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February 10, 2013 4:38:32 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1-2 days

Budget Range: $700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some video editing, office work, web / movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, win 7 preferred, not sure I would like win 8

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Troy, MI USA

Parts Preferences: more comfortable with intel, though would try a build with amd

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1280x1024 & 1600x1200 available, plan to use two of them.

Additional Comments: Currently play EVE Online, enjoy FPS however, computer has been too old to play recent shooters

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 8.5 year old computer is near death ... mb and gpu issues.

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a c 271 4 Gaming
February 10, 2013 4:52:45 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $713.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 13:51 EST-0500)

If you want Intel:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $733.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 13:52 EST-0500)

Oh I forgot optical drive, get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
February 10, 2013 6:51:06 PM

G-units builds basically cover it .

I believe the AMD build has a better future for expansion . The motherboard can crossfire and SLI . It does that by actually using a 990X chipset rather than the 970 in the name
You could save $25 by using the Extreme 3 which cant run two graphics cards .


The intel build is also a good build . It lacks the option to overclock in the future but that may not be important to you


I went through the win7 vs win 8 choice about 8 weeks ago . I eventually chose windows 8 because it was bundled as a promo . There is a learning curve and set up was a little more difficult with the motherboard drivers , but Im glad I did . The enhancements are useful .
And I have added a start button using a free program called classic shell .

The start button thinks I have win 7
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February 18, 2013 1:47:53 PM

Best answer selected by kowitz1.
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