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New $1500 gaming rig

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October 19, 2012 1:19:26 PM

Hi guys just looking to build a pc for around 1500 or less. Been out of the game for sometime now and want it to be created for the best games and I would like it to be good for yrs to come. Can you recommend a build for me including each part starting with a sweet mid sized tower. Thank you in advance.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 19, 2012 2:00:27 PM

Here you go, this turned out to be pretty much TheBigTroll's build but with some of my own suggestions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($432.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ Z Series Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1264.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 19, 2012 2:13:09 PM

the noctua u12p se2 cools way better than the hyper 212 and its a lot quieter. just putting it out there
October 19, 2012 4:26:59 PM

I say go for the Noctua U12P for sure and at least a 256gb SSD. No reason why anyone at this budget should only have a 128gb.

Could go for a 512gb, if that is enough and maybe put in a bit more for a nicer case.
a b 4 Gaming
October 19, 2012 4:36:32 PM

Actually you know what I didn't notice I didn't add a storage drive. Post edited. Thanks!

128gb should be fine. He'll only install the OS and his FAVORITE games/programs, not everything.
October 21, 2012 8:07:05 PM

Thank you guys for all your input
October 22, 2012 4:59:39 AM
Core i5 2500K - $160
Hyper 212 EVO - $30
MSI Z77MA-G45 - $100
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - $40
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB - $70
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB - $170
Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-675M - $60 after 30% promo code
Fractal Design Arc Mini - $80
SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $285
LG DVD Burner GH24NS90 - $16

total: $1011 after rebate excluding shipping..

for a single monitor 1080p gaming you'll only need to splurge out around $1100 to make some decent playing time... i would go for larger ssd as 128gb ain't gonna cut it.. i don't think you'll ever need 2 cards to play at this resolution... i know some will say this psu is overkill for one card... but why bother when you can get more wattage for less.... unlike graphics card... you'll mostly change your psu after it's dead..