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$750 gaming build -- need some input

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July 19, 2013 9:04:53 PM

Looking for some input on this build, possibly to shave off some $$ down to $700 or less. I'm wanting a gaming PC build that will last me a few years, hopefully able to run any current game at high settings (i.e., Skyrim, Civ V, BF3). Probably won't overclock anything anytime soon, looking to just set it and forget it for a while.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1izlU

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $217.98
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 $84.99
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $70.33
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB $259.99
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 $19.95
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower $49.99
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V $45.99

Total: $749.22


No storage, OS, nor optical drive needed. Not sure if this build needs a CPU cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO) or not. Haven't decided on a display yet, hopefully haven't left out anything else vital. As this is my first build, any input would be greatly appreciated!

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a c 477 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 9:17:25 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.95 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $758.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-20 00:17 EDT-0400)
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a c 477 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 9:17:48 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 9:21:04 PM

You need a cooler like the CM Evo if you want to overclock. And I assume you do cuz you are buying "K" model and Z77 mobo. It's a great investment!

Otherwise your build is really good.

Since your gaming, look for 23/24" Asus TN monitors.

I agree with SR-71, get the MSI 760 instead of the EVGA 760.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 9:24:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.95 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone Redline Series RL04B ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $721.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-20 00:25 EDT-0400)

shaved some $$ off and increased it's gaming prowess. hope you like it.
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a c 477 4 Gaming
July 19, 2013 9:27:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.95 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $738.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-20 00:27 EDT-0400)
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July 20, 2013 9:56:03 AM

Excellent, thanks for your feedback guys! Swapping out the EVGA for the MSI based on SR-71Blackbird and envy14tpe's suggestion, adding the CPU cooler so I can toy with over clocking, and the less expensive RAM. Shaves off $15, then adds $30 for the cooler, but it works for me. Wish I lived close enough to a MicroCenter to pick up the i5 at the lower, pick-up only price, but no worries. And will definitely look into the ASUS displays, thanks for that suggestion envy14tpe. Thanks all!

Final solution: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1iAdL
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a b 4 Gaming
July 20, 2013 10:28:02 AM

One note: the RAM you selected is low voltage RAM that runs at 1.35V. I'd suggest grabbing some 1.5V RAM instead. It'll run much faster. The low voltage RAM is to save power but who really cares...3W vs 4W (or whatever). Otherwise I like the build.
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July 22, 2013 12:53:31 PM

New problem: The MSI GeForce GTX 760 is sold out everywhere, except Amazon which will take 3-5 weeks. Any other ideas for a graphics card as good or better than this one for under $280?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2013 1:55:22 PM

the 7950 is about the same
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 4:28:36 AM

brokenadvocate said:
New problem: The MSI GeForce GTX 760 is sold out everywhere, except Amazon which will take 3-5 weeks. Any other ideas for a graphics card as good or better than this one for under $280?

Asus 660ti for $230.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx660tidc...
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 1:31:38 PM

envy14tpe said:
brokenadvocate said:
New problem: The MSI GeForce GTX 760 is sold out everywhere, except Amazon which will take 3-5 weeks. Any other ideas for a graphics card as good or better than this one for under $280?

Asus 660ti for $230.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx660tidc...


the 660ti is not as good as the 760.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 5:46:09 PM

The Asus 660ti is cheaper than most 760s by $20. It performs pretty close to 760.
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