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$700-$800 Gaming build focused on Skyrim & Battlefield 3.

Purchase Date: Within the next month hopefully...

Budget Range: Between $700-$800

System Usage: Gaming

Parts Required: Basically everything. I'm Starting from scratch.

Overclocking: No I don't feel safe doing that.

SLI or Crossfire: I have no problem if it fits into the budget.

Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900 will do. Although would prefer 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: It should be able to run demanding games like BF3 at high settings at the least [If possible].

Parts I'm looking at:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H
Memory: Need advice. Would go for 8GB, but don't know which one to chose.
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB 3.5" 5900RPM
Video Card: Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5
Case: NZXT Lexa S
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-600GS
Speakers: Sony SRS - D8

This build should be able to play games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Crysis 3 etc.

If anybody has any ideas or advice on how I could get the most bang for my buck or maybe another part that is a little cheaper please tell me as well as any difference between the recommended part and the one I have posted.

I may be able to stretch the budget a bit.

Thank you so much for any help any of you can give me!!
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  1. Great build for no overclocking!
    Here's some high quality ram 8gb it will not fail you.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    8gb is recommended for high gaming but if your budget restricts you get 4gb you can always add 4 more later. Gtx 660 will be great for skyrim.
  2. it is a good build this will give u a idea of the performance
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GTX_660_OC/1.html
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $709.18
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-14 03:36 EDT-0400)
  4. edogawa said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $709.18
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-14 03:36 EDT-0400)


    gtx 660 is better than hd 7850
    and there is no difference between a b75 and h77 mobo when gaming is concerned
  5. the vegeance are great ram able to oc!on the graphics part the gtx 660 is a very powerful card but the 7950 seems to perform better in most games and the +1gb of vram seems to be helpful!
  6. Gennaios said:
    the vegeance are great ram able to oc!on the graphics part the gtx 660 is a very powerful card but the 7950 seems to perform better in most games and the +1gb of vram seems to be helpful!


    But money wise GTX 660 fits perfectly into my budget while I would have to shed an extra $100 for a 7950. The 7950 belongs to a totally different price range. In my opinion the GTX 660 is the best in its range. As for the RAM, I think I am going to go for vengeance as most people recommend it.
  7. Yes vengeance ram is amazing, gtx 660 was also my top pick for skyrim in that price range, I believe you are good to go :) just be wary of windows 8 and game comparability.
    Also the OEM version only works once then is void if you change the hard ware like a hard drive it wil detect that and not boot. It's worth it to get a full version


    Edit:
    This is from 2009

    If I buy a Hewlett Packard with 1 Gig of RAM and OEM Windows 7 pre-installed does installing 4 Gigs of Kingston RAM from TigerDirect.com invalidate my OEM Windows 7 License?
    No, Windows Product Activation checks eight different categories of hardware:
    Display Adapter
    SCSI Adapter
    IDE Adapter
    Network Adapter (including the MAC Address)
    RAM Amount Range (e.g. 0-512 MB)
    Processor Type and Serial Number
    Hard Drive Device and Volume Serial Number
    Optical Drive (e.g. CD-ROM)
    If I buy a Hewlett Packard with a single hard drive and OEM Windows 7 pre-installed, would I invalidate my Windows 7 license by installing an external hard drive?

    No

    If I buy a Hewlett Packard with a single hard drive and OEM Windows 7 pre-installed, would I invalidate my Windows 7 license by installing a second internal hard drive?

    No

    If I buy a Hewlett Packard with OEM Windows 7 pre-installed onto a hard drive and then later REPLACE that hard drive with one that is better, does that invalidate my OEM Windows 7 licence?

    No, but you will have to reactivate your installation of Windows 7.

    If I buy a single CPU Hewlett Packard with an OEM Windows 7 pre-installed, would installing second CPU invalidate my OEM Windows 7 license?

    No, but you will have to reactivate your installation of Windows 7

    If I buy a single 2 GHZ CPU Hewlett Packard with OEM Windows 7 pre-installed, would replacing that cpu with a 3 GHZ cpu invalidate my OEM Windows 7 license? No, but you will have to reactivate your installation of Windows 7
  8. actually the 7950 is only 10$ more expensive (what a different price range)!i didnt get that!
  9. Best answer
    l89 said:
    edogawa said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.23 @ Amazon)
    Total: $709.18
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-14 03:36 EDT-0400)


    gtx 660 is better than hd 7850
    and there is no difference between a b75 and h77 mobo when gaming is concerned


    Weird, thought I selected the 7870, and so what b75/h77?


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.81 @ Amazon)
    Total: $765.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-14 10:28 EDT-0400)

    OP you can go with a SAPPHIRE 7950 here too instead if you want, will be just a bit more expensive:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
  10. It's even colour coded, Blue and Black with LEDs. The FX-6350 is a tiny bit faster than the i5-3470, maybe not the i5-3570k but definitely the i5-3470.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $797.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-14 10:50 EDT-0400)
  11. 7870 xt is like $20 more and it's really a "7930" if you can squeeze out $20 it would be worth it.
  12. Gennaios said:
    actually the 7950 is only 10$ more expensive (what a different price range)!i didnt get that!


