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January 29, 2013 9:12:52 PM

The time has come for me to build a new system. For a point of reference, I’ll be coming from a Phenom X4 9600 with 4 gigs of RAM and a 512 mb Radeon HD 3850... running Vista... Yeah, it’s been a while. :D 

I’ve been catching up on what’s good in a system these days, but I figured why not ask the experts at such things?


Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks.
Budget Range: $700-800 USD, before rebates, after shipping.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (90%), 3D rendering/video editing (10% - which pretty much means hobbyist). I play a lot of MMOs, and I’d like the option of playing Skyrim comfortably.
Are you buying a monitor: Not at the moment, although upgrading to a nice 23-24” is an option down the road (or possibly two).
Parts to Upgrade: Everything from the case to what’s inside.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn’t really matter, although getting everything from one place would be a bonus.
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA.
Parts Preferences: I have always been an AMD person, but realistically, whatever gives me the most bang for my $$$.
Overclocking: Not on my immediate list of things to do, but I’m not adverse to it, depending on budget allowances, perhaps leaving me the ability to do so later.
SLI or Crossfire: Unimportant. And in my budget, probably not realistic.
Your Monitor Resolution: Currently running 1680 x 1050, although 1920 x 1080 is the eventual resolution.
Additional Comments: I could care less about how pretty the case is; if push came to shove I have a beat up beige full size tower I could use instead of a new case. Having a quiet system isn’t that big of a deal either. It would be nice if I could get a SSD, but that’s also not a hard and fast requirement.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 29, 2013 9:22:02 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $718.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 29, 2013 9:48:29 PM

TheN00bBuilder said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Almo Sorry, its 1 dollar above your budget.


sorry but this is a bad build.. his budget is $750 and youre reccomending a 8120 + gt 640? thats a terrible video card.. and a $70 full tower case and $56 blue ray player??

the intel build is a very good build
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January 29, 2013 10:05:48 PM

TheN00bBuilder said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Almo Sorry, its 1 dollar above your budget.



Sorry, that build sux. Gtx 640 w/ 4g ram is a joke. Stick to 1st recommendation. That build is awesome!
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January 29, 2013 10:07:40 PM

Ok, let's suppose I up my budget a bit (say, by cutting out premium craft beer for a couple weekends), how does this system look?

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: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $764.46 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 18:54 EST-0500)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 29, 2013 10:12:16 PM

Do you really plan to oc the cpu ?
Because a i5-3470 is a good option for non overclocking intentions, it has the same performance as the i5-3570k at stock, downgrading the gpu, might not be wise.
Also you need an aftermarket cooler, if you want to oc the cpu, like the hyper 212 evo.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 29, 2013 10:17:52 PM

nice build

for gaming, the graphics card is probably the most important.. try to get the best possible one you can on your budget.. i would get the 7870
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January 29, 2013 10:19:11 PM

djangoringo said:
Do you really plan to oc the cpu ?
Because a i5-3470 is a good option for non overclocking intentions, it has the same performance as the i5-3570k at stock, downgrading the gpu, might not be wise.
Also you need an aftermarket cooler, if you want to oc the cpu, like the hyper 212 evo.



You know, I didn't even notice that was a 7870 in your build. The hazards of doing this from work. :non: 

With that in mind, and with OC really not being all that big a deal to me, your build looks pretty solid.
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January 29, 2013 10:19:56 PM

Best answer selected by ogasnor.
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