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$1,000 to $1,200 gaming computer help

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August 6, 2012 5:23:32 AM

Hello, I've been a fan of Tom's Hardware for awhile now. I am still however learning about computers on a daily basis. I would like to build a good gaming computer that will still be relevant for the next 2 to 3 years and be easy to upgrade. I like to shop with newegg.com . I also would prefer to use a Nvidia 560 Ti GPU. I would like to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $1,200 on this. I currently play WoW but would also like to be able to play other games as well, all on the highest settings. Please help with link and insight. Thank you.
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August 6, 2012 5:24:52 AM

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 ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1208.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 01:25 EDT-0400)

Better GPU and CPU. No reason to stick with the 560ti when you can afford a bigger GPU.
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August 6, 2012 5:38:34 AM

Sorry, just read the guide on posting for new builds. Here is my info.

Purchase date: anywhere from 2 weeks from now until mid September
Budget Range: $1,000 to $1,200
Usage: gaming, movies, music, web
Buying a monitor: No
Buying OS:No
Preferred site for parts: Newegg.com
Location: Northwest Florida
Parts Preferences: Intel for processor, Nvidia for GPU, and preferably ASUS for mobo (mainly brands that I can trust)
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: SLI
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like the PC to be quiet, have no cooling problems, and would prefer a lot of room in the tower (a full tower preferred). I currently play WoW, but will be playing other games ranging from MMOs to FPS games.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 5:40:06 AM

In that case, keep the board, but downgrade the CPU to an i5-3450.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 5:51:55 AM

Try this if you want Asus motherboard 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 ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1171.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 01:50 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 5:56:12 AM

On your budget there very few good full towers you can afford here is two i know of that you could afford Case:Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 4:11:33 PM

No plans on over clocking then no need for an unlocked cpu like that 3570K you have in the OP. This build allows you to add another one of those GTX 660 ti's later on in SLI.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $151.98 save: $18.00 - $20.00 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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $314.98 save: $25.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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... $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/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/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $80.14 & 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/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Driv... $100.49 & 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

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4873/nvidia_geforce_g... <----- GTX 660 ti 2GB (est. retail $300 & due for release August 16th)

Total: $1008.57 *not including rebates


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://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that Asus board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that Corsair case
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August 6, 2012 5:17:01 PM

Why_Me said:
No plans on over clocking then no need for an unlocked cpu like that 3570K you have in the OP. This build allows you to add another one of those GTX 660 ti's later on in SLI.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $151.98 save: $18.00 - $20.00 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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $314.98 save: $25.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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... $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/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/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $80.14 & 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/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Driv... $100.49 & 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

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4873/nvidia_geforce_g... <----- GTX 660 ti 2GB (est. retail $300 & due for release August 16th)

Total: $1008.57 *not including rebates


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://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that Asus board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that Corsair case


+1 ^ :D 
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