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CPU Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.99
CPU Cooler - - -
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Sound Card - - -
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g2MS (parts and prices)

My budget is a thousand.
 

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CPU Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.99
CPU Cooler - - -
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Sound Card - - -
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g2MS (parts and prices)

My budget is a thousand.
450w PSU? I would go to at least 800. It's recommended you have a 500w psu with your gfx card and typically you only want 80% utilization of power. Factor in your other parts, case fans and any future upgrades, you should really look into something a bit beefier imho.
 

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^^^at least 800w psu. I'm running 1000w psu just in case for those future upgrades.

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I was looking at building one awhile ago. Found it cheaper to have Cyberpowerpc build it. Also if your not too tight on money try to upgrade to the LGA 2011 chipset and cpu. New this year and upgradeable from the Intel Core i7-3820 running 3.6 quad core to a 3.3 6 core and theres a chance they will continue to improve so it's upgradable.
 

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I got got a 1000 or 1200W power supply for my pc.
 

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1000-1200w is overkill if youre just gonna run a single 670. i suggest u go 650w. get a decent 650w. like the ax650w 80plus gold from corsair for example. gtx 600 series cards consumes less power compare to previous gen cards. @ 650w 80plus gold you still have a decent headroom for overclocking. goodluck
 

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Definitely agree with others. A 750 watt should be your minimum. You could possibly get away with A 600 watt but that's not something you should chance.

Also. Full size motherboard and a midtower or larger. Unless you have s pace requirements that force you to a smaller form factor. Larger area will run cooler and quieter (larger fans at lower rpms)

Whoever said it was cheaper to have cyberpower build their pc, you are doing something horribly wrong.

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http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc932kkn1gp

This is the case I have, INSANE amount of airflow, optional water cooler ports and decently priced. Beef up your psu, more ram and why not go with the K series i5? Thats what I have, well worth the money.
No reason to have more than 8 gigs of ram. I know it's cheap but he is on a budget.

K series is only worth it if he wants to overclock. Not really necessary. His proc won't be his bottleneck for gaming.

Do like the haf series, but a 922 is probably more his budget.

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ok guys thanks for the input. many have said to bring up the PS to 1000, which i might do even if i'm on a budget.

and also the case should be bigger.

can any "bigger" case work? also what is a good 1000w power supply? i'm not sure if these parts can fit together easily or if they're universal with each other (certain brands not fitting onto other brands, etc)

i'm a big noob here.
 

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Sup brother: heres the best for your price range, mix and match from the list below, they all be compatable.

Case: - bigger = better air flow
*Antec Nine Hundred Case - $115.00
Sharkoon T28 Blue Case USB 3.0 - $65.00

Motherboard: - more PCI slots = more cards
ASUS P8Z77-V LK Motherboard - $160
*ASUS P8Z77-M Motherboard - $115
ASRock Z77 PRO4-M Motherboard - $105

CPU: - Faster = always better
Intel Core i5 3570 - $215
*Intel Core i5 3450 - $210
Intel Core i5 3470 - $189

Cooler: - water cools better than air, but $$$ and increased risk
Corsair Hydro Series H40 CPU Cooler - $70
*NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler - $70
CoolerMaster 212+EVO - $40

Ram: - lower latency is what your after, 8gb+ or dont bother :p
*G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65

HDD: - bigger you get, the slower they get
*Western Digital WD Green 1TB WD10EZRX - $89

GPU: - dont get bigger, just get 2 XD
*Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1GB Overclock - $179
Gigabyte HD7770 Overclocked - $160

PSU: - bigger is better (and make sure its got more than 1 rail!!!!)
OCZ Technology ZX Series 1250W Power Supply - $240
*OCZ Technology ZX Series 850W Power Supply - $170
Silverstone Strider 500w - $65

total: bout 1k

Other: - if you got any cash left over
Pioneer DVR-219L - $53
Samsung S23B300B display - $160
Plantronics Gamecom 777 headphones - $80
OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD - $95
Auzentech X-Raider 7.1 Sound Card - $65

* = what I would get

The more you spend, the better you will future proof it ;D
 

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Sup brother: heres the best for your price range, mix and match from the list below, they all be compatable.

