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$1500 Build (including monitor and other peripherals)

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September 3, 2012 6:10:38 PM

I'll most likely go with a single laptop for gaming and college because I don't want to maintain multiple computers, but in case circumstances change, I would like advice on a desktop build:
Approximate Purchase Date: Two months

Budget Range: $1500 after rebates, tax, shipping (I'll also have to buy a smaller laptop for college work--I'm leaning toward a single laptop because I would be able to spend close to $2500 on that.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Location: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: At least 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I would prefer a quiet PC.

September 7, 2012 1:17:48 AM

September 7, 2012 1:23:41 AM

What do you thing of this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ 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: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($176.44 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1512.13
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-06 21:22 EDT-0400)
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a b C Monitor
September 7, 2012 1:27:45 AM

dont bump. mousemonkey (or any mod) will come along and give you a nice warning

here you go

you should wait a while and see if the prices drop or not. the motherboard and the CPU are currently not on sale

as for the laptop, dont spend more than 750 dollars unless it warrants it (i.e: a i7 chip)

September 7, 2012 1:30:30 AM

Hello, buddy:

*First of all Click here to read your PMs

*Click the first link on my signature... there is a wide variety of builds for different budgets, my ~1200$ rig should be more than enough to satisfy your gaming needs... tweak it a little bit if you want and add a nice kick-ass monitor (IPS monitors give you a MUCH higher picture quality) and a nice keyboard&mouse.
a b C Monitor
September 7, 2012 3:21:19 AM

This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI. It includes a 128GB SSD, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), Windows 7, etc.. $69.88 + $0.00 shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA $157.98 save: $8.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $519.98 save: $20.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $33.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2 $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $68.15 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25) $90.92 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,136.37 *not including shipping & rebates $134.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI <----- another look at that monitor <----- another look at that Asrock board along with a link to the latest bios <----- review of that MSI GTX 660 ti w/benchmarks <----- another look at that Corsair 300R

*** Alternate vid card $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC <---- review of that MSI GTX 670 w/benchmarks