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    Build me a PC! $1000

    So, I've tasked you with taking $1,000 of my not so hard earned money and build me a PC!

    I've been using a laptop and feel it's time to see if I can get a decent enough machine worth the time and energy in selling the laptop and building a desktop.

    • I'm okay with building my own. Even if it is my first. It's not rocket science.
    • Aside from playing WoW (Settings - Comfortably Good, High would be nice but not necessary), it'll be used for mundane activities such as watching videos, surfing the web and messaging.
    • I have an SSD (256 m4) and an external. For now, I think you can exclude an internal HD from the cost. I barely use either up.
    • No need for an OS
    • Need a monitor, mouse and keyboard. No speakers.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by theoffice; 2012-11-24 at 05:50 AM.

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell ST2321L 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($67.68 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($34.80 @ Amazon)
    Total: $989.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 09:03 EST-0500)


    If you want a larger keyboard:

    Keyboard: SteelSeries 6Gv2 Wired Standard Keyboard ($87.49 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $87.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 08:57 EST-0500)




    Remove the HDD and you're able to get a decent IPS panel:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U2212HM 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($225.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($67.68 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($34.80 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1005.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 09:01 EST-0500)
    Last edited by CheezusCrust; 2012-11-24 at 02:03 PM.

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    How's this setup? Don't really require the fancy keyboard and found a cheaper IPS panel with decent reviews.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.97 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $963.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 12:04 EST-0500)

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