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I'm looking to build a computer. I know this is an overclocking website but I don't wish to overclock.. My budget is 1010 USD preferably with the monitor and OS [Windows 8] included in that price, I'd like to save as much money as possible and still have a computer that can run most games at best settings. I don't know much about the inside parts of a computer, so I don't know which parts to get. My main focus is gaming/streaming. I have to buy the parts tonight because the money is on my grandmothers card and I need to get her card back to her asap. Please help me?
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Sure thing buddy thumb.gif

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $944.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 01:04 EST-0500)


Actual price is $1008 due to the processor showing up as $149 from Microcenter, but that is only for walk in). If you click on the link to the pcpartpicker list, you will see the real price and retailer.

As far as the build goes, this setup will do quite well at single monitor gaming. I chose the i5-3470 due to the fact that you said no overclocking, but as a quad core should still do quite well with streaming.

You may want to add an additional 120mm fan to the build to ensure good airflow in the case.
Edited by Badwrench - 2/28/13 at 10:08pm
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
samsung 840 samsung  Thermaltake water 3.0 win7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
MouseMouse PadAudio
anker vertical ocz sony 5.25" bookshelfs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
960t M4A89GTD-proUSB3 pny 660Ti samsung wonder ram 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Samsung F3 Samsung 840 250GB LG external DVD/R 212 evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ViewSonic ViewSonic VX2739wm model m Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li A05FNB (flipped to A05NB) Razer Deathadder Black edt. OCZ behemoth Audio Technica ATH-AD500 
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JVC HA-RX500 Dayton Audio Bookshelfs Lepai LP2020+ 
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$1010 exactly?

What sort of gaming are you looking to crank up to the best settings?

I'd have suggested an Intel 3570k (around $230) and a GTX 670 (around $450) which only leaves you a few hundred for everything else. You "could" squeeze that into a $1k rig, but you also said the budget includes the OS and a monitor.
In that sort of budget i'd advise something along the lines of a 3rd Gen. Core i3 and a GTX660, which leaves you more money for everything else.
Remember, you still need a case, psu, RAM and storage to be able to use the pc.
   
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Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
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Intel G630 Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 POV GT 430 2GB Strontium 4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Caviar Blue 500GB LG External DVD Burner Win7 Ultimate 32bit 680W ATX Power Supply 
CaseOther
K-Mart Fish Tank Blue LED Strip 
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Intel i3 4170 AsRock B85M Pro3 ASUS Radeon R7 370 Kingston HyperX Fury 
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Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.3ghz 1.34v Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3R Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Kingston HyperX t1 8GB 1866 MHZ 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
2x Enermax T.B Apollish Twister 140mm 2x NZXT FN 120RB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W 
CaseOtherOtherOther
NZXT Phantom 410 Leadtek DTV1000s HD TV Tuner/Capture Card ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter NZXT Sleeved Lighting Kit 100cm 
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Intel G630 Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 POV GT 430 2GB Strontium 4GB DDR3 
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WD Caviar Blue 500GB LG External DVD Burner Win7 Ultimate 32bit 680W ATX Power Supply 
CaseOther
K-Mart Fish Tank Blue LED Strip 
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Intel i3 4170 AsRock B85M Pro3 ASUS Radeon R7 370 Kingston HyperX Fury 
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Yea only 1010. Sadly that's all we put into my grandma's account because I HAD a build picked out that was 1005 including all the shipping prices and whatnot but I noticed it didn't include a monitor. I play games like world of warcraft, skyrim, and I've bought a few other games on steam that I haven't been able to play because my compaq is a piece of crap. [alice: madness returns, saints row the 3rd, a few others.]

If it's really a big deal, I do have a monitor I'd just LIKE a new one lol. I could use my old one though, it's pretty decent.
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Originally Posted by kvanel View Post

Yea only 1010. Sadly that's all we put into my grandma's account because I HAD a build picked out that was 1005 including all the shipping prices and whatnot but I noticed it didn't include a monitor. I play games like world of warcraft, skyrim, and I've bought a few other games on steam that I haven't been able to play because my compaq is a piece of crap. [alice: madness returns, saints row the 3rd, a few others.]

If it's really a big deal, I do have a monitor I'd just LIKE a new one lol. I could use my old one though, it's pretty decent.

Compaqs... i know EXACTLY what you mean tongue.gif
Ideally, it's better to spend what you can while building, and not to buy something wishing you bought something else.
If you can hold off on the monitor for a little while then it'd be a better choice to pack as much power into your rig as you can.

Here's something that will handle games and leave some cash for an OS

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($253.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $912.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 01:40 EST-0500)
   
Pink Power
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.3ghz 1.34v Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3R Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Kingston HyperX t1 8GB 1866 MHZ 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
2x Enermax T.B Apollish Twister 140mm 2x NZXT FN 120RB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W 
CaseOtherOtherOther
NZXT Phantom 410 Leadtek DTV1000s HD TV Tuner/Capture Card ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter NZXT Sleeved Lighting Kit 100cm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel G630 Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 POV GT 430 2GB Strontium 4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Caviar Blue 500GB LG External DVD Burner Win7 Ultimate 32bit 680W ATX Power Supply 
CaseOther
K-Mart Fish Tank Blue LED Strip 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 4170 AsRock B85M Pro3 ASUS Radeon R7 370 Kingston HyperX Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
Toshiba 500GB SATA3 Sandisk SSD Plus Windows 7 Ultimate Antec VPF550 550w 
CaseOther
Bitfenix Shinobi (Pink) 2x 30cm Pink LED Strips 
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Pink Power
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.3ghz 1.34v Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3R Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Kingston HyperX t1 8GB 1866 MHZ 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
2x Enermax T.B Apollish Twister 140mm 2x NZXT FN 120RB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W 
CaseOtherOtherOther
NZXT Phantom 410 Leadtek DTV1000s HD TV Tuner/Capture Card ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter NZXT Sleeved Lighting Kit 100cm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel G630 Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 POV GT 430 2GB Strontium 4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Caviar Blue 500GB LG External DVD Burner Win7 Ultimate 32bit 680W ATX Power Supply 
CaseOther
K-Mart Fish Tank Blue LED Strip 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 4170 AsRock B85M Pro3 ASUS Radeon R7 370 Kingston HyperX Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
Toshiba 500GB SATA3 Sandisk SSD Plus Windows 7 Ultimate Antec VPF550 550w 
CaseOther
Bitfenix Shinobi (Pink) 2x 30cm Pink LED Strips 
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