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August 28, 2012 4:42:59 PM

Hello Friends,

I finally decided to build my own gaming/standard use comp, just wanted to get some input from you fine people before pulling the trigger. This will be my first build so any input would be appreciated :D 


Approximate Purchase Date: In 2 weeks!

Budget Range: 800-900$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Some gamings, web surfing, media streaming

Parts not needed: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, will be Win 7 64-bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com/microcenter

Location: Atlanta, GA USA

Parts Preferences: intel CPU...thats about it

Overclocking: Maybe, in the future if need be

SLI or Crossfire: Doubt it, but i would like to keep my options open

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I dont need a whisper quiet system, i just need parts that will last me a good while :) 

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need a windows pc, too many mac-unfriendly programs

CPU:Intel i5 2500k

GPU:Sapphire Radeon HD 6870

MOBO:AsRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3

RAM: G.Skill Sniper 8GB DDR3 (2X4GB)

CASE: Rosewill Challenger Black

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W

HDD:Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm

DRIVE:Samsung 22x Dual Layer DVD

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August 28, 2012 5:21:59 PM

If you're not going to overclock it makes no sense to get the 2500K. On an $800 - $900 system I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $885.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 13:21 EDT-0400)
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August 28, 2012 7:17:25 PM

g-unit1111 said:
If you're not going to overclock it makes no sense to get the 2500K. On an $800 - $900 system I'd suggest something like this:



Thanks for the reply!

I would like to overclock at some point, probably when im more familiar with the process. Also depending on how much gaming I end up doing.

The only parts Im a little on the fence about are the mobo and psu, not really sure if they are the best "bang for buck"
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August 28, 2012 7:41:43 PM

oddfutur3 said:
Thanks for the reply!

I would like to overclock at some point, probably when im more familiar with the process. Also depending on how much gaming I end up doing.

The only parts Im a little on the fence about are the mobo and psu, not really sure if they are the best "bang for buck"
Your build looks good to me the PSU is a decent one though i personally wouldn't use it. :na: 
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