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New Build 1000-1200$

Approximate Purchase Date: next few days
Budget Range: 1000-12000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Schooling, Digital Design, Gaming, word processing, Database

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Main applications used are Photoshop, World of Warcraft, CoD, MS office, Dreamweaver.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old PC Mobo dead

this is what i have found so far. my preference is Amazon as i get free 2 day shipping and no tax
if there is any upgrades to these or downgrades that wont effect the build but save me money please let me know.
thank you in advance for you help

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Cooler Master HAF 912
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYV690/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_4?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_5?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DW0GO2/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_6?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Asus P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 DDR3 LGA 1155 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RIFKTY/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_7?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JLFVNO/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_8?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006B7R9PU/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_9?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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  1. what i would get. it is capable of overclocking and crossfire in the future

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/geWh
  2. To me it looks like he won't be needing an i7. Go for an i5-3570K + aim for a GTX 670 / 7970. PSU should handle SLI on those two cards as well.

    Go down to the ASrock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard.

    Consider going down to 8GB RAM.

    Other than this, TheBigTroll's build looks good to me.
  3. well he is doing some photoshop so he could benefit. otherwise, get the i5 and the 670
  4. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gf35

    has to be below 1200 its all i have.

    this build above look good?
  5. Hello buddy! check out my signature builds, i am sure you will love a modified version of one of my builds....btw, click here it might come in handy... ;)

    Edit: if you only have 1200$ and not a penny more then get my 1261.39$ build with no SSD
  6. Gimme a sec. lemme try something
  7. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1206.40
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 12:30 EDT-0400)

    128GB SSD . SLI-Capable. What do you think?
  8. Here is my suggestion PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1180.89
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 12:36 EDT-0400)
  9. one last question. would i be better off with HD6850x2 or the GTX670.

    i already have one HD6850
  10. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.36 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1185.24
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 12:42 EDT-0400)

    Slightly different from bigcyco1's build: motherboard down to ASrock Z77 Extreme4. Changed to all shops, not Newegg-only. Added SSD.
  11. One GTX 670 would be better.
  12. If you wanted to go cheaper and get a bit better of a case with a clear side window this is my recommendation PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1023.77
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 12:43 EDT-0400)
  13. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.36 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1203.22
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 12:44 EDT-0400)

    Awesome build bigcyco. I had actually been making similar mods. Overall, I chose the 400r over the HAF because the HAF has no USB 3.0 ports on the front, and the 400r is overall a better case. I was willing to get him up to a 670 but the fact that he does a lot of media stuff, and only has 1TB of HDD space shakes me a little, which is why I had 2TB on my last build. Other than that. I think everything is good.

    I also got an ADATA SSD
  14. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1001.93
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 12:56 EDT-0400)

    ToOoOOOOooOoO MAnY BuiILDs

    EDIT -- Added a PSU :o
  15. have a 3 TB external I have networked. have a 64 gb ssd from old build I'm gonna wipe and use. think i am piecing it together almost there. almost done
  16. Oh ok here let me get you a build at those specs
  17. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.36 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1006.32
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 13:01 EDT-0400)

    This build won't SLI. But a 670 would be added. I'll make a 1200$ SLI build in a sec
  18. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1133.68
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 13:06 EDT-0400)

    This build will definitely SLI, and I got you a better GPU ! What do you think?
  19. bctande1 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1133.68
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 13:06 EDT-0400)

    This build will definitely SLI, and I got you a better GPU ! What do you think?



    looks good :D gonna make sure i can get them all from the vendors for the 1200 with tax and shipping. i guess worst case scenario i can use my 6850 for a month then get the 7970 or GTX 670 if i fall short.
  20. Best answer
    jkmcman2k2 said:
    looks good :D gonna make sure i can get them all from the vendors for the 1200 with tax and shipping. i guess worst case scenario i can use my 6850 for a month then get the 7970 or GTX 670 if i fall short.


    We can go with a GTX 670 and lower the price by around 13$.. Giving you the 13$ leeway space for shipping. The GHz 7970 is better than the 670 but you can OC the 670 a ton and get it to and above GHz 7970 stock speeds.
  21. bctande1 said:
    We can go with a GTX 670 and lower the price by around 13$.. Giving you the 13$ leeway space for shipping. The GHz 7970 is better than the 670 but you can OC the 670 a ton and get it to and above GHz 7970 stock speeds.



    looks like i was able to do it. now all i have to do is wait. got the GTX 670. thx so much for your help.
  22. Best answer selected by jkmcman2k2.
  23. jkmcman2k2 said:
    looks like i was able to do it. now all i have to do is wait. got the GTX 670. thx so much for your help.


    Your welcome ! Have fun with your build !
  24. jkmcman2k2 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: next few days
    My preference is Amazon as i get free 2 day shipping and no tax.

    Here's another build for you to look at. This gives you a case with 2 x 3.0 front USB ports, the option to add another one of those cards later on in SLI, and a nice 128GB SSD.

    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346523348&sr=1-6 $60.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-CP-9020015-NA/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=sr_1_23?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346522602&sr=1-23 $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-Z77A-G45/dp/B007QWI9TY/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346522441&sr=1-9&keywords=Intel $137.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI Computer Corp. DDR3 1600 Intel LGA 1155 Motherboards (Z77A-G45)

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=pd_ts_zgc_e_229189_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&pf_rd_p=1381382962&pf_rd_s=right-10&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=193870011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1KGKCK1WPFGTNWJ295EJ $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-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_sim_e_7 $32.32 & 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-PC3-12800/dp/B008MF3R82/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1346378899&sr=1-11&keywords=patriot+8gb $46.50 & 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/Sony-Optiarc-DVD-ROM-Drives-DDU1681S-0B/dp/B0029RUBNS/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346522871&sr=1-6 $22.48 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony Optiarc 18X SATA DVD-ROM Drives DDU1681S-0B (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346522986&sr=1-9 $77.49 & 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-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128G--G25/dp/B007ZW2LY4/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1346523434&sr=1-2&keywords=sandisk+128gb+ssd $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
    SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Overvoltage-N660TI-PE-2GD5/dp/B008SBX6GI/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1346522360&sr=1-2&keywords=gtx+660+ti $309.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    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-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_z $90.86 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,183.78


    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power_Edition/ <------ review of that MSI GTX 660 ti w/benchmarks
  25. jkmcman2k2 said:
    looks good :D gonna make sure i can get them all from the vendors for the 1200 with tax and shipping. i guess worst case scenario i can use my 6850 for a month then get the 7970 or GTX 670 if i fall short.


    If you want an amazon only build I'll try to scrap something together.. OP can make the choice

    EDIT -- And the OP specified he didn't need storage devices
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