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1500$ Gaming/Recording/Editing PC!

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September 22, 2012 3:49:50 PM

Hey Guys! So, my friend wants to buy a new PC for gaming,recording and editing his videos. His PC is very old, and his budget is 1500$


Approximate Purchase Date: October-December

Budget Range: 1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,Recording,Editing(Sony Vegas 11 and After Effects CS5), Cinema 4D, Photoshop,Surfing Web

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Everything but, Monitor, Mice and Keyboard

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg,Amazon,TigerDirect

Location: Florida,USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe in the future(1~2 years)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: He's going to play and record: BF3,GW2,Skyrim,Sleeping Dogs,Max Payne 3, Minecraft. And he wants to record with at least 45+ fps.

PS: He's going to play BF3 on High, not ultra, because he said me that is almost no difference between them.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: As I said, his pc is old and he wants a new one to play and record :bounce: 
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September 22, 2012 4:33:19 PM

Here you go:
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 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1283.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-22 12:33 EDT-0400)
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September 22, 2012 4:56:28 PM

If you are planning to SLI/CF in the future, that mobo doesn't support it. Also, it might be better to get the 7970 3gb rather than the 670 2gb. Also, might want a 650W PSU if you plan on SLI/CF.
This PC is great for no future upgrades with regards to SLI/CF.
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September 22, 2012 8:33:35 PM
September 22, 2012 11:32:23 PM

No one? =(
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September 23, 2012 12:23:58 AM

It's best to start these threads a week or even less from the time you plan on purchasing seeing how the prices change almost daily...especially with SSD's dropping in price just about every other week. This though should a rough idea for what to look for when you get ready to buy.


This build down below will allow you to add another one of those cards down below later on in SLI. Those programs mentioned in the OP favor Nvidia cards.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Ga... $65.46 + $0.00 shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $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?Ite... $436.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $32.08 & 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAO

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GH24NS90B-Super-In... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
LG Electronics GH24NS90B 24 X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk without Software - Black

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-Dri... $84.79 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital 1 TB WD Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

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: $876.00 *not including shipping & rebates


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

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us.asp?Model=Z77%20Ex... <----- another look at that board


Mix and match the video cards & SSD's to fit your budget and needs.

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $379.99
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N670WF2-2GD

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Overvoltage-N660TI-PE-2GD5/dp... $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/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $299.99
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI / HDMI / DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards GV-N66TOC-2GD

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/gp/product/B0077CR66A/ref=s9_hps_... $199.90 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $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/SanDisk-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128... $92.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-HyperX-2-5-Inch-SH103S3-... $92.32 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G
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