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It's been a while. Gaming rig ~950 budget

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December 22, 2012 8:09:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: I am willing to shop around, but hoping to start ordering parts tonight or in the next week.

Budget Range: (Willing to spend around 950, if less that's perfectly OK.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/streaming while I play. I'd also use my rig to watch movies on the flat screen

Currently I mainly play League of Legends (Which doesn't have the highest game req's I know), but I would like the ability to play more graphically intense games.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I just picked up two Acer P236h bd. So would need the system to be able to handle dual 1920 x 1080 23" monitors 5ms 100-240v 50/60ghz 1.5a.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (I run win 7 home on my laptop and I like i quite a bit...How ever I would be willing to try windows 8. I would just need a little push! I'm open to the concept, but learning a new OS that appears to be for a tablet/phone doesn't seem ideal)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm honestly open to any reputable source. I do have amazon prime.

Location: Brooklyn, NY U.S.A

Parts Preferences: I don't have a solid preference, but i was leaning towards Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe. I am too unfamiliar with the process to overclock anything right now. But I would do a bit of research down the road.

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know much about this. I don't know that I NEED two graphics cards right now or in the near future. I would be open to suggestion.

Additional Comments: The last time I built a PC windows XP had just came out. I have watched a few tutorials now and been lurking on this site the last day or so. I was enjoying the BestConfigs: Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC thread, but didn't want to buy one of those systems on the off chance the poster was really not that informed!

I'd appreciate any help,

Please and Thank you,

-Michael

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a b 4 Gaming
December 22, 2012 11:41:34 AM

Hi im going to build you two PC's.The first one is purely for gaming while the second one will have an SSD which means faster loading times and better responsiveness.They are both great builds and im sure you'll be proud to own one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $924.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 08:21 EST-0500)

And the second one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
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: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ Newegg)
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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $959.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 08:38 EST-0500)

The difference in gaming FPS between the two is around 15%.
Just look at this article.
http://hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_dri...

You might be leaning towards Nvidia right now, but they've currently got only one good card (better than its AMD competition) the GTX 650 Ti which costs 135$.
a b 4 Gaming
December 22, 2012 12:40:32 PM

Build with 7970 gpu.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($397.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $966.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 09:40 EST-0500)
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December 23, 2012 5:19:43 AM

I noticed that on a similar build, both of you encouraged the person to get http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r... (Cooler Master
Hyper 212 EVO)

Is there any reason you did not recommend this to me?

I have all 3 shopping carts placed together at the moment and am fighting the urge to click buy for a response!
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 7:24:53 AM

As for me, i did not include it, because CPU in my list is not made for overclocking, so it doesn't need aftermarket cooler. Don't be afraid though, it's still slightly overclockable, but with that kind of load box cooler will do(the one that comes with cpu)
a c 203 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 8:00:42 AM

perfect :D 
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 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($234.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $924.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 05:00 EST-0500)
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