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January 15, 2013 2:18:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: ~$700 after all taxes/shipping. Slightly higher is acceptable if it means a significant increase in performance.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Maybe


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: whatever is cheapist

Location: Raleigh, NC

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe in the future, no experiance with this yet

SLI or Crossfire: probably not

Your Monitor Resolution:1600 x 900 or better

Additional Comments: hmmm nothing that occures to me at present

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Sick of this old slow ass laptop! want to play a few newer games, (Mechwarrior Online, Skyrim, etc) and compile programs before the next ice-age.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2310 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($-0.01 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC e2051Sn 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $692.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 23:14 EST-0500)

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January 15, 2013 2:37:25 AM

I came up with $706 for that total, not including the memory which is -.01?
Anyways, it looks fine. But if I were you, I'd save up another $150 to $200 to get a 60-64GB SSD and a decent z77 motherboard with the 3570K for overclocking. With a B75, you can't overclock (you may be able to do FSB, I don't know). But if you can wait, that may be the way to go. Upgrading from what you have to what I said would cost more than just going straight to this.

As for the GPU, I'm not sure if that PSU can handle it. The AMD website says 500W minimum. Some of the reviews say the PSU can handle a 660, but that has a minimum of 450W.

In my opinion, saving up would be your best bet. And with Haswell coming out soon, you may be able to go with that. If not, Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge should be a bit cheaper. People will dump their old stuff off on eBay, so if you don't mind getting something used, you may be able to save a bit then, too, when Haswell comes out.
January 15, 2013 2:37:59 AM

The i5-2310 is already old architecture, get Ivy Bridge.

You won't go anywhere with 32gb of SSD, better just drop it competely.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $732.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 23:37 EST-0500)
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January 15, 2013 2:55:10 AM

Ok so so far I need to upgrade the PSU, and either upgrade the SSD or drop it all together.
There must be a glitch on my PCpartpicker page, not sure why that memory came up at -.01.
January 15, 2013 2:58:33 AM

As far as SSD goes, 120GB and up is what you need to aim for. Don't drop the SSD, though. It's definitely worth it. For PSU, I would personally recommend going with Corsair. Get at least 500W. If you plan on upgrading the GPU anytime in the near future, you may want to get 600W. Crossfire would be 700W and up (I think).
January 15, 2013 3:17:58 AM

most likely will not be doing crossfire.
heres a quick rebuild with some of the sugestions added in, price is jumping quickly

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Apevia 500W ATX Power Supply ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC e2051Sn 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $783.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 00:16 EST-0500)

I have never used SSD before and I have only read a few articles about it. deffinatly seems to be worth adding but I really have no ideas as to its optimal use or how much I will really need
January 15, 2013 3:19:58 AM

No, do not get the apevia psu, it's really a crappy one, it's not a 500w psu, a 350w psu at the best or less, do not cheap out on the psu, get the psu excella1221 recommended, it's 450w but it's a much better psu from a quality brand, the psu itself is really a good one.
There's also the corsair CX430 in newegg, but do not get the apevia.
January 15, 2013 3:25:10 AM

Yes, the Apevia is probably 300-400w in reality, lol.

An SSD will make your overall system respond faster if the OS is installed in it.
Please listen to the bigbug, you want at least 120gb of space, and preferably a non-Sandforce drive. You'll find 60b very insufficient after a few weeks, especially if the OS is in there.

I don't know why you changed the HDD I linked since its capacity is 3x more than the one you picked at basically the same price; that and you chose a laptop HDD.
January 15, 2013 3:37:14 AM

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0598 45.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $732.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 00:36 EST-0500)

within ur budget :) 

and with a not bad 24inch monitor

January 15, 2013 3:54:19 AM

The Corsair CX430 will handle a 7850 just fine. I ran a much more power hungry GTX 460 on mine. \

Also I ran a 60GB SSD and a 128GB SSD. With the 60, I could install Windows, Office, web browser and some other productivity software, along with a couple of games. It still had some space left over. With a 128GB SSD, I have more than half of it unused right now. Being conservative and installing only what you want to load quickly on your SSD could save you a lot of money. I'd advise against 32GB SSDs though since Windows I think is something like 20-25GB.
January 15, 2013 5:34:10 AM

point taken on the PSU, switched to the CX430.
as for the HDD issue, thanks for pointing that out excella, im a bone-head.
What would everyone recommend as for a 128 GB SSD?
January 15, 2013 1:05:51 PM

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=77210&vpn=MZ-7TD120BW&...

samsung 128gb ssd 840 series.

heres my revised build:


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xJ1R
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xJ1R/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xJ1R/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0598 45.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $839.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 10:05 EST-0500)

with ssd and different ram.

