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September 19, 2012 9:26:44 PM

Purchase Date: 1 Month

Budget: $1000

System Usage: Gaming (Skyrim- best settings), surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying: Just need the 'Brain'.

Preferred Website: newegg.com

Location: West Virginia, USA

Overclocking: Probably not. I don't know how to. I want longevity. Probably wouldn't notice it anyway with the things I do.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer is 4 years old, dual core, slowing down and refuses to boot sometimes.

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I've based my build off of the August 2012 System Builder Marathon.
CHANGES I"VE MADE: Because I'm not currently an extreme gamer, I've gone with a lesser video card, strengthened the motherboard, and selected a different hard drive. Changes are marked in Orange.

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Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $95

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $230

Fan/Heatsink: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $25

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997043
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $52

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100355L Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $200

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $60

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• Keep old hard drive also. Partition it!
• $80

CD Reader: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $20

Case: Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $40

Power: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $70

TOTAL: $872 (versus $1057 originally)
Windows 7 will add $110

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:heink:  QUESTION: :heink:  My old hard drive (Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB 7200rpm 8MB Cache SATA-300) has Microsoft Office & Windows 7 professional (upgraded from Vista). Will I still be able to use this as a second hard drive if my new computer hard drive has Windows 7 Home Premium? Will I still be able to use Microsoft Office?
September 19, 2012 9:34:07 PM

I would choose a higher end motherboard, and possibly swap the CPU cooler out for a better one. Looks good though.
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September 20, 2012 2:20:55 AM

Buddy no offense but that rig is crap. buy this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hkO2 and if i'd were you i'd drop the SSD for now to get a better GPU like the 7970Ghz or a GTX670
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September 20, 2012 2:26:22 AM

idroid said:
Buddy no offense but that rig is crap. buy this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hkO2 and if i'd were you i'd drop the SSD for now to get a better GPU like the 7970Ghz or a GTX670



Look at his monitor resolution...
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September 20, 2012 2:26:57 AM

idroid's build looks good, but I'd get the 7950 instead of the 660Ti.
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September 20, 2012 2:27:05 AM

At 1440x900, just need a 7850.
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September 20, 2012 5:38:07 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $61.28 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 | $10 off w/ promo code CollegeSave10, limited offer
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $259.98 save: $11.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $33.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $74.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128... $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.70 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $912.86 *not including shipping , rebates & promo codes
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September 20, 2012 5:48:20 AM

I think we are ignoring that he could save on windows if he gets it off of his hard drive. If you bought your PC pre-built or bought an OEM version of Windows you will not be able to transfer, however because your PC is 4 years old you could not have had it pre-built with Windows 7. If you upgraded from the retail version then you will be able to transfer your registration to your new computer, BUT you will not be able to use that licence on any other machine concurrently because you have transferred it to the new build. If you bought the retail version and still have the box then you do not have to get it again, and if you do not have the box I would email MS tech support and ask them about it
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September 20, 2012 6:32:22 PM

Thanks for all the excellent advice. You guys have been incredibly helpful.

I'm starting to realize how casual of a gamer I've become. I'd like to be able to play Skyrim on high settings (which doesn't require a great video card), but don't need much more in video power than what that requires. The quad core is already a large step up from my old dual core (e8400), which will help with general multi-tasking. Simply having 64bit over my old 32 bit should help a great deal with extra RAM utilization.

I really don't need a powerful rig. I'm going to rethink this build. I was headstrong in thinking I needed a $1000 computer. It won't hurt to save some money while I'm at it.

P.S. My old computer still runs. It has trouble booting up on cool mornings... must be a contact point somewhere in the machine. The computer will turn on, give me one long beep, and video feed never reaches the monitor. If I leave my computer running in this mode for about 20 minutes, I can restart it and it will boot up just fine. I assume it has something to do with the expanding/contracting components related to temperature. Both RAM sticks are in working order, which I initially thought was the problem.
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