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Under $1500 Gaming/HTPC with existing HDTV

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September 4, 2012 4:54:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and end of October.

Budget Range: $1,500 After Rebates / After Shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, HTPC.

Are you buying a monitor: No, plan to use existing HDTV which I have been using with my old PC.

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, except will be reusing DVD/CD Rom.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any that ships to USA.

Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1386x788 - it's an old HDTV.

Additional Comments: Specific software or games you're using: Skyrim, Boderlands 2, XBMC.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Existing HTPC is old and not capable of playing games. Have been hooking laptop up to TV for gaming.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ TigerDirect)
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 ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1353.70
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 00:43 EDT-0400)
September 4, 2012 5:08:10 AM

Overkill for your TV. You only need a 6670 to max out games.
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September 4, 2012 5:11:57 AM

azeem40 said:
Overkill for your TV. You only need a 6670 to max out games.


The plan is to upgrade the TV at some point. Or upgrade the TV first then build a PC later - not sure yet, it's a dilemma.
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September 4, 2012 5:16:14 AM

1920 x 1080, probably within the next 4 months.
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September 4, 2012 5:16:30 AM

What resolution do you plan on getting and when?
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September 4, 2012 5:36:51 AM

Then good build! Just change CPU to i5-3570k.
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September 4, 2012 4:29:25 PM

Great! Thank you!
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October 7, 2012 7:06:52 PM

Best answer selected by CuzaWat.
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