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August 5, 2012 5:12:57 AM

Thank you for taking the time to take interest in this post. Looking for some advice and other general ideas about a build I am thinking of going with. Bare with me, please, I do apologize in advance for me indeed being a beginner ( a noob if you will on more advanced computer knowledge. )
So, let's begin. :sol: 

Approximate Purchase Date: Not extremely soon.

Budget Range: 1,500$ or under; after rebates/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming,surfing the web, skype/other applications

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No ( Any suggestions? I am thinking about doing double monitors of: Monitors 139.99$ )

Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No ( Windows 7 Home Premium OEM | Any different suggestions? )
Windows 7 Home Premium 99.99$

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com , www.amazon.com ( Don't really know any others )

Location:
Albq. New Mexico

Parts Preferences: Going AMD for first build.

Overclocking:
Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:
1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 ( The monitor I'm looking at is 1920x1080. )

Additional Comments: I'm wanting it to be a quiet, long lasting, fairly decent gaming PC. I would like to play MMORPGs on high/semi high settings as well as games like Diablo 3 on fairly good settings. As for sound cards, I don't really know if I will need one, depending on onboard audio. I don't plan on having multiple games/streaming up at the same time, but I would like to be able to have a game up along with skype/Internet browser up. And if I do end up overclocking, will I need a different fan?

Case: Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP 149.99$

Power Supply: Corsair HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 144.99$

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 184.99$

Processor: AMD FX-8120 159.99$

Fan: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 19.99$

Memory(RAM): Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 89.99$

Hard Drive: Seagate ST31000524AS 99.99$

SSD: Corsair CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 119.99$

DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS 19.99$

Video Card(s): EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR 249.99$

Total w/o rebates/shipping: ~1,240$
Total w/ rebates/shipping: ~1,250$
Total w/ rebates/shipping & both monitors: ~1,530$

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Wanting to play games and always be impressed. :) 

Keyboard/Mouse: Looking to get a new mouse and keyboard as well, if anyone has any suggestions!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this very long ( atleast to me :sleep:  ) post. I would appreciate any advice/suggestions I can get! Thanks in advance. :hello: 

- - On a side note; Will I possibly need an External Hard Drive? - -





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August 5, 2012 5:15:24 AM

you wont need an external hard drive
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August 5, 2012 5:23:08 AM

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And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Wanting to play games and always be impressed. :) 


And you're going with a CPU that's way slower than advertised? No. I'd seriously trash that whole build.

For $1500 here's a far better build:

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: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ 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)
Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1559.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-05 01:22 EDT-0400)

Add whatever keyboard and mouse and you're good to go.
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August 5, 2012 6:03:51 AM

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GTX 660 ti 2GB <----- due to be released August 16th and it should retail for $250 - $300
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August 5, 2012 7:57:18 AM

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Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)

Is it possible to switch this card out with the GTX 660 coming out? I figure with the retail, it will price around the same.
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August 5, 2012 7:27:16 PM

Best answer selected by alxsan.
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August 5, 2012 8:24:39 PM

alxsan said:
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Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)

Is it possible to switch this card out with the GTX 660 coming out? I figure with the retail, it will price around the same.


Yeah but don't expect the 660TI to outperform the 670 for less money. It'll perform about the same as a Radeon 7850 - which itself is an excellent card for the price.
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