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January 18, 2013 7:40:24 PM

So i've decided to build a new PC around the price of $1200 including everything in one package (parts, case, mouse, keyboard, monitor, OS...). I've never actually built a PC before, and im pretty nervous, but i know i want the gratification of building my own to my needs.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks

Budget Range: +/- $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I would love to game (not super intensely, but i'd like to know i have the option to), Listening to music at high quality (i guess id need a lot of storage space), watching movies, photo/ video editing, breezy web surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website in the U.S.

Location: New York, United States

Parts Preferences: preferably intel

Overclocking: Yes (though i dont know exactly how, i guess ill read up on it)

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, maybe in the future.

Thanks a bunch!

Daniel.

More about : build 1200

January 18, 2013 7:47:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhRJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhRJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhRJ/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 ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($38.68 @ Newegg)
Case: XClio Nighthawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft Desktop 400 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1123.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 16:47 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1208.84
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $14.25
Total: $1153.09

should do the trick dude :D 

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January 18, 2013 7:51:00 PM

Hi my suggestion :

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 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell ST2220L 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($15.50 @ Amazon)
Total: $1155.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Fell free to make some changes.
Also if you want to lower the price here's a good card : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's basically a 7950 :) 
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January 18, 2013 8:01:11 PM

oh yeah, i forgot to mention i would prefer to have an SSD in the build, although im not really sure how you put the OS on the SSD and then use the storage for other things...
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January 18, 2013 8:13:50 PM

heres my revision of the build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yi7z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yi7z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yi7z/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 ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.58 @ Amazon)
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: LG E2211T-BN 22.0" Monitor ($129.73 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft Desktop 400 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1137.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 17:12 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1217.17
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $1167.17

with quality and performance included, ssd u wanted, good powersupply. good mobo. sli and crossfire 100% capable.

good cooler for overclocking.

ull be happy with the 7870 quite good.

got u a nice lg monitor as well image quality is better than on dell panels imo, unless u upgrade to ips panels but quite big price jump.

also got 16gigs of ram if ur gonna do video editing quite important. memory runs out quick in those types of applications.

cheers.

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January 21, 2013 6:54:48 PM

hey,

im not so sure how much editing im actually going to be doing, so if you think theres a better setup with only 8GB of memory, i think id prefer that.
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January 21, 2013 7:27:23 PM

well i dont mind spending the extra $60 bucks or so. and why did you change so many of the specific parts (e.g. HDD, SSD, video card, case...)?
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January 21, 2013 7:33:17 PM

better quality.

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January 21, 2013 7:39:52 PM

the new case has no USB 3.0 ports? and the new HDD is the same as the one before but 1TB instead of the original 1.5 TB.
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January 21, 2013 7:53:38 PM

so youre saying for price value the 660 is a better buy than the 7870 (considering overclocking)?
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January 21, 2013 10:54:32 PM

yes.

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January 21, 2013 11:02:21 PM

okay. and you think this is a solid build for around $1200? you wouldnt suggest a different setup?
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January 21, 2013 11:04:09 PM

comparable build to mine, except i got a non-k processor and i5 2500@3.6 and gtx 660ti versus 660 :)  quite fast.


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January 21, 2013 11:22:38 PM

how much would that come out to?
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January 21, 2013 11:31:15 PM

i guess in other words...what's your build, and how much would it come out to? :p 

if youre up for telling me that would be awesome.

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January 21, 2013 11:43:56 PM

ok i will build u one like mine.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ySD9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ySD9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ySD9/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 ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 – MAX IOPS Edition 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard ($40.24 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($34.61 @ Amazon)
Total: $1344.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 20:43 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1484.71
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$100.00
Total: $1374.71

little bit more expensive. but totally worth it if u can afford it :D 

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January 21, 2013 11:45:09 PM

and the build i had for u:

sorry let me re-explain that made cuts for cheaper price for u.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yPUy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yPUy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yPUy/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 ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.37 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.22 @ Amazon)
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: LG E2211T-BN 22.0" Monitor ($129.73 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft Desktop 400 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1086.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 16:47 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1161.78
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $1116.78

Base Total: $1161.78
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $1116.78

total:
Base Total: $1161.78
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00

(Total: $1116.78)

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January 21, 2013 11:47:50 PM

didnt you say you had a different CPU?
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January 21, 2013 11:49:25 PM

yes but its not overclockable, barely is thats why its not relevant. i got a 2500 non-k :p 

3570k is overclockable and unlocked.

