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September 3, 2012 2:49:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the year

Budget Range: $1000 total, including shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming videos, internet browsing, schoolwork, others (occassional video editing, graphics art, creating music tracks)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I currently have one but I'm looking to use two



Parts:
CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K

Motherboard:
Recommend mobo

Video Card:
Recommend video card

Memory:
Recommend RAM, mininum 16GB total?

Hard Drive:
Recommend hard drive, 1TB

Optical Drive:
Recommend optical drive, just something cheap

Power Supply:
Recommend power supply

Case:
Recommend case, nothing too fancy needed

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Does not matter

Additional Comments: Quiet PC preferred

My knowledge about builds: Limited, don't have much of the parts figured out yet

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September 3, 2012 10:56:21 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Logisys MC4002IW ($26.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HD103SJ ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" MZ-7PC128D/AM ($109.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB GV-R787OC-2GD ($247.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ($60.49 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone-650M ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $990.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 06:22 EDT-0400)

The CPU cooler has a fan speed range of 500-1500RPM, and noise rating of 17.8-27.6dBA. It is quieter than the stock cooler and would allow you to overclock if you decide to.
The motherboard allows overclocking and SLI/CF.
I didn't particularly think that you need 16GB for your uses, so I would recommend starting with 8GB, using your computer for awhile and if it's not enough then you can easily add another 8GB to make the total 16GB.
I have included an SSD for the various advantages it has: faster system performance, lower noise (compared to HDDs), etc and it was easy enough to fit it into the $1000 budget. If you don't want an SSD then removing it frees up money to invest in other parts of the build.
I have recommended the Gigabyte 7870 because it has a relatively low price, a good factory overclock and a good cooler.
Decent quality, budget case.
The Rosewill Capstone-650M is a good choice because the fan idles at ~700RPM and the maximum speed of it's fan is 1200RPM, but it is very unlikely to go above 1000RPM.
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September 3, 2012 11:22:56 AM

What do buy mean by:

Approximate Purchase Date: [size=2 said:
Within the year]Approximate Purchase Date: Within the year
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come back when you're ready to make your purchase because any advise we give you now might not be the best in a couple of months.
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September 3, 2012 1:22:40 PM

idroid said:
What do buy mean by:



come back when you're ready to make your purchase because any advise we give you now might not be the best in a couple of months.

I'd like to start purchasing ASAP, but I'm willing to wait a few months.
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September 3, 2012 2:03:36 PM

Classikly said:
I'd like to start purchasing ASAP, but I'm willing to wait a few months.


Well...whatever you do just make sure you buy everything together.
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September 3, 2012 10:32:50 PM

Best answer selected by Classikly.
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