Weird ~$1300 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend/next week

Budget Range: ~$1240 cash (I have a $60 Best Buy gift card I need to use)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: All tower parts, monitor, keyboard, mouse, & headset

Do you need to buy OS: YES

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU & nVidia GPU (preferably)

Overclocking: Maybe (don't include Hyper 212 EVO in pricing)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future if budget fits for a good PSU

Your Monitor Resolution:1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Like I said, I have a $60 Best Buy gift card that I need to get rid of, so be creative. I don't want a fancy keyboard and mouse, just something that'll let me play games well until Christmas. I do need a headset as well. Again, it doesn't need to be fancy, just something to get me through Christmas. Sorry for all the crazy requirements. :kaola: Thanks in advance!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my laptop blows.
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  1. Use the Best Buy gift card for your monitor or whatever peripherals you need. Newegg for everything else.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.27 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($287.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1270.03
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 18:34 EDT-0400)
  2. I wanteda build that is $1300 that includes monitor and keyboard and mouse and i dont want a radeon im probably going to get a 660 and not a msi motherboard
  3. TheRandomWookie said:
    I wanteda build that is $1300 that includes monitor and keyboard and mouse and i dont want a radeon im probably going to get a 660 and not a msi motherboard


    Bull****.

    7970Ghz edition > GTX680/670 7950>GTX660ti 7870>GTX660
  4. This build allows you to add a second card later in SLI/Crossfire. There isn't any reviews on that board down below for the fact it was just released less than a week ago.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1057031 $112.98 save: $10.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-CP-9020015-NA/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=sr_1_24?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346646210&sr=1-24 $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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1066148 $336.98 save: $13.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-Software/dp/B006B7R9PU/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348081271&sr=1-2 $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/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDX-240G-G25/dp/B006EKJ8UI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348180545&sr=1-1&keywords=sandisk+240gb $185.88 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-Graphics-GV-N660OC-2GD/dp/B00942TK8I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1347928241&sr=8-3&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+660 $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-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_z $90.70 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER $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

    Total $1,194.51 *not including shipping & rebates


    http://usa.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS228HP/ <----- another look at that monitor

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme3/ <----- another look at that board

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html/ <----- another look at that case


    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Overvoltage-N660TI-PE-2GD5/dp/B008SBX6GI/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347927302&sr=1-2&keywords=gtx+660+ti $309.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $299.99
    MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (N660TI PE 2GD5/OC)

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7870-Twin-Frozr-2GD5/dp/B007NG3WRC/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347928039&sr=1-13&keywords=7870 $259.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $244.99
    MSI Radeon HD7870, 2GB GDDR5, Mini DisplayPortx2, DVI-I, HDMI, PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC


    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $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.bestbuy.com/site/Logitech+-+G400+Optical+Gaming+Mouse+-+Black/2861112.p?id=1218358283698&skuId=2861112&st=3540491,%202861112,%209423527,%201260707_&cp=1&lp=2 $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Logitech - G400 Optical Gaming Mouse - Black

    http://www.logitech.com/en-us/gaming/mice-keyboard-combos/optical-gaming-mouse-g400 <----- another look at that mouse


    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Logitech+-+K200+Keyboard/4856404.p?id=1218552564975&skuId=4856404 $21.49 FREE SHIPPING
    Logitech K200 Keyboard

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Plantronics+-+Multimedia+Stereo+Headset/9210276.p?id=1218059403490&skuId=9210276 $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Plantronics Multimedia Stereo Headset
  5. TheRandomWookie said:
    I wanteda build that is $1300 that includes monitor and keyboard and mouse and i dont want a radeon im probably going to get a 660 and not a msi motherboard

    I just saw that post so check that build I posted again. I threw in a monitor along with two other cards that fit your budget. Check the benches though to make sure you get the card you want. All three of those cards run pretty close to each other depending on the game. That Gigabyte 660 in that build is factory over clocked to the max.
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    Use the Best Buy gift card for your monitor or whatever peripherals you need. Newegg for everything else.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.27 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($287.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1270.03
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 18:34 EDT-0400)

    A 650w psu won't allow for a second card later on will it? Every review/bench Iv'e read points towards a 750w psu for two of those cards.
  7. Why_Me said:
    A 650w psu won't allow for a second card later on will it? Every review/bench Iv'e read points towards a 750w psu for two of those cards.


    It'd be really stretching it for a Crossfire / SLI setup - I can get large video cards to run on a 430W so it might.
  8. Why_Me said:
    A 650w psu won't allow for a second card later on will it? Every review/bench Iv'e read points towards a 750w psu for two of those cards.


    It'd be really stretching it for a Crossfire / SLI setup - I can get large video cards to run on a 430W so it might. I know in that kind of budget you want to be prepared for it but sometimes I get lazy. :lol:
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