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February 22, 2013 6:21:54 PM

Hi everyone, I'm a total noob at this but building my own pc has been a long time goal. I have a little extra $ at the moment and want to take on this challenge. I'm primarily looking for a good gaming rig (no crazy bells or whistles) while keeping to a budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: now - beginning of March

Budget Range: $800 total

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, Photoshop image editing

Are you buying a monitor: No - I think the Acer I have now should be fine

Parts to Upgrade: all – build from scratch (except monitor)

Do you need to buy OS: yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no real vendor preference, though to save on shipping it would be good to buy majority of products from one source

Location: Canton, MA, USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Maybe - never done this but interested to learn

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Plan to run the following: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge; MMORPGs such as WoW, The Secret World, ArmA II; + everyday use (internet, MS office, etc)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’m looking to build my first PC and want to be able to use it for current and future games and as a digital photo editing system. I've started doing alot of digital photography. My current system will not support the newer game graphics requirements and I think it may be on it's last breaths - overheating, shutting down unexpectedly, driver errors

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February 22, 2013 7:05:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.69 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $790.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 16:04 EST-0500)
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February 22, 2013 7:50:38 PM

It looks like you are 35 mins away from a Microcenter. Best place to go for CPU and board right now. You could get a 3570k and MSI B75MA-P45 for $214.60. :)  Everything else drunkducki looks great. :D 
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February 22, 2013 9:00:39 PM

drunkducki said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.69 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $790.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 16:04 EST-0500)


Very nice build. Radeon hd 7870 XT gives better performance and its about the same price as the R7870 GHZ. If op wants to consider
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February 22, 2013 9:05:13 PM

if he wants to upgrade in the future hell nee a k series cpu and a z77 mobo
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February 22, 2013 9:11:25 PM

But isn't K Series Cpu just for Over clocking the Processor? Wouldn't it be better just to buy a New Processor and have a Mobo that as you said acormidate future hardeware updates?
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February 22, 2013 9:51:45 PM

OP said hes interested ion trying oc'ing...drop down to a 7770 and put the savings in a k series and z77 mobo
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February 22, 2013 10:03:25 PM

I think an i7 would be smarter for his build, because Adobe programs are multithreaded so it will benefit him.
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February 23, 2013 4:38:25 PM

I mentioned Microcenter deal because he is so close to it and the $50 off the motherboard when he buys an i5 3570k. ;)  If he did that and bought everything else listed the build nearly $40 cheaper. Sometimes, at least at my closest one, they sometimes have in store specials not listed online.
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February 24, 2013 3:01:13 PM

Best answer selected by moongoof.
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February 24, 2013 3:03:05 PM

Thanks for all the responses! I'm gonna head to Microcenter and see what kind of deals I can get.
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