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August 25, 2012 5:46:44 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today if at all possible!

Budget Range: $1200.00 + Shipping costs

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming, Movies, Internet

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Building from Scratch have nothing but mouse, monitor, and keyboard (probably getting new ones after birthday)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would like to get all parts from same site if at all possible, no preference.

Location: Denver, CO

Parts Preferences: No preference just want good quality components.

Overclocking: ? No idea about overclocking likely will not overclock.

SLI or Crossfire: No idea what this is.

Your Monitor Resolution: I believe it is 1920 x 1080 not 100% sure I will probably upgrade monitor after birthday as well.

Additional Comments: I just want to run a beast of a machine for my budget.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current desktop is about 10 years old and really need a new computer to feed my gaming needs.

More about : build computer

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August 25, 2012 6:56:24 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM ST1000DM003 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB GV-N670OC-2GD ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone-750M ($88.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1196.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-25 14:42 EDT-0400)

This build assumes overclocking and SLI (CF is when more than one AMD graphics cards are installed in the same system, SLI is the Nvidia equivalent) in the future.

If you aren't going to overclock then the CPU can be changed to the i5-3550 ($200 @ Newegg).
If you aren't going to SLI in the future then the motherboard can be changed to ASRock Z77 Pro4-M ($110 @ Newegg / $7 shipping). And then you don't need a 750W PSU. You could get this instead: Rosewill Capstone-450M ($80 @ Newegg / 20% off promo code = $64).

Here's a build with the above changes and an SSD instead of the Seagate HDD, the idea being to add a HDD when you have more money, plus hopefully HDD prices have come down:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1159.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-25 15:01 EDT-0400)
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