$800 BUILD. Please Help.

Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight!

Budget Range: $600-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Everything else

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Need everything EXCEPT gpu, hard drive, and operating system.

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com

Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes, Small Overclock. Air Cooling Only.

SLI or Crossfire: Possible

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments:Current PC is too loud. Would like something quiet but don't want to spend too much on a case or cooling. Would prefer to spend the most money on the CPU.

I am reusing my current GPU which is a geforce 570. Reusing an old HDD and SSD. Will not require an OS.


Why Are You Upgrading: My current system is starting to show it's age.
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  1. What is your current system?
  2. Giving my current system away. It's an older Core 2 DUO. With 4 GB DDR-2 Maxed Ram.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    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)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $576.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    For gaming this is all that is necessary. Anything more expensive is not going to have a cost effective benefit.
  4. Deemo13 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    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)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $576.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    For gaming this is all that is necessary. Anything more expensive is not going to have a cost effective benefit.


    I don't need an OS. I do however need a case. You did not mention one.
  5. Quote:
    Here you go.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7L5
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7L5/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7L5/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: OCZ Z Series Gold 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $739.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Has room for all the parts you already have. Since your sticking with an older gpu i gave you the juice to go for sli 2, 3 or even 4 times if your card supports it so you can snag them on the cheap as they start to dry up and upgrade your beast further.


    What type of advantage will I see running an I7 vs an I5? ..

    If I do end up running an I7 I don't think I need motherboard that fancy. I can't imagine going over 2 cards in my system.

    Are all I7 boards that expensive or is their a specific reason you chose that one?
  6. No, you don't need an i7 for gaming. You'll only need it for CPU-heavy or multithreaded tasks. Go with the i5-3570k.

    Will you be buying a new monitor soon? There's no point in SLI/Crossfire with your resolution.

    You can drop the motherboard to an Extreme3 or 4. Depending which has a better deal at the date of your purchase.

    I'm on mobile atm and it's sorta a hassle to look for links but here are some things to look at for casings.
    Rosewill Challenger-U3
    Rosewill Blackhawk
    Cooler Master HAF 912/922
    Antec Three Hundred Two
  7. excella1221 said:
    No, you don't need an i7 for gaming. You'll only need it for CPU-heavy or multithreaded tasks. Go with the i5-3570k.

    Will you be buying a new monitor soon? There's no point in SLI/Crossfire with your resolution.

    You can drop the motherboard to an Extreme3 or 4. Depending which has a better deal at the date of your purchase.

    I'm on mobile atm and it's sorta a hassle to look for links but here are some things to look at for casings.
    Rosewill Challenger-U3
    Rosewill Blackhawk
    Cooler Master HAF 912/922
    Antec Three Hundred Two


    I may some day upgrade to a higher resolution/larger monitor. And that's why I want the ability to crossfire. And the date of purchase is tonight. As soon as I make my mind up.
  8. jaygregz said:
    I may some day upgrade to a higher resolution/larger monitor. And that's why I want the ability to crossfire. And the date of purchase is tonight. As soon as I make my mind up.

    If the budget can handle, try to get a 120Hz monitor to get the most out of the SLI 570s.

    The Extreme4 is Crossfire-ready, it'll be perfect for you.
    Make sure to get enough PSU wattage so you won't have to upgrade anymore when the time comes that you add the 2nd GPU.
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