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January 21, 2013 11:50:19 PM

should i stick with that? do you think overclocking would help that much for my needs?
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January 21, 2013 11:51:46 PM

7870 is a bit faster than the 660, but I'd still go with the 660. let me clarify: the 660 does NOT have "better" quality than the 7870, both are flippin amazing. I own a 670 as of today and love it, just to clarify that I am no fanboy, as I own radeon and nvidia cards. 2XGTX660 SMASHES a 680, so I'd still go with th 660 so I could upgrade to sli in the future + get a nice high quality psu. I'd drop the SSD to 90GB, Kingston, a little cheaper and still plenty ( I only have 70gigs on a system I've been using for years. if you be conservitave it's pretty easy to keep the drive clean). also just imo Gigabyte UD3H Z77 > ASRock Extreme4 Z77, even though I have the latter ;p (the PCB on the asrock isn't black, it's brown, which looks pretty [scuse my french] fuckin' stupid.)
another edit, buying a 3570k at microcenter isn't worth it, its the exact same price after tax (almost)

EDIT: If you live near microcenter, a 3470 is only 149.99 there and has exact performance to a 3570k only non overclockable, and that only gives a few fps. I know because I went there the other day, almost bought it over the 3770k. ;p
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January 21, 2013 11:53:52 PM

go with this ull be happy.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yPUy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yPUy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yPUy/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 ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.37 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.22 @ Amazon)
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: LG E2211T-BN 22.0" Monitor ($129.73 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft Desktop 400 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1086.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 16:47 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1161.78
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $1116.78

Base Total: $1161.78
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $1116.78

total:
Base Total: $1161.78
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00

(Total: $1116.78)

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January 21, 2013 11:56:03 PM

DON'T GET THE 660 HERE^ Get the signature 2 660. The reference one has some latency issues, both are similarly priced. +1 tot he mushkin ram tho ^.^
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January 21, 2013 11:57:19 PM

lol, radeon 7800 and 7900 have latency issues, this 660 is alot cheaper and good 5 year warranty :) 

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January 21, 2013 11:57:20 PM

also, my case, the corsair C70 white version, is on sale atm. you can get it for 89.99 and it's a 140$ case. not a huge fan of thermaltake ;p
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January 21, 2013 11:57:42 PM

that case is fine, he doesnt need a more expensive case.

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January 21, 2013 11:57:57 PM

PNY is not a trustworthy brand imo
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January 22, 2013 12:00:51 AM

rofl.

pny been making cards as long as evga and have quality products.

id love to hear how u have proof they suck.

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January 22, 2013 12:02:01 AM

I didn't say they suck I'd just spend the extra 10 bucks and get a nice warranty and a newer designed card. +evga cards look baller af.
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January 22, 2013 12:05:32 AM

If you really wanna get best price/performance... holy shat this 660ti is only 30$ more than a 660. fukyea

and after MIR its the same price;p
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January 22, 2013 12:06:49 AM

can you link me to everything youre talking about?
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January 22, 2013 12:09:43 AM

I'd def go for the PNY there^ 30$ for 100$ worth of performance increase.
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January 22, 2013 2:31:07 AM

yo daniel, u said u had a limited budget if u want the stronger card here.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yUp9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yUp9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yUp9/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 ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.37 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.22 @ Amazon)
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: LG E2211T-BN 22.0" Monitor ($129.73 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft Desktop 400 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: gtx 660ti ($269.00)
Total: $1160.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 23:30 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1225.79
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Total: $1190.79

if u can afford it get this rig if not get the other with the 660 either way ull be happy.

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January 25, 2013 9:24:14 PM

hey guys,

sorry for all the questions, i just want to make sure im getting the very best for my money. what if i said i had a budget of around $1350? what parts would you suggest?
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January 26, 2013 12:14:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($187.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($376.48 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($26.59 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1218.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 09:13 EST-0500)
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