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Gaming Rig in the $1000-$1250 range

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August 28, 2012 7:38:09 AM

Hey All,

I created a thread before and got a ton of replies, but unfortunately I have changed my mind a bit, and I've decided to focus on a more gaming oriented computer...

As an incentive/reward for your help, if I pick the setup you suggest, I will paypal you $10 upon purchasing the computer!

keep in mind, the games i'm most interested in are BF3, PlanetSide 2, Skyrim etc... and I'd love the FPS to be stellar!


so here's the copypasta:

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1-2 months

Budget Range: PC: 900-1200 (willing to go over, if it makes me happier!) Monitor: 200-300 If I could get Everything for 1250, that would be super!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Editing/Music/Movies/Surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes. I'm going to want a full HD widescreen, with the ability to play older games in 4:3 utilitizing letterboxing so as to maintain the aspect ratio without any distortion


Parts to Upgrade: THE WHOLE DAMN THING!

Do you need to buy OS: YES! Windows 7 ~~ whatever ultimate/home/blah blah blah

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon!

Location: Los Angeles, CA 90292

Parts Preferences: I love Intel and NVIDIA!

Overclocking: I'm hoping I won't have to!

SLI or Crossfire: If I can afford it!

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Cool, quiet, and powerful. Doesn't have to look like a work of art, but, if the budget allows it :)  Also, I'll be buying speaker separately so a good soundcard would be grand!

I forgot to add that I was looking for a 256GB SSD to boot from and install games, and a 1+ TB Hard Drive for file storage!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a desktop! I've been without for quite a while, and I want to start enjoying gaming and the like as much as I used to!

So far, from what I've seen, the i5-3570k is the processor to go with, I prefer Nvidia GFX.

I am not too interested in overclocking, so I'm not sure if an i7-3770 would be a better choice than the i5...
August 28, 2012 7:50:38 AM

best intel cpu around $220 are i5 2500k or i5 3570k.if want amd cpu then go with fx 8150+Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 gpu +8gb ram+ssd+hdd+650w psu
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2012 9:36:49 AM

Live in Cali then shop Amazon so you don't pay sales tax. This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006TVQTHW/ref=ox_sc_a... $59.23 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RJZQSW/ref=ox_sc_a... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified Modular ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Corp-Motherboards-Z7... $125.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI Computer Corp. DDR3 1600 Intel LGA 1155 Motherboards (Z77A-G45)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=s9_hps_... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Extreme-Masters-PC... $44.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Patriot Memory Intel Extreme Masters 8 GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI38G160C9K

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $21.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $85.61 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Soli... $91.53 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-120G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Overvoltage-N660TI-PE-2GD5/dp... $309.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $299.99
MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (N660TI PE 2GD5/OC)

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.43 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=ox_sc_a... $136.40 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

Total: $1,314.60 *not including rebates
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2012 10:25:13 AM

Hmmm... well i already am a little over budget the only way i could fit a sound card and monitor into this build is if you would be willing to consider a amd card like a 7870 or up your budget to around 1,450.00

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($115.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1290.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 06:19 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2012 10:32:11 AM

Why_Me said:
Live in Cali then shop Amazon so you don't pay sales tax. This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006TVQTHW/ref=ox_sc_a... $59.23 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RJZQSW/ref=ox_sc_a... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified Modular ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Corp-Motherboards-Z7... $125.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI Computer Corp. DDR3 1600 Intel LGA 1155 Motherboards (Z77A-G45)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=s9_hps_... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Extreme-Masters-PC... $44.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Patriot Memory Intel Extreme Masters 8 GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI38G160C9K

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $21.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $85.61 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Soli... $91.53 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-120G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Overvoltage-N660TI-PE-2GD5/dp... $309.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $299.99
MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (N660TI PE 2GD5/OC)

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.43 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=ox_sc_a... $136.40 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

Total: $1,314.60 *not including rebates
+1 i would go with this build i thought you didn't want overclocking and you wanted 256mb SSD though you would be better off with this build and it's always nice to have the overclocking option there you never know you might change your mind in the future ;) 
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