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$800-$1000 CPU, mobo, GPU, SSD, RAM

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July 30, 2012 8:38:35 PM

Hi all, I was wondering if you could give me some advice on a new system I'd like to build. I've filled out the form below:

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Approximate Purchase Date: I'm flexible, but if I find what I want I could be buying today. I'd like to get it done within the next few weeks.

Budget Range: I'd like to keep it $800-$1000 or below. I should note that I will be using case, power supply, and monitors from my current system.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, multitasking office type applications (image editing, Office Suite, etc)

Are you buying a monitor: No, I recently bought two monitors I will be using those.

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM): I am looking to upgrade the CPU, RAM, Motherboard, Hard Drive, and GPU. I currently have a ModXStream Pro 700W Modular ATX Power Supply (OCZ Technology).

Do you need to buy OS: No, I have purchased Windows 7 already.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I usually shop on newegg or amazon. However I am open to any other reputable websites.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Atlanta, GA

Parts Preferences: I would prefer an Intel CPU. I like ASUS and Crucial for RAM, however I am not married to these. I'm also lost on the GPU debate, so guidance there would be helpful.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Something that generates less heat without sacrificing much in performance would be nice.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Multitasking is slow. It is fairly common that I will be running Skype, Maptools (java based program), have several PDFs open, paint.net, word documents, and a number of chrome sessions open. Switching between these on my current system is slow. I also play games, but not really anything very new (MMOs such as Lord of the Rings Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic, etc).


Parts I have looked at and am considering:

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BD1339
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...

I am looking to also buy a SSD, though I admit I am not sure exactly what to look for there (I'm reading, but any suggestions would be helpful). I would also want to use my existing SATA HD as extra storage.

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!
July 30, 2012 9:25:03 PM

a little over budget but this is what i highly recommend if you don't intend on OC then no reason to get this motherboard or CPU Cooler or CPU though 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: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1018.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 17:25 EDT-0400)
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July 30, 2012 9:32:05 PM

If not Overclocking here my suggestion PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $891.51
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 17:32 EDT-0400)
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July 31, 2012 5:20:39 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I really don't intend of overclocking, so I suppose I will go with your second set of suggestions. They are pretty price effective, and I can even hold off on the video card for a bit I suppose to wait for a bit of a drop in price.
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July 31, 2012 5:53:12 PM

Do you intend to CF/SLI? If not, get a Z77 Pro3.
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July 31, 2012 7:23:27 PM

jowco said:
Thanks for the suggestions! I really don't intend of overclocking, so I suppose I will go with your second set of suggestions. They are pretty price effective, and I can even hold off on the video card for a bit I suppose to wait for a bit of a drop in price.
No problem your very welcome!As for price dropping i highly doubt it not anytime soon anyway but the 660 should be released soon it's rumored it's going to sell for $299.99 but i can't say for sure i think it might be worth waiting for so look out for it. ;) 
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