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Solid Sub $1000 Gaming Build?

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January 31, 2013 11:00:30 PM

My cousin and I are building a new computer, is this a solid computer build? I do prefer Intel Processors and Nvidia Video Cards if you think there is something better for $1000. I'm probably going to need a different heat-sink fan though I'm assuming because from what I hear, Ivy Bridge processors can run pretty hot. Can you assume one that will get the job done?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AK1u
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AK1u/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AK1u/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($120.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $881.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 19:56 EST-0500)
January 31, 2013 11:19:10 PM

The total is $911 not $811, I dont know why thats there.
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January 31, 2013 11:29:46 PM

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Just want to point it out since a lot of people are overlooking this but micro center does not ship or give combo deals on cpu/mobo.

I guess I just assumed that you would know that they don't deliver if you list that site.
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January 31, 2013 11:32:02 PM

Here is my suggestion if you are going to overclock and want to SLI in the future. Only used microcenter for products that could be shipped. The MSI motherboard has dual PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, great for SLI.

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 ($32.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $961.68 ($1013.82 before rebates)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 20:31 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 12:14:38 AM

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Just want to point it out since a lot of people are overlooking this but micro center does not ship or give combo deals on cpu/mobo.


Not true about the combo. I went to microcenter today and got the i5-3570k for $189.00 + the ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 for $129.00. Combo deal took $50 off the price of the board, and I got a $10 MIR. Total price with tax $280 (after MIR). Pretty sweet deal. I'd say go take advantage if you have one near you.

Also, I've seen the EVO 212 suggested for cooling a lot lately. Right now, that's on sale at microcenter for $29.99. Personally, I think I'll buy the Zalman just because it looks sweet, is made completely of copper, and has good reviews.
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February 1, 2013 12:17:40 AM

I like the build. For the sake of suggestion: how about a 7870 Tahiti? Amazing gpu and price. Personally, I use Nvidia but the AMD 7870 is a beast. I think it makes harder to buy a 660 given how the AMD drivers have improved.

Also, if you get a i5-3470 you could put the saved money into a $100 SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 1, 2013 1:40:57 PM

It's a shame I can't take advantage of this Micro Center deals. I live in Northern Michigan and there isn't a Micro Center anywhere near me. The closest one is about a 5 hour drive and I don't have the time to drive down there. We were planning the computer after it was built up so probably no SLI. Thanks for your help though.
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February 1, 2013 2:09:47 PM

Here you go. If you don't really want to overclock, the i5-3470 is just a tick under the performance of the 3570. You could even go with a cheaper PSU (XFX, SeaSonic, Corsair, Antec recommended) but this is a killer deal for a Gold certified PSU that is modular also.

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: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $834.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 11:06 EST-0500)
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