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$1000-1100 gaming rig for a student

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December 14, 2012 11:05:09 AM

Hello, I'm a high school student looking to buy a nice gaming build. Help is much apreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: I Can buy this pretty much today.

Budget Range: 1000-1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, schoolwork( Word docs, prezis etc), surfing the web

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) I have a mouse and OS, and I don't need speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: I would be interested in factory overclocked parts.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure, whatever fits my budget.

Additional Comments:

Thanks for taking a look.a
December 14, 2012 11:24:11 AM

Everything should be self-explanatory:

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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.49 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $940.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 08:23 EST-0500)

The graphics card is faster than a stock 7950 and can still be overclocked further.
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December 14, 2012 12:34:19 PM

Here you go.This build offers a monitor plus the 7950 is going to offer better performance in games then a 7870.The build only con is locked cpu meaning the cpu cannot be overclocked.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $988.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 09:33 EST-0500)
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December 14, 2012 2:57:28 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.82 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1084.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 11:57 EST-0500)
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December 14, 2012 3:15:47 PM

Thank you for the extremely quick responses. I'm going to try to buy tonight.
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December 16, 2012 5:20:02 AM

Hi, I'm targat2's brother. I'm helping him out with this build. We ended up building off your suggestions and came up with this build:

Does it look good?

Note: the mobo comes with 2x4GB of ram

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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1081.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 02:22 EST-0500)

I have another question, is it better to buy all from one seller (newegg) for costumer service and shipping reasons, or to buy from whoever sells cheapest?
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December 16, 2012 7:20:34 AM

hi zakh , the final build looks awesome you both did good gob , about the shipping and customer service , i am the kind of guy that will be buy from the best price place and if i suffer from a product issue i will get back to the place i bought from it doesn't really matter how many parts i bought from them.
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