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March 17, 2013 8:37:26 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KrAh

i plan on playing games on this pc, i was wondering if i can do anything to improve this but staying in the $700-$800 range. Your help is wanted!

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March 17, 2013 8:45:31 PM

Are you planning to overclock?
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March 17, 2013 8:47:38 PM

realchaos said:
Are you planning to overclock?


i dont really know much about pcs but if overclocking helps suppose i will
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March 17, 2013 8:50:20 PM

well you definitely do not need 16gb of ram, that's overkill and a budget hurter. go down to 8, will be more than enough, for a game like bf3 they recommend 4gb of ram so 8 will be more than enough to play on high. that should save you around 20-30 bucks depending on what ram you choose and then i would suggest an upgrade in graphics card to this bad boy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
roughly equivalent to 7950 but cheaper, it might put you 10 bucks over 800 but trust me, this card is future proof and a great value as well as noticeable step up from the 7850 (good card, just not quite as good). good luck with the build
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March 17, 2013 8:53:01 PM

Yeah looks pretty similar to this, but I have a 7870 XT included and 8 gb's of DDR3:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.41 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $807.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 23:54 EDT-0400)

* I don't think 16 gb's of RAM is needed, but it's up to you.
* Just add your keyboard or whatever else you need.
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March 17, 2013 8:54:59 PM

Here's a better, non-overclockable build:

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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $769.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 23:52 EDT-0400)
Since you don't know much, I advice you don't overclock as it could kill your system. You don't need 16gb of ram for gaming, 8gb is still plenty. I gave you a 1tb hdd just in case. A 7950 will outperform the 7850 a lot, and it's within your budget. The NZXT case provides more airflow and cable management options.
Actually switch out the psu for the xfx one that lunyone put. It should be more reliable.
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March 17, 2013 9:03:59 PM

realchaos said:
Here's a better, non-overclockable build:

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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $769.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 23:52 EDT-0400)
Since you don't know much, I advice you don't overclock as it could kill your system. You don't need 16gb of ram for gaming, 8gb is still plenty. I gave you a 1tb hdd just in case. A 7950 will outperform the 7850 a lot, and it's within your budget. The NZXT case provides more airflow and cable management options.
Actually switch out the psu for the xfx one that lunyone put. It should be more reliable.

ok so for the final build i got this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KrZA i'd feel more comfortable with the 3570
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March 17, 2013 9:34:35 PM

The 3570 and 3470 performs the same, but the 3470 is cheaper. Also, you could switch out the case if you don't like it. Any ~$50 case will fit your budget.
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March 17, 2013 9:40:55 PM

wiiduckwin said:
realchaos said:
Here's a better, non-overclockable build:

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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $769.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 23:52 EDT-0400)
Since you don't know much, I advice you don't overclock as it could kill your system. You don't need 16gb of ram for gaming, 8gb is still plenty. I gave you a 1tb hdd just in case. A 7950 will outperform the 7850 a lot, and it's within your budget. The NZXT case provides more airflow and cable management options.
Actually switch out the psu for the xfx one that lunyone put. It should be more reliable.

ok so for the final build i got this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KrZA i'd feel more comfortable with the 3570


Also note that the "3470" price is for an "IN STORE PICKUP ONLY" price, so if you don't have access to a Micro Center near you, you won't get that price. If I was trying to pinch pennies on the CPU, I would have probably went with the i5 3550P model, which usually goes for around $180 shipped and just doesn't come with the iGPU (dis-abled).

Also the 7870XT I listed is a crippled 7950 and could be OC'd to 7950 levels, if your lucky, but it still is 85-90% of a 7950 performance in general.
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March 17, 2013 10:07:19 PM

I made sure that the price online of the 3470 will still fit his budget. I would get the 3470 just in case something happens and he has a back-up gpu to diagnose problems or keep his system running until he gets a replacement.
The 7870 XT takes up more power than the 7950 and the 7950 can overclock to stock 7970 levels. Every card could potentially overclock to the the next level stock card.
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