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September 21, 2012 10:05:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: 400ish before after shipping the lower the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (mainly mmos, maplestory mostly), web, video (maybe hd), word processing, some transcoding from pc to ps3

Are you buying a monitor: NO (i have a 720p tv, but when i use my ps3 i get a 1080 signal so im not sure if it can do 1080 or its just saying that 1080 is the resolution recieved and it scales it down to 720)



Parts to Upgrade: Whole System

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (really were ever will be cheapest and quickest)

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Florida, United States

Parts Preferences: I know Maplestory and most mmos are not really GPU dependent , so i was really wondering wether or not to go for an apu and or an i3 or a pentium. I would also like an ssd and 8gb or ram

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: as stated above my tv a (samsung ln32d450) is boxed as a 720p tv but ps3 outputs a 1080p signal so im suring you guys know better than I.
Additional Comments: i know its a stretch as quiet and cheap do not go together but i would like it to be kinda queit if that is ann option.

My current pc is an intel pentium 4 1.59GHz willamette as stated by cpu z. So anything will probably be a massive boost in performance. It stutters playing youtube videos muchless while transcoding video or playing a game (which i have been unsuccessful with)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I only have like $410 so if the build could be less than 390 it would be AWESOME. Im a practical person so i know i will not be encoding 4 hour long movies from mp3 to h264 in 35mins but i would like to be able to play maplestory and other low req games without lag. Thank You here is a build i did on newegg.

Case: Antec Gaming Series one illusion
Power Supply:CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
SSD: OCZ Synapse Cache SYN-25SAT3-64G 2.5" 64GB
MotherBoard: ASRock A75M-HVS FM1 AMD A75
CPU: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU

Total: 370 (but there is a combo with the cpu/mobo which brings price to 360 or so)

Thank You all for your input and help.

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September 21, 2012 10:24:04 PM

Sorry for the double post. But...
This is an i3 build i through together. Is it any better worth the 20$ more?

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill RV350-2 350W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX

Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000

OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC
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September 21, 2012 10:26:41 PM

Let me make a parts list for you, it's not worth the extra cost going for an Ivy Bridge i3 as the performance difference is so little.
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September 21, 2012 10:30:01 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.81 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($68.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $406.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 18:29 EDT-0400)

Here we go, this has a dedicated HD6670, it's still a GREAT budget card for some casual gaming and sure beats the integrated HD4000 graphics). It also features a great budget oriented SSD that's much more reliable.

It's $6 over-budget but it's worth every penny IMO.
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September 21, 2012 10:52:53 PM

That build looks nice but on newegg it cost $470, so my question is at that price point is there a better option using newegg only OR does the other cites on you pcparts picker post have free shipping with those items? and are they reliable? Thank you got your quick response and adding the specifics i asked for =)

mocchan said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.81 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($68.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $406.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 18:29 EDT-0400)

Here we go, this has a dedicated HD6670, it's still a GREAT budget card for some casual gaming and sure beats the integrated HD4000 graphics). It also features a great budget oriented SSD that's much more reliable.

It's $6 over-budget but it's worth every penny IMO.

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September 21, 2012 10:56:54 PM

NCIX is VERY reliable, and so is B&H as far as I'm concerned, and as the list states, all these prices include shipping and rebates when possible :) 

I think the only thing you'll have to spend more on (in the beginning) is the PSU. It's around $44 on newegg but the price listed is with a $20 rebate.
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September 21, 2012 11:00:30 PM

Yes i did notice at the bottom it states w/o rebates 440ish w/ shipping, ok so i guess ill be going with that. Im a college student so you know getting by an extra $400 is rare and the longer i have it for some strange reason i feel more things will come up that will require that i "dab" into it till it is all gone so i will order this within the week thank you.
mocchan said:
NCIX is VERY reliable, and so is B&H as far as I'm concerned, and as the list states, all these prices include shipping and rebates when possible :) 

I think the only thing you'll have to spend more on (in the beginning) is the PSU. It's around $44 on newegg but the price listed is with a $20 rebate.

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September 21, 2012 11:01:08 PM

Best answer selected by gstephenson07.
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September 21, 2012 11:02:29 PM

gstephenson07 said:
Yes i did notice at the bottom it states w/o rebates 440ish w/ shipping, ok so i guess ill be going with that. Im a college student so you know getting by an extra $400 is rare and the longer i have it for some strange reason i feel more things will come up that will require that i "dab" into it till it is all gone so i will order this within the week thank you.

You're welcome!

And sucks being broke! :lol:  -knows that very well.
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