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March 17, 2013 10:50:26 PM

Hello everyone! This is my first post, and I hope I'm posting in the right area for this sort of question..

I am making a computer from scratch for the first time. I have been researching and formulating an idea for this gaming computer, and was wondering if I was going along the right path for it. I want to see how far $500 can get me, and I have already spent $115 for the i5-2500k Sandy Bridge CPU, a fan, and a cpu cooler. So I have $385 to spend on the rest. This is what I have brainstormed so far.

    Mobo: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $74.99

    Graphics Card: PowerColor AX7850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $149.99

    RAM: DDR3 4GB (2x2GB) 1600MHz Sector 5 CL8 FM Bundle DUAL LLK Patriot PVV34G1600LLKB - $39.99

It would leave me with three cents over $120 for the rest of the components.

Will that be enough, or should I change the other parts I have brainstormed? Was what I looked up be good for a gaming rig?

Again, thank you all so much for your wisdom. I am sorry for all the questions I have. But know that I am eternally grateful. :ouimaitre: 

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March 17, 2013 11:08:28 PM
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March 18, 2013 12:29:02 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc/benchmarks/

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $369.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 03:28 EDT-0400)

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a b 4 Gaming
a b ) Power supply
a b B Homebuilt system
a b à CPUs
March 18, 2013 1:03:30 AM

I think something like the below should be good for you

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $401.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 04:03 EDT-0400)
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March 18, 2013 8:32:02 AM

bodeen2012 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc/benchmarks/

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $369.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 03:28 EDT-0400)

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Hmmm.. PCPartPicker says the RAM would have compatibility issues with my processor... Is it okay to ignore the voltage maximum of a CPU?
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March 18, 2013 11:05:13 AM

Skyler Vinsonhaler said:
bodeen2012 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KtJc/benchmarks/

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $369.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 03:28 EDT-0400)

you still need an os


Hmmm.. PCPartPicker says the RAM would have compatibility issues with my processor... Is it okay to ignore the voltage maximum of a CPU?

sorry bout that i must have clicked the wrong one here you go
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ky8z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ky8z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ky8z/benchmarks/

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $367.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 14:04 EDT-0400)
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