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$600 - $700 budget gaming computer

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June 4, 2013 2:15:32 AM

I had another thread about building a rig on a $400 budget but i decided not to cheat myself and dish out the few extra hundred to be satisfied.


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: June 15th - July 1st

Budget Range: $600-$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video recording/editing, Every day use

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Case, CPU, Memory, Motherboard, Optical drive, Video card, HDD

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pcpartpicker

Location: Detroit Michigan, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: I think so, I've never overclocked before but i would like to get the most fps out of this machine as i can.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280 X 960 I will be getting a new monitor in the future.

Additional Comments: I want to be able to play all the new titles that are being released in 2013 and possibly 2014, Currently i play a lot of Counter strike and record my game play i would like a machine that will do this in great quality without killing my fps. I will possibly be live streaming with xsplit in the future.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My rig is from 2004, All that needs to be said.

More about : 600 700 budget gaming computer

June 4, 2013 3:22:24 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.59 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $695.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 06:21 EDT-0400)

Assuming you need to change the PSU also because most PSU won't work well after almost 10 years of using. If you already got a new PSU with wattage over 500 then just get this Tt PSU off the build list.
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June 4, 2013 4:31:11 AM

Madn3ss795 said:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.59 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $695.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 06:21 EDT-0400)

Assuming you need to change the PSU also because most PSU won't work well after almost 10 years of using. If you already got a new PSU with wattage over 500 then just get this Tt PSU off the build list.


I reckon we can do a bit better, given his budget. In particular, we can use a PSU which will not explode. I tend to see this as a plus. This is my pitch:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($254.29 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.03 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $725.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 07:29 EDT-0400)

Sorry to be over budget. If needed, you could cut back to an I5-3470 and a B75 or H77 mobo. I was trying to keep on par with his build without using inferior-quality components.
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