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November 12, 2012 2:11:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.:Cybermonday

Budget Range:1000-1250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming;Watching Movies;Video Making;Surfing the internet;Keeping it on alot:p 

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Whole new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None but preferred to be complied on pcpartpicker.com

Location: Boston,Massachusetts, United States of America

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel Cpu everything else I don't have a preference

Overclocking: No for the time being;maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No for the time being;maybe in the futre

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using) Will be playing Starcraft 2, Battlefield 3, and various other games

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer(a laptop) is slow and dies whenever I game for more than 20 minutes

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a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 4:20:25 AM
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Here you go,

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 ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.70 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1098.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 01:19 EST-0500)

Be sure to get the PSU fast. It has a $50 discount that's about to end, and it's Seasonic, one of the world's top PSU manufacturers.

This build is also OC and Crossfire-ready, you won't have to upgrade wattage when you add another 7950 in the future for 2-way Crossfire.

Alternately, if you want the best high-end single GPU, get this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It comes with a great custom cooler and 3 free games. :lol: 
November 12, 2012 5:02:09 AM

Impressive, the girl did a nice job picking the stuff, and wohooo she aint got a mistake.

Though, I'd recommend a more fancy case like CM Storm Enforcer or the Great Corsair Vengeance C70 Arctic White.

And, there's no need for the OS if you know what I mean :lol: 

And since your budget allows, just grab HD 7970.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 5:09:27 AM

ilysaml said:
Impressive, the girl did a nice job picking the stuff, and wohooo she aint got a mistake.

Thanks, you flatter me. :p 

ilysaml said:
Though, I'd recommend a more fancy case like CM Storm Enforcer or the Great Corsair Vengeance C70 Arctic White.

+1 to this.
ilysaml said:
And, there's no need for the OS if you know what I mean :lol: 

I think I do... how naughty! :lol: 
November 12, 2012 3:16:40 PM

excella1221 said:
Here you go,

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 ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.70 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1098.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 01:19 EST-0500)

Be sure to get the PSU fast. It has a $50 discount that's about to end, and it's Seasonic, one of the world's top PSU manufacturers.

This build is also OC and Crossfire-ready, you won't have to upgrade wattage when you add another 7950 in the future for 2-way Crossfire.

Alternately, if you want the best high-end single GPU, get this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It comes with a great custom cooler and 3 free games. :lol: 

Would you recommend cutting $50 from the build and getting SAPPHIRE 7970? And would it bottleneck the Cpu?
a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2012 11:01:29 PM

I'm not sure exactly where you can cut $50 off, but sure. All I can see you can do is drop the SSD completely, but I personally won't do that since I enjoy the benefits a lot.

Another is if you're set with just a single GPU, you can get a 550w instead; also, if you won't be OC'ing soon, you can drop the 212 EVO and just get it when you do OC.
November 13, 2012 6:46:30 PM

failedpure said:
Would you recommend cutting $50 from the build and getting SAPPHIRE 7970? And would it bottleneck the Cpu?

You could figure it out easily. Neither I agree for the SSD exclusion, the cheapest HD 7970 goes for $370 and not the GHz edition.
Something like Gigabyte Windforce 3X HD 7970 GHz will cost $450. NCIX selling it out for $409.

You can get a quality branded 500W PSU for $50 but it won't be modular and you won't be able to CF high end cards in future, though 500W is very sufficient for the current and upcoming very high end cards thanks to 28nm fabrications.

No bottlenecks at all, the CPU can drive multi cards without a problem.

excella1221 wrote :
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I think I do... how naughty! :lol: 

I was directing that to OP, lol. I know that you KNOW.
November 14, 2012 11:16:04 PM

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