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November 11, 2012 6:25:16 PM

Hey guys going from a gaming laptop to a gaming PC since I am starting to use my PC a lot more and games are getting more advanced so needed a new computer that I could upgrade in the future and also can run current games very well.

Approximate Purchase Date: In about a month or so

Budget Range: ~1100 a little more or less possibly

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (a lot of gaming, watching live streams, web surfing)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: New build; all parts

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer newegg

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU preferred but the rest are fair game

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 is preferred monitor resolution

Additional Comments: Playing games like WoW, Black Ops 2, Battlefield 3, Diablo 3

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need something that I can upgrade in the future and has more power

Looking forward to feedback!

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November 11, 2012 9:55:35 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2012 11:40:26 PM

Something like this perhaps.
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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 ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: HP LE2201w 22.0" Monitor ($179.00 @ Mac Connection)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1077.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:37 EST-0500)

It should be noted that the Microcenter deal on processor is in-store only, if you don't have means to purchase that way, processor will cost $40+ more, elsewhere.
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November 12, 2012 12:38:59 AM

Really like that build Malbluff except I'm not really digging the case. Any 2nd opinions you might have on one?
November 12, 2012 12:51:01 AM

I thought the same thing about the mobo, which one would you recommend instead?
November 12, 2012 1:07:04 AM

Best answer selected by stealth891.
a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 1:36:18 AM

stealth891 said:
Really like that build Malbluff except I'm not really digging the case. Any 2nd opinions you might have on one?

Always a bit of a nightmare suggesting cases; so much is personal taste. Picked the Zalman as it's good value. It's as good as anything around that price point. Once you get to the $60/$70 price, there are lots of good choices. Antec 300Two, Antec Illusion, HAF922, Corsair Carbide, basically lots.
November 12, 2012 1:55:45 AM

Ended up going with the Illusion for case. Thanks for the help on the build; really looking forward to getting the parts and setting it up! Thanks to everyone for their input.