    I live in India. Over here AMD charges like hell. You could easily get a GTX 660 for Rs15000 [approx $270] but for a 7950 I would have to pay a total of Rs 25000 [Which is approx $180 more]. This is why I would prefer to go with Nvidia.
  13. Canbuildnow said:
    Gennaios said:
    actually the 7950 is only 10$ more expensive (what a different price range)!i didnt get that!


    I live in India. Over here AMD charges like hell. You could easily get a GTX 660 for Rs15000 [approx $270] but for a 7950 I would have to pay a total of Rs 25000 [Which is approx $180 more]. This is why I would prefer to go with Nvidia.


    in india nvidia prices are better and gtx 660 is a very capable card for 1080p
  14. I would highly reccommend buying G.Skill Sniper RAM. It's usually cheaper and more reliable. Corsair makes unreliable RAM.
  15. Canbuildnow said:
    I now seem all set. With all your help I seem pretty confident with my build and have made the necessary changes as advised. But now the question remains about the case. Which one should I go for. I'm currently looking at NZXT Lexa S. I would love to hear any other recommendations, but it should belong to the same price range as that of the Lexa S.


    I like the Zalman Z11 Plus, but the NZXT Lexa S is good too.
  16. such a big difference!sorry i didnt now about prices there!but that is not fair!
  17. This solution may have already been solved but for the video card wise get a GTX 480, it scores higher in benchmarking and is only 5 dollars more than a GTX 660. A GTX 480 is more of a power hog than the newer 7870's and 660's but it does perform better at a little cheaper. For those of you who don't believe me, Here's my reasoning..
    www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    And for the CPU, get a FX-6350. While it is listed as a 6 core it's a tri core with 6 threads. On the other hand, it does score higher than an intel i5 3570 and even an i5 3570k. And has a higher single threaded performance than an i5 3570 but the 3570k has it beat at that. But over all the FX-6350 is faster than an i5 3570 and an i5 3570k according to benchmarking, and at a cheaper price. Again for those if you who don't believe me, here is my proof
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
  18. Cofffeeeee said:
    This solution may have already been solved but for the video card wise get a GTX 480, it scores higher in benchmarking and is only 5 dollars more than a GTX 660. A GTX 480 is more of a power hog than the newer 7870's and 660's but it does perform better at a little cheaper. For those of you who don't believe me, Here's my reasoning..
    www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    And for the CPU, get a FX-6350. While it is listed as a 6 core it's a tri core with 6 threads. On the other hand, it does score higher than an intel i5 3570 and even an i5 3570k. And has a higher single threaded performance than an i5 3570 but the 3570k has it beat at that. But over all the FX-6350 is faster than an i5 3570 and an i5 3570k according to benchmarking, and at a cheaper price. Again for those if you who don't believe me, here is my proof
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html


    The FX-6300/6350 aren't 6 core? From everything I've heard they're 6 core.
  19. Basically, the AMD FX series are all dual tri and quad core processors. For example, the FX-6350 I'd a tri core processor with 6 threads. Where it has 3 physical cores and 2 logical cores per physical core which gives you the 6 core part. So it's technically not 6 core but a 3 core one but don't let that make you choose otherwise. Everything still recognizes it as 6 cores and performs really well with games and it is the best AMD processor for single threaded processes to. While the old phenom II line were actual physical 4 and 6 core processors they still don't keep up with the newer ones. When I found out about it I felt lied to but it still performs very well. I hope that gets you to a conclusion.
  20. Cofffeeeee said:
    Basically, the AMD FX series are all dual tri and quad core processors. For example, the FX-6350 I'd a tri core processor with 6 threads. Where it has 3 physical cores and 2 logical cores per physical core which gives you the 6 core part. So it's technically not 6 core but a 3 core one but don't let that make you choose otherwise. Everything still recognizes it as 6 cores and performs really well with games and it is the best AMD processor for single threaded processes to. While the old phenom II line were actual physical 4 and 6 core processors they still don't keep up with the newer ones. When I found out about it I felt lied to but it still performs very well. I hope that gets you to a conclusion.


    Ah, well that makes sense, if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's a duck.
  21. This post doesn't really relate to helping you, but if you had to guess, what do you think Battlefield 4 would be like on this?
  22. McDerpins said:
    This post doesn't really relate to helping you, but if you had to guess, what do you think Battlefield 4 would be like on this?


    Considering the rig would have 8gb ram, radeon HD 7850 and an Fx 6350. With my expirence, I can max out the settings and only get my GPU of a 7850 to about 85~90 % usage and I have an FX-4100 and its easily maxed, but the 6350 is way better with gong so it should be easily so on bf3 you can max it and get a smooth 60 FPS but with bf4 idk, I'm fussing it would get 30~50 with max settings, but I'm just guessing, I'd say just keep the settings to default settings and tweak to taste
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