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December 15, 2012 8:00:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: looking in to getting it around next week.

Budget Range: ~$2000 a little more,or a little less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, School

Are you buying a monitor: I definitely have thought and want to get one, but could I perhaps just use my 32" HD TV?



Parts to Upgrade: New build, so CPU,RAM,GPU,PSU,and Mobo.

Do you need to buy OS: Nope, can just transfer Windows 7 Home Premium unless a newer version or 8 is a better option


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg all the way

Location: Escanaba,Michigan 49829

Parts Preferences: I am an Intel kind of guy

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, not sure if I am better off with one really good GPU or two GPUs

Your Monitor Resolution: 720p 32" HD Toshiba TV, unless I can get a good but inexpensive monitor

Additional Comments: I would definitely want to be able to run games like BF3 on max or close to max settings. I will also be getting into MMOs like Elder Scrolls Online

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have been stuck with laptops for years and am finally ready to advance into the gaming desktop age

CPU:Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K,or if it makes no difference, the Core i5 equivalent

GPU:EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card,open for ideas on this one

PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply,open for ideas

Mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Stryker SGC-5000W-KWN1 Black and White Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case,I am open to change here as well, I am I looks guy(white case if option) but I do want performance too.

CPU Cooling:CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

RAM: I am not sure what to get,all I know is the more the better.So 16gb would good or even maybe 32gb,but that might be extreme.

Closing Comments: Feel free to correct me as I am not exactly an expert. I would love to be able to have some spare cash to get things like a nice keyboard(which I do need),a new gaming mouse(have a logitech G700 atm),some nice speakers,a nice headset,or even a monitor if my TV won't do.

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December 15, 2012 8:28:13 PM

I'm looking for a build in the same price range. Here is what I've picked so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($110.43 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($136.45 @ B&H)
Total: $1781.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 17:20 EST-0500)

You may want to change up the monitor, and you won't need Windows. So this build will be even cheaper for you. I do recommend getting a monitor instead of using your TV. Lots of TVs don't have good refresh rates. If your TV doesn't refresh at least 60 Hz, you will wish that you got a separate monitor.

The case is white, like you wanted. I wanted 32 GB of RAM myself, but you'll be told it is wasteful and that RAM is not going to be your bottleneck. So I dropped to 16 GB as a compromise between 32 GB and 8 GB, which is still probably too much. So you should be great with 8 GB there if you want to save some extra cash.

Your power supply may cut it just fine, but if you plan to add a 2nd video card for SLI or Crossfire in the future, then you'll probably want at least 850W for that.

I'm no expert either, but this is just what I've learned so far.
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December 15, 2012 8:44:11 PM

I like this build.Since I don't need the OS I could put $200 or $100 more into a GPU and still have wiggle room for some extra goodies.Thanks for ideas Zoltron.And remember if your current pc runs on any windows non OEM version you can just transfer your OS license and not not have buy a whole new copy.
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