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Gaming/Recording/Commentating build. $1500 Budget.

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February 18, 2013 10:47:43 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will be using this to make youtube videos. I will be editing, recording, gaming, and commentating on this machine so I hope for it to be fit for my usages.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: If you wouldn't mind configuring on pcpartpicker.com, that'd be great. Otherwise just leave the links and a short description and I'll get right to looking at them. I don't really like newegg since I live in Tennessee and I have to pay sales tax for them. >:|

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Budget won't allow.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 monitor would be nice, don't yet have a monitor.

Additional Comments: Incase anything got confusing above, I'd like you to include at the very least: CPU, Motherboard, Memory, Storage, Video Card, Case, PSU, Optical Drive, OS, and finally, the monitor.

Hello everyone,

I'm building my first PC here. I have spent a good amount of time waiting and saving up, and during those long, strenuous 2 years, I have finally decided to spend my money on this new machine
a b 4 Gaming
February 18, 2013 10:56:47 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
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)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
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: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1167.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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a b 4 Gaming
February 18, 2013 11:07:21 PM

My recommendation.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($96.33 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($12.52 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.84 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($110.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.89 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch Speakers ($11.76 @ Amazon)
Total: $1175.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 20:16 EST-0500)

Have Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard, Wireless Adapter and Speakers!
No Newegg links! All from Amazon!
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 19, 2013 2:25:18 AM

cutebeans said:
My recommendation.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($96.33 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($12.52 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.84 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($110.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.89 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch Speakers ($11.76 @ Amazon)
Total: $1175.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 20:16 EST-0500)

Have Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard, Wireless Adapter and Speakers!
No Newegg links! All from Amazon!


Why would you get 4GB RAM? I'd also avoid those Logitech tin can speakers - the speakers built into your monitor are better than those.

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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 8:30:07 PM

If you increase your budget I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $1336.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-20 17:29 EST-0500)

That leaves you $170 for a good monitor. Avoid buying Logitech tin can speakers. Save some money and get a pair of Audioengine A5s later on.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 8:55:36 PM

haneefisbeast said:
Updated budget


With a bit more you can have a 128GB ssd, the 7970, ips monitor and a psu for two 7970, if you want to add another one, if not, just get the xfx 550 core edition :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1422.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can get cheaper parts in ncix us.
Ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
HDD: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1272
PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&promoid=1139
You can change the case for this one : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75045&promoid=1139
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February 20, 2013 9:41:41 PM

djangoringo said:
With a bit more you can have a 128GB ssd, the 7970, ips monitor and a psu for two 7970, if you want to add another one, if not, just get the xfx 550 core edition :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1422.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can get cheaper parts in ncix us.
Ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
HDD: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1272
PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&promoid=1139
You can change the case for this one : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75045&promoid=1139


Well, it looks like you know what you're doing, for sure. Anyone else have any input? I'd like to get a little closer to the $1520 budget. Get the most for my money. Also how's that SSD?
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 21, 2013 4:09:40 AM

djangoringo said:
The plextor m5s is a good ssd for the money, for the price, it's a good buy, if you have a bit more to spend you can get a 256GB ssd : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W2JL2A/


The Plextor M5S is a fine choice for SSD. I'd also recommend the OCZ Vector and the Samsung 840 Pro.
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