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December 6, 2012 8:28:29 PM

My main requirement is just that it be as fast as possible for my basic browsing activities, since that's how I spend most of my time. I do play video games sometimes, but nothing hardcore, and I don't care if the system can't play them on High. I've got a parts list down below. As you can see, it is over budget, so I'm hoping you guys can suggest cheaper parts without sacrificing too much power.

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend
Budget Range: $800 (just for the PC, no peripherals & no OS)
System Usage: Browsing (90% of the time), Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Source (don't care about newer games like Crysis 3 or Battlefied 3)
Buying a monitor: No, I already have three monitors, so the graphics card has to handle that
Do you need to buy OS: No
Do you need a mouse/keyboard: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't care, but I will be ordering online
Location: United States
Parts Preferences: I'd like to keep the Fractal Design case, but I will swap out anything else on the list if there's a better value suggestion
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (3 monitors, not doing Eyefinity/Surround)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.71 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($100.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $851.13
December 7, 2012 12:37:03 AM

Just a quick bump. I'm willing to bet that I could step down the graphics card, and that I probably don't need a separate CPU cooler. Any suggestions?
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December 7, 2012 12:48:32 AM

Since you won't OC, then use the stock cooler.

I say stick with that GPU since you need at least that much power for 3 monitors.
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December 7, 2012 12:53:43 AM

But he will not use for gaming, only 1080p for game like cs : source or dota 2, a 7770 or 650ti will do.

If needed an amd card with displayport more cheaper get this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 7, 2012 12:54:10 AM

As others said, you don't need to spend extra on cooler, rest looks good (even though, I wouldn't get $100+ case for a $800 rig personally).

And get CS:GO for $5,49!
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December 7, 2012 1:08:11 AM

Ok, I will drop the cooler. I just like the look of the case, by the way, that's why I didn't want to get rid of it.

ohhgourami said:
Since you won't OC, then use the stock cooler.

I say stick with that GPU since you need at least that much power for 3 monitors.

Is that true, though? If I play any game, it will only be on a single monitor. I'm not going to do Eyefinity or anything that puts me at a tremendously high resolution.

djangoringo said:
But he will not use for gaming, only 1080p for game like cs : source or dota 2, a 7770 or 650ti will do.

If needed an amd card with displayport more cheaper get this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So this card you suggested can do what I want?
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December 7, 2012 1:17:04 AM

Yes, supports 3 monitors and for the games you play will give 60 fps or more.
And with less power consumption.
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December 7, 2012 10:49:53 AM

Best answer selected by richardking22.
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