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January 13, 2013 9:39:10 PM

Hey guys, I am trying to build myself a new gaming rig for roughly $1000. I've already got most of it figured out as far as what I want, but one thing I'm having trouble deciding on is the processor. I am fairly tech savvy but I'm not a computer whiz or anything. I do not plan on overclocking at all because I have no idea how and I wouldn't really feel comfortable doing so.

So, my question is what processor should I pick? I want a solid one that is going to multitask well (i.e. run the game and fraps), last awhile, and handle pretty much any game I can throw at it. I had my eye on the i5-3470.

Thanks for any and all help!

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January 13, 2013 10:02:16 PM

whats ur country of origin, and do u have nvidia or amd preference, also do u need monitor and windows?

January 13, 2013 10:18:46 PM

I'm from the U.S. and would prefer Intel over AMD which is I believe what you were asking. I do need a monitor and Windows. I would prefer Windows 7 to 8.
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January 13, 2013 10:24:17 PM

Could you list the parts you have "figured" out? we really don't know what your budget is for your cpu without knowing what parts you already have/ plan to buy. I think Iceclock is asking amd or nvidis because he is going to put together a $1000 build for you (1000 build intel is pretty much a given for gaming :)  )...
January 13, 2013 10:24:40 PM

Here is my current loadout minus the CPU, MOBO and monitor.

CPU:
MOTHERBOARD:
RAM: SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US $39.99
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card OC Version $199.99
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99
OPTICAL DRIVE: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99
COOLING: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $29.99
OS : Windows 7 64 bit $99.99
Monitor:
a b 4 Gaming
January 13, 2013 10:32:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xsQH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xsQH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xsQH/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $911.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 19:32 EST-0500)


January 13, 2013 10:34:17 PM

so that leaves you about $390 for cpu + mobo... I would get the i5 + ~$120 mobo and then put the another $50 into your graphics card and get either a GTX 660 or 7870. don't have time to look up all prices or give you a link to the motherboard but i'm sure Iceclock is going to post something for you close to what i suggest.

Edit: Iceclocks post was not up when i posted! heh, Ice you should just put the i5 3570k into the build if you are getting a z77 board anyway. And wow thats a good price for a 660 ti.
January 13, 2013 10:56:46 PM

Thanks for posting that build Ice, I will give that some thought. So you think that build will last me awhile and handle mostly any game? As well as being capable of running multiple applications simultaneously? I'm going to try and see if there's anywhere else I can save some more money to maybe fit a 7950 in.

And derza he posted the proc he did because I will not be overclocking. I'm looking for a really solid proc that will last me awhile without having to rely on overclocking.
January 13, 2013 11:03:50 PM

I understand that... But getting the K version can buy you an extra year or so on an upgrade. Overclocking these CPUs is as easy as going into the bios and changing the multiplier to 42-44 rather than the stock 34. An overclock to 4.2-4.4 should not require any voltage or anything other changes, its really simple and safe to do(although you would need to spend any ~$30ish on a cpu cooler). Might be something you want to think about. You might not want to overclock now but maybe in 2 years when you feel your cpu is holding you back at least you would have the option.
a b 4 Gaming
January 14, 2013 12:23:46 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xu38
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xu38/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xu38/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $941.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 21:23 EST-0500)

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