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January 5, 2013 7:23:31 PM

The main priority for this build is Gaming. It should be optimized for gaming. My budget includes everything but the OS, I'll be getting that on student discount. I've done a lot of research, but I'm not sure how the desktop's budget should be balanced with the peripherals. I'm pretty sure intel is still dominate in this price range.

I'm open to overclocking, but I'm nervous about it because of the risk involved. I've never done a build and have no overclocking experience.

As a recap:

Gaming is foremost
950 dollar budget
Need Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse
Don't need OS
Not completely opposed to overclocking but nervous about it

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January 5, 2013 7:37:50 PM

Here is my idea:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ230ED 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($56.03 @ Amazon)
Total: $860.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 16:37 EST-0500)

You will still have a little headroom for changes
January 5, 2013 7:41:45 PM

The closest Microcenter to me is ~3 hours away. However, I may be able to ask my sister and in-law who live close to there. It may be still worth the drive, that's like 50 dollars off.
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January 5, 2013 8:30:32 PM

How much benefit comes out of overclocking safely?
a b K Overclocking
a b 4 Gaming
January 5, 2013 8:42:02 PM

also look on micro center web page under there flyers they were doing combo cpu and mb deals.
January 5, 2013 8:48:40 PM

I think those are all AMD, and for my purposes isn't really as good.
January 5, 2013 11:55:13 PM

That seems to be instore only, can't find it on the website...Thanks though. Here's my final, went a lil' over but it's worth it.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w5Js

If you could explain this rebate better, I'd be rather thankful

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January 6, 2013 12:03:16 AM
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Taeran said:
The closest Microcenter to me is ~3 hours away. However, I may be able to ask my sister and in-law who live close to there. It may be still worth the drive, that's like 50 dollars off.

just remember to add state tax and gas to the price of the cpu. i bought my 3770k for $250 online and it ended up being cheaper then getting it at micro center after tax and gas. $229.99 + 14.37 + gas.
January 6, 2013 12:07:33 AM

Now that I think of it after tax and gas it wouldn't be much cheaper, but driving for 5 hours total isn't worth 10 dollars.
January 6, 2013 12:40:42 AM

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