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August 28, 2012 1:02:49 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of September

Budget Range: $600-$800, after rebates, before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (e.g., Guild Wars 2, Starcraft II, Diablo III), surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, since I already have a store card with them (though I am willing to go new egg

Location: Jersey City, NJ

Parts Preferences: Intel i5

Overclocking: Maybe, but I probably won't

SLI or Crossfire: no

Why Are You Upgrading: I used to use my laptop for gaming, but that is quickly becoming dated. I'd like something that can run today's games relatively well, but for not so high a price.

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August 28, 2012 1:26:46 AM

i3 2120- 125

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3- 125$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cosair RAM- 50$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500-60$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb- 70$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner - $17

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card 160$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814161389

Antec Three Hundred Black- 55$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This comes out to about 663$ im not sure on your res but at 1920x1080 it will play bf3 on high, If you have the money to spare go ahead and grab a 7850, and 3570k/asrock z77 pro3 mobo
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August 28, 2012 1:43:24 AM

What's the difference between Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge for gaming? Is it very noticeable? Also, is there much of a difference between i3 and i5? I've heard the i5 is better for gaming.
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August 28, 2012 2:10:46 AM

Well lets just say, sandy bridge = better for overclocking but overall the ivy bridge is newer and better and why not get it? yes there is a difference the i5 has 4 cores and the i3 has 2. The i5 3570k is The best gaming cpu's you can get
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August 28, 2012 11:07:00 AM

Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your help.

Newegg says that the motherboard has been discontinued. Is there something else I can swap it out with?

Just to compare, does anyone else have any other suggestions, perhaps for a build between $700 and $800?
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August 28, 2012 2:30:59 PM

You can swap it with asrock z77 extreme 4, or for cheaper just grab a asrock z77 pro3...

If you do want to spend in that high area then Swap out the gpu in the above build and replace it with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...,
And now with these changes and in the future you can easily swich your cpu to a 3570k without upgrading the mobo, you will have a kick ass system
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August 28, 2012 3:22:40 PM

Thanks buddy! I'll definitely look into that. Should I grab the 3570k from the get go?

BTW, shouldn't have said "thanks everyone" above. Meant to say "Thanks spicy." :) 
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September 4, 2012 12:05:27 AM

Best answer selected by grumbaut.
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