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$550 Budget gaming PC - needs final look over- Ordering Today!

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July 3, 2013 7:28:24 AM

Hello everyone! I recently had my gateway FX laptop die on me, so I am building my own entry-level gaming PC.

I've done a mass amount of reading over the past week or so trying to put together a legit set up that fits my needs. Mostly to play WoW(PvP) and other general computer stuff. No BF3 at max setting or Video editing for me, haha. My budget is $550. I don't plan on overclocking that is why I picked the i5 3350P. I need a little bit of help picking the Mobo tho. I know I could go with an H77 because I'm not overclocking. But would I be better off just getting a Z77 in case I do get into over clocking later on? I want it to be SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 for sure. Currently I have the Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4 ATX LGA1155 Mobo picked out in my build. Is this a good choice/ mesh well with all the other parts and my case?

I know the video card I have picked out is a little out of date, but It's what I've got at the moment. I will be replacing that in a week or two. I also have an OS and a HD. I will be upgrading my HD to a SSD in the next few weeks as well. I'm also good on Keyboard: G15, Mouse: Black Mamba, and Screen: Samsung 23" LED HDMI

Would anyone mind looking it over and letting me know I'm good to go on ordering the parts? I'd really appreciate it!

Here is the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1cQDQ

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July 3, 2013 7:48:47 AM

Spend less on the case
Spend less on the motherboard (z77 will not be needed with your current cpu)
Take the money saved and buy a better gpu, what you have selected is terrible and won't be worthwhile for any kind of gaming.
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July 3, 2013 7:53:20 AM

If you want to consider overclocking later, you should get an i5-3570k now, because the 3350p has very limited overclocking potential. It doesn't make sense to get an overclocking-ready motherboard without an overclocking-ready cpu. Getting an aftermarket cooler can wait until you're ready to start overclocking, though. If you're willing to give up overclocking (which isn't worth it IMO), you can follow spentshells's advice about a cheaper case and motherboard. If you don't need potential future SLI/CF, microATX motherboards and cases are usually less expensive than their ATX counterparts.
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July 3, 2013 11:53:05 AM

Thanks for the input guys! I tried to take all 3 of your guys' advice into account. I'm not going to bother messing with overclocking and stick with a H77 Mobo. I picked out the ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155, what do you guys think about that mobo? It supports the i5 I picked out and is a good bit cheaper then the mobo I had picked out before.

I also decided to expand my budget to incorporate the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card into my build

As far as the case goes, I don't mind spending a little extra on a nice case.

Here is the build now. How does everything look?


CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53350p

Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77m

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8...

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42662k...

Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-400r

Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

Everything total equals out to be around $615.00 which is straight with me.
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July 3, 2013 12:08:49 PM

BoroFiend said:
Thanks for the input guys! I tried to take all 3 of your guys' advice into account. I'm not going to bother messing with overclocking and stick with a H77 Mobo. I picked out the ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155, what do you guys think about that mobo? It supports the i5 I picked out and is a good bit cheaper then the mobo I had picked out before.

I also decided to expand my budget to incorporate the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card into my build

As far as the case goes, I don't mind spending a little extra on a nice case.

Here is the build now. How does everything look?


CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53350p

Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77m

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8...

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42662k...

Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-400r

Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

Everything total equals out to be around $615.00 which is straight with me.


Looks good! You will enjoy this a lot! ^^
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July 3, 2013 1:18:12 PM

Thanks guys! Puts my mind at ease now that I have the the ok by some experienced builders!
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