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August 2, 2012 11:17:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: over a course of 1-3 months

Budget Range: 500-800$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Browsing, photoshop

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, bestbuy.com, amazon, superbiiz
Location: south texas, U.S.


Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Why Are You Upgrading: I need an actual desktop to game on, my laptop can handle gaming somewhat but mainly on low settings

so ive been tweaking this build for the past 4 days trying to get something reasonably good for under 800$ so far this is what ive come up with http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dHvi

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Storage Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card

Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply

Optical Drive LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer


any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

More about : build gaming everyday

a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 11:35:34 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $266.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios


This psu down below is manufactured by CWT and is the non modular version of the Corsair TX550-M.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 - $44.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


GTX 660 ti is due for release August 16th. It should range from $250 - $300. I would wait two weeks to check out the benchmarks on that card.
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August 2, 2012 11:46:35 PM

ok will do on the graphics card. is there a notable difference in the 2 processors and motherboards or is it just a better deal? (first time building a computer)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 11:52:21 PM

hyperstalker said:
ok will do on the graphics card. is there a notable difference in the 2 processors and motherboards or is it just a better deal? (first time building a computer)

The Sandy Bridge 2500K over clocks and that Ivy Bridge cpu I posted does not. The Ivy Bridge cpu supports native 3.0 USB and 1600Hz RAM though...that and over clocking with these 1155 boards doesn't make a noticeable difference in regards to gaming (FPS). Better off saving a few dollars with the newer 22nm Ivy Bridge tech and putting that money towards the video card.
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August 3, 2012 12:01:49 AM

ok and on the motherboard why the b75 over the z77? i would also like the future proof this so i can upgrade for a few years before needing to buy newer parts.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2012 12:11:49 AM

hyperstalker said:
ok and on the motherboard why the b75 over the z77? i would also like the future proof this so i can upgrade for a few years before needing to buy newer parts.

If you want to over clock then go with the Z77 board. If you want to leave open the option for dual vid cards later on then go with that Asrock z77 board. If you want to over clock but don't want the dual card option then look at the cheaper Asrock Z75 board or the Asrock Pro3 or Pro4. It all depends on what you want. Just remember your on a tight budget and when it comes to gaming it's all about FPS.
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August 3, 2012 12:15:41 AM

lol true true that the only thing that sucks. well what are the advantages of the dual video cards? ive heard that there not what you expect.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2012 12:18:37 AM

hyperstalker said:
lol true true that the only thing that sucks. well what are the advantages of the dual video cards? ive heard that there not what you expect.

Your going to hear two different sides to that. Most people that plan on adding a second card never do for the fact that by the time they need it a newer better generation card is already out there. Now some peeps with larger budgets get two cards right from the get go. I would wait two weeks to see what the benchmarks are on that gtx 660 ti. It should run about even with the AMD 7950. If that's the case then that card is going to be an all around winner and will do you just fine.
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August 3, 2012 12:39:28 AM

ok well for the most part i doubt i will run 2 cards. but i might want to over clock. so which out of the z75 and pro3 and 4 is a better all around option.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2012 12:58:13 AM

hyperstalker said:
ok well for the most part i doubt i will run 2 cards. but i might want to over clock. so which out of the z75 and pro3 and 4 is a better all around option.

That Z75 board will get you to a nice 4.2GHz without having to add any voltage.
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August 3, 2012 4:34:33 AM

ok lemme update the pcpart thing so you can see what i have so far.
ok heres the new build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dIQz i opted to go with the Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor considering i had the money left.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2012 5:33:53 AM

You say you might OC, but you're getting no CPU Cooler?
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August 3, 2012 6:41:30 AM

I took it off. If I decide I need to overclock then I will buy a cooling system.
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