Upgrading from my Macbook Pro


Mar 23, 2010
Thinking about switching out my Macbook Pro for a PC at the office. Tired of the "small" 17'' screen for work. Here's my current build with the MBP:

Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Ram: 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT 256mb
HD: 160gb - 5400RPM 8mb
Display: 17 Inch 1680 x 1050

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next few weeks.

Budget Range: Not fully sure.. Probably like 350-750. There's some wiggle room.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office Computer - I run Photoshop/Text Editors and a ton of web apps. Additionally in down time I do play a few games: World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Heroes of Newerth.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (Don't include this into price though).

Parts to Upgrade: New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon - open to other options.

Location: St. Louis, MO

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe... probably not. The sound of this scares me.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Screen size and resolution is really important to me. Don't mind doubling up on monitors either. 1920x1080 - 1920x1200 - 2560x1440

Additional Comments: N/A

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: MBP is running a bit slow, overheating issue prevents me from using an external monitor, and I'd really like to have more screen space at the office.


Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($146.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $763.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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