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January 22, 2013 6:37:44 PM

Hello again! So I realized late in the game that the previous thread I started was terrible. Far more terrible than just terrible and I'm sorry for that. I'm hoping this one will go smoother.

This is my second PC build in almost six years! So maybe we can just go ahead and say it's my first. This rig will be used for casual gaming, but I would like to run most games at medium settings, at least, on 1080p if possible. The games I'll most likely be running are Diablo 3, Torchlight 2, Path of Exile, Guild Wars 2, and maybe even some Skyrim (there's a pattern here, isn't there?). Along with gaming, I'll also be doing some moderate internet browsing (up to ten tabs open, YouTube running on one), media such as VLC for a movie download (The Dark Knight Rises in 1080p) and iTunes for music, and will also be trying some light programming (beginner stuff). I won't be editing videos, or 3D modeling, etc. The computer will need to handle multitasking with considerable ease.

My budget for the full PC build, which includes a monitor, keyboard, speakers, and main computer components, is $900 (+/-). The monitor will be 1080 resolution and above 21" preferably. I won't need an OS and no overclocking. As for crossfire or SLI, I would like to have it there in case I decide to go for another video card later on. I don't have a brand preference and I don't mind different websites as long as the total comes out to $900 after rebates, discounts, and so forth. I live in San Antonio, TX, so if you know of any good deals that will help, that would be very appreciated!

I will be buying this today (if the build I created is given approval) or this week, if you all can help me find something better.

This is what I came up with:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
$19.99

Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811139018
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$59.99
$49.99

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
-$15.00 Instant
$79.99
$64.99

LG IPS234T-PN Black 23" 14ms (GTG) Widescreen LED Backlight LED Monitor
Item #: N82E16824005342
-$35.00 Instant
$209.99
$174.99*

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128514
-$15.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$159.99
$144.99

HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Item #: N82E16814161402y
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$134.99
$124.99*

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M2 RS620-SPM2E3-US 620W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular ...
Item #: N82E16817171068
-$30.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$119.99
$89.99*

Logitech LS21 7 Watts RMS (FTC) 2.1 Stereo Speaker System - Black
Item #: N82E16836121019
-$12.00 Instant
$39.99
$27.99*

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823109191
-$15.00 Instant
$59.99
$44.99*

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231311
$45.99*

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727
$99.99*

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148441
-$27.00 Instant
$99.99
$72.99*

Subtotal: $961.88

Shipping: $20.96

Discount From Promo Code EMCXWWN93
Discount From Promo Code EMCXWWN35

Promo Code: -$20.00
Grand Total: $962.84
Rebate Card: -$55.00
Total After Rebates: $907.84

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January 22, 2013 6:50:42 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($227.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech K100 Wired Slim Keyboard ($7.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $931.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 15:49 EST-0500)

a bit over but i think you will be pleased with performance.

Also don't go getting that keyboard, it is the same as any other membrane keyboard. When you want to spend money on keyboards, you will want to spend around the $60+ area for a mechanical keyboard
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January 22, 2013 6:55:37 PM

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January 22, 2013 6:57:49 PM

Great reply, thank you! Also, the i5 at MicroCenter is 162.36 after taxes! I'll just have my aunt pick it up for me, lol. But that's $20 saved! So closer to my original asking price :) 

You made a very sexy build!
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January 22, 2013 7:01:29 PM

Oh yeah, if I wanted to cut back on some more of the cost, would I be able to downgrade the 7870 to maybe a 7850 or 7770? Or will this not be a good idea?
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January 22, 2013 7:03:57 PM

If you want it cheaper yes, but it will not have as much power that is all.
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January 22, 2013 7:35:18 PM

eyeslikeolives said:
Great reply, thank you! Also, the i5 at MicroCenter is 162.36 after taxes! I'll just have my aunt pick it up for me, lol. But that's $20 saved! So closer to my original asking price :) 

You made a very sexy build!


If you get the CPU at microcenter you may save on a MOBO there with a combo deal or get a better processor/mother board for same price.

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cc7faafd#/cc7faafd/...
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