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July 27, 2012 11:46:36 PM

Right now I currently have a pretty crappy Compaq. It runs alright, but I am looking for better.

Approximate Purchase Date: Will be buying parts individually paycheck to paycheck as my money allows.

Budget Range: $700-$800 before shipping and after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some video editing/recording

Are you buying a monitor: No, I already have one.

Parts to Upgrade: Maybe a new Hard Drive. Already have a 500gb 7200 rpm hard drive though.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No real preference...newegg seems to be nice though.

Location: Currently in Portsmouth, VA USA but being military that can change anytime.

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes, but not majorly

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not right away....would like a system that would be ready for that second GPU.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Can't re-use Compaq case as it is a mini tower and would like at least a mid-tower

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Would really like to play Minecraft with those big 256x256 texture packs as well as playing games like Skyrim at atleast medium settings. Just want something that I can play 8+ hours a day and wont give up on me.

More about : 700 800 decent gaming

a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2012 12:24:20 AM

Here you go:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 $124
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti $124
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W $59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 64 bit $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $735

This will play minecraft with no problems

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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2012 12:43:41 AM

I have that card in a build and its real nice. It blows games out of the water. You wil get nice performance from the i3 and 6950. The case was a guess on my part. You have to find one that you like but that one gets real nice reviews
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July 28, 2012 1:00:17 AM

OMG, you can get 6950 for 200$? Go get it. SInce you are getting a Z77 MoBo, get the Sandy bridge 2500k. I wont recommend an AS Rock mobo.
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July 28, 2012 1:05:38 AM

I keep hearing things back and forth, positive and negative about ASRock mobos...how about Biostar mobos? Searching around I found one for $135. Im looking for a mobo that will make overclocking easy...I know Asus pretty much takes the reigns in that department but they are pretty expensive.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2012 1:08:07 AM

Do you plan on purchasing upgrades in the future?

I'd go with this build...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dd4Y

Then when your budget allows, upgrade the CPU to the i5 3570k. I wouldn't even bother putting the aftermarket cooler on the i3 2120. Just put the stock cooler on it, save up for the i5 3570k, sell the i3 2120 and purchase the 3570k. Then begin saving up for a hd 7950 or gtx 670. Or you can just save for another 7870 and put 'em in crossfire.

[Edit]
Sorry, disregard my crossfire comment. That would be a huge strain on the PSU I suggested. I wouldn't recommend doing any crossfire or SLI setup with that PSU. Just go with a single, powerful card such as the hd 7950, 7970, or the gtx 670 (if you upgrade in the future). If you want, you can get a PSU such as this and still do crossfire/SLI...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2012 1:11:20 AM

Neocentric said:
I keep hearing things back and forth, positive and negative about ASRock mobos...how about Biostar mobos? Searching around I found one for $135. Im looking for a mobo that will make overclocking easy...I know Asus pretty much takes the reigns in that department but they are pretty expensive.


Asrock makes great motherboards. Nothing wrong with 'em. Asus likes to make you overpay for their boards; however, if you don't like asrock, I can give you a recommendation for a comparable asus board...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You won't be able to overclock these i3 CPUs we're recommending (as I'm sure you already know), but you'll be able to overclock the i5 3570k if you decide to upgrade in the near future when you obtain the cash.
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July 28, 2012 1:30:24 AM
July 28, 2012 1:31:03 AM

Also meant to mention that all that would cost me is $761 before shipping.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2012 1:32:45 AM

nice build
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2012 1:40:14 AM



Looks good, except...

You won't be able to add a second 6950 if you go with that PSU, though. If you plan on crossfiring, you'll want to get at least 750watts. You'll also want to make sure it's 80 plus certified.
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July 28, 2012 1:41:45 AM

Thanks for your reply guys...I think I will stick with that one. Now to decide what to buy first, the GPU (lord only know how long it will stay at that price) or the CPU.
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July 28, 2012 1:42:44 AM

Best answer selected by Neocentric.
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