Case: - bigger = better air flow
*Antec Nine Hundred Case - $115.00
Sharkoon T28 Blue Case USB 3.0 - $65.00

Motherboard: - more PCI slots = more cards
ASUS P8Z77-V LK Motherboard - $160
*ASUS P8Z77-M Motherboard - $115
ASRock Z77 PRO4-M Motherboard - $105

CPU: - Faster = always better
Intel Core i5 3570 - $215
*Intel Core i5 3450 - $210
Intel Core i5 3470 - $189

Cooler: - water cools better than air, but $$$ and increased risk
Corsair Hydro Series H40 CPU Cooler - $70
*NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler - $70
CoolerMaster 212+EVO - $40

Ram: - lower latency is what your after, 8gb+ or dont bother :p
*G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65

HDD: - bigger you get, the slower they get
*Western Digital WD Green 1TB WD10EZRX - $89

GPU: - dont get bigger, just get 2 XD
*Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1GB Overclock - $179
Gigabyte HD7770 Overclocked - $160

PSU: - bigger is better (and make sure its got more than 1 rail!!!!)
OCZ Technology ZX Series 1250W Power Supply - $240
*OCZ Technology ZX Series 850W Power Supply - $170
Silverstone Strider 500w - $65

total: bout 1k

Other: - if you got any cash left over
Pioneer DVR-219L - $53
Samsung S23B300B display - $160
Plantronics Gamecom 777 headphones - $80
OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD - $95
Auzentech X-Raider 7.1 Sound Card - $65

* = what I would get

The more you spend, the better you will future proof it ;D
Good list. Only thing I disagree on is gpu. Yes you could run two lower end cards, but if you want to upgrade later you have to get rid of them. With the 670 you could add a second one later on as your upgrade. Just something to think about.




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At the OP. Got a cousin with a masters in computer science and a double is some other tech related stuff. He's built several. Would you like his email?
 

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At the OP. Got a cousin with a masters in computer science and a double is some other tech related stuff. He's built several. Would you like his email?
It's not any more complicated than building a Lego set. If this is a first build I would recommend reading through all the part manuals. It's dry and not entirely necessary but it will give some insight and confidence when actually putting everything together.

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At the OP. Got a cousin with a masters in computer science and a double is some other tech related stuff. He's built several. Would you like his email?
yeha man that would be cool if he has time.

the list of parts. it's over 1k but that's ok. i think i could go up to $1,500.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ghXY

for those scared to click link :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ghXY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ghXY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ghXY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($267.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($96.39 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 850W TFX12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1144.19
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 22:02 EDT-0400)
 

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Good list. Only thing I disagree on is gpu. Yes you could run two lower end cards, but if you want to upgrade later you have to get rid of them. With the 670 you could add a second one later on as your upgrade. Just something to think about.
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Yeah man, I'd agree, but he only had a budget of 1k, and a 670 (least over here) is around $400. Doesn't leave much in the way of $$$ to spend on other stuff. Most low end, cheap motherboards dont come with more than one 1 PCI slot so he wont be able to add another card (plus he wont get the full output of highend card anyway dude to the bottlenecks on a lower end motherboard).

If OP wanted an absolute beast of a machine, hes looking at around 2.5-3K min, but thats a lot of dosh to hand over. What hes got listed above will run just about any game out today and will look fairly pretty.

Anyway, let us know how you go CDB, good luck. maybe hit up a PC fair or shop online, could find some cheap deals.
 

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so i'm willing to go 1.5k max for my budget.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gioc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gioc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gioc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($267.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.89 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $977.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 04:01 EDT-0400)

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CalmDownBro is the pc going to be used for gaming or just for work?

i would replace that samsung ram with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
performs a lil better and looks much better.

i would replace your 7870 with the new gtx 660ti. much more faster just add a little more around 30$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127697
also ati - 7870 drivers sucks. nvidia drivers have much better support!

if you moving up to 1500$ might wanna check this motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

your psu is ok but i would get this for better results (fully modular) i hate unused excess wires
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139035

goodluck! if you have more questions u can pm me.
 
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