January 15, 2013 5:51:01 PM

Looks good to me. Although 9 out of 10 times when people ask for build advice on Toms forums, they end up spending a good amount more than what they originally had planned, regardless of what price they initially started at.
January 15, 2013 6:58:52 PM

well i try to build around peoples budget, is this within ur budget?

January 15, 2013 8:43:22 PM

excella1221 said:
I would suggest this - fairly priced, decent performance.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008OX1V8A/?tag=pcpapi-20


M5P is $5 cheaper with slightly better performance
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/631?vs=731
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price will vary depending on whether or not you're taxed on it and what shipping you choose.

Just a little update. ;) 

I personally went with the Kingston HyperX 3k
Similar performance at $90.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/565?vs=731
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 15, 2013 8:50:33 PM

the ones i chose are better those samsungs arent that great and have no heatspreader.

January 15, 2013 9:02:44 PM

Someone's obviously never seen the Samsung sticks before ;) 
Overclock to 2133 with decent timings at 1.5V and barely any heat. There are a few official reviews out there that claim better.
January 15, 2013 10:14:02 PM

well first i hear of it, no need to overclock to 2133, tbh 1600mhz overclock a bit is sufficient.



January 15, 2013 10:33:37 PM

Hey, performance is performance, am I right? xD
But it does this at lower voltages too. I got a couple for $30 back when RAM prices dropped. And the size lets them fit under my heatsink while I have a pair of G.Skill 2133 in the other two slots. These are honestly so good, I'm considering getting rid of the G.Skill to replace with two more. Btw, the iGPU really benefits from faster RAM.
January 15, 2013 10:49:50 PM

good to know those ram chips work but im happy with my 8x2gb corsair vengeance black low profile :) 

January 15, 2013 10:59:05 PM

Not much of a need for much more, now is there? Just saying that you could get better for the same price, even if it doesn't make much of a difference :p 

Anyways, fast, it all comes down to you. If you have any more questions, be sure to let us know.
January 15, 2013 11:50:03 PM

Heat speader for ram is not needed for samsungs because they do not produce much heat because they use small chips inside.

Samsung's memory are one of the best performance/price ratio not to mention top quality and can overclock pretty dam good.

@thebigbug you are over exaggerating when you say 2133 @ 1.5V, even if you make the CAS higher than 11(shouldnt really do) it should still run more than 1.5 since a 1866 with timings of 9-9-9-28 should run about 1.55-1.6
January 16, 2013 12:44:12 AM

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Samsung/MV-3V4G3/7.h...
Bottom paragraph.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...
"- 1600MHz (7-8-8-24 1N) @ 1.40v
- 1866MHz (9-9-9-27 1N) @ 1.40v
- 2000MHz (9-10-10-28 1N) @ 1.45v
- 2133MHz (10-10-10-28 1N) @ 1.45v
- 2400MHz (11-11-11-28 2N) @ 1.50v
- In our own in house testing we were able to achieve all the above clock speeds on an Asus X79 platform with 4x4GB modules (16GB total) SuperPI Stable too, 32M"

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2266467
Four sticks, 2133MHz 9-10-10-25-2T @1.5V
Failed, but he said with a slight voltage boost, he could've made it work.

No exaggeration. ;) 
January 16, 2013 12:57:32 AM

Nice find, too bad overclocking it didn't make much of a difference in performance though.
January 16, 2013 1:15:58 AM

i do agree, certainly for intel, 1600mhz is the limit, anything over that isnt jedac and intel compliant and will void ur warranty, for amd im not shur.

in real world performance u wont see much of a difference.

tighter ram timings will be more useful.

January 16, 2013 1:46:59 AM

Bah. In that case, I'll show ya a couple of reviews on Newegg's website.
On 4/8/2012, N/A user: 1600MHz CL7 7-7-20 1T @ 1.5v
On 8/10/2012, divide_by_zero: 1600 MHz @ 7-6-7-20 1T @ 1.35V
On 7/8/2012, Sir Nomingtons: stable at 2133mhz 9-10-10-28 1t @1.44V
On 6/9/2012, Azurphax: 1600mhz 8-8-8-22-30 1T 1.35V
http://www.overclock.net/t/1270636/samsung-wonder-memor...

Why resist? :p 

Oh, and RAM timings begin to mean less as you get higher in speed.
1866 @ 11-11-11-33 is faster than 1600 @ 7-7-7-22 in most cases, according to this: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/memory/display/ivy-bri...

