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First gaming build ($800-$1300)

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October 12, 2012 12:46:52 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 10/23/12

Budget Range: Around $1000.00 after shipping, not interested in rebates. Going higher or lower is acceptable to an extent.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies/browsing/multimedia in general.

Buying a monitor: Nope, already have mine.

Parts to Upgrade: I own a mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor,

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg. I will not purchase from more than one source, as I want next day or two day shipping (don't factor that however into the cost.)

Location: Salt Lake City Utah. I would prefer to do any of this in person to avoid waiting for shipping.

Parts Preferences: Nothing really.

Overclocking: Yes, if it poses no risks for a non-tech savvy. Otherwise no.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would really love a nice case with room for a non-tech savvy and LED lighting. I plan to play games like CS, WoW, Dark Souls, Skyrim, BL 2, LoL, etc, on ultra settings. Would prefer 50+fps on ultra if possible. Noise is not an issue, as long as it falls between moderate-quiet, and not screeching loud. I find it relaxing.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am running a pc prebuilt that has a built in fake gpu, and a meh processor. I can barely run games at 30fps on minimum settings.


Final Note: I don't care if it is a laptop or desktop. Generally, I am more used to desktops. But a laptop is something I wouldn't mind looking into but yeah.

If you can explain your reasoning for each part in your post, I would be extremely appreciative. Even if it seems basic knowledge "The new X runs about the same as Y at a fraction of the price!", I only know a little bit. I would like to understand the general accepted things.

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October 12, 2012 1:05:30 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($130.35 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1358.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

runs a little bit over but this is due to the case, PSU, and mobo.

everything else can pretty much be the same.

the case has nice LED's it can be optional to switch into a NZXT 410 but it is not my preference. the 500R comes with an LED switch and a fan controller(3 speed i believe). the NZXT 410 comes with some LED fans and you can pair it with a Cooler master LED 120 fan for the exhaust to light the inside of your case very nice and has a built in fan 3 speed fan controller.

the MOBO allows for an SLI/CFX config and has great features inside of it. the PSU is at a 850W to allow you to add another card if you so desire.

it also has a 128GB SSD that runs very fast and smooth. with an extra 1TB for storage.

if you really wanted to save money. buy a 4GB+ USB and torrent Win7. there are many tuts on how to install Win7 onto a USB
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October 12, 2012 1:08:48 AM

doesnt get much better than above
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October 12, 2012 1:16:11 AM

Edit: Just noticed the budget in the subject differs from the template.

I would not recommend pirating or wasting money on next day shipping if you can at all help it. Newegg ships pretty fast in general, a couple days extra wait is worth being able to sink that money into better parts IMO.
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October 12, 2012 1:26:35 AM

Here my suggestion

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($267.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1167.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 12, 2012 1:47:21 AM

Here's what I came up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1272.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Comes in just under $1300 if you ignore the rebates, everything purchased from Newegg.
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October 12, 2012 1:49:17 AM

the cx series are rather sub par. the 600w can only supply 500w of usable power.
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October 12, 2012 1:52:13 AM

TheBigTroll said:
the cx series are rather sub par. the 600w can only supply 500w of usable power.
+1 very true my buddy popped/blew one up this morning with his 480 ocing cpu and gpu to hardcore :lol: 
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October 12, 2012 1:55:22 AM

TheBigTroll said:
the cx series are rather sub par. the 600w can only supply 500w of usable power.


Good to know!
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October 12, 2012 2:03:29 AM

bigcyco1 said:
+1 very true my buddy popped/blew one up this morning with his 480 ocing cpu and gpu to hardcore :lol: 


why is he using the 480 power hog (edition) on a cheap psu?
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October 12, 2012 2:06:54 AM

TheBigTroll said:
why is he using the 480 power hog (edition) on a cheap psu?
cheap skate and semi retarded is my assumption :na: 
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