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So recently my gaming PC of 8 years went down, and I am in need of a new PC, my only requirement is that I can play CS:GO, and have a system that I will be able to easily add on. I have a hd I can use and a crappy Nvidia Geforce 210 as well, plus a case if I part out my old computer for the time being, also I get free Win 7. So basically, I am looking at:

Processor
Motherboard
Ram
Powersupply
Video Card (Maybe, 210 can probably run CS:GO, not sure how well)

I want to eventually upgrade the parts over time, but would like to establish a nice baseline system that I can work off of. I was thinking something like:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171038 PS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279 Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234 Processor

My main questions stem from whether I should go Ivy Bridge or Sandy, is it worth it to have the onboard gfx over a Nvidia 210? Also, I have read about compatibility issues with Ivy bridge with some motherboards, is this anything to really be concerned about?

Also I am from Michigan.
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  1. Those links aren't very descriptive. What mobo etc.?
  2. There is a MicroCenter in Detroit,MI. They currently offer a bundle with the i5 2500k. Purchase CPU and get an instant 50 dollars off of Z77 Mobo.
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  4. Sorry didn't realize it cut the links.

    COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
    PS:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171038&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=1vmphukerwpjs


    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Memory+(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233186

    MSI B75A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    MOBO:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157279


    Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Processors+-+Desktops-_-Intel-_-19115234
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  6. Superman55 said:
    Sorry didn't realize it cut the links.

    COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
    PS:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171038&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=1vmphukerwpjs


    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Memory+(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233186

    MSI B75A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    MOBO:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157279


    Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Processors+-+Desktops-_-Intel-_-19115234

    That's better - I don't want to bother opening the links when you saying 3470 is enough for me to know what's going on.

    Anyway, I would downgrade the CPU to a 3450 - you won't know the difference.

    The PSU is a bomb. In a bad way. It'll take out your system when it goes :P

    RAM and mobo are good to go - have a look at H77/Z75 mobos though they're a bit better for similar prices often.
  7. OP your plan is to buy a 200 dollar Processor and use a 20 dollar graphics card?
    Link to Tom`s monthly Graphics card article
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
  8. for $450, you can get a better system with a Llano build:


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.82 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($33.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $377.72
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 14:46 EDT-0400)

    this will game a high on 720P, medium-high at 1600x900, and low-medium at 1920x1080 for modern games. games before 2009, high/ultra at 1920x1080
    (the 6550D + 6670 is just about equal to a 6770 in ability in most games)
  9. Best answer
    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 $124.99
    Mobo: MSI Z77A-G41 $94.99 (before $10 MIR)
    RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $42.99
    PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ BRONZE $36.99 (before $5.99 shipping)

    Subtotal: $305.95 (after $5.99 shipping and before $10 MIR)

    Optional
    GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6850 $149.99 (before $10 MIR)

    Total: $455.94 (after $5.99 shipping and before $20 MIR)

    I picked a Z77 platform because you said you wanted the ability to upgrade. However, you could save $25 by going with this ASRock H77M. I believe the biggest difference betwene Z77 and H77 is you can't overclock on H77, but you'd need a more expensive, unlocked CPU to overclock anyway.

    $450 is a pretty good budget for just the PC guts. CS:GO, like all Source engine games, probably won't be very demanding, but 210 is not a gaming card at all. I suggest getting something decent. The 6850 I picked out has a nice factory overclock too.
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