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January 15, 2013 2:59:33 AM

Here are the specs for my current machine that are going to go to my wife as I have the okay to get a new gaming machine.

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX: 2x XFX RADEON 5750's

I was going to just upgrade a graphics and double my RAM but my wife wanted this as hers is way way way outdated and that I can get a new rig. Looking to spend around 800-1000 give or take either way. I like to go through newegg.com and get everything from one place. I spend my time in games. SW:ToR, WOW, D3, Path of Exile, Torchlight, the CoD games etc. I like to run my games on high settings so they look good and are able to run good at the same time. I'm conflicted if I want to build my own again or just get a pre-built and same the hassle. I'm not against building my own by any means at all. Just looking for some advice on parts or systems right now so any help would be appreciated :-)

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January 15, 2013 3:27:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: week or so
Budget Range: 800-1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: salem, oregon
Parts Preferences: intel processor this time around but not locked into it, nVidia graphics
Overclocking: no
SLI or Crossfire: no
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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January 15, 2013 3:35:21 AM

Here you go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $997.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 00:34 EST-0500)

Make sure to get the combos and rebates though!
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January 15, 2013 5:32:59 PM

Made some changes as one of those parts didn't have the best reviews and one of them wasn't available right now. Would this look like a good deal and everything work well with no bottlenecks? I dropped the SSD to get a better mobo and dvd drive as well. Is it really worth getting a SSD? I've never had one before.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GRAPHICS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE/POWER(combo): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDRIVE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 15, 2013 7:34:20 PM

Any feedback? I'd like to hear thoughts before i go ahead and pull the trigger on this :-)
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January 16, 2013 2:03:22 AM

Which exactly did you change that had bad reviews?

Case swap is good, don't worry about that. It has a nice combo with the PSU too.

The DVD drive you picked has a shipping fee right now which I find unnecessary.

The z77 chipset supports OC, so if you're getting that, you might as well get the i5-3570K. Otherwise, get the H77 Pro4/MVP - it's basically the z77 minus the OC and SLI/Crossfire support which you said you don't want to do.

An SSD with an OS installed will make your system as a whole faster, games and programs would boot faster and there will be little to no loading screens in games.. It's not mandatory, but it's nice to have. You can just add that in and re-install Windows 7 in the future when you get the cash.
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January 16, 2013 2:29:29 AM

The mobo seemed to have a lot of bad reviews with people having DOA on them. Just a personal preference to heed that warning. I changed to the 3570k processor instead :-) Might as well give myself that chance to OC if I find a need for it with this machine.
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January 16, 2013 4:48:53 AM

Alright then.

If you have a Microcenter nearby, they have a walk-in deal that gives you $40 off on the motherboard, and only $189.99 for the 3570K.
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January 16, 2013 9:56:20 PM

No Microcenter in Oregon :-( Thank you for your help and advice! I really am looking forward to this arriving :-)
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