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November 19, 2012 12:30:37 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $525

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Web

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: CPU, GPU, Mobo, and PSU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg only. Sorry bad experience with others.

Location: Oklahoma

Parts Preferences: I would like to stick with Nvidia for their Physx but if there is too good of an ATI build then I will shoot for it.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: If it is prefered

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I have already purchased the RAM, Case, Optical Drive, and an HDD. They are all brand new, I just need help with the rest. My case is a mid size tower. GPU length must be within 11 inches, no longer. I would like to play new games on high/max at 1080p.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Crap laptop and console is outdated.

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November 19, 2012 12:36:18 AM

i3-3220

GTX 660

Motherboard: Cheapest board from a good brand with the ports you need

PSU: 500w+ from Corsair, Seasonic or Antec.
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November 19, 2012 12:44:58 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ogZt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ogZt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ogZt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $509.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 19, 2012 12:49:41 AM

without os :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oh23
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oh23/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oh23/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $489.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 19, 2012 1:05:43 AM

Alright guys this is what I have picked out so far, I was just seeing if there was anything better.

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU:p NY GTX 560 TI 1gb ($169.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 ($69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS:Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $519.95 Before shipping. If anyone can beat that please tell me. I did research on the i3 3220 and the 965BE has it beat on most benchmarks.
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November 19, 2012 2:46:22 AM

Dingleberg said:
Alright guys this is what I have picked out so far, I was just seeing if there was anything better.

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU:p NY GTX 560 TI 1gb ($169.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 ($69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS:Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $519.95 Before shipping. If anyone can beat that please tell me. I did research on the i3 3220 and the 965BE has it beat on most benchmarks.

Up that to an amd FX 6300 an it will be a pretty sweet gaming rig.
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November 19, 2012 2:49:46 AM

Don't bother with an AMD system. Get one of the i3 builds, way better for games.
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November 19, 2012 3:06:44 AM

NV88 said:
Don't bother with an AMD system. Get one of the i3 builds, way better for games.

don't bother with an intel system. get one of the phenom or fx builds, way better for games.

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November 19, 2012 4:22:11 AM

choobert said:
don't bother with an intel system. get one of the phenom or fx builds, way better for games.


Oh really? Why don't you go check every single benchmark ever made on the internet that says you are 100% wrong? Single threaded performance for AMD is crap. OP, don't bother with AMD.

Go one, here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/page-353396_28_150.ht...
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November 19, 2012 2:12:05 PM

choobert said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ohLx

check out that build, i pulled it out of another thread a guy with around the same budget

That build has unneccesary items, it is taking away from what I need. I have a case, RAM, op drive, and hdd. Build could be better for what I need.
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November 19, 2012 2:21:13 PM

Guys I can see the point for both AMD and Intel, here is my opinion. I would like some sort of oc-able cpu. The 3220 is not oc-able while my 965 is. I will be doing oc-ing btw. Also the 6300 is a decent cpu but as performance goes up, so does the price. It is $50 more than the 965BE which is still at par with the 3220, especially for the price. I like AMD for low budgets as they give you a nice bang for your buck. Also I don't know exactly why but I just wouldn't feel proud of myself to be saying I have an i3. That part is strictly my opinion, it is my mindset but don't try to tell me I should be without giving up some nice info on the i3. If I had a bigger budget then I would go for an i5 for sure but I couldn't do that without downgrading my gpu. Really though I appreciate you guys with helping me on this but I am still just not sure about it.
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November 19, 2012 6:19:09 PM

Dingleberg said:
Guys I can see the point for both AMD and Intel, here is my opinion. I would like some sort of oc-able cpu. The 3220 is not oc-able while my 965 is. I will be doing oc-ing btw. Also the 6300 is a decent cpu but as performance goes up, so does the price. It is $50 more than the 965BE which is still at par with the 3220, especially for the price. I like AMD for low budgets as they give you a nice bang for your buck. Also I don't know exactly why but I just wouldn't feel proud of myself to be saying I have an i3. That part is strictly my opinion, it is my mindset but don't try to tell me I should be without giving up some nice info on the i3. If I had a bigger budget then I would go for an i5 for sure but I couldn't do that without downgrading my gpu. Really though I appreciate you guys with helping me on this but I am still just not sure about it.


Intel offers unmatched single threaded performance, and if you overclock that 63 the power consumption will balloon. It isn't worth it.
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November 19, 2012 7:20:18 PM

NV88 said:
Intel offers unmatched single threaded performance, and if you overclock that 63 the power consumption will balloon. It isn't worth it.

Yeah I see what you mean. I was looking at the 3220 and realised that it is a dual core. If it competes that well against the 965 then it must be pretty good eh? Im gonna get it instead.
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November 19, 2012 7:27:26 PM

Alright guys this is what I am at now. Tell me what you think.

CPU:Intel Core i3-3220 ($129.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:ASRock B75 PRO3 ($74.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX600($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:Window 7 Home Premium ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $544.95
I went over just a little but it was worth it. What do you guys think?
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November 19, 2012 7:33:26 PM

I'd up the budget to a 7870 or a 660, the 560 simply isn't worth it anymore.
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November 20, 2012 12:43:25 AM

Here's what I'd suggest, you'd get better performance from this build than any of the builds listed above.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99)
Other: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99)
Total: $553.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 21:42 EST-0500)

You can't overclock an i3. If you wanted to overclock, you could go for the 6-Core Phenom II X6 for only $89.99

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970XE ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz Six Core Socket AM3 Boxed Processor ($89.99)
Total: $515.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 21:47 EST-0500)

The 7870 is the Radeon equivalent of the GTX 660ti, but you won't have PhysX.
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November 20, 2012 2:16:13 AM

sonicers said:
You're comparing a $100 CPU to a $140 CPU...

Yes, I'm pretty sure the latter might win, no?



Sorry mate I didn't realise the price had dropped so considerably!
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November 20, 2012 2:31:28 AM

if you want to do some oc'ing then you will completely have to forego intel.
the 965 be offers most bang for the buck and is a true quad core cpu.
as for the video card get the 7870 ghz edition. its the best mid to hi end card that will perfectly complement your 965 be.
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