much about memory or motherboards. I'm listing a 7850, but am also considering a gtx 670 or 7970 (the 7970 currently outperforms the gtx 670 in iracing) because of possible going to 3 screens. However, since that is a year down the road, I don't know if that would be a good idea since better graphics cards will probably be available then. Iracing is a processor heavy game which is why I want an i5 intel.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current HP has a E5300 processor, not worth upgrading to me.

Parts I've looked at:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: I didn't know what to pick?

GPU:SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The cpu is bundled with a Corsair H60. I thought if I wanted to overclock later it would be a better choice than an EVO 212 for just $30.00. I also don't know if Sapphire would be the best choice for the 7850? I've never built a pc before, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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July 13, 2012 2:35:56 AM

That looks pretty good to me - I wouldn't waste money on the H60 though when a strong air fan will give you the same results and is far cheaper. Sapphire makes great cards - I use them all the time.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1274.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 13, 2012 4:47:54 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I thought the H60 would be a better choice than the 212 Evo because it is water cooled. Any reason you went with a Gigabyte motherboard? I really don't know much about motherboards. I like how you was able to work the GTX 670 into the price range.
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