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September 16, 2012 3:17:20 AM

Hello Everyone,

Approximate Purchase Date: This month.

Budget Range: $600-700 (can be after rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching (maybe streaming) High quality movies and TV, gaming, torrenting.

Are you buying a monitor: no

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Boston, MA

Parts Preferences: I'm only looking at Intel builds, and IMO Nvidia > AMD but I open to suggestions here.

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 (But will be upgrading to a HD monitor soon)

Additional Comments: I don't need a HDD for this build, I'm an avid torrenter and thus already have a few TB's of storage,so only one SSD will be needed (60-120 GB's).

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current setup can't run even the simplest of games, and I'm tired of that.

Also I have a few quick questions: Will all the cables (sata, power supply) come included with everything, or will I need to buy cables to connect my HDD's/SSD?

Thanks everyone for reading,

C :) 

More about : 600 700 gaming build

September 16, 2012 3:40:22 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $738.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-16 11:09 EDT-0400)

This build can max out every game in your monitor, however, SLI/CF isn't possible. You might have to buy extra SATA cables depending on how many hard drives you have The motherboard comes with 2 SATA cables, and the SSD comes with 2, so you have 2 extra cables for your drives. You might also be able to salvage some from your old build.

EDIT: Changed the PSU because of unnecessary wattage, changed the i3 to an i5, changed the Blu-ray drive to DVD, no other changes made.
September 16, 2012 3:45:58 AM

fpoon said:

You might have to buy extra SATA cables depending on how many hard drives you have.

Thank you, but will the build come with one cord for just the one SSD, like what is the standard amount of SATA cables, and what do they come with (The mobo, the storage its self)? Also would I have to buy power cords as well?
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September 16, 2012 11:01:11 AM

on your budget you can get a quad core i5

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136247

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119227
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version
Item #: N82E16814202004
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139027
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
Item #: N82E16820148544

Intel Core i5-3330 Ivy Bridge 3.0GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53330
Item #: N82E16819116781

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
Item #: N82E16820239045

ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157303

$730.73 with shipping - $30 MIR = $700.73

the MB and ram come as a combo (saves $8)

MB comes with 2 Sata 6G cables and the PSU has plenty of SATA connectors