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November 11, 2012 8:17:02 PM

Alright, so next year I'm off to college. I have a laptop for classes, but it just can't handle games like I would want it to. Of course I don't want two laptops either, so here's this build I made for a desktop.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nlnt

All I need recommended is a motherboard! All accessories are included. I'm trying to keep the whole thing under $1000. I didn't select an OS because I still have one from the laptop, and I just plan to switch over (that's legal right?). Please give me your thoughts on this, remember, it's for gaming on at least moderate settings.

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November 11, 2012 8:17:08 PM

Dang it. Forgot the most important thing. I would like a recommended compatible motherboard please!
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November 11, 2012 8:17:46 PM

No, you need to buy a new operating system for a new desktop.
Get the i5-3750K, 2500K is old technology.
Your CPU cooler is fine.
For motherboard the ASRock Z77 Pro3 is excellent.
If you are going to be buying 8GB of RAM spend the few extra dollars for 1.6GHz.
I wouldn't buy that HDD, you are over paying, buy the Hitachi 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM, Hitachi is a very reliable brand.
For video card buy the Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB, it costs less and gives better performance.
Your case is fine, however your power supply is trash, anything cooler master for power supplies isnt to be bought! I say buy the OCZ StealthXstream II 600W.
Optical drive doesnt matter unless you want blue-ray capability.
For your monitor I wouldn't bother with that ViewSonic, buy the ASUS VH236H, it is better and bigger.
I don't like your mouse or keyboard, I'd go with the G9X mouse and K60 keyboard if I were you, but as far as gaming performance none of that matters anyways.
Windows 7 Home Premium.

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.62 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2253mh-LED 22.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($148.77 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K60 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($68.46 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($68.95 @ B&H)
Total: $1237.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 17:33 EST-0500)
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November 12, 2012 12:50:15 AM

Updated the list again. I chose a different case, processor, storage, graphics card, monitor, and OS. Also I put in the motherboard.

Oh and I kept the keyboard and mouse. I like those.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nnML
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November 12, 2012 1:11:41 AM

Get the deathadder over the abyssus - you have NO idea how helpful the two extra buttons are in basically any game.

Don't pay more than $20 for a keyboard unless you're getting a mechanical keyboard. There are WORLDS of difference between mechanical and standard keyboards, but if you buy a $50 keyboard like that... you're paying for the lights, not any performance benefit. (And a gaming keyboard shouldn't be looked at anyways.)

Other than that, it looks good. Only one thing...

I'd budget for an SSD. They're expensive, but it's the one most substantial upgrade you can do to make a computer (and windows) feel more responsive. Seriously, it makes a HUGE difference. And if you play MMOs, well... loading screens fast enough you can't read the tips.
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November 12, 2012 1:12:46 AM

CanisNoctis said:
Updated the list again. I chose a different case, processor, storage, graphics card, monitor, and OS. Also I put in the motherboard.

Oh and I kept the keyboard and mouse. I like those.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nnML

If you want about a 4% increase in gaming frame rates pick up 1600Mhz RAM instead of 1333MHz, the cost increase is probably $5-10.
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November 12, 2012 1:27:20 AM

Get a Blackwidow over the Lycossa. Mechanical is better. Also, i5 2500k is better IMO. Less heat. And the case is trashy.
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November 12, 2012 1:35:49 AM

samuelspark said:
Get a Blackwidow over the Lycossa. Mechanical is better. Also, i5 2500k is better IMO. Less heat. And the case is trashy.

He is getting the K60 he said, which uses cherry mx red switches. How could you recommend old tech like the 2500k? The 3570k is better in every single aspect, heat isn't a con if you have a good cooler, and the case being trashy is an opinion.
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November 12, 2012 1:52:25 AM

DarkSable said:

I'd budget for an SSD. They're expensive, but it's the one most substantial upgrade you can do to make a computer (and windows) feel more responsive. Seriously, it makes a HUGE difference. And if you play MMOs, well... loading screens fast enough you can't read the tips.


If I were to go for an SSD, which one would I probably want? Because I see the the price per gig on those and it's just ridiculously higher.
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November 12, 2012 1:54:24 AM

Thomas Creel said:
He is getting the K60 he said, which uses cherry mx red switches. How could you recommend old tech like the 2500k? The 3570k is better in every single aspect, heat isn't a con if you have a good cooler, and the case being trashy is an opinion.


No. It's just bad build quality. That's a fact. The i5 2500k overclocks better and the i5 3570k produces so much heat. I speak from experience. At the same Vcore and frequency. The Temperature was 85 to 105. The better cooler was used on the i5 3570k as well.
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November 12, 2012 1:56:12 AM

CanisNoctis said:
If I were to go for an SSD, which one would I probably want? Because I see the the price per gig on those and it's just ridiculously higher.


SSD's are actually ridiculously cheap ATM. Get a Samsung or a OCZ. Both very fast.
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