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October 4, 2012 11:02:01 PM

Hi all. I want to try to build a decent machine that won't have to upgrade for another 5 years. My XPS600 has served me well for the last 6 years but it's finally showing it's age. I'm not planning on OC'ing the processor or memory. Would prefer Intel and NVidia cards.


Description: To play current games and run programs like Photoshop/web surfing

Budget: Prefer $ 600-800 US

Location: NYC. Newegg, Amazon and there is a Microcenter that's 30 miles away

CASE: something small or mid size. The size of the XPS is just tooo big

Cpu: Enough to play current games

Graphics: Need help (also have a EVGA 9800+ and EVGA 240 lying around, can wait for the 690)

PSU: maybe seasonic?

MOBO: Need Help

Cooler: not needed

Storage: got 128 gig hyperx already, just need another 1tera for storage

Memory: 8-16 GB (Or what's recomended)

Optical Drive: need one

Don't need keyboard, mouse, monitor or OS.

Thanks for the help.
October 5, 2012 1:06:46 AM

Get a i7 3970k and dual gtx 690 in sli.... nah just kidding

Amd A10-5800k 130
Biostar A85W 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813138366
Hyper 212 evo 35
Amd 6670 ddr3<---- very important 70
8gb 1600mhz ram (any brand) 40
500gb hdd 60
Choose your own case, I dont know what your looking for ~50
Psu 500-600w 50-80
Windows 64 bit ~90
Use the new APU with the 6670 in dual graphics saves you money from getting a real expensive gpu. the new trinity APUs seem to be faster then llano and just a tad behind sandy bridge. The A10 is unlocked and with the 212 evo you can probably get upwards of 4.2/3 ghz. The ddr3 6670 is important cause when paired with the APU the gddr5 memory is essentially useless. Also since trinity is brand new youll be set for at least a couple of years.
The other option would be get a i3 or phenom ii/fx. With both options youll spend about 100-130 and that wont leave great headroom for a gpu thats very good. You didn't specify which motherboard features were really needed, if you dont need sata 6gbs or usb then you could save a couple of bucks and get go for a cpu and better discrete gpu. Overall I think that the new trinity APUs are Amd's best option cause they cant compete with intel clock fo clock. The ability of dual graphics will bet 20-50% increase on an already usable APU graphics. Plus the A10 seems to be about even with i3's on the cpu side so a better GPU can be bought later. intel's modern chips are not as future proof with haswell looming the corner so i think fr the future a brand new socket would be best suited
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October 5, 2012 1:10:46 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.44 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $821.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

:)  Here's an ITX build...TINY TINY gaming rig!
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October 5, 2012 1:35:09 AM

My suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $768.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 5, 2012 1:46:11 AM

^ Not too bad, I would personally throw in an SSD in that rig to make it a VERY respectable $850 budget build :) 
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October 5, 2012 2:24:19 AM

^Yes please consider that if you can stretch your budget a bit more.
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