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July 1, 2013 6:34:33 PM

Hi there,

I'm currently playing around with the idea of making my own gaming rig--one that is able to record and edit gameplay videos for the purposes of Let's Plays as well as streaming on twitch using the Elgato Game Capture HD while maintaining an all-purpose functionality as well (browsing, watching shows, etc.). I bought the Elgato a few days ago and my hardware is struggling to make it run while gaming (granted I'm using a 1-2 year old Samsung laptop, hence the build)
To that end, I am also on a budget--$750-850 preferably but as long as it does not reach over $1000, I'm willing to stretch...this budget does not include monitor(s) so there's a bit of leeway--so after some research, I've come up with the following build:

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1ciJT

With high quality gaming functionality and student frugality in mind, do you guys have any suggestions, comments, advice and revisions to this build? In what areas can I "scrooge down," as it were, in order to get closer to that budget without sacrificing power? I'm not looking for anything uber powerful or anything like that...just enough to make most games run at decently high settings for recording purposes. On that note, I'm not really considering overclocking or SLI/Crossfire configurations at this point in time as well.
I would like to stick to Intel and Nvidia hardware if possible, but if changing it would make me closer to the $750-$850 budget (as long as performance is similar), I may reconsider.

I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say. I don't really have an estimated purchase date at the moment but I'd like to estimate trying to put this plan into action within the next 2-3 months.

Thanks a lot!
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July 1, 2013 6:40:46 PM

The first spot you can save yourself some money is to get a non 'k' cpu, as those are designed specifically for overclockers.
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July 1, 2013 6:59:49 PM

If you're planning to OC your CPU then go with the i5-3570k, the 3570 is already really fast. Also I don't think you need the extra 250gb HDD and get a GTX 650 Ti 2gb. Also you can just get Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium for $89.99 if you want to reduce the cost.
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July 1, 2013 8:10:06 PM

Ohh, I didn't think to do that! Thanks guys! I updated the build list. I exchanged the two hard drives for a 1TB since I'd like the extra space plus it ends up cheaper than the 750GB haha

How does it look? I'm pretty pleased with how it dropped to $844 :) 
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Xeirich/saved/1SvJ

Any other suggestions?
Would waiting for sales to happen over the next couple of months possibly drop the price lower?
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July 1, 2013 8:29:01 PM

Yes, only one important thing. Your case is a MicroATX Mid-tower and your motherboard is an ATX. The motherboard will not fit into your case. Here are some ATX mid-tower cases with the price around $60-$80:
Antec Nine Hundred $79.99
Cooler Master Elite $77.84
Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) $77.98


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July 1, 2013 8:32:49 PM

jimthenagual said:
I originally thought the same thing, but if you go into it's specs, it's actually an ATX case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Oh, its compatable with ATX and MicroATX, my bad. But you can go with more of a metal-ish kind of case instead of plastic case
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July 1, 2013 8:38:11 PM

Yeah, the thing about that case is that there are about 4 more spaces where you can put fans in. I kinda want to keep the LED thing going with the included fan...except not in blue...it'll get obnoxiously bright haha

Can this setup maintain the additional 4 (with a possibility of 3-4 being LED lit) fans?
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July 1, 2013 8:41:11 PM

Xeirich said:
Yeah, the thing about that case is that there are about 5 more spaces where you can put fans in. I kinda want to keep the LED thing going with the included fan...except not in blue...it'll get obnoxiously bright haha

Can this setup maintain the additional 5 (with a possibility of 3-4 being LED lit) fans?
Yeah, you can keep the LED fans going with this case.

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July 1, 2013 9:38:51 PM

Great! It's just too bad I can't put this into motion right at the moment. The prices are probably gonna fluctuate upwards because of the sales this weekend but I'll keep this in mind for the next couple of months and pick it up piece by piece when it gets cheap.

Thanks for all your help, Verzy and jimthenagual. Hopefully I'll be able to get this started soon.
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July 1, 2013 9:41:44 PM

Xeirich said:
Great! It's just too bad I can't put this into motion right at the moment. The prices are probably gonna fluctuate upwards because of the sales this weekend but I'll keep this in mind for the next couple of months and pick it up piece by piece when it gets cheap.

Thanks for all your help, Verzy and jimthenagual. Hopefully I'll be able to get this started soon.
Np, good luck on your build.

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