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April 1, 2013 1:50:39 PM

I'm looking to build a gaming PC, because my Inspiron 537 which is about 3 years old, is NOT for gaming. My initial budget was $350-400 to upgrade some stuff, but I'm looking for a good long-lasting PC build that'll accommodate my gaming needs for the next year or 2, and the new budget is 850. I game on WoW, SWTOR and Diablo 3, and sometimes will play Crysis 3. I already have a monitor(Samsung 23" LCD), so I need a good build from you guys. Thanks! I'm also looking to upgrade when necessary in the future and planning to OC.


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April 1, 2013 2:01:14 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $812.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 17:00 EDT-0400)

I am assuming you can salvage your current hdd for storage and ur current dvd drive. I have added a SSD but that can be replaced with a regular hdd and dvd drive if need be.
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April 1, 2013 2:06:36 PM

That looks good, there's only two things I would suggest:

1. Get an H77 or a Z75 board as opposed to B75. The reason being is that B75 boards have outdated ports that you will never use. The latter boards have more USB ports.

2. Maybe leave the SSD off and get a mechanical drive at first. The reason here is that SSDs slow down once you load them over a certain capacity and the lifespan of read - write cycles is fewer than a mechanical HD is. The Mechanical HDs can take a lot more punishment.
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April 1, 2013 2:11:43 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks good, there's only two things I would suggest:

1. Get an H77 or a Z75 board as opposed to B75. The reason being is that B75 boards have outdated ports that you will never use. The latter boards have more USB ports.

2. Maybe leave the SSD off and get a mechanical drive at first. The reason here is that SSDs slow down once you load them over a certain capacity and the lifespan of read - write cycles is fewer than a mechanical HD is. The Mechanical HDs can take a lot more punishment.


I am "salvaging" my seagate 500gb drive from my old pc
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April 1, 2013 2:15:48 PM

CBlanc said:
g-unit1111 said:
That looks good, there's only two things I would suggest:

1. Get an H77 or a Z75 board as opposed to B75. The reason being is that B75 boards have outdated ports that you will never use. The latter boards have more USB ports.

2. Maybe leave the SSD off and get a mechanical drive at first. The reason here is that SSDs slow down once you load them over a certain capacity and the lifespan of read - write cycles is fewer than a mechanical HD is. The Mechanical HDs can take a lot more punishment.


I am "salvaging" my seagate 500gb drive from my old pc


Oh OK if you want to get an SSD then that one is a decent choice. This would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-...
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April 1, 2013 2:51:47 PM

Did I read correctly that you plan to over-clock?

If so you are going to need a K series processor such as the i5-3570k as well as a Z77 or Z75 chipset motherboard. You can't over-clock on H77 or B75. You will also need some better CPU cooling as the stock fan is pretty useless on anything other than standard speeds.

Here is an updated version of the already posted build to accommodate over-clocking.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $814.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



Unfortunately I had to drop the SSD or the additional costs would have taken it over budget.
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April 3, 2013 10:15:56 AM

casper1973 said:
Did I read correctly that you plan to over-clock?

If so you are going to need a K series processor such as the i5-3570k as well as a Z77 or Z75 chipset motherboard. You can't over-clock on H77 or B75. You will also need some better CPU cooling as the stock fan is pretty useless on anything other than standard speeds.

Here is an updated version of the already posted build to accommodate over-clocking.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $814.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



Unfortunately I had to drop the SSD or the additional costs would have taken it over budget.


Would the ssd significantly increase performance such as boot times opening files etc?if so I can make room in my budget or have my friend install his windows 7 os on my system.otherwise this looks like a great build thank you.
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April 3, 2013 2:06:16 PM

Yes a SSD will vastly improve boot times, file opening/transfer/compression etc and also the speed at which programs launch. For general computer use they are actually amazing.

However they don't benefit you much in games. Maps will load faster but there will be no difference in FPS.
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April 3, 2013 2:56:32 PM

you need to purchase your own copy of Windows 7 for it to work properly
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