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January 17, 2013 11:08:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: February


Budget Range: $1000, If you can justify it, I'm willing to spend up to $1500 ish


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, Watching Movies, Get into Editing


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Everything Hardware only.


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon


Location: City, State/Region, Country - Middle TN - US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel, Nvidia


Overclocking: Maybe, nothing to hardcore, I have never overclocked before.


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not to start off with.


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I would like to be able to play games with all the graphic settings turned up, I have been looking at the GTX 670 card.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current build was the bottom of the line, 2 years ago. I'm looking to invest a little more this time, and hopefully have a decent build that will last several years.

I only have a Case and CPU picked out right now. I have been having a hard time picking a motherboard. A lot of people recommend ASROCK, I have never heard of them, I have also heard Asus is a really great company.

CASE: Storm Stryker:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008O2HOI2/ref=ox_sc_a...

CPU: Intel i5 3570k
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=ox_sc_a...

The above CPU I have seen recommended in a lot of builds, and the reviews looked promising.

When I asked on my guild forums, they said make sure the motherboard is Z77, and supports PCI E. 3.0.
January 17, 2013 11:24:26 AM

id get a different case. the stryker is pretty expensive and you really dont need that much room

id get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y3xA

-the 750w psu is completely unnecessary if you are not going to get another video card.
-the white version of the case with a wndow is the same price if you would like
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January 17, 2013 11:30:01 AM

if you live anywhere near a microcenter get the processor there its $169 instead of 220 something. and if you can tolerate waiting two more months wait for haswell. it will be a new architecture, faster, more features and will overclock better since i doubt intel will put cheap thermal tape behind the top plate like they did with the 3000 series. they got too much bad press from it.
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January 17, 2013 11:33:27 AM

Heres a fairly good rig thats under your $1000 budget.
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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $957.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 08:29 EST-0500)

Fairly decent no frills gaming rig.

Heres a good rig if your willing to go a bit above the $1000 budget.
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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1317.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 08:34 EST-0500)

You get a 128GB SSD, which will lead to dramatically better boot times and general system responsiveness. A HD7970 which is a stronger graphics card than the 7950. A 2TB drive instead 1TB. A 750W Gold power supply if you decide to dual Crossfire/SLI (which the mobo can support) later on.
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January 17, 2013 12:41:33 PM

This would be good for Playing Games on Ultra @ 1080p

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($378.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1212.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 19, 2013 7:25:17 AM

Get low profile RAM, the hair combs they glue to Vengeance RAM can get in the way of large CPU heatsinks.
The Mobo seems a bit expensive for what it offers.

The Gigabyte, custom design cooling is runs cooler and quieter than the reference design EVGA uses.
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January 19, 2013 7:41:01 AM

manofchalk said:
Get low profile RAM, the hair combs they glue to Vengeance RAM can get in the way of large CPU heatsinks.
The Mobo seems a bit expensive for what it offers.

The Gigabyte, custom design cooling is runs cooler and quieter than the reference design EVGA uses.



Would this be a better option for ram?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If not could you recommend another pair?

Do you have any other recommendations for motherboards?
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January 19, 2013 8:16:19 AM

Yep, that's a better pair.

AsRock Z77 Extreme4, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H and the ASUS P8Z77-V LK are the boards that are recommended for gaming builds.
I personally have gone with the Extreme4 in my build, since it was the cheaper of the three and has the most features, but any of those boards will be fine.
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January 19, 2013 10:33:59 AM

Alueren said:
Thanks for all the suggestions, I have looked at them all, and I've been researching more.

I would like If you guys could comment on this build:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ynk4

I do not wish to change the case, and I am looking for suggestions for a video card. I prefer Nvidia.

I was looking at GTX 670's, and stuck between these 2 cards:
http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-N670OC-2GD-GeForce-Wi...

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphi...


my build still offers more
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