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January 22, 2013 1:51:08 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:

Budget Range: around 800$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (skyrim, dayz, would like to build PC with long life)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade:

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Connecticut

Parts Preferences: Intel (i've seen many builds with i5, and gtx660 i hear its a good combo)

Overclocking: Maybe in future when more experience

SLI or Crossfire: doesn't matter



Additional Comments: my laptop can quite keep up with anything and id like a gaming desktop would like to build if possible, i don't know much about components. i want something that will last and play future games.

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January 22, 2013 1:56:14 AM

if you live by microcenter the cpu mobo combos are nice i got my cpu and mobo there
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January 22, 2013 2:08:29 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $775.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


With an i5 and a 660 ti, a modular psu, a good case.
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January 22, 2013 2:14:10 AM

Hi. Here's a build with overclocking support if and when you need it. Feel free to make changes as you'd like.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $804.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 23:14 EST-0500)

Here's a building guide with videos: http://techreport.com/review/23624/how-to-build-a-pc-th...

Edit: djangoringo's build is good if you don't plan on overclocking.
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January 22, 2013 2:19:48 AM

You just posted like 10 threads down. Why don't you just let your original thread work its magic.
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January 22, 2013 5:47:32 PM

thanks all looks like i wont be able to make a purchase till this summer 2013, but thanks for the help, will much change between now and then or is it expected that new hardware out that would better suit me?

i don't know much about mother boards but people keep suggesting ASROCK with a Z77 north bridge to go with an i5 3570k so im gonnna assume this is my best option for my money. i will prob use this combo if overclocking gives me more future proofing i know that gaming PC's don't last 5 years but is hoping for 3 or 4 if that's possible.

also is there an advantage to the gtx 660ti over the normal 660 like cooling, overclocking (if that can be done to graphics cards?), or performance
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January 22, 2013 5:59:29 PM

Yes, big changes for the summer, like the new haswell cpus and the motherboards for it.
Also there could be a release of new gfx cards from amd, but nothing official yet.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Intel-Haswell-Ivy-Brid...

The 660 ti has more cuda cores and texture units, the rest is about the same.
It's noticed that the 660 ti overclocks better than the 660 non it(from several reviews).
But there's no point in recommending anything now.
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January 24, 2013 1:30:23 PM

do you think there will be considerable price drops on the components in the builds above that people suggested, and would the newer cpu's and gfx cards be far better and worth the extra money?
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