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New Build - 600-800 range

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December 29, 2012 8:01:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: In the next month

Budget Range: Around 800 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work systems & Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Case, MoBo, Memory, CPU, Video Card, Hard Drive.
Already have this power supply:

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Mostly used running Citrix/remote connection as well as running games (Dual to Quad boxing) WoW, Skyrim, Dragon Age, Sims 3, Neverwinter

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Computer's getting older. Would like to rebuild.

Here's the build I currently have in mind:

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

MoBo: ASRock B75M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory:CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P4-2650-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready

HD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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December 31, 2012 1:33:34 AM

Still looking for opinions :) 
December 31, 2012 1:51:24 AM

You only need 8 GB of RAM, 16 is slight overkill. A total price would help to know how much we can upgrade, because I would get another video card and MoBo. The monitor I've found at a very good price right now is here. it appears to have decent reviews, the only bad reviews are people complaining they don't like the tilting because it doesn't go far enough or saying they video card doesn't have VGA, so it's a steal for the price.
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December 31, 2012 2:02:29 AM

The sub total with everything in my Newegg cart is $739.93

At the moment my build has 8gb of ram and my work programs like to kick my butt a little bit - but it could also be my CPU.

I also have a monitor :) 
December 31, 2012 6:21:33 AM

What are your work programs? If you have 8 GB, it shouldn't be that, unless you are running servers and such.
December 31, 2012 6:27:04 AM

I run Citrix - Have to have at least 5-6 remote connection windows open at a time.
December 31, 2012 5:18:48 PM

Hmm, that would mostly require connection. You could just get 12 GB instead of 16. I would try to get an Ivy Bridge motherboard with z77 and an i5 3570 or 3570k. 3570k is if you want to OC, which really doesn't make a big difference and could impact your computer's safety.
December 31, 2012 5:20:03 PM

Also, do you mind noise when making a computer? Considering the Nine hundred has a side window, it could make a lot of noise.
December 31, 2012 5:22:33 PM

Ok so:
The i5 3570k is also slightly better I believe even if you don't OC.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $803.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 14:29 EST-0500)
December 31, 2012 5:33:37 PM

I have the nine hundred right now, actually - But the old unit from 2009 without the upgraded USBs. It's not too loud, but it makes for a great refrigerator :p 

From what I understand the i7 has HT - Though I don't think it adds anything for gaming. The difference between the two is fairly minimal right? In that case I would have to agree that the i5 would work fine and is cheaper. But if the HT would add something with the other programs I use, I don't know. Still, I like cheap. Cheap is good.
December 31, 2012 6:09:57 PM

Ah, forgot to notice you don't need a PSU. 700 w will be fine, and I don't exactly know what you mean by HT. If I could know, I will be able to help you further.
December 31, 2012 6:13:41 PM

OHHHH Hyperthread. They actually both have that, what you are mostly paying for on the i7 is the 10 MB cache instead of 6. Unless you play games like Planetside 2 or minecraft, or use CPU heavy work apps, I think the i5 should be fine. In either case, the i5 is still fast, the i7 is just faster. Also, with the 7870 which I currently have I can max out all games including Metro 2033 and Battlefield 3, and can max out Skyrim with ENBseries.
December 31, 2012 8:09:49 PM

Also noticed you're better off buying 3 modules of 4 Gb, it's cheaper.