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August 5, 2013 12:27:22 AM

Hello. With console gaming being so up in the air with the release of the next-generation systems in the upcoming months, I've decided to enter the PC gaming realm. I'm looking to build an entry level gaming rig to play @ 1080p resolution. Monitor, keyboard, and mouse aren't needed, as well as an OS. Fry's Electronics is relatively close so I can get my CPU for the price listed. Does everything else look fine? Budget = $600 USD with shipping and tax. Looking to stick to Intel and I'm very open to ideas and suggestions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2450P 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $125.00)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.54 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($164.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $504.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 03:59 EDT-0400)
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $357.42
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 03:29 EDT-0400 |

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August 5, 2013 12:52:45 AM

Get this as its much better

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2450P 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $125.00)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $560.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 03:52 EDT-0400)
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August 5, 2013 1:02:35 AM

Sn1992 said:
Get this as its much better

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2450P 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $125.00)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $560.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 03:52 EDT-0400)


Would you mind going into detail as to why your build is better?
ie. Difference in the motherboards, memory, GFX card, and PSU?
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August 5, 2013 1:59:38 AM

A better graphic card 7870 than the 7850 just at 15$ difference
A better motherboard with great b75 chipset better than h61 chipset
Better 1600mhz cl9 ram than the 2x2gb 1333mhz ram
A 1 tb hard disk than the 320 u added
Better case which is good looking and much better in space and cooling too
A far better xfx 550w supply than the 430 u added
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