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January 8, 2013 11:55:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: around January 11 - 13th


Budget Range: around $1,100.00 total after Rebates and Shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com


Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA


Parts Preferences: Intel CPU


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I would like a smaller-medium sized case that I could put on a bookshelf. Ideally no more than 17" tall.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My last desktop computer was purchased in 2004 and I need something more modern.

These are the parts I am considering right now:

PCPartPicker:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wjoA

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

MOBO:
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory:
Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9K2/8G

Storage:
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Video card:
ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Case:
XION XON-570 Black SGCC Steel, Meshed Front Panel design ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power supply:
Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-SB 450W ATX V2.2 Power Supply

Optical Drive:
SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM

Monitor:
Acer P6 P246HLAbd Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor200 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (600:1)

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

More about : build request feedback

January 9, 2013 12:35:54 AM

Why get a z77 mobo if you don't plan to oc or sli just get a h77 mobo asrock h77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You should get a better psu antec 520w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or corsair cx600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get this ram corsair vengeance 8gb 1600mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With the money you saved on the mobo maybe put it towards getting a gtx 670 or ssd.
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January 9, 2013 12:50:42 AM

imo a 21" monitor is too small. that acer has horrible reviews on newegg i wouldn't get it. also get a ssd. if $1150 is too much just use your 660ti.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1151.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 21:49 EST-0500)
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January 9, 2013 12:53:27 AM

i dont find it one bit too small. if it has a higher pixel density for a lower price, id definitly get it. you wont be sitting more than 3 feet away from the monitor so how would it be too small.

like a no name panel maker such as zalman even come close to brands like asus where they do a LOT of panels?
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January 9, 2013 1:18:38 AM

does asus make panels? or do you just buy them from some company like lg? thats your opinion i would rather have a 23"+ monitor.
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January 11, 2013 8:57:39 AM

Thank you all for posting. I really wasn't sure what mobo to get so I had picked one that had a deal. Thanks for your suggestions for those.

I've updated my build. One thing I forgot to mention was that I would like to keep the Xion case. I noticed from PCPartPicker that the Xion case does not have USB 3.0 ports on the front for the mobo selected. That is fine. I don't plan on using USB ports in the front anyway.

For the monitor I would like a 23 or 24 inch screen. I looked at the Zalman monitor and saw a lot of recent complaints about ghosting, so I'll stick with the Acer unless someone knows of another good 23-24 inch monitor around $130.00.

Updated build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wYoH

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

MOBO:
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage:
Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video card:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card

Case:
Xion XON-570 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power supply:
Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Optical Drive:
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Monitor:
Acer P246HL Abd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

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January 11, 2013 10:07:08 AM

id chose a different, non crappy case and a better power supply like the one i suggested
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