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January 15, 2013 10:21:52 PM



Approximate Purchase Date: next few weeks

Budget Range: around $1350 after everything (shipping, rebates, etc) including os but not including monitor

System Usage from Most to Least important: gaming, web browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Idc

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Missouri, United States

Parts Preferences: Idc

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: best bang for my buck

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want 1080p on high end games

Here's what I have so far:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xMBx

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January 15, 2013 10:38:11 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1302.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 19:37 EST-0500)

change 680 brand, you may want a better cooler
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January 15, 2013 10:45:50 PM

Does the 680's price justify the increase in performance over a 670, especially when you can overclock? You tell me.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/555?vs=598

I would save the money and SLI later on, when you need the extra performance.

As for SSD, I would go with something a bit more "new" than the Crucial M4. Don't get me wrong, it's a good, reliable drive. Heck, you probably wouldn't see much of a performance difference anyways. But I'd go with a Samsung 840 Pro, Plextor M5P, or Kingston HyperX 3K.

Just my input. In the end, it's up to you. Research, research, research :) 
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January 15, 2013 10:49:46 PM

@Lukethebeast12 If you live near a Microcenter, you can get a huge discount via in-store pickup on the i5 3570k and select motherboards.

Also, you can get pretty much the same performance out of a GTX 670 as the GTX 680. There's really no reason to spend $150+ on the GTX 680. That money can be put towards a larger capacity SSD. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($192.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($378.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1289.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 19:52 EST-0500)

Feel free to shop around for cases. You don't necessarily have to go with the one I recommended. If you would like more suggestions, try these...

Corsair Carbide Series 400R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Storm Stryker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Carbide Series 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance Series C70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 26, 2013 1:57:55 AM

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