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August 9, 2012 4:08:12 PM

First off, I <3 Tom's Hardware and its community. Doing research for this build has been extremely fun, mainly due to this forum.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Probably this week, preferably today or tomorrow.

Budget Range: 800-900, can wiggle a bit.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Not yet. May use my TV.

Parts to Upgrade: New Build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg of course.

Location: Tampa, FL 33656

Parts Preferences: Quality preferred

Overclocking: Maybe, good possibility

SLI or Crossfire: Unsure of this from research, but would like the option in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: No clue, just something that looks decent.

Additional Comments: I dont really care about PC fan noise, cooler temps are more important to me. I would definitely, definitely, want to build a PC that has room to grow, and can easily be upgraded.



Parts Selected:

Intel i5-2500k - 200 this week on newegg, main reason for purchase.
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
8GB GSkill Ripjaw.X - If I upgrade RAM later, I would just get a low profile version to fit under the Hyper212
Cooler Master Hyper 212
Antec 900 upgraded to USB 3.0


I would like a DVD burner, a decent HD - not really looking at SSD unless its a good deal, and a good VGA card. I have been looking around at some cards but can't come to a definitive conclusion - GTX 560, 550TI, etc...Suggestions here would be greatly appreciated. Oh, PSU selection is important too. I am pretty sure I will eventually OC, suggestions here are also needed.

Have I missed anything?

August 9, 2012 4:12:31 PM

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I would like a DVD burner, a decent HD - not really looking at SSD unless its a good deal, and a good VGA card. I have been looking around at some cards but can't come to a definitive conclusion - GTX 560, 550TI, etc...Suggestions here would be greatly appreciated. Oh, PSU selection is important too. I am pretty sure I will eventually OC, suggestions here are also needed.


Don't bother with a 550Ti - a Radeon 6870 is a far superior GPU in that price range. Also don't get an Antec 900 either - even with USB 3.0 the case lacks cable management and is very old and outdated. The Corsair 400R would be a better case choice in that price range.

For $900 I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $893.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 12:13 EDT-0400)

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August 9, 2012 4:23:45 PM

Wow, quick response. Im going to have to give this a look over a little later today. Thank you for the reply.
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