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Thoughts on my ~$1000 Gaming build?

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August 15, 2012 6:58:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $900-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web browsing, Movies, Music, Productivity

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Location: Orange County, CA (or Los Angeles, CA)

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: No (maybe down the line, but not right now)

SLI or Crossfire: No (maybe down the line, but not right now)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: Want to max out games. Starcraft 2 is the most important game I'm considering. I currently don't plan on overclocking, Crossfire, etc, because it seems too complicated and not really necessary, in my opinion. I just dont want to run the risk of messing things up. This stance may change, though.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Giving parents my old computer, so upgrading for myself.


Here's the build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eG98
August 15, 2012 6:58:42 PM

ah, i had forgotten this forum had a preferred format for build suggestions!

i've editted the OP appropriately.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2012 7:23:08 PM

adjust the price for US
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August 15, 2012 7:23:50 PM

you wont be overclocking or doing crossfire with this build i provided but its a lot cheaper

id wait for the 660ti and then decide on the video card though

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e7K8

buy the os from this guy. wait until he starts up the sale again. he usually sells it for 50 bucks

http://ca.ebid.net/for-sale/microsoft-windows-home-prem...
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August 15, 2012 8:10:08 PM

is there a reason why you'd prefer a H77 mobo over a Z75? what are the differences?

also, is a 400 Watt Power Supply enough for this? I know that the 7850 HD recommends atleast a 500 W power supply... isnt that cutting it a bit too close?
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August 15, 2012 10:28:29 PM

h77 is for non-overclocking chips. suits you slightly better than z75

400w is more than enough. the i5 3450 uses 77w in a nightmare situation and the 7850 doesnt use more than 130w at full load with a large overclock.
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August 24, 2012 5:05:04 PM

Best answer selected by joakcbasse.
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