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January 17, 2013 9:03:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1/21/13


Budget Range: 700$ to 900$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: music studio, internet, gaming


Are you buying a monitor: No, using existing lcd tv (previous monitor)


Parts to Upgrade: only using existing case (atx full tower)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com - tigerdirect.com - open to suggestions)


Location: City, State/Region, Country - sacramento, ca USA


Parts Preferences No Preference


Overclocking: Yes. never done it but would like to learn


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. would like a single vid card but be able to upgrade in the future


Your Monitor Resolution: Using LCD tv not sure about resolution


Additional Comments: former old school gamer. might one day game again, but no specific game at this time. trying to build a music studio and starting with this PC. would like to be able to use hdmi for monitor and be able to use dual monitors so i can watch movies on my PC from time to time on my big TV. top of the line is not as important as best bang for my dollar.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my old pc (home build) died. 5 years old. anything salvageable is outdated. will only be using the case and monitor.


thanks for any help. seems, since my last (and only) build, things have changed quite a bit.

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January 17, 2013 9:11:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
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: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $831.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 18:11 EST-0500)

your choice to add a sound card or not, it is not really needed.
January 17, 2013 9:52:27 PM

Out of budget, but if you will Crossfire you will need this motherboard and power supply to handle it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8rf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8rf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8rf/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 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $939.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 18:51 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 10:08:15 PM

You can also drop the video card to a 7870, since you have gaming as your least important need.
January 17, 2013 10:28:17 PM

loresr97 said:
Out of budget, but if you will Crossfire you will need this motherboard and power supply to handle it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8rf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8rf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8rf/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 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $939.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 18:51 EST-0500)



drop down to asrock extreme4 and home version?
January 17, 2013 10:52:51 PM

boulbox said:
drop down to asrock extreme4 and home version?



please excuse my ignorance, boulbox... but i don't understand this sentence. the extreme4 you listed does crossfire, right? is the extreme6 an upgrade for an extra 15$? do i need/want it?

thank you guys for helping me...
January 17, 2013 11:01:13 PM

the ASrock extreme6 does give you extra stuff but extreme4 will be all you need.

extreme4 allows CFX/SLI, the extreme6 just gives you a bit more ports which i do not think you will need.

and that will be $27 that you can easily save.
January 17, 2013 11:06:41 PM

XkawN said:
please excuse my ignorance, boulbox... but i don't understand this sentence. the extreme4 you listed does crossfire, right? is the extreme6 an upgrade for an extra 15$? do i need/want it?

thank you guys for helping me...


Get the extreme4, it's the same as the 6 not major change. I'll post final version, i accidentally put professional version but home premium is enough.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y9iP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y9iP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y9iP/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: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $866.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 20:06 EST-0500)
January 17, 2013 11:14:30 PM

awesome... thank you guys. i have a question and then i have to run out to costco. the vid card is out of stock, should i wait till it comes back in stock? guess i can start ordering other things now and wait on it?

thanks in advance...
January 17, 2013 11:27:16 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr795...

gigabyte version is an option, but at the price this 7950 is at right now, it is just a steal. Don't know if you use mail-in rebate though. There is a high chance that the mail in rebate will go away after it comes back in stock but if you want to wait you can. Of course if you don't want to take the risk of your opportunity cost(your time of waiting for it to comeback and hopefully still have mail in rebate), you can just buy another version
January 18, 2013 4:08:06 PM

what about a hard drive? would like atleast 1tb. don't worry about the budget so much. don't mind going over a bit. thanks.
January 28, 2013 11:15:35 PM

one more compatibility question if i may. will need wireless internet and am looking at this. wondering if there would be any reason not to get it such as compatibility ... thank you.


ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 28, 2013 11:53:25 PM

That should be good.
January 29, 2013 12:34:30 AM

MSI is not the best IMO, they have MoBos with a lot of features but they are not a great quality, go with a ASrock or Gigabyte mobo that gives quality and have a lot of features
January 29, 2013 1:07:04 AM

boulbox said:
MSI is not the best IMO, they have MoBos with a lot of features but they are not a great quality, go with a ASrock or Gigabyte mobo that gives quality and have a lot of features


It seems that MSI did this board right. Also, I couldn't argue with the price.
January 29, 2013 1:03:19 PM

Thanks for everything boulbox. Everything is on its way. Also, the vidcard is back in stock with the same same price so I lucked out on that. Thank you...
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