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Want a Gaming Rig, Stuck with a 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro

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January 1, 2013 6:39:11 PM

Hello all. I currently have a Mac Pro (2010, baseline) which I use for video editing, video broadcast (Wirecast), etc. I also play a lot of video games and am planning on transitioning to the pc as I want some better performance. I had initially wanted to built a pc with the following specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($171.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $701.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 15:31 EST-0500)

Until when I found that the non-profit I work for was willing to put in the budget for a new Mac Pro (I do not know why they like Apple). So the old one pretty much belongs to me now. So from here, what should I do? :wahoo: 
January 1, 2013 6:47:20 PM

That build looks OK but the GPU isn't that great for a $700 build. I'd aim for something like the HD 7850, it's a lot better.
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January 1, 2013 7:44:16 PM

Will do, but I am in the dilemma of whether I should buy it.
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January 1, 2013 7:47:02 PM

Be sure to act fast on the 7850 deals. They go fast and I've lost 2 great deals on them already due to procrastination.
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January 1, 2013 7:47:15 PM

you can get $40 off of the motherboard if you buy at microcenter with the i53570k
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January 1, 2013 7:48:36 PM

also, dont you have to factor in the cost of an OS and taxes at brick and mortar stores like microcenter?
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January 1, 2013 7:49:12 PM

If your current computer does not do what you want it to, then you will be happy buying a new one that does :) 
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January 1, 2013 8:21:45 PM

I have no clue how microcenter operates (will look in to it) as I do most of component shopping via New Egg or Amazon. Well I live in LA so I have taxes regardless of where I shop online.
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January 1, 2013 8:44:23 PM

Ok here is the updated build:
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vmhF/benchmarks/
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $726.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 17:45 EST-0500)

Turns out, I might make two builds with the second one not having a video card as a gift for my father. Suggestions?
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January 1, 2013 10:05:54 PM

I do not see a psu in the updated build. But the rest looks fine.
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