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October 28, 2012 2:11:21 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I figure out what parts I am getting; my goal is to have the PC assembled by mid-November
Budget Range: 700-800 (after shipping, before rebates)
System Usage: Gaming, internet surfing
Am I buying a monitor: yes
Parts to Upgrade: N/A; new build
Do I need to buy OS:yes
Preferred website for parts: Any
Location: Sacramento, CA, US
Parts preferences: No idea, I'm new
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I am building a PC because all I currently have is a laptop that barely runs most games if at all

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October 28, 2012 2:27:09 AM
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Here you go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $783.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you have a Microcenter nearby, they have a walk-in promo for a CPU+mobo bundle. You get $50 off, and you can probably get a better motherboard too.
October 28, 2012 4:07:34 AM

excella1221 said:
Here you go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $783.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you have a Microcenter nearby, they have a walk-in promo for a CPU+mobo bundle. You get $50 off, and you can probably get a better motherboard too.

Does it matter what cooling system i get?
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October 28, 2012 4:11:03 AM

For the CPU? If you're gonna do light OC, the 212 EVO would be fine.
October 28, 2012 4:38:53 AM

excella1221 said:
For the CPU? If you're gonna do light OC, the 212 EVO would be fine.

Sorry for my inexperiece, but what is 'light OC'? EDIT: figured it out; overclocking
October 28, 2012 7:53:27 PM

Best answer selected by waltersprlck.
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