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January 22, 2013 1:09:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Some time within the next 3 weeks.

Budget Range: $1500 Before Shipping/Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the internet, and Watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU / MOBO / RAM / HSF / CASE / PSU / GPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg / Micro Center

Location: US, Texas

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Never

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080p

Additional Comments: I need to build two computers with this budget! We are reusing 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3, My friend has a non OEM version of windows 7 so I only need one OS.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: We are ready to get rid of our 8 year old computers.

My Computer:
CPU: i5 3470 $150
MOBO: ASRock H77M $70
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB $48
CASE: Rosewill LINE-M $50
PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze $68
OS: Windows 7 $90
GPU: MSI R7870 HAWK $260
Total: $736

Friend's Computer:
CPU: i5 3470 $150
MOBO: ASRock H77M $70
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB $48
CASE: Rosewill LINE-M $50
PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze $68
GPU: MSI R7870 HAWK $260
Total: $646
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Total for both: $1382

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January 22, 2013 1:54:11 AM

1. Personally I would go with a h77m not the pro4-m board unless you need the 4 ram slots. But, it would be your call.
2. You can drop those coolers since you won't overclock. With the saved money from there, you can upgrade your gpu to 7870. Or if you changed the board, you might have a budget to even get a 7950.
3. Everything else looks fine. pretty nice build.
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January 22, 2013 2:16:36 AM

admbautista said:
1. Personally I would go with a h77m not the pro4-m board unless you need the 4 ram slots. But, it would be your call.
2. You can drop those coolers since you won't overclock. With the saved money from there, you can upgrade your gpu to 7870. Or if you changed the board, you might have a budget to even get a 7950.
3. Everything else looks fine. pretty nice build.


Will the stock cooler be good enough for everyday use and we live in California so it gets pretty hot and we dont always have the AC on.
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January 22, 2013 2:50:04 AM

ns09gaming said:
Will the stock cooler be good enough for everyday use and we live in California so it gets pretty hot and we dont always have the AC on.


Yes definitely.
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January 22, 2013 7:01:52 AM

Updated the build! I changed the motherboard and case and used the money I saved to fit in 2 MSI R7870 HAWKs! :D 
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January 22, 2013 7:03:36 AM

wooo :o  i always love to see mATX build
and yours are awesome :) 
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January 22, 2013 7:19:44 AM

you're good to go man.
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January 22, 2013 1:37:54 PM

Quote:
admbautista wrote :

1. Personally I would go with a h77m not the pro4-m board unless you need the 4 ram slots. But, it would be your call.
2. You can drop those coolers since you won't overclock. With the saved money from there, you can upgrade your gpu to 7870. Or if you changed the board, you might have a budget to even get a 7950.
3. Everything else looks fine. pretty nice build.


Awesome! I wish I could give yall both best answer but I gotta give it to "Admbautista", changing the motherboard, gpu, and not needing an after market cooler me out the most :)  But I really appreciate your suggestion on the case "AMD Radeon"! I love that case!
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January 22, 2013 1:43:02 PM

Best answer selected by ns09gaming.
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