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New Gaming/Entertainment Build for 1000-1500

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February 26, 2013 2:31:59 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: March 2013 (Birmingham, AL, USA)
Budget Range: 1000-1500 USD
System Usage: Gaming, Hulu (lol), and general web surfing.
Monitor: I haven't decided if I want to pick up a new monitor yet, but I probably should. I'm currently using an 15(ish) inch eMachines monitor at 1440x900 resolution. :pfff: 
Parts: CPU: Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition - It's old, but I've found alot of good reviews on it. Great performance/cost ratio. But, I'm open to suggestions...
GPU: Radeon HD 7850 1GB or 2GB. It has a nice performance/cost ratio according to a Tom's HW guide I read. But, I'm open to suggestions...
Overclocking-SLI/Crossfire: No idea what so ever, lol...
Mobo: Undecided
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
^_^ Waiting on delivery of the case.
PSU: Undecided...thinking about something from Seasonic that's modular.
Storage: Undecided, slightly lost... Is it worth using the SSD for your OS and an HD for storage? Does doing so make the build alot more complicated?
RAM: Undecided
CPU Cooler: Undecided
Optical Drive: Undecided... I rent alot of DVDs from Redbox, so a dependable OD is needed. ^_^
Media Reader: Had one on my first PC and I miss having one, so I'm thinking about including one in this build.
OS: Is Windows 8 worth it compared to Windows 7?

Besides watching movies and animes, I mainly plan on using the new build for playing games like Champions Online (Don't laugh), Skyrim, Elder Scrolls Online (hopefully), Borderlands 2, and maybe a few other MMOs.

^_^ Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Current PC:
CPU Athlon II x2
GPU Radeon 5450 512MB
RAM 4GB DDR3
MOBO Asus-M4N68T-M (Unsure if it's a V2)


February 26, 2013 4:05:27 AM

Usually I recommend get all the cash ready, get what you want to buy then buy not buy one by one, it is better to buy all at once but that's you so since you already have bought a case, this is one without a case:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G4kK
I included a beast sound card, monitors, practically all items that is needed for a gaming/entertainment. I did not include a case, so it is already $1400, if you want cheaper parts that is fine, you can like use a lower end cpu but because you mentioned mmo games I put in a pretty good cpu for longer lasting and future games.
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February 26, 2013 4:44:35 AM

something like this...
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G4CW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G4CW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G4CW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.28 @ TigerDirect)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1333.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 01:39 EST-0500)

1)if you're planning on overclocking your system really hard then go for Noctua NH-D14...

2) with that much of budget you have you can go for an Intel build which consumes less power and help saves you some money on the electricity... and Intel's CPU performs better at MMO games too...

3) HD 7850 2GB is ok... but HD 7970 is better...

4)650W of PSU for future upgrades...

5) an IPS panel monitor included and is quite good...

6) if you would like to save some money you can downgrade that CPU to i5-3470 and MB to H77/B75 MB and exclude CPU cooler if you're not planning to overclock your system...

and media reader...
http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F5U249
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Memory-Card-Reader-FCR-H...
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February 27, 2013 12:20:43 AM

Froelich said:
^_^

How's this look?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GdiW

Looks good... but you should take HD 7870 XT but not the GHz edition...it performs better and is cheaper than GHz edition one...
hmmm... no CPU cooler?
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February 27, 2013 12:30:58 AM

O.o I avoided the CPU cooler at this time because I... <.< I'm a big chicken when it comes to overclocking, and I wanted to do some more reading up on it.

I'll take a look at the HD 7870 XT.

What's the process for using a SSD for OS and regular HD for storage?
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March 2, 2013 1:39:03 AM

^^ Got her up and running. I went with these items...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GmJw


Now I just need to make sure I got all my wires in right place. I got a bit lost on the SATA cables for the HDD, OD, and the two for the case.
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