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$600-$800 Gaming Rig, First Build~!

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April 9, 2013 11:01:03 PM

Hey guys, this is my first PC building project. My budget is around $700-$800, and the current list of parts I have gathered from PCPartPicker is...

CPU Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core $118.79

CPU Cooler Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM $47.99

Thermal Compound Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g $4.98

Motherboard ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 $64.99

Memory Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $42.98

Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $67.98

Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2GB $140.66

Sound Card Creative Labs Audigy SE $28.46

Wired Network Adapter Rosewill RC-402 10/100 Mbps PCI $9.05

Case Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower $49.99

Case Fan Aerocool X-Blaster 52.8 CFM 80mm $10.98

Power Supply Apevia 680W ATX12V / EPS12V $59.98

Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.99

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98

Total: $754.80

I want to know what is necessary and what is not, I'm not computer savvy, but I have tried to do as much research as possible.

I'm looking to play games like Arma 3 on high settings with good frame rates.
I thought I'd also mention that I am a musician, and run A LOT of musical programs (guitar pro, reaper,) so I tend to have 2 or 3 monitors up, and 4 or 5 programs running at once. So do I have the adequate RAM and Sound card?
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April 9, 2013 11:13:58 PM

I would suggest a build like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $783.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-10 02:14 EDT-0400)

The sound card is not going to be necessary as the on-board audio on most motherboards is very good these days.

An extra CPU cooler is not necessary for non-overclocked Intel CPUs. Thermal compound is already applied to the stock cooler.

The GTX 660 is going to give you considerably better graphics performance.

i5 is a much better processor overall.

430w PSU is plenty for this build and Corsair is a much better brand.

Wired network adapter is included in the motherboard.




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April 10, 2013 2:43:09 AM

Wow awesome, very helpful and quickly responded. Thank you so very much.
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April 10, 2013 5:02:26 AM

JD88 said:
I would suggest a build like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $783.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-10 02:14 EDT-0400)

The sound card is not going to be necessary as the on-board audio on most motherboards is very good these days.

An extra CPU cooler is not necessary for non-overclocked Intel CPUs. Thermal compound is already applied to the stock cooler.

The GTX 660 is going to give you considerably better graphics performance.

i5 is a much better processor overall.

430w PSU is plenty for this build and Corsair is a much better brand.

Wired network adapter is included in the motherboard.










Most Integrated audio sucks, I would still recommend the OP to get a dedicated soundcard.
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April 10, 2013 8:25:51 AM

iplikator3333 said:


Most Integrated audio sucks, I would still recommend the OP to get a dedicated soundcard.


Maybe those involved in high end audio work could tell the difference in certain areas, but the OP is on a pretty tight budget. Any sound card that is going to do him much better is going to be close to $100. The one he listed will not be much different from the on-board audio.
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April 10, 2013 12:02:41 PM

JD88 said:
iplikator3333 said:


Most Integrated audio sucks, I would still recommend the OP to get a dedicated soundcard.


Maybe those involved in high end audio work could tell the difference in certain areas, but the OP is on a pretty tight budget. Any sound card that is going to do him much better is going to be close to $100. The one he listed will not be much different from the on-board audio.





You're just jelaus, Why would someone who works in high end audio be able to tell the difference but not anyone else?
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April 10, 2013 12:54:32 PM

iplikator3333 said:
JD88 said:
iplikator3333 said:


Most Integrated audio sucks, I would still recommend the OP to get a dedicated soundcard.


Maybe those involved in high end audio work could tell the difference in certain areas, but the OP is on a pretty tight budget. Any sound card that is going to do him much better is going to be close to $100. The one he listed will not be much different from the on-board audio.




You're just jelaus, Why would someone who works in high end audio be able to tell the difference but not anyone else?



I don't see anything to be "jelaus" (jealous) about.

I simply made a statement that when you are on a budget, money is much better spent on graphical power than a sound card. The difference between $100 and $200 on graphics is far greater than the difference between the on-board sound and a $100 sound card.

There is a reason why 99% of the builds suggested on this site (including very high end ones) do not include a sound card and it's because the integrated sound is just fine.

I would recommend the OP skip on the sound card for now and add one later if he feels he is unsatisfied with the performance of the motherboard's audio functions. My guess is that he won't be though.
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April 10, 2013 7:08:22 PM

If you wouldn't mind, please select a "best answer." It helps those of us who post here out a lot. Thanks, and let us know how it turns out!
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April 11, 2013 1:41:05 PM

JD88 said:
iplikator3333 said:
JD88 said:
iplikator3333 said:


Most Integrated audio sucks, I would still recommend the OP to get a dedicated soundcard.


Maybe those involved in high end audio work could tell the difference in certain areas, but the OP is on a pretty tight budget. Any sound card that is going to do him much better is going to be close to $100. The one he listed will not be much different from the on-board audio.




You're just jelaus, Why would someone who works in high end audio be able to tell the difference but not anyone else?



I don't see anything to be "jelaus" (jealous) about.

I simply made a statement that when you are on a budget, money is much better spent on graphical power than a sound card. The difference between $100 and $200 on graphics is far greater than the difference between the on-board sound and a $100 sound card.

There is a reason why 99% of the builds suggested on this site (including very high end ones) do not include a sound card and it's because the integrated sound is just fine.

I would recommend the OP skip on the sound card for now and add one later if he feels he is unsatisfied with the performance of the motherboard's audio functions. My guess is that he won't be though.








While motherboard audio might be "enough" for some people, Decent dedicated sound cards are much better
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