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February 17, 2013 5:37:35 AM

I am trying to build a decent gaming desktop with wifi and a monitor for under $1000. The best I have been able to come up with so far is http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DPR2 but it doesn't have a monitor. If you could suggest some adjustments to fit a monitor into the picture for around a grand please let me know.

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February 17, 2013 5:51:40 AM

clayboyn said:
I am trying to build a decent gaming desktop with wifi and a monitor for under $1000. The best I have been able to come up with so far is http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DPR2 but it doesn't have a monitor. If you could suggest some adjustments to fit a monitor into the picture for around a grand please let me know.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...
190.00
http://www.microcenter.com/product/400664/Core_i5_3470_...
150.00
http://www.microcenter.com/product/323929/V3_Black_Edit...
20.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
26.00
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February 17, 2013 6:29:27 AM

Ok... If you can push your budget a little, this is pretty nice... If you can't push the budget, you can get a different monitor and squeek in under $1000, but it might be worth it to step up here. I gave you a far superior PSU (do you really want to trust $1000 worth of parts to a $30 PSU?... no.. you don't). A far better GPU, and a better case..... You can't overclock this, but that's not necessarily a deal breaker (as to get under $1000, you're probably better of with this). Also, not sure if you have a microcenter near you.... if so you can step up to an OC'able rig for about $100. If you really can't push this budget let me know and I'll cut $100 out of it for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ 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 ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell U2312HM 23.0" Monitor ($219.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1113.87 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 03:30 EST-0500)
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February 17, 2013 6:56:48 AM

best buy for your budget and also cabinet FP is USB 3.0 supported:

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 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($110.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $955.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 08:15 EST-0500)
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February 17, 2013 7:10:19 AM

IPS LED monitor
3570k with an 212+ (close enough to EVO)
7870XT which is better than 7870ghz
600W PSU (430W is $20 cheaper)
windows 7
regular profile ram
gigabyte mb with good power delivery
case with USB3 front panel
(important to have the best base possible with budget (cpu, mb, gpu, psu) as the rest are easier and generally cheaper to upgrade)


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 ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1030.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 04:08 EST-0500)

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February 17, 2013 7:27:59 AM

Just want to point out, that the above two build require you walk in to a microcenter to get those prices. In addition, I wouldn't put either of those PSUs in my PC.
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February 17, 2013 7:57:53 AM

If you really can't push my first build... this one will serve you too, but has much worse monitor and a lackluster case. (notice that I have the true price, if you can't get to microcenter, of the 3570k in my build) If you can get to microcenter, this build gets cheaper by $90. This build is ONLY better if you overclock, and even then it'll only look better with the first monitor. The first build will perform just as well if you don't overclock, but will look and feel much better due to the monitor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($110.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1030.51 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 04:52 EST-0500)
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February 17, 2013 1:32:33 PM

^ what is your exact issue with corsair psu's? they are good quality (while no the best) units
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February 17, 2013 7:20:58 PM

I like the corsair AX units, as they're made by seasonic. Do enough digging, and you'll find reasons to avoid CX, TX, VX (though, VX generally seems ok, and it's mainly the TX V2 that have the issues in that line). For me, it's worth the extra $20 to get a PSU made by the company that makes corsair's best PSU. Just my opinion, and probably isn't worth as much as others. Just because I wouldn't put them in my case, doesn't mean he shouldn't.

It seems you like your CX, and it's good enough that you recommend it to people, then it's probably fine for him (or anyone else). I'm sure you have some brands you wouldn't recommend (or put in your PC), that others would. In the end, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm sorry if you feel like I'm treading on yours. The PSU is the backbone, and it's my thought that it's ok to spend a bit more on it. I'm not a huge fan of the one I put in the build either, but as it's seasonic, I wouldn't hesitate using it.
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February 17, 2013 9:37:46 PM

don't get k series if you are not planning to SLI/CFX, OCing CPU for a single GPU doesnt really give that much performance so that being said this is the build i would go with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($20.97 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($110.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $966.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 18:37 EST-0500)

if you want the build a bit more quiet, replace the stock heatsink fan with this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-cpu-cooler-cnps5xpe...
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February 17, 2013 10:10:04 PM

Well I do understand where you are coming from

It does seem that the TXv2 are made by Seasonic though while the original TX was made by Channel Well which also makes the CX series

Corasir does have pretty good warranty and customer service though

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February 17, 2013 10:18:00 PM

I am also not a fan of the CX series, it is mostly for low end budget builds that need 400-500W, the 700+W are pretty much useless as you should get a much better PSU like a PCP&C silencer MK2 or a hive if you would so want modular
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February 19, 2013 1:42:23 PM

NZXT Source 210 S210-002 White w/Black Front Trim “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer G245HQLbd Black 23.6" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SUM 1000$
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February 20, 2013 3:57:25 PM

byogamingpc said:
ASrock is a nice board but you wouldn't need a board that is good for overclocking as you wouldn't be overclocking an i5-3470.


it was a $10 price difference from a b75 board(non OC and less reliable board) to a z75(overclock able but not needed but is much more reliable).

just think of it as paying $10 for premium
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February 20, 2013 5:51:11 PM

The 3470 can OC to 4ghz using the turbo
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February 20, 2013 8:57:13 PM

I know it can but i think you can do that with an H77 board too.
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February 20, 2013 11:35:09 PM

The H77 does not allow any changes to be made to the multipliers other than making them lower

I did my research a while back while I had been planning to get the 3470

"I got a H77 board with an unlocked 3570K. And I can tell you to forget any OC dreams."

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2244690

"even the +4 doesn't work without a P/Z motherboard (when loading all 4 cores, it will go down to default clock +1, which is the stock turbo setting)"

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2275828
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February 20, 2013 11:55:51 PM

i guess so then
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February 20, 2013 11:59:35 PM

Intel knows how to lock us down :p 
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February 28, 2013 3:42:15 AM

Best answer selected by clayboyn.
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February 28, 2013 4:14:26 AM

The PSU of the "best answer" won't be enough to overclock that system. I'd suggest stepping up to 550w of a quality PSU
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February 28, 2013 8:07:42 PM

^ depends on the game, there are still games that are un-optimized and single threaded (looking at you world of tanks) or those that demand lots of CPU power overall
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