1200 budget needed in december


Aug 5, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: december 14th - december 21st 2012

Budget Range: $1000-$1200 before rebates, shipping, taxes.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: High setting High FPS gaming , school work, internet.

Are you buying a monitor: no

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Tacoma, Washington, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Looking for something like this:

OS: Windows 8 64 bit
Processor: 3rd gen Intel i7 processor
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Video Memory: 2 GB
Video Card: nVidia GeForce gtx 600 series

Dell has something similar for $1200 but the GPU is a GT 640. I know if I put it together I should be able to get a better price and a better GPU.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
Bought a dell 5 or so years ago and I think it is about time to upgrade to fit my gaming needs. My wife and I also fight over the computer so she can keep the old dell while I get my new upgrade :p

Current PC specs:
windows vista 64 bit
intel core 2 quad Q9550 @2.83 GHz

Logged into Planetside 2 this morning and needless to say the FPS sucked. I am not surprised as my FPS wasn't to great in the beta to begin with... So I would love to be able to run Planetside 2 on maxed out settings with 60-100 FPS during extremely populated fights.


Dell has something similar for $1200 but the GPU is a GT 640. I know if I put it together I should be able to get a better price and a better GPU.

On that budget - build your own. Don't buy Dell crap. That GT640 will get you nowhere in gaming, plus the i7 and 16GB of RAM won't help much either.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1334.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 19:31 EST-0500)

I went a bit over budget but you're looking at a system like this.



Not to mention OEM manufacturers like Dell use proprietary form factors that make upgrading extremely difficult or in some cases near impossible.