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January 28, 2013 2:27:08 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within a month


Budget Range: $900 -/+$200 After Rebates; After Shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming to surfing the web


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: All


Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer all newegg, amazon if needed.


Location: Albany, NY Area


Parts Preferences: Ive always used AMD... but Im leaning towards and Intel


Overclocking: would like to try...


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 is what I use now and I like it. I have a 19'' non wide screen samsung lcd screen


Additional Comments: Cool looking case, sound not a factor. I dont like the cases with the door in the front.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Im usuing an old PC I built years ago... an AMD Athlon xp 2500+ 1.83ghz (slowwww). I can barely play any games... counter strike 1.6 works good at 60 fps fine. I have a geforce fx 5900 now.

Anyways here is what I got so far... Suggestions? Thanks.



http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A1d1
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1276.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 23:24 EST-0500)

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January 28, 2013 2:54:10 AM

You don't need the Noctua cooler at your budget. A Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO should be fine for a mild to moderate overclock. The motherboard is overkill, as an asrock z77 extreme4 would be good enough for your needs. That power supply is overkill, as 650w is all you need. That mid tower case is too expensive for your budget, as a $50 case would be alright for you. I can link you to a better build. Wait a few minutes
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January 28, 2013 2:59:01 AM

what plasma said , and use Win 8 and a Samsung 840 SSD
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January 28, 2013 3:08:15 AM

Outlander_04 said:
what plasma said , and use Win 8 and a Samsung 840 SSD


I made sure to give the op the Samsung 840 Pro since its better than the 840. Additionally, I added windows 7 since there is no improvement in games on windows 8 and many users of windows 8 are annoyed with the Metro UI and no start menu (although there are ways around the absence of a start menu, windows 7 is still regarded as a great operating system and has less hassle than windows 8)
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January 28, 2013 3:09:13 AM

You want to spend a bit more on the graphics card, too - the general rule of thumb is to spend twice on the graphics card what you do on the CPU, so you're looking at a GTX 670. (It's a bloody amazing card that will max any game out there at 1080p.)

Other than that, I second plasmaj's advice - everything s/he said was spot on.
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January 28, 2013 3:18:54 AM

plasmaj12345 said:
I made sure to give the op the Samsung 840 Pro since its better than the 840. Additionally, I added windows 7 since there is no improvement in games on windows 8 and many users of windows 8 are annoyed with the Metro UI and no start menu (although there are ways around the absence of a start menu, windows 7 is still regarded as a great operating system and has less hassle than windows 8)


Ive been using Win8 for a month now and there is a learning curve .
Its easy to add a start button . Free , or paid .
In return you get faster booting , a host of small improvements and a much better "personal use"license that let you transfer it to new hardware , unlike Win7's oem license that will lock it to the original motherboard
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January 28, 2013 3:21:09 AM

Why not buy a new monitor ? that one is old you can fit a good monitor 1080p 2ms ledbacklit in there :

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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1207.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 29, 2013 2:34:44 AM

This is looking like my final build. If I have money left over in the end I will get a new screen.

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 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1287.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 23:30 EST-0500)
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January 29, 2013 2:45:50 AM

The kingston hyperx 3k 120GB is at 89.99$ in amazon, it's a good ssd, you won't notice the speed differences, also the 1TB hdd caviar blue is cheaper on amazon.
I rather get a better case for such build, like the 400R.
The Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB is cheaper, it has a combo with cpu and it's at 1.35v, which means it's better to overclock.
If you can afford that monitor, it will be good for you.
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February 7, 2013 12:57:03 AM

Ok looks like Im getting the monitor after all... just got the tax return back. Heres the final build, any last suggestions? Thanks.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($168.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1505.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 21:55 EST-0500)
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February 7, 2013 1:09:01 AM

Take a look at this RAM Can get it at amazon, though much cheaper through microcenter (online).

You could save a little on the SSD.

Otherwise, looks pretty solid. (and slightly familiar)
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February 7, 2013 1:15:02 AM

Also, on a note, I wouldn't necessarily call that a mid-level rig.
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