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Krisnatharok
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reply to drslash

Re: Desktop build help

Why do you think you need the i7? That's a substantial amount of your budget right there for threads you won't need. The "best" gaming CPU is the Ivy Bridge i5-3570K for ~95% of the gaming population, with the more expensive X79/Sandy Bridge-E i7-3820 being the best for the top ~5% who use two or more GPUs.

At your price-point, it is difficult to include everything you want, even with the i5. I would suggest the following:
• Increase your budget to $1150-1250
• Drop the SSD
• Drop down to an i3-3220 w/8GB ram + Radeon 7770/GT 650
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Going with the first option of increasing your budget, here is a quality build roughly along the lines you specified.

If you have a Microcenter nearby, you can upgrade to an i7-3770K for the same price, or grab the i5-3570K for cheaper.

Price includes discounts, MIR, and shipping.



Parts list
Component Description Price Link
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W $219.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···19116504
CPU cooler (OC): CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Liquid CPU Cooler $89.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···35181017
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $20.00 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···35103065
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77  $104.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···13131824
Ram: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $84.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···20231606
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 $209.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14130825
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120KW 2.5" 120GB SATA III (w/mount) $109.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···20147185
HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB $84.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···22136533
PSU: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Active PFC $96.17 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···17151119
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···11147107
ODD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X $19.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···27135204
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM $139.99 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···32116992
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NotTheMama
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Question: given the "not a gamer" statement, wouldn't any Ivy Bridge setup give one "decent" graphics?

[Edit: added the "not a gamer" part]
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Krisnatharok
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Gaming is not ideal under the iGPU at any meaningful resolution with anything higher than the lowest detail settings, even with the Intel HD 4000.

It also wouldn't make any sense to pair a beefy unlocked quad-core like the 3570K with an anemic GPU like the 7770, which is why I suggest downgrading to an i3-3220 (or even downgrading CPUs while upgrading GPUs).

He most certainly does NOT need the i7-3770K, and could probably get away with the i3-3220 without noticing.
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