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October 18, 2012 10:30:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: $500-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movie (NetFlix/Hulu/Blu-Ray) Watching, surfing the internet, Occasional photoshop and video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: Not yet, current monitor is capable of 720p, will want to upgrade in the future though.

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, except monitor, mouse, keyboard and hard drives.

Do you need to buy OS: No, got an OEM license of windows still.

Preferred Places for Parts: Newegg.com and (anywhere you recommend.) I live close to a Best Buy, Fry's, Compusa and I do have a Microcenter sort of close.

Location: Arlington, Texas, U.S.A

Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel and a Nvidia Graphics card. I do want a mobo that has usb 3.0 on it. :) 
I really want an intel i5-3570k and a Gigabyte GTX670, but I know it's not possible to make it under 700 if cpu is 230 and gpu is 370...

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, once i get a new monitor(s)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x720

Additional Comments: I would like it to look nice, able to be easily upgraded when time comes. I want to play games like Skyrim/BF3/StarCraft 2 on Max settings... Also be able to run photoshop fairly fast.

Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Tired of having a laptop that was meant for school and an all-in-one pc to play games on... they both have a 310m graphics card which runs none of the games i want to play well.

I know this will probably be hard. :/  Sorry for all the trouble guys.

Thank you,
lilhugo
October 18, 2012 10:39:43 PM

It's not hard, it's impossible. If you want to spend $600 on CPU & GPU, the total is going to be around $1000.
I take it the hard drive, you have, is SATA.
Something needs to be "changed", to do a "build"
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October 18, 2012 11:01:42 PM

a $370 gpu isn't needed for monitor resolution of 1280x720 maybe $250 you should get a 7870Ghz for that money
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October 18, 2012 11:17:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $689.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If your absolutely determined to get a GTX 670 and 3570k out of your $700 then forego the case, find a second hand DVD reader and cash in every rebate possible otherwise your going to have to downgrade to a GTX 660 Ti or lose the ability to overclock the CPU.

And if you do forego the case, make sure you don't spill any drinks :D  and good luck finding a power button lying around lol.
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October 18, 2012 11:37:26 PM

division_9 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $689.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If your absolutely determined to get a GTX 670 and 3570k out of your $700 then forego the case, find a second hand DVD reader and cash in every rebate possible otherwise your going to have to downgrade to a GTX 660 Ti or lose the ability to overclock the CPU.

And if you do forego the case, make sure you don't spill any drinks :D  and good luck finding a power button lying around lol.

Would still need cooler and RAM. OP mentions getting better monitor, and SLi, when he does. If that's going to be 1440p or 1600p, he might be best to get GTX660, or HD7870 now, and add 2nd, if and when. A GTX660 would be fine at current res. If he's planning just a 1080p, probably best to forget OC of CPU, and get something like GTX660Ti, or HD7950. Then he wouldn't need SLi/crossfire, for new monitor. Adobe video software can utilise CUDA, so favours nVidia, but if, as he says, it's only occassional, that shouldn't be a significant concern.
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October 18, 2012 11:48:53 PM

malbluff said:
Would still need cooler and RAM. OP mentions getting better monitor, and SLi, when he does. If that's going to be 1440p or 1600p, he might be best to get GTX660, or HD7870 now, and add 2nd, if and when. A GTX660 would be fine at current res. If he's planning just a 1080p, probably best to forget OC of CPU, and get something like GTX660Ti, or HD7950. Then he wouldn't need SLi/crossfire, for new monitor. Adobe video software can utilise CUDA, so favours nVidia, but if, as he says, it's only occassional, that shouldn't be a significant concern.



Your right, I just realised I didn't include the ram, but seeing as 8 gigs of DDR3 1600 can get as cheap as $30 I wouldn't be concerned. Your right that he needs a cooler however a stock cooler should allow him to hit 4ghz from what I've read atleast. I'd stay away from a SLI/CF setup and instead consider a single more powerful card.

But yeah overall I'd agree that OP needs to expand his budget or lose the CPU overclocking.
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October 19, 2012 12:08:37 AM
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October 19, 2012 12:40:26 AM

That would be ideal, for current resolution, and to allow a 2nd card, in SLi, if OP upgrades to 1440p, or 1600p.
If OP is going to upgrade monitor, to 1080p, it may be better to drop OC to allow for better GPU, now, that will be adequate, for 1080p, without the need for a 2nd card. Save him a bit, in the long run.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kJqJ
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October 19, 2012 6:09:04 AM

Wow you guys work so fast. I didn't expect to get a response so fast.
I just now realized that I have about $170 in reward zone certificates from Best Buy. So that can be added into the 700, budget if it makes it any easier for you guys. :) 

What would be a wise choice to invest those points into?

More info:
Yeah more than likely I won't be running a dual/triple monitor setup anytime soon.
I like the idea of future-proofing but from what i was told, it's just a myth. So i won't worry about that too much.
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October 19, 2012 10:20:25 AM

If you've got sufficient funds to get i5-3570K, AND a GTX660Ti, or HD7950, now, then do that. Don't concern yourself with a vague possibility of multi-monitor, two, or three years down the line. By that time there will probably be a much better option, than adding a 2nd card in SLi/crossfire. OC and one of those GPU's will see you fine for now, AND an upgrade to 1080p.
If you have to drop something, drop the OC, and keep better GPU. Will lose you less than other way round, but have both, if you can.
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November 4, 2012 8:51:30 PM

Best answer selected by lilhugo_1.
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