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June 14, 2013 8:22:51 PM

Hi everyone!
I'm working on building my first gaming PC, and I wanted to get some opinions on my current build. I would like to play newer games (like Bioshock Infinite) on medium to high graphics, and would like to keep the price reasonable.
Here is the build I am currently planning on using:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99@ NCIX US)
Video Card: : Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ Newegg)

I also saw someone recommend CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, which is $54.99 on Newegg.
Therefore, the total is $724.92.

Anyone have any opinions on this? Does this seem like a reasonable build for my needs? Any other thoughts or better parts? Thanks for taking the time to read this! Like I said, this is my first build, so I want to make sure everything will function together.

Thanks again!
June 14, 2013 8:29:36 PM

It looks good. If anything you should buy a better processor(haswell maybe). Unless you plan to overclock, which you can't with that processor you need a 'k' version, then there is no need to buy any kind of liquid cooling system.
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June 14, 2013 8:30:03 PM

55 bucks for that CPU O.o
It's 200 something outside of NewEgg unless they just did a massive price drop (Intel).

If you're getting that deal from Newegg, go ahead, that CPU will be more then enough for the 7850. My suggestion is go with the 7870 if you can afford it. You'll get alot better preformance out of it and its 200 bucks from Newegg.

Also, the motherboard you choose is Micro ATX. If you know what that means and the differences then its allright, but you can fit a full ATX into a Mid Tower Case.

P.S. Don't forget to get some fans for your case and make sure theres a good airflow running.
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June 14, 2013 8:33:26 PM

I think something is wrong with your Calculations.

I added it all up and I got 525 Dollars on my calculator.....

The FX Series for AMD is also good.

the FX 6350 is around 140 bucks (HexaCore) and the FX 8350 is about 180 (OctaCore).

If you're paying full price for the I5, go with the FX 8350 and spend the money saved up on the Radeon 7870.

That would be alot better for your build, (Gaming Only).
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June 14, 2013 8:35:59 PM

Don't get the Corsair H50. There's no point. You're not overclocking, so getting a liquid cooler is just throwing money away.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
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 ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $716.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 23:34 EDT-0400)

-Using the new Intel 4th gen processor, codename Haswell.
-Cheaper RAM, will work just as good as your G.Skill one.
-Cheaper HDD, same performance.
-Much better gpu.
-Case is about the same, except mine has USB 3.0.
-Much better quality PSU.
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June 14, 2013 8:40:51 PM

Build is all fine in reasonable budget....for cooler go for CM Hyper Evo 212 (34$ apprx)....n try to get 2gb oc version of 7850 or go for GTX 650 ti boost (if affordable)
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June 14, 2013 8:47:45 PM

Thanks for your input, everyone! There was a typo in my CPU line, the Intel Core I was talking about is just under $200 on Newegg (that's where the math error came from). I'll be sure to look into the other options you guys have mentioned, but this has helped a lot!

While I have this thread going, does anyone have any recommendations for a good monitor? Are there any brands that are better than others?

Thanks again for all of your help!
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June 14, 2013 8:56:10 PM

Asus and BenQ are one of the most popular monitor brands with BenQ being more expensive and Asus being average price. Samsung is a good one too, but they aren't as popular.
If you want cheap monitors that works decently, Acer, Hannspree and AOC have some decent monitors at a cheaper price.
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