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$1000 Budget Gaming PC + Coding + School

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August 12, 2012 12:01:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000-1200 After Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Compiling code, Rendering video & sound

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or any other known site

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Parts Preferences: CPU- Intel(I7) GPU- Nvidia

Overclocking: In the future

SLI or Crossfire: SLI possibily

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Already have a Antec 900 case

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need a new multi-purpose gaming oc



I have done some searching but I have been out of the PC gaming scene for a while. I no longer know what is good or what is a great value. So any insight will help.

For some reason I want the I7 but if the price/performance gains are minimal I will consider I5.
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August 12, 2012 12:30:13 AM

1: id get ivy bridge but sandy is ok. more features with ivy
2:the hyper 212 is probably a better cooler. never used zalaman stuff
3:velociraptors arent that much faster
4:samsung is cheaper for around the same performance
5: the 7850 performs the same but uses half as much power
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August 12, 2012 12:37:56 AM

1. So is the I5 3570k a Ivy bridge? Its only $20 more than my selected CPU so I will change that.
2. I will stick with Zalman, used them with my first build and it cooled my PC excellent.
3. So instead of a velociraptor I should just opt for a larger capacity HDD?
4. Swapped that out to samsung.
5. I'd like to stay with Nvidia. Never have been a fan of ATI. Is there a better value/performance card I could choose?
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August 12, 2012 12:43:51 AM

the hyper 212 cools better. the zalman is a older design

2: the velociraptor doesnt give that much of a speed gain. get a good hard drive like the seagate barracuda or the wd caviar black. the caviar black has 5 years of warranty compared to the seagate 1 year. your pick there

3:no. the 7850 is pretty much the best bang for the buck. if you want to wait a week, the 660ti is coming out on the 16th at around the 300 dollar mark
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August 12, 2012 12:51:59 AM

Alright got the new setup made.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eps0

I am going to wait for the 660ti as it is the same price as my currently selected card.

Any other input? Is my mobo and ram good?
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August 12, 2012 1:02:20 AM

Cool and it's right on budget. Thank you.
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