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Building a Gaming PC w/ an ~$800 budget

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I'm building my first gaming/work PC and would greatly appreciate your advice/feedback. My budget is around $800. My component choice is kind of limited to what's available in this local shop (pcx.com.ph). Below is what I have so far. Do you think this is a good combination? would this last me at least 3 years (future-proof)? Thanks in advance. :)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1cjhx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1cjhx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1cjhx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($140.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 320 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: FSP Group 500W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($105.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $807.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 19:52 EDT-0400)
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  1. I noticed you picked the 'k' series cpu for overclocking, but I don't see any aftermarket cooling being purchased.

    Also, that PSU is terrible. Dangerous to the system terrible. Go with a corsair or seasonic.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    (I'm calling that psu terrible based on the hierarchy on this site: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx)
  2. will u be overclocking or sli in the future cause for gaming u need a better gpu than a cpu
  3. l89 said:
    will u be overclocking or sli in the future cause for gaming u need a better gpu than a cpu


    Hi Jim/l89, To be honest, I have no idea what the 'k' stands for and have never done overclocking before. Do I need a better gpu? And what kind of additional cooling do I need?
  4. Hey Leusoj, if there is the letter 'k' at the end of the cpu name, it means it is a special type of cpu specifically made for overclocking. It doesn't sound like this is something you are familiar with, and if that is the case, you can probably save yourself some money by getting a non 'k' type cpu.

    As for your power supply, I'd recommend this one instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119
  5. Best answer
    gtx 760 is the best bang for buck right now and is way better than hd 7850 and will give you a way better sli performance

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1crRg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1crRg/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1crRg/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $823.54
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-02 05:13 EDT-0400)
  6. Thanks Jim / l89. I might not be able to get a 760 locally. How about a 660 ti (https://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GTX660_TIDC2O2GD5/)?
  7. if u can find hd 7950 cheaper than get it cause it is generally faster but if not than get gtx 660 ti they both are good cards
    but gtx 760 is better than both
  8. Hey, thanks for all your help. I just finished putting together my new PC. :ange:

    http://postimg.org/image/n5gr6musj/
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