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1000~$1200 Gaming build. First Time Builder

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July 28, 2012 3:42:44 PM

I've been wanting to build a computer for a while, I just never got enough money to do it. I finally have the money and I'm ready to get it done.


Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next few weeks

Budget Range: $1,200 Before Rebates, After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the net, Watching Movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: This is an entirely new build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com is preferred.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, but possibly in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 would be great if it fits the budget.

Additional Comments: I plan on playing games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis. I would like for the case to look somewhat decent. I'm also going to need another keyboard and mouse.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My $200-$300 Compaq laptop can only do so much. I can barely run LoL.


I have a list that I made myself and it is open to change based on your opinions. I'm pretty sure everything is compatible, I just wanted to see what other options are out there.


EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COUGAR Solution Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...\

Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER CM Storm Xornet SGM-2001-BLON1 Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...





Thanks,
Darius

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July 28, 2012 6:21:17 PM

I wouldn't purchase that case or PSU, and too much on peripherals on a sub-$1200 build. Plus a Radeon 7850 will use 1/2 the power and give you better results than that 570 will. Try something like this:

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 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V233HAJbd 23.0" Monitor ($136.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $1100.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-28 14:21 EDT-0400)

Add whatever keyboard and mouse you want and you're good to go.
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July 28, 2012 7:04:56 PM

OP, do you live near Marietta or Duluth? There is a microcenter there.
If so, buy the MOBO and CPU in the above build from there.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherb... ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherb...
SKU: 380550 $74.99 $74.99
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July 28, 2012 7:35:52 PM

I saw that deal in one of their ads but i just used newegg's site for simplicity sake
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August 3, 2012 11:57:44 PM

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