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April 26, 2013 4:05:15 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: June

Budget Range: Under $800-$900 before rebates including OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect

Location: Northern Virginia, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and AMD graphics card if possible

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: You guys have finally convinced me to build my own PC from scratch. I've been researching parts lately and have found several builds, but cannot decide on parts.

For the CPU, I'm considering the I5 3570K. Then for GPU I was looking at the AMD Radeon 7770 although several people are telling me to go 7850 2gb. Not sure if extra $100 is worth it since with a budget like mines that could be a big save.

For a motherboard, I have not decided. Whatever motherboard is decent for a good price (around $100) is fine.

RAM i'll get the standard 8gb.

The case and PSU I am still debating on as well. I would prefer a case with a removable MOBO tray if possible, and the PSU to be semi modular with like 600w? Again this is my first PC and I am still a little shaky on my parts, and I'm going to continue researching and looking up reviews.

So i'm pretty sure on which CPU and GPU to get, and for GPU I could swap between 7770 and 7850 depending on how much money I have. What do you guys think? Go 7850 all the way and cut down on PSU and case? Or would a 7770 with a removable mobo case and good PSU/motherboard be better?

Thanks in advance for the help! Any suggestions are appreciated!



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April 26, 2013 4:09:45 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($302.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.25 @ Amazon)
Total: $842.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-26 19:09 EDT-0400)
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April 26, 2013 4:12:07 PM

Oh, I should answer the last part of your question. The i5 3350P is what you should be looking at with a budget like this. Don't expect overclocking. the 7950 is essentially up 3 and 2 tiers from the 7770 and the 7850 respectively, not counting the Tahiti LE.
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April 26, 2013 4:15:47 PM

completelyrandomname said:
Oh, I should answer the last part of your question. The i5 3350P is what you should be looking at with a budget like this. Don't expect overclocking. the 7950 is essentially up 3 and 2 tiers from the 7770 and the 7850 respectively, not counting the Tahiti LE.


I'm seeing that you went overboard with the GPU up to a 7900 series. Then processor is moved down along with other parts.

Is this something good to do? Is the GPU the most important thing in a gaming PC?

I'm just asking because I thought the processor was important along with the GPU and also the PSU.

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April 26, 2013 4:25:44 PM

Also, I would prefer a case with a removable MOBO tray and semi modular PSU. Looked at your build and it's okay, but I'm thinking of downgrading GPU to a 7770-7850. Games I'm playing won't be that graphics heavy.

I'll probably spend a little more on case and PSU. The GPU and CPU I can always upgrade later.
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April 26, 2013 5:08:33 PM

Then drop it to a 7850 2Gb. Also you don't need a removable mobo tray unless you are modding 24/7. Also a modular PSU would be nice too. Have a look at Fractal Design cases. For a PSU you should consider the Corsair HX650.

The most important thing of any build is the PSU. If it fails it can potentially take out your system with it. Next the most important for a gamin build would be the graphics card. You can have the most expensive CPU you want but unless you have a good graphics card you can't play games. The same can be said for the other way around but the CPU will bottleneck but still you should be able to play games better than the other way around.
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April 26, 2013 5:37:47 PM

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($302.99 @ SuperBiiz) is pretty solid but you can find it elsewhere for cheaper
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