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$1300 gaming build including peripherals

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Anonymous
November 9, 2012 8:20:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: 1300 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and surfing the Internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None.

Location: United States

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Doubtful

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC. Also, I need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
November 9, 2012 8:35:31 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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1313.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 17:34 EST-0500)

Left the keyboard/mouse empty for that is personal preference. How do you like it?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 9, 2012 8:45:25 PM

Very similar, with slightly different options (as I'd already done it). An SSD is good addition. I've also left out keyboard/mouse. You could spend $15 or $150 depending what you want. If you really want option of crossfire, you should up PSU to the 750w size.
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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.06 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.88 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($312.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1229.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 17:41 EST-0500)

OP should NOTE prices for processor, in both builds are a WALK-IN deal at Microcentre. If OP doesn't have one local, price elsewhere is around $50 more!!
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November 9, 2012 9:50:58 PM

Maybe home build isn´t always cheaper nor better. Maybe at least 1 time a pre-built will win. It is smart to explore all the options. Plus this seems to be a good price already, and cyber Monday discounts will take place within a month.

Maybe try the following build configuration:

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1EL00E

$1,194.00 – 5% Coupon (search google for code) = $1,134.30 - 20 rebates = 1,114.30

That leaves some space for a small monitor and OP system. 2 Mouses and 1 keyboard are included.

• VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+213] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
• MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, Display Port, 3x Gen3 PCIe X16, 3x PCIe x1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+73]
• POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+67]
• MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+0] (Corsair or Major Brand)
• CAS: Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ front USB 3.0 [+0]
• CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-20]
• CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
• *BASE_PRICE: [+799]
• BLUETOOTH: None
• CASUPGRADE: None
• CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
• CD2: None
• COOLANT: Standard Coolant
• ENGRAVING: None
• FA_HDD: None
• FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Standard 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+9])
• FLASHMEDIA: None [-3]
• FREEBIE_CS: None
• FREEBIE_MB: GIGABYTE GC-WB300D Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi PCIe Expansion Card [+0]
• FREEBIE_VC: None
• GLASSES: None
• HDD: 256 GB OCZ Agility 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 420MB/s Read & 410MB/s Write [+47] (Single Drive)
• HDD2: None
• IEEE_CARD: None
• IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
• KEYBOARD: (Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Tt eSports AMARU Gaming Keyboard & Ryujin Gaming Mouse [+0]
• MB_SRT: None
• MONITOR: None
• MONITOR2: None
• MONITOR3: None
• MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
• NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
• OS: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
• OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
• RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
• SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
• SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
• SPEAKERS: None
• TEMP: None
• TUNING: None
• TVRC: None
• USB: None
• USBFLASH: None
• USBHD: None
• USBX: None
• VIDEO2: None
• VIDEO3: None
• WNC: None
• _PRICE: (+1194)
• _view_: {5659B72B-EE7F-4634-A282-F6D7647547F9}
• _load_: 11/9/2012 3:34:12 PM

:hello:  UPDATE:

If 256 GB OCZ Agility 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD does not provide enough storage space subtract 47 USD and add:

2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [Veterans Day Mega Sale - Free upgrade from 1TB SATA III (Double HDD Capacity - Single Drive Only)] (Single Drive) [-47]
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November 9, 2012 10:03:43 PM

Well you can't upgrade it without voiding the warranty, and they overprice the labor costs. So yes, home building is always best. Be ready for your email to be spammed with about everyone else on this forum agreeing.
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November 9, 2012 10:14:21 PM

If in this situation home build is better that is great. It would be nice to see the better than pre-built home built configuration. In fact, the first few home build configurations are interesting too.

ALWAYS and 100% are conditions that are terribly difficult to accomplish, but from time to time it may be possible.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 9, 2012 10:24:35 PM

By the time you've changed SSD to decent one, added hard drive, added OS, added decent monitor, upgraded to i5-3570K, you're into the $1400s at least, for a "major brand" GPU (we can guess what that likely means), "major brand" RAM etc, etc.
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Anonymous
November 11, 2012 11:49:29 AM

Thanks for the responses. I think I'll go with a mid-range laptop for now and buy a gaming desktop later, but I'll keep the suggestions in mind.
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