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Helping a friend build a pc instead of buying a laptop

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February 27, 2013 7:22:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within 2 months

Budget Range:Total budget is 1200$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming( Guild wars 2, diablo 3, star craft 2), Video editing, Surfing the web

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: suggest any sites with best prices (dont mind buying used also), Ebay

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Canoga Park, California

Parts Preferences: anything you think is reliable and has good quality ofcourse

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Starting from scratch so for that amount ($1,200) or cheaper lol looking for a build that can perfom better than this laptop http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E168343...

I'm thinking with a good MOBO CPU and video card and everything else would fall into place (so if you cant think of a whole build some suggestion for those 3 would be nice too)


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Helping a friend I conviced him that instead of getting this laptop on the link, that with that amount of money he can build a better PC link below

lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (59359559) Notebook Intel Core i7 3630QM(2.40GHz) 15.6" 16GB Memory DDR3 1600 1TB HDD+16GB SSD HDD 5400rpm Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI

http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E168343...
February 27, 2013 7:37:38 PM

What editing software is he using?
If he's using adobe's CS6 software he'd benifit from a NVIDIA gpu.
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February 27, 2013 7:52:38 PM

Im not really sure if he is gonna be editing I am assuming that at somepoint he would need that so I just put that in there in case he did so its not really a primary concern i think right now its solely for gaming, good advice though thanks
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February 27, 2013 7:54:57 PM

saw an USED asus nvidia gtx 590 for about $420 it is used I was wondering since its solely for gaming he can spend a little more on the GPU what do you guys think? would it still be on budget?
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February 27, 2013 8:06:29 PM

This is a good budget build
GTX 670 for CUDA and gaming (I would choose it over 590 esp since 590 is used)
Xeon E3 1240v2 since its cheaper than an i7 3770 and better at editing than an i5 especially since you're overclocking
128GB ssd and a fast 7200rpm 64mb cache 2TB HDD
Quality motherboard but you can spend more on it to get more IO with 2 PCEI3.0
Quality PSU


[PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1240 V2 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($260.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($363.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1144.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 17:07 EST-0500)
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February 28, 2013 2:41:58 PM

Why not just get sli gtx 660? You can get 2 for $200 each and then have $150 in free to play game coupons (to sell afterwards, even if you only get say like $75 per coupon thats a lot of money). the 660 vs 670 is not a very big difference (at least in adobe cs6) its a lot more cpu limited.
For the SSD I'd get a 840 samsung at ncix ($94 i believe)
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February 28, 2013 8:05:42 PM

I would rather take the Sandisk over the 840 since the 840 is TLC

The 670 has $150 in free to play coupons so that balances out though the 660's do seem like a good idea, a single card solution is always best, may as well consider a 680 since that's pretty much the price range of the 2 660's
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March 2, 2013 2:30:55 AM

stickmansam said:
I would rather take the Sandisk over the 840 since the 840 is TLC

The 670 has $150 in free to play coupons so that balances out though the 660's do seem like a good idea, a single card solution is always best, may as well consider a 680 since that's pretty much the price range of the 2 660's

Well if you get 2 660s you get two $150 coupons ;) 
I'd personally do that since the games I play have good sli scaling (2 660s out preform a single 680), but it totally depends on what you play. And of course in the future the 670/680 can be crossfired.
Another option would be to get a 660 ti since they're ~$260 still with the $150 coupon. I got mine on sale for $230.
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March 2, 2013 2:51:07 AM

haha $300 in coupons :p 
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March 2, 2013 1:50:11 PM

Pretty big PITA to sell, but its better than full price :p 
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