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July 18, 2012 10:40:31 PM

Okay, this will be my first time building a computer and it needs to be under $1000. I want my CPU, GPU, and Motherboard to be of good quality. The two CPU's that I have in mind right now are the Intel i-5-3570k and the Intel i-5-2500k. I've been looking at the Radeon HD 7850 2gb as the GPU I want to get, but I'm stuck on which brand manufacturer. The ASUS and SAPPHIRE GPU's are what I've been looking at. As for my Motherboard... I have no clue because I really don't know what to look for in a mobo. Could you help me choose a mobo that would be good for gaming and some OC. It would have to be under $200 priority, but I'd really like it to be under $150. I want to maybe do some OC, but nothing too harsh. I want a good PSU that has good ratings, but keep it under $150. As for the other components; I want other components the to be of good quality, but no breaking the bank. I'm still new to computers, so feel free to correct any bad decisions I've made with the CPU's, GPU's, and basically anything else. I want this computer to be strictly for Gaming and minor OC. The games I'll be playing are: SWTOR, BF3, WoW (maybe), and probably a few other games.

Thanks for the help!
July 18, 2012 11:47:01 PM

Go with the Intel I5-3570k

here is mobo options:
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $174
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $174
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a GPU the sapphire product is real nice
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB $239
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have that same gpu in a build and it blows through wow and swtor with no problems
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July 19, 2012 12:04:27 AM

I definitely second the above recommendations.

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 ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1055.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-18 20:04 EDT-0400)
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July 19, 2012 7:54:08 AM

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July 19, 2012 5:34:10 PM

I've been looking at that ASRock and it looks really good. I've heard it's great for OC and I like the 5 times faster stuff on it.
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