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New build, looking for ideas. semi gamming near $1000

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October 7, 2012 2:20:41 PM

Ok, planning on new system, the price will always make me cringe. but what i plan on use'n this thing for is home use, web/email for wife and kid, myself. and some gaming for myself. not big into FPS but do occational play. (very rarely) play alot of stratigy and what have you. would like to be able to play my universe conquering games and Xcom with all the fancy look'n details.

what i have, or will salvage : montor, keyboard, mouse, OS (win 7 home 64), backup HD, and DVD burner.

looking for case : leaning towards
Rosewill R5 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case, comes with 2 x front fans, Fan Controller, USB2.0 & USB3.0 front ports, Removable top and lower front filter panels
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor : leaning towards
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but possibly
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO and PSU. i have ideas, but tend to get confused. looking for ideas and suggestions. the MOBO's will lead me to ram, but suggestions always welcome.
honestly, am shooting for 1000 range, but will prolly be bought and assembled over the course of a month or two. so some price can get overrun.

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October 7, 2012 3:16:01 PM

the i5 will be fine, actually going an i3 is still great

if you want an i7 i would be excepting some hardcore video editing or photoshop

if not just stick with i5(if it is minor video editing/ minor photoshop this will do)

i would go with this kind of build for $1000

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jBc0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jBc0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jBc0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $964.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


i really don't approve going like this if it is minor stuff like checking emails and very minor gaming. i would go with a 600-700 build for that kind of stuff and of course you would still be able to play games fairly well with a 600-700 build
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October 7, 2012 4:16:08 PM

Hi. I made you a build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD55 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.91 @ CompUSA)
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)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1008.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It's really really good.It will max out every game you throw at it.It's basicly an upgrade of the build above.

Everything in it is better than the corresponding part in the build above but the power supply.But the one i included is more than good enough.
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October 7, 2012 10:04:51 PM

Thank you guys very much, i guess half the reason for spending, and honestly, when going through, and looking, you two folks have been more then helpful, but, it's the case of the last one i built was 5 years ago, and with ram upgrade to 4mb and a newer, and cheap at the time video card. this one still works. and i'm figurein if i spend the money now, i should manage to make it another good few years. and throw more silly games at it. but, you both have been super helpful and explained what your thinking great. thank you.
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October 7, 2012 11:51:10 PM

if you want it to last long(guessing not wanting to upgrade in a while and by upgrade i even mean just purchasing a new GPU and add it to the system) i would go with Kamen

the build that i posted is for you to upgrade in the future if you would like such as getting 2 Graphic cards so that it would last even longer

as for kamen's build take out the Caviar Black and replace it with Seagate Barracuda since you will already have an SSD to boost most of your performance already(meaning no need for a higher quality HDD)

i will also remake a build that will not allow for upgrades but will do fine(hopefully still be able to run High on most games) for around 5 years

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.44 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1056.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

a bit more than budget but will do very well.

if you need to, you can change the Graphics Card to something cheaper to be more in budget.

this build has a modular PSU so cable management will be easy on you.

it has a top of the line graphics card inside so it is sure to last very long even for other games that will come.
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