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Still finalizing $1200-$1400 build

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July 30, 2012 5:42:29 PM

Getting pretty close to ordering. Going to list some general types of parts and see if we can shave a few bucks off.
CPU i5-3570k in mind
Mobo ASrock Z77 Extreme 4 probably
Memeory want 8 GB of 1600 low profile preferred
HD only need 500 GB @ 7200 rpm, possible cache... see below
SDD either 64 GB or maybe a cache type HDD, what do you think?
GPU the big question wait for the 660 ti, get a gtx570, the 7850 or the 7950,
think the 670 is out of my range and may be overkill.
I don't need the very top tier $400 cards.
Case you tell me
Power probably 650w
Optical something decent and cheap
OS Win 7 home premium
Monitor looking for a 24 inch 1920x1080

this is for gaming. the upcoming Arma 3 and simcity 2013. Only 2 games I'm worried about. Possible OC'ing and SLI/crossfire.

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July 30, 2012 5:43:50 PM

Where are you located and where will you be ordering from?

July 30, 2012 9:07:08 PM

No micro center close by. All from newegg.
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July 30, 2012 9:15:06 PM

Your best bet would be to go to and put together a system that you think will work and then post it in here and ask for advice. That is how I started and its amazing what I have learned along the way. I have spent the last month researching my next build and it has changed 100 times as I learned more and more, that and I have been deployed to Afghanistan and had no reason to order yet ;)  GL in your search!

July 30, 2012 10:20:25 PM

Best answer selected by xtjaga3.
July 30, 2012 10:20:28 PM

will do
July 30, 2012 10:28:47 PM

Here my suggestion i will post some more case recommendations in case you don't like this one anyway good luck!PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($257.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ 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: Asus VH242H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1168.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 18:26 EDT-0400)
July 30, 2012 10:29:58 PM

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