Again, why resist? Just another couple of bucks and it's better than most memory out there. At a lower voltage, too.
January 16, 2013 1:51:10 AM

He go go ahead and spend that extra $10 that he won't even need. The ram is meant for people that actually know how to OC their things properly and OCing Ram does help in the process of OCing your CPU. It is not needed but a choice of the OP's if he wants to spend his time fiddling with timings and such that don't do a whole lot.
January 16, 2013 2:12:10 AM

Intel only voids warranties if you run RAM over 1.5v, I believe.
January 16, 2013 2:19:58 AM

no 1600mhz is the limit for intel for the warranty ask anyone here.

January 16, 2013 2:26:46 AM

"Overclocking: Maybe in the future, no experiance with this yet"
Best way to start is to read a bit then dive right in. This RAM is probably one of the most lenient as far as overclocking goes.

Anyways, we need to get back on topic. No more posting unless it's an answer to the OP's questions, agreed?
January 16, 2013 2:33:40 AM

1600 and 1.5V is the max before warranties are voided. of course you can still do timings and stuff like that to make it faster too.

As for OCing Ram, i believe it is one of the most frustrating one if it goes wrong.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDl27PXVraM

of course i haven't really OCed any ram lately so i don't know a whole lot about the current OCing DIMMs
January 16, 2013 2:38:49 AM

u dont really need to overclock ram that much with ivy bridge tbh, u used to have to heavily overclock ur ram chip to get a decent clock on older chipsets and cpus but today the dark art of overclocking is alot less dark and simpler.

January 16, 2013 2:47:12 AM

Yea i have already OCed my i5 3570k since i wanted a new build for myself, and it was pretty easy. I already know that OCing ram does not make that much of a difference anymore from studies but i still know that some people like to do it for fun.
January 16, 2013 3:32:51 AM

i guess but voiding a warranty simply isnt worth it for myself,

i usually keep stock settings, and also my i5 2500 doesnt overclock barely.

so yeah next chip is the 3770k for me.

January 16, 2013 3:46:49 AM

Haswell is coming out soon. Sure ya don't want to wait?
January 16, 2013 3:54:03 AM

He doesn't really need to wait for Haswell, CPUs are pretty much at the top right now and i don't think haswell is going to be that much faster than IB.

Most of the work is from the GPU anyways, if he has to wait for something then it should be a next gen GPU since that will be the one making the difference and not the CPU.
January 16, 2013 4:07:25 AM

True. But if it costs the same as the 3770k, it would be something to consider. More future-proof
January 16, 2013 4:08:27 AM

yeah well haswell imo wont bring more than 10% more performance if that, in games the gpu gonna do the heavy lifting.

cpus are pretty good as they are right now, next step would be a mainstream intel 6core, but that wont happen for atleast a few years.

January 16, 2013 4:11:53 AM

Like I said. If it costs the same, it can only do good compared to the 3770k.
January 16, 2013 4:43:43 AM

i guess, but lets see what price haswell comes to, also bare in mind i already got a p67 board i dont feel like changing board.

January 17, 2013 5:08:24 PM

Thanks for all the posts everyone, still reading them.

Heres the build so far with everyones suggestions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $950ish
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 13:57 EST-0500)

note the total price. getting way out of my budget range, so I have a few questions.
1) How long until haswell comes out and how much of an effect on prices for existing CPUs do you expect from its release?
2) Not really a question but it seems like the ability to OC is driving up the price on this build. Being as im really new to this, should I just drop this for now? maybe drop to a 3350P CPU, h77 mobo, and cheaper RAM? thoughts?
3) any other ideas to drive the overall price down? as of now I think this build will FAR surpass what I need. Lets consider $750 firm to be my upper ceiling
January 17, 2013 5:18:32 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y5Tb
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y5Tb/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y5Tb/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $838.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 14:18 EST-0500)

Base Total: $925.68
Combo Discounts: -$13.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$55.00
Shipping: $7.56
Total: $865.24

u can add an ssd later :) 

January 17, 2013 6:33:36 PM

yeah thats the conclusion ive come to. what do you think about dropping from the 2GB 7850 to the 1GB 7850? I most likely wont be maxing out the settings on any games I play.
January 17, 2013 7:01:06 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y6Lp
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y6Lp/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y6Lp/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $803.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 16:01 EST-0500)

Base Total: $895.68
Combo Discounts: -$13.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $7.56
Total: $830.24


January 17, 2013 7:29:42 PM

I would actually take out the i5 3570k because OC does not make that much of a performance difference until you SLI/CFX.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $780.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 16:29 EST-0500)

price can be lowered by going with a 7850 instead of the 7870
January 17, 2013 7:45:08 PM

CFX on a pro3 is not really a smart idea not to mention he would have to get a stronger PSU too.
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