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December 26, 2012 4:27:27 AM

Interested in building a new PC as I'm currently playing games on a laptop which is not optimal to say the least.
I'm willing to spend $1100 (+/- $100) and I need an OS and Monitor in addition to the usual stuff. I have no preference when it comes to Intel VS AMD or AMD vs NVIDIA. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance! :) .

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December 26, 2012 4:39:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($172.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1071.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


or if you can spend some more :


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($172.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1125.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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December 26, 2012 4:46:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Two weeks

Budget Range: $1100 After rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(will be the system's primary use. Specific games: Battlefield 3, Starcraft 2, Far Cry 3, Guild Wars 2, etc.), Surfing the internet/media stuff, and some light word processing/power point.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Normally get my stuff from Newegg but I'm not biased.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Not really any specific brand preferences. I just want the best price to performance ratio I can get. IE spending $100 more for ~5 FPS isn't going to be worth it for me, but at the same time I want a really good system.

Overclocking: Probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: None really, just want to maximize my dollar and still get a good PC.

Thanks for the welcome!:)  I've been lurking around the site for a while and just now decided to post cause I've seen all the great help you all give.
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December 26, 2012 4:50:34 AM

Check the two builds, it has everything you'll need.
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December 26, 2012 5:16:37 AM

Best answer selected by bobbross.
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December 26, 2012 5:16:48 AM

Oh wow, that is absolutely stellar. I've been trying to compile some halfway decent build for the last week and it wasn't as good as that was. I couldn't figure out where exactly to cut it in price either, but that is really really slick. Very much appreciate the help :) 
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