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July 22, 2012 10:16:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month or the next.

Budget Range: 1000$. I may be able to squeeze a little more in if necessary.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Web

Parts not needed: Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect, or any other store where I can get the best price.

Location: Michigan, US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future but not right now

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I have been wanting to build a gaming pc for almost a year and I finally have the budget for a decent system. I am relatively new to this sort of thing and I would really appreciate some advice! I do have a parts list but I'm not sure if it is the best I can get for my budget.


Here's what I'm thinking



Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
$99.99 $99.99


Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$129.99 -$10.00 Instant $119.99


GPU: XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with ...
Mail in Rebate Card
$259.99 -$10.00 Instant $249.99


PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Out Of Stock
$124.99 -$35.00 Instant $89.99


GPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
$219.99 $219.99


SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$99.99 -$28.00 Instant $71.99


RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
$49.99 $49.99



Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$84.99 -$10.00 Instant $74.99


Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
$17.99 $17.99



CPU Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
$19.99 $19.99

(Still need an OS, keyboard, and mouse)

Subtotal: $1014.90 (Without Shipping)

Thanks!

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July 22, 2012 10:26:40 PM

Pay a few $ more and the i5 3570K.
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July 22, 2012 10:41:58 PM

okay but ive heard the 3570k is not worth getting over the 2500k
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July 22, 2012 10:46:09 PM

And why is that?
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July 22, 2012 10:52:22 PM

the 3570k only gives a 8-11% increase in performance and it costs more.
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July 22, 2012 10:54:33 PM

$230 for 3570k and $220 for 2500k. I say it is worth it.
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July 22, 2012 10:57:42 PM

Sounds good! do you have any more build advice?
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July 22, 2012 11:09:17 PM

Change the motherboard to a Z77 Pro3 Gen3 for $103. Z68 isn't compatible with IVB unless you have a SB CPU to upgrade with.
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July 22, 2012 11:10:54 PM

alright
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July 22, 2012 11:54:12 PM

The Detroit Microcenter has the 3570K for $190 and with Z77 Pro 2, it comes to $235.
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July 23, 2012 12:00:20 AM

You can get this PSU it's cheaper and made by seasonic
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$15 off w/ promo code XFXPS550, limited offer
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July 23, 2012 12:53:46 AM

Pro 2? Do you mean Pro3?
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July 24, 2012 3:11:48 AM

Yes. Pro 3.
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