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July 11, 2013 10:55:30 PM

Hello -

I'm trying to put together a first time gaming build and would appreciate any suggestions. I plan to use the system mainly for MMOs and am looking to achieve high fps @1920*1080 with high details on a single monitor. I don't have any plans to OC.

Here is what I've picked out:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mwetter1/saved/1Wvb

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99 Newegg
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $95.99 Newegg
Mem: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $62.13TigerDirect
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $70.83 Newegg
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 Newegg
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card $191.16 Amazon
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 Newegg
PSU: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power $65.38 Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer $15.98 Outlet PC
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 Outlet PC
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-201 Wired Standard Keyboard $5.22 Amazon
Mouse: V7 M30P20-7N Wired Optical Mouse $4.25 Amazon
Already have monitor

Total: $955.01 (includes tax)

The trouble is that I can't go over $850 without the wife making me sleep on the couch. I know I could take out the SSD, but I really would prefer to have it in there as a boot drive. Also, I want to have a balanced system.

Any build suggestions would be greatly appreciated!




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July 11, 2013 11:00:34 PM

I'm sorry but you can't make this build any cheaper if you want good FPS on MMO games. Btw your Power supply, ditch that and get the Corsair CX600Watt PSU for 64 $ on Amazon.com
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a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2013 11:19:26 PM

You can definitely drop the price and still get good performance in MMO's.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-M LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $816.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-12 02:13 EDT-0400)

34 dollars left to pick your mouse/keyboard. You only drop very slightly on the Cpu. You won't even notice a difference. You do however jump up quite a bit on the video card. More than makes up for it. Bargain case, if white is ok with you.

Did drop the SSD though. You can upgrade later and save for a larger one. 60gb's is just big enough for your OS and one MMO. If you are only planning on putting the OS on it, what's the point? Does it matter if it takes you 30 seconds to boot to desktop instead of 10? You only do that once a day at most, right? Load times between zones in the MMO will load just fine. Not as quick as with an SSD, but you need to save the money now.

Everything else is fairly standard. The Corsair PSU's aren't bad at all, and are a great price. I prefer the Asus optical drive because of it's better write speeds for a buck more. Same Ram as you had chosen out. On the motherboard you can only have 16gb's max memory, but games don't need more than 8 right now. Hope this helps ya.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2013 11:24:38 PM

Swordkd said:
You can definitely drop the price and still get good performance in MMO's.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-M LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $816.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-12 02:13 EDT-0400)

34 dollars left to pick your mouse/keyboard. You only drop very slightly on the Cpu. You won't even notice a difference. You do however jump up quite a bit on the video card. More than makes up for it. Bargain case, if white is ok with you.

Did drop the SSD though. You can upgrade later and save for a larger one. 60gb's is just big enough for your OS and one MMO. If you are only planning on putting the OS on it, what's the point? Does it matter if it takes you 30 seconds to boot to desktop instead of 10? You only do that once a day at most, right? Load times between zones in the MMO will load just fine. Not as quick as with an SSD, but you need to save the money now.

Everything else is fairly standard. The Corsair PSU's aren't bad at all, and are a great price. I prefer the Asus optical drive because of it's better write speeds for a buck more. Same Ram as you had chosen out. On the motherboard you can only have 16gb's max memory, but games don't need more than 8 right now. Hope this helps ya.


If I may add, save twenty bucks and get a fractal design Micro Atx case. Sorry that deal is only microcenter.
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July 11, 2013 11:30:31 PM

Why would you give him that CPU, what if he wants to OC?
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July 11, 2013 11:31:18 PM

Don't give him a Micro ATX Motherboard, those aren't very good.
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July 11, 2013 11:31:20 PM

Don't give him a Micro ATX Motherboard, those aren't very good.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 12, 2013 1:49:32 AM

Micro ATXs are same as regular ATX, the difference is only the size and a couple of PCI slots
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July 12, 2013 2:01:46 AM

Does that micro atx have two PCIe slots in it?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 12, 2013 6:34:15 AM

No. There is an MSI board for the same price that does have 2 slots though. However it seems like by the time he'll want to add another video card, he can just buy a completely new one. And there isn't anything wrong with a micro atx board. Smaller form factor and you usually don't get all the bells and whistles that you can with an atx. And read the original post, he doesn't plan to overclock.
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July 12, 2013 7:14:55 AM

Swordkd said:
No. There is an MSI board for the same price that does have 2 slots though. However it seems like by the time he'll want to add another video card, he can just buy a completely new one. And there isn't anything wrong with a micro atx board. Smaller form factor and you usually don't get all the bells and whistles that you can with an atx. And read the original post, he doesn't plan to overclock.


Thanks for the budget build idea Swordkd. I do live within driving distance of the Orange County / Tustin Micro Center. However, it doesn't seem as though they have many items in stock; for example they don't seem to have a single i5 in stock at the moment. I would only drive there if it would save me more than the $20 it would cost in gas.

You are correct that I don't plan to OC.

Thank you to everyone for their input so far, any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 12, 2013 4:29:25 PM

Well, since you live near a Microcenter, you can replace the Cpu with an Intel 3570k for 189. Little bit more expensive, but might be worth it. I doubt you'd notice a difference between the two, but for the little bit of money extra I'd get it. Other than that I wouldn't really change anything. Maybe check out their deals on cases if you go there. They might have a really good special going on.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 13, 2013 1:46:48 AM

if he's getting the 3570K he also needs a Z77 board and a good CPU cooler
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a b 4 Gaming
July 13, 2013 9:22:10 AM

No, he doesn't need it. He's not interested in overclocking, but for the extra 15 dollars it's worth jumping up from the 3350p to the 3570k just for the bump in mhz. If Microcenter had a deal on the 3570 I'd recommend that just as well for him.
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