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November 10, 2012 9:06:09 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next few days or so

Budget Range: <$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: work [dual monitors, lots of concurrent apps], gaming, surfing)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Building a desktop from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (but open to suggestions)

Location: San Antonio, TX, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, no preference otherwise as long as it's reliable

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (probably not in my initial budget)

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1680x1050 currently, but will probably get better monitors at some point)

Additional Comments: I've done a bit of research and have selected something that feels pretty good on newegg. I haven't built a computer from scratch since I was a kid (about 15 years ago) so I just wanted to have someone check my work and make sure everything looks ok. Do I need anything else? I'm happy with these components, but can I spend a bit more on something and get a lot better value or spend a bit less and get 90%?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently doing my work and trying to play games on a 4-5 year old laptop which just doesn't cut it. Do a variety of miscellaneous IT related stuff for my job and I work remotely. Web dev, misc programming, sql stuff, etc - I generally have a lot of stuff running at the same time on a dual monitor set up and don't want performance to suffer because of it. I also want to check out Diablo 3 :D 


Proposed config:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Comes out to about $800, which seems fine. One more question would be whether it's worth it to shop around for the best price on each component, but I assume Newegg is a pretty decent way to go for everything.

Thanks!
November 10, 2012 9:14:39 PM

i suggest better gpu and a corsair psu but 550-600 i think its enough.....
November 10, 2012 9:24:18 PM

The only thing that needs to be changed is RAM. You will need an aftermarket cooler for CPU, suggest CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo. In order to avoid clash, with cooler, you should use low profile RAM, like, GSKill Ares, Crucial Ballistix Sport, or Corsair CML.
Power supply is virtually enough for two HD6870s. Assuming you are not planning on that 600w is plenty.
If budget will stretch, it's worth getting HD7850, or even HD7870. If you ARE thinking of possible crossfire, in the future, either use more efficient 7 series GPU, or might suggest up-ing PSU to 850w.
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