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Build me a desktop with a $1200 budget!

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December 21, 2012 1:00:17 AM

Note: Mouse and keyboard are already bought.
December 21, 2012 1:40:12 AM

Here ya go, coming in at $1140: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ts4M

i5 3570k
Asus P8Z77-V LE
Gigabyte 670 2GB, factory OC
WD Caviar Blue 1 TB
Corsair HX750 for future SLI
CoolerMaster HAF 912
CM Hyper 212 Evo
LiteOn DVD burner
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

No monitor, though. Do you need one?
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December 21, 2012 2:30:16 AM

you need a ssd in a $1200 build.
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December 21, 2012 2:41:09 AM

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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($354.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1115.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 23:40 EST-0500)
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December 21, 2012 3:19:20 AM

Definitely going to need a monitor, I think there should be one out there for $200 bucks, for example, an ASUS VE247
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December 21, 2012 3:20:51 AM

But I could raise the budget to $1400 in that case, as it seems like you guys have made some BEASTLY systems!
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December 21, 2012 11:21:54 AM

jonjonjon said:
you need a ssd in a $1200 build.


Why? I agree that they're great but they're a luxury item and the first thing to go if a cut is needed IMO. I'd rather lose the SSD than have to downgrade the video card.
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December 21, 2012 4:56:32 PM

I made you two builds both of which are awesome.The first one is more balanced, while the second one is really built with extreme gaming in mind.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1167.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-21 13:35 EST-0500)

And the second one

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($290.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($290.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1200.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-21 13:54 EST-0500)

Note that with the second one you WILL be able to run pretty much any game with more than 60 FPs maxed out.
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December 21, 2012 5:02:36 PM

JMer806 said:
Why? I agree that they're great but they're a luxury item and the first thing to go if a cut is needed IMO. I'd rather lose the SSD than have to downgrade the video card.

you are doing yourself a disservice getting a $1000+ pc without a ssd regardless of what you are going to use it for. after using a ssd i wouldn't be able to build a pc without one. you can get a 128GB for $90. at that price there is zero reason not to have one.
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