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January 31, 2013 7:30:09 PM

I have asked this question a few times already, but I am ready to purchase tomorrow. I need a final product list for parts to order tomorrow (unless theres a good sale starting next week that anyone knows about..but I will have cash tomorrow). I want to be able to edit videos, play video games (on really good settings), and browse the web. I would like at least 1 usb 3.0 port and HDMI (pretty sure most GPUs have this now days). As for case, I would really like something that has lights and looks nice (those clear cases are sharp...but I couldn't find any 3.0), however I am more for performance than cosmetics so I'd rather faster than prettier.

I will be using my current Hard drive mainly because I don't want to spend the $100 to get Windows 8. But if it can be gotten cheaper (doubt it can) then I might be interested. Thanks for all of the help!


Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: $700-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Browsing, Video editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: I Don't need a Hard Drive

Do you need to buy OS: Not really, I would like Windows 8 but I have 7 so if its not cheap then nah.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Non

Location: Cullman, Alabama

Parts Preferences: Whatever's best

Overclocking: Don't know how

SLI or Crossfire: What? (lol no)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: I would like a SSD drive if it could be had at a decent price. Tho if I have windows 7 on my current hard drive does it really matter?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am upgrading because the computer I have is getting old and is failing.

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January 31, 2013 9:12:08 PM

Take a look

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($213.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($78.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 18:11 EST-0500)
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January 31, 2013 9:15:39 PM

Revised a little more. For the extra money, it's really worth it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $832.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 18:14 EST-0500)


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January 31, 2013 10:05:12 PM

Why is the 3570k cheaper than the 2500k? I thought that the 3570 was bigger? I was hoping to keep that price below $800 with $800 being the max. Could I go with the MSI P67A motherboard with that $832 build? If so that would drop it pretty close to the $800 mark.

On a side note (sorry if I should be making another thread) I am looking to get a new touchscreen laptop. Basically it will just be used for facebook games (for my wife). She likes to have multiple tabs of different games open at once. Would I really notice a difference between the i3 or the i5? Thanks for everything!
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February 1, 2013 4:35:18 PM

Some Intel P67 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Ivy Bridge CPUs.
2500k is a Sandy Bridge CPU while the 3570k is an Ivy Bridge CPU. So if you don't mind looking at tutorials of how to update the BIOS of Intel P67 chipset motherboards, then go at it by all means.

The 3570k is more expensive, but if you noticed they are from different stores. So that is why I always promote looking around your local shops, they tend to have a really competitive price. You will notice an i3 from an i5, the i5 has two more cores. The more cores it has , the more tasks it can tackle down. Having multiple tabs opens will make the CPU work harder, so even if the i5 is a bit more than the i3, get it. You will not regret it. But if you really can't squeeze the extra cash, the i3 is still not a bad choice.
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February 2, 2013 7:55:56 AM

So found a guy who has a rig that I might be able to pickup for $800. Is this rig better than either of the 2 you've suggested?

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Will sell less if you don't want the gaming monitor or battery backup unit.
This plays anything out there; it plays Battlefield 3 on ultra settings with 60+ fps, Skyrim looks amazing, etc. CM Storm Series Trooper case
128 gb Crucial M4 solid state drive (Windows 7 and applications)
120 gb OCZ Vertex solid state drive (Games/Steam games)
320 gb WD data drive (backup of Windows 7 and data)
EVGA Nvidia GTX 670 2gb FTW gpu
16gb G.Skillz Ripjaws RAM
1000 watt OCZ Gold Rated power supply
Intel i7 920/ Asus P6T Deluxe V2 -- Smoothly overclocked to 3.7ghz per core by Noctua NH-D14 cooler (it is silent)
SAMSUNG B350 Series S24B350HL Transparent Red 23.6" 2ms GTG LED gaming monitor
ASUS 24x Sata DVDRW drive
600 watt APC battery backup with LCD display and tweakable settings
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Keep in mind his will not be coming with the Monitor of the Backup battery (at least not for $800). He said most of the parts are about 8 month old, the CPU is 3-4 years old. Anyways, thanks, I have the cash in hand I just don't know what to do. I am trying to read other builds that people are suggesting on the forums but so far nothing seems to be exactly what I am looking for.

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February 2, 2013 8:06:39 AM

Microcenter has a sweet deal on the i5 -3570k and the ASRock Z77 extreme 4. If there's one near you, you can get both for $290 until 2/10, and you'll get a $10 MIR. They don't ship for that price though.
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February 2, 2013 2:21:13 PM

I don't have a microcenter near me :-(
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February 2, 2013 3:41:39 PM

The prices for these 2 builds now really exceed my budget. Is there anything else for $800 or less (if its slightly over $800 I might be able to swing it). Thanks guys, looking to order any minute now.
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