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August 17, 2012 9:54:46 PM

So I recently broke up with my girlfriend and the only things she took was the dog and the computer. So its time to build a new one, but its been a few years since i've done it and I have no idea where current tech is. So i'm coming to the gurus for help.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Two weeks

Budget Range: $600-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mostly, wandering the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Tampa, Fl

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I already bought a 128Gb samsung 830 ssd to use as my boot drive

Why Are You Upgrading: I want to play borderlands 2

This is what i've come up with so far.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eTrr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eTrr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eTrr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($117.85 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $461.80
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 17:56 EDT-0400)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eTrr

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August 17, 2012 10:06:52 PM

With your budget, you may want to take overclocking out of the question to squeeze in a few more $$$ for a good GPU. I'll make a parts list :) 
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August 17, 2012 10:10:07 PM

Thank you, any help would be appreciated
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August 17, 2012 10:16:31 PM

With a few compromises, I was able to make a rig pretty close to your budget.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $717.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 18:16 EDT-0400)

This brings you a little over ~$50 overbudget when you buy online :( 

Here's another rig I made that will perform just as well, if not better -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $732.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 18:17 EDT-0400)

The i3 will hold you back in some titles such as Battlefield 3 Multiplayer, however. But it's still something you may want to consider.
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August 18, 2012 1:52:24 AM

Best answer selected by gonetoolong.
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