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October 28, 2012 7:38:56 AM

Hello, i want to build a gaming pc but its my first time doing it so i could use some advice to build a good sytem that fits my needs.
Thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: December

Budget Range: $1300-$1500 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphic design, Surfing the web, etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country: Mexico

Parts Preferences: i would like an Intel based system.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i would like a nice stylized case that fits in the price range of course.

More about : 1300 1500 gaming

October 28, 2012 4:06:19 PM


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1167.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If graphics design is your job/profession, get an i7 instead and a GTX670 for CUDA.
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October 28, 2012 7:22:37 PM

** Build 4: Yay overkill!
Note: This build assumes you will overclock the CPU. If you will not, replace CPU with i5-3330, and don't buy the CPU cooler. Motherboard can be kept if you NEED SLi/CrossFireX. Otherwise, get a B75 motherboard.

Note: Many motherboards only come with 2 SATA cables, and some SSDs do not come withi an extra SATA cable. Check the motherboard and SSD content details, and ensure you have enough SATA cables.

Example build assumes you will overclock.

CPU: i5-3570k
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, or EVO, or above if wanted
Motherboard: Any of the recommended Z77 motherboards
RAM: Any 2 x 4GB RAM while keeping my notes (DDR3-1600, 1.5v)
Graphics: Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W or above if wanted
SSD: Any of the 256GB (or bigger) performance-based SSDs
Hard Drive: 1TB or above if wanted
DVD Drive: Cheap DVD Burner
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer or above

Example Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lg0z

Estimated cost: ~$1285 ~ +++
Estimated FPS: Do we really need to say this?
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** Build 3: Give me a pretty good system just under 1k

Note: If you want the capacity to run SLi / CrossFireX with the Intel i5 CPU, you will have to upgrade the motherboard to one of the recommended Z77 motherboards.

Note: Many motherboards only come with 2 SATA cables, and some SSDs do not come with an extra SATA cable. Check the motherboard and SSD content details, and ensure you have enough SATA cables.

CPU: (Intel) i5-3330 / i5-3450 / i5-3470 (Get cheapest one) / (AMD) AMD FX-8320
CPU Cooler: (AMD) CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, or EVO, or above if wanted
Motherboard: (Intel) Any B75 motherboard / (AMD) Any 990FX motherboard
RAM: Any 2 x 4GB RAM while keeping my notes (DDR3-1600, 1.5v)
Graphics: Radeon HD 7870 2GB
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W or other similar power supplies
SSD: Any of the 120/128GB performance-based SSDs
Hard Drive: 1TB or above if wanted
DVD Drive: Cheap DVD burner
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer or similar mid-tower case with at least 2 fans

(Intel) Example Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ikTQ
(AMD) Example Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lfZO

Estimated cost: (Intel) ~$875 ~ +++ / (AMD) ~$965 ~ +++
Estimated FPS in WoW: ~55+
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October 28, 2012 7:23:08 PM

angaddev said:
I've slightly modified my $1000 build (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kjxz) for your budget :
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lG1P
I think the C70 case looks good but it's your choice. You will be able to OC the 7970 at least 12.5%, these Sapphire cards are very good for oc.


btw they made a review on the c70 and they said that it has restricted airflow, so it is pretty much a hot box.

go for a 500R, HAF XM, or Fractal design define
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October 28, 2012 7:28:13 PM

here you go my good man

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
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 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1229.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

i did not include the Ram since newegg gives it for free, if you can order from america that would be ideal, also you have the date as December and that is about a month away, prices may change
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October 28, 2012 8:43:49 PM

Case : NZXT Phantom 410 White Steel Mid Tower Case. ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155. ($149.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo). ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($359.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 . ($41.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : XFX PRO 850W XXX Edition 80 Plus Silver Certified. ($119.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache. ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD : OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA III. ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER V6 GT DynaLoop CPU Cooler Universal bracket & Dual Fan. ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical : SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R ($17.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL = $1270.

Good Luck :) 
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October 29, 2012 2:38:28 AM

Thanks to all of you guys, really helpful, now i just have to make up my mind on what recomendation i must go with. Again, thanks.
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