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August 1, 2012 6:26:08 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This month, most likely.
Budget Range: A little over $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Online Gaming.
Parts Not Required: Unsure at the moment, but I may have a spare Windows 7 OS install I can use, and I already have a mouse. Keyboard and Monitor not required for now.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I only really know about Newegg, but if there are better deals on other sites that is fine.
Country: Michigan, United States
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: No prior experience with overclocking, but the capability to do so wouldn't hurt.
SLI or Crossfire: Same as above, though planning on possibly doing it later on when the money is available for it.
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Being my first foray into building my own desktop, I had this link suggested to me to fit roughly around my price range.
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_pc_any_...

I'm planning on scaling back in some regards though with that suggested build. 2TB would be overkill for me, a good 500bg drive is just fine for me. The SSD is optional as far as I'm aware, so I can do without that as well.

I was curious though if that would be the best bang for my buck, or if I could do better?

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a c 271 4 Gaming
August 1, 2012 6:31:19 PM

A little over budget but here you go:

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1254.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-01 14:32 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 1, 2012 11:09:21 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $146.98 save: $18.00 - $25.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $189.99 (walk in only) Detroit/Madison Heights Store
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99 - $29.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $80.68 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006EKJCWM/ref=s9_hps_... $104.61 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-120G-G25

Total: $743.22 *not including rebates & shipping


http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gt... <----- GTX 660 ti 2GB Review w/benchmarks (due for release August 16th) $250 - $300

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Evga-GTX_660_Ti-GeForc... <----- more on that card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $88.73 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $134.99 (walk in only)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case with links to online reviews
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a b 4 Gaming
August 1, 2012 11:16:30 PM

Dam it! Why_Me & g-unit1111 beat me to it lol!Both those builds are top notch OP good luck!
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August 2, 2012 3:33:02 AM

Thanks a ton for the help yall, and I wouldn't worry too much about going over the budget. All of those still pretty much fit into what I have to spend, though G's is right on the edge of that limit.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 3:37:08 AM

cursedseishi said:
Thanks a ton for the help yall, and I wouldn't worry too much about going over the budget. All of those still pretty much fit into what I have to spend, though G's is right on the edge of that limit.


Staying in budgets has never been my strong point. :lol: 

If you want to stay under $1200 you could drop the SSD for now and add it in later. Or you could drop the video card to a Radeon 7950 and you wouldn't lose much.
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August 2, 2012 3:47:13 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Staying in budgets has never been my strong point. :lol: 

If you want to stay under $1200 you could drop the SSD for now and add it in later. Or you could drop the video card to a Radeon 7950 and you wouldn't lose much.


Heh, budgets are meant to be broken though!
But I'll definitely keep that in mind in case I lose a bit of cash.
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August 3, 2012 8:58:25 PM

Alright, well it looks like I'll be using G-Unit's suggestion for my build. Glancing around outside of Newegg, I can get the price to pretty close to 1200 too, so that's a big plus in cost.

Which is good, because it looks like I'll be losing a direct connection to my router and will have to nab a wireless card as well! So my next question is, will I be able to just add the card to what I have, or will I need to drop something? And what would be a good wireless card for online gaming?
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August 3, 2012 9:17:28 PM

Here is my recent build. I don't know about you but I've never been a huge storage freak so this time I went single 256GB SSD. Plus if I ever need more storage I can always buy a second 256GB SSD which when that time comes will most likely be half of what they cost now. My mobo supports SLI as well which means in 12 months --> another GTX 670 :sol: 

rig is in the sig. It was $1260
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a c 271 4 Gaming
August 3, 2012 9:22:35 PM

cursedseishi said:
Alright, well it looks like I'll be using G-Unit's suggestion for my build. Glancing around outside of Newegg, I can get the price to pretty close to 1200 too, so that's a big plus in cost.

Which is good, because it looks like I'll be losing a direct connection to my router and will have to nab a wireless card as well! So my next question is, will I be able to just add the card to what I have, or will I need to drop something? And what would be a good wireless card for online gaming?


Just get any wifi USB adapter - that is all I ever use.
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August 13, 2012 1:18:18 AM

Best answer selected by cursedseishi.
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