I think my last post was removed for lack of being built/pictures, but it's up and running now. Upgraded a 4 and a half year old PC without much of a budget, so I waited until Black Friday and tried to get the most bang for my buck I could. This was both for gaming and graphic programs such as Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and such.
Here are the prices I got at Fry's, TigerDirect and Newegg. CPU/Mobo were a combo pack, split the price for listing.
- CPU: i5-3570K - $130
- Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 - $50
- Video Card: HIS 7850 Fan 2GB - $180
- Memory: G.Skill 16gb - $50
- Storage: HyperX 3K 120GB - $60
- Vertex 3 120GB - $50
- Seagate 3TB - $90
- Optical Drive: LG DVDRW - $13
Total: $623 after $50 in rebates. Before tax(on some items), paid no shipping.
Included the video card since its a core component, but that was a birthday gift thus I wasn't able to jump on any particular deals. The listed Tower and PSU are from my previous computer, I only included pictures as proof rather than trying to show a nice case or cable managemet. They seem like they will work fine, aside from having to buy some adapters to use any more SATA power additions.
Also picked up:
- Keyboard: Logitech K350 - $15
- Mouse: Logitech M705 - $15
- BF3: Elite for $30 as a benchmark game as I didn't have any cutting edge games.
2 SSDs as I bought the Vertex 3 before fully reading reviews, and decided it was worth a second SSD to load the OS on a more reliable drive. It will be nice to be able to put all my graphics caches on the secondary SSD anyway.
The 3d Mark scores are with the default OC Genie II overclock, and the GPU at 1100/1250 from the default 860/1200 which I saw used in a review. Without any extra cooling I won't try to push it.
How'd I do?