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Small-Form College (Gaming) Desktop for $1000

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Anonymous
February 10, 2013 4:20:21 PM

I have wavered between a "high-end" laptop and a desktop for almost a year. (If only AMD sold high-end mobile CPUs.) My total budget is $1900, and the laptop I'm considering sells for $1600 with a decent warranty, GTX 680m and i7-3630qm. I'm not sure if I will buy it, but I move between my home and residence hall often. I don't know where I would keep a rig.

Anyway, what can I get for $1000 in a desktop? The $1000 excludes the Operating System, keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

I have heard that the HD 7950 is a good-value GPU.

Thank you.
February 10, 2013 4:33:42 PM

You're right, the HD7950 offers great value compared to it's competition GTX660ti, GTX670/680 or even the HD7970 especially when overclocking is taken into account. Comparing it to the 7870 though will show that the 7870 has better value.

My recommendations for $1000 build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.72 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $979.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 13:32 EST-0500)

If you need small form factor, there are other case you could take a look at such as the Silverstone SG09 which has great cooling.
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Anonymous
February 10, 2013 9:22:12 PM

Thanks for the build.

I presume the 20" matte IPS monitor would run around $200. Does anyone have suggestions for mice, keyboards, and monitors?
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February 10, 2013 10:16:32 PM

Important question OP is do you live close enough to a Micro center to buy the 3570k for cheap?

Minor modifications to get a smaller case (its not as tall and its slimmer)
mATX board
Changed the cooler as it cannot fit the 212 EVO/+
The 7870XT performs 2% slower than the 7950 but costs quite a bit cheaper
MLC SSD (AFAIK) over a TLC SSD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.98 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Lian-Li PC-A04B MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1007.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 19:14 EST-0500)

Mirco Center Version

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.98 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Lian-Li PC-A04B MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $982.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 19:32 EST-0500)

My opinion is to get a cheaper $500 laptop with a A10 4600M and then grab a higher end desktop

Here is also a good budget IPS+LED 1080p monitor
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-ips224vpn

Similar spec screen buy 23" instead of 21.5"
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp

Unless you are a competitive gamer, just using any budget keyboard/mouse would do fine

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Anonymous
February 10, 2013 11:15:18 PM

I don't live close to a Microcenter.

I had forgotten to fill out the form:
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Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks

Budget Range: $1400 including peripherals

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and schoolwork

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg

Location: New York, NY, United States

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: I would like a 1080p screen.

Additional Comments: Quiet PC
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February 10, 2013 11:39:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.72 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1313.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 20:39 EST-0500)

Don't know much about your keyboard and mouse preference, sorry.
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February 10, 2013 11:41:01 PM

Some modifications but kept Lian Li for lighter weight and the Gemini to fit the case
3570k chnaged to Amazon
I left about $123 for mouse + keyboard + speakers + anything I left out
Added OS + Monitor
The cooler should be about same noise level as the 212+ according to Frsotytech
(EzioAs has a case that can fit the 212+/EVO for better cooling if you are worried about OC temps on the CPU but is a bit bulkier/heavier case)
I upgraded the PSU a bit so Crossfire power draw of 2x OC 7870XT + OC 3570k should be not be a problem
It is also a semi-modular one to facilitate the smaller case cable management (Original $70 PSU will be fine if you don't want extra power, $80 for 650W Modular and $90 for 750 non-modular)
The 7870XT is a better price/perf part right now

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.98 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Lian-Li PC-A04B MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($106.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1272.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 20:40 EST-0500)

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