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New Gaming and Media Build

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July 27, 2012 5:54:27 PM

Hey guys, after dealing with this low-end laptop for quite some time, I've decided to build a desktop to be used as my main system. I've never done this before, but I have been researching the subject. I decided to bring my build here to get advice/suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a few months, hopefully.

Budget Range: < $500 after rebate, not including OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media (Movies, streaming, etc.), everything else.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: TigerDirect

Location: Missouri, US

Parts Preferences: I've been leaning toward AMD brand parts, but I suppose the reason I'm here is for more opinions.

Overclocking: Preferred, but not a necessity.

SLI or Crossfire: Can take it or leave it.

Additional Comments: This laptop can still do my office tasks, but it can't even touch newer games. Honestly, what I really want from the new build is to be able to crush Diablo III.

Why I'm Upgrading: This laptop is good for office work, but not much else.

Parts I've already picked out (feel free to give advice):

Please note that I already have an optical drive, so it is not needed.

Case & Power Supply: ThermalTake Mid Tower and 430W PSU

Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-M Motherboard - AMD 880GX, Socket AM3, mATX, DDR3, RAID, SATA, VGA, DVI, HDMI

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core Processor - 3.00GHz, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Socket AM3, Processor with Fan

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda - Hard drive - 1 TB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - buffer: 32 MB

Graphics Card: Galaxy 52GPS4HX2LXX GeForce GT 520 Video Card - 2GB, DDR3, PCI-Express 2.0, 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, DirectX 11, Single-Slot, Low Profile

Total After Rebates: $473.94

Well, I think that's about it. All advice and suggestions are welcome!

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July 27, 2012 6:18:34 PM

That setup will not even come close to "crushing" Diablo III. ~$500 - $550 builds are incredibly tricky to do because if you cheap out on the power supply, your build will fail.

I'd recommend something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $531.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-27 14:18 EDT-0400)

A little bit over $500 - but this build will completely destroy that build.
July 27, 2012 6:33:06 PM

i5 3450 + Asrock H77M $252 (Remember to use this promo code BTS506)
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600 $41 (Promo code: EMCNCHD46)
Samsung F3 500GB + Corsair CX500V2 $110 (Not including $20 MIR) (Promo code: EMCNCHD37)
NZXT Source 210 $32 (Promo code: NZXT727)
MSI 7770 $125 (Not including $15 MIR)
Total: $560 before $35 worth of rebates.