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July 26, 2012 12:12:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Month or so
Budget Range: $1200 to $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Arma 2 with dayz, then ARma 3 and SimCity 2013

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: Need all parts except keyboard, mouse and speakers

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, prefer windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, whoever is reliable

Location: South eastern Virginia

Parts Preferences: intel cpu and nvidia gpu

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Probably in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: Prefer 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Making the switch to PC gaming.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want a pc that can play Arma 2 well. Don't need super ultra settings. Would like it to play some of the games coming this spring, namely SimCity 2013 and Arma 3.

Thank you to everyone who helps. A friend is going to help me build it. And if you want to include a decent headset with a mike that would be cool. Thank you again.

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July 26, 2012 12:18:43 AM

Oh yeah, I don't need a very big hard drive. 500gb would probably do me well. My 10 year old computer has only used up like 60 gb. And if we could squeeze an ssd in that would be awesome.
Thanks again!!
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July 26, 2012 12:39:52 AM

This is an absolute performance monster, it will run absolutely anything you throw at it at the maximum possible settings. With the budget you gave me, I made you a PC that will last you for years:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1388.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 20:39 EDT-0400)
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July 26, 2012 1:02:33 AM

Ironslice said:
This is an absolute performance monster, it will run absolutely anything you throw at it at the maximum possible settings. With the budget you gave me, I made you a PC that will last you for years:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1388.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 20:39 EDT-0400)



Thanks! Does the case itself provide enough cooling? I wouldnt have to add any extra fans, water coolers or heat sinks would I?
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July 26, 2012 1:26:41 AM

Ironslice said:
This is an absolute performance monster, it will run absolutely anything you throw at it at the maximum possible settings. With the budget you gave me, I made you a PC that will last you for years:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1388.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 20:39 EDT-0400)



You dont need a K series processor without an aftermarket cooler. Get a hyper 212 Evo with the build. You surely need a better and bigger monitor if you are getting the GTX 670 because you don't want to miss the gaming experience. Get atleast a 24". You can get the corsair 300r which is less than 70" and good airflow as well. SSD can be considered optional. 1 TB HDD is useful. RAM with big heat sinks can have clearance issues with air coolers. Other parts are good. Modular power supply can keep your PC neat if you can spend in extra cash
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July 26, 2012 1:30:08 AM

If you not going to overclock the stock cooler and included case fans should be plenty for that build.

I love PCPartPicker...lol the video card is 10 bucks cheaper on amazon and it even shows that.
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July 26, 2012 11:35:36 PM

Best answer selected by xtjaga3.
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