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1st Build: $1000 Gaming Rig

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September 15, 2012 9:06:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: ≤$1000 after rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, multitasking (game, itunes, skype, chrome)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything excluding optical drive and accessories (monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything in the U.S.

Location: Laramie, Wyoming, U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I play a variety of games like Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Guild Wars 2, etc. I won't be doing any video editing or other intensive tasks like that.

Why I Am Upgrading: My current computer is 4 years old and is starting to have trouble running newer games like Orcs Must Die! 2 and Quantum Conundrum, let alone any future releases I plan on picking up like Dishonored.

I wasn't quite sure what to look for in a motherboard or power supply so I just took some from other forum posts around my budget range. If there are cheaper alternatives that will still meet my needs then I would love to hear about them!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.10 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $996.00

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September 15, 2012 9:45:51 PM

Get the 3470 instead. No point in getting a 3570k when for $5 more you get a 3570k. Drop the unneeded mobo down to a DS3H. Drop the SSD in favor of a 7950. It performs a lot better.
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September 15, 2012 10:41:23 PM

After changing the CPU, mobo, and dropping the SSD I had saved $100 so thank you! I could now afford a 670 in fact if it's worth it? There's a deal on one for $365.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($364.50 @ Newegg)

Also, the reviews on the DS3H weren't very good, at least on newegg. Is there another mobo you could suggest or is it unlikely I run into the same problems?
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September 15, 2012 10:45:43 PM

Yes! It is worth it!

No need to look into newegg reviews. The board is already unlikely to be bad.
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September 15, 2012 10:55:56 PM

Thanks a lot man! Final build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($364.50 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $928.42

Saved me $75 and got a better video card! :D 
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September 15, 2012 10:56:03 PM

Best answer selected by rayban3000.
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September 15, 2012 11:07:30 PM

That PSU is horrible. Get the Antec TruePower 550W.
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September 15, 2012 11:14:14 PM

That PSU is out of stock everywhere I look :/ 
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September 15, 2012 11:27:08 PM

Then get the XFX 550W or Antec NEO ECO 520W.
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