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Considering a new build

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July 23, 2012 4:45:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before Aug 15

Budget Range: Would like to keep it around 1000 (lower is better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: Brand new build everything new

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (OEM version is fine)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any but would like to keep it to one or two places

Location: Colorado Springs, Co

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Would like to have blu-ray but not essential

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: If best value

Your Monitor Resolution: At least 1600x1200

Additional Comments: Would like it to play any games on the market today and be able to keep up for a while.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently on a laptop with horrible video and would like to get into gaming more.

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So far this is what I have come up with. It is over the $1000 budget I have set but I would like a second opinion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 2GB Video Card ($179.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($118.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($44.99 @ Dell)
Total: $1114.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 12:44 EDT-0400)

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July 23, 2012 5:06:32 PM

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 ($30.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($44.99 @ Dell)
Total: $1088.08
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 13:06 EDT-0400)

Much better than your build.
July 23, 2012 6:21:52 PM

When doing a gaming build you need to allocate around 40% of your money to the GPU. That is the real heart of your machine. That is usually the first mistake that people make. Then you work down from there making sure you don't neglect the power supply.

So first off. What are your favorite games and what realistic resolution/monitor size would you like to play at?
July 23, 2012 6:27:03 PM

azeem is right (though he didn't say it). You don't need to spend $150 on optical drives. The $20 24x version will be perfect for what you need. Blu ray is not necessary.
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