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LF New System $500-$650

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October 6, 2012 4:29:43 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2 months from now (I know it is a long ways away but I'm sure if prices fluctuate I am able to exchange the parts myself).

Budget Range: $500-$650 After all costs are compiled.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming to watching streams

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe (If you can fit the monitor price in there)

Parts to Upgrade: A whole new rig because the only thing worthwhile on my current machine is a 4670 Radeon HD which in itself isn't very good either.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Even though I like the navigation of Windows XP its hard to follow tutorials on things I want to learn about when they point out things that I have to google how to get to on my current OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pcpartpicker.com (But I really don't mind which website you use as long as it is affordable and easy to understand).

Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Parts Preferences: I don't care about parts as long as they get the job done.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 is my max and is what I use.

Additional Comments: I am not picky when it comes to parts for the computer, whatever is better is better for me. But If the case looks pretty cool I wouldn't kill myself over it :p  (Like with a window on it or lights or what not, you get the picture :D ) Of course this isn't mandatory and if the money can go towards making my machine better then why should I care what my case looks like? I also run Skype/Teamspeak/Ventrillo while im playing and I would like to be able to run an Antivirus Program while I'm gaming because the way im rolling now I can't even have an antivirus without dropping my overall computer speed largely.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current machine is horrible and I need a better machine overall.

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October 6, 2012 4:43:22 AM

Here's a slight variation on a build I suggested to someone else looking for an entry level gaming rig in the same price range:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $649.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If the prices on these parts come down enough in the next couple months, I would personally switch the GPU to a GTX 660 for $50 more.
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October 6, 2012 5:25:35 AM

ckholt83 said:
Here's a slight variation on a build I suggested to someone else looking for an entry level gaming rig in the same price range:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $649.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If the prices on these parts come down enough in the next couple months, I would personally switch the GPU to a GTX 660 for $50 more.


Thanks I realize the OS is a bit of a dumb thing to be asking for around this time but I feel like I can sell my current PC for like $300 easy if not more so I'll make up for a little bit of the cost but I don't want to go through a 2 month or more process of being without a computer to sell this one and use more money towards the new one.
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October 6, 2012 5:25:57 AM

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