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Budget $450 Intel - Nvidia, Best CPU, GPU, MOBO Combination for Gaming

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September 3, 2013 7:04:38 PM

Hey everyone, so I am trying to build my first gaming pc and I need some help from some people with knowledge about/ experience with this hardware. After doing some research I have settled on an Intel based system with an Nvidia GPU. However, from there I have been going back and forth between which CPU/ GPU/ MOBO to choose. Every time I read a new thread in the forums I end up changing my choices. So any help will be GREATLY appreciated. Below are the specifics.

Desired Performance/ Budget:
My budget is around $450 for the CPU, GPU, and Motherboard. However, I am not opposed to spending a little more if there is a significant boost to performance. I have pretty much decided on the rest of the components. This system will be strictly for gaming (I use my laptop for everything else). I am looking to play games at 1920 x 1080 res. on med - high graphics. I can deal with turning the graphics down in order for the game to run smoother (but obviously I would like to run them at high settings). I also need for this system to last me about a year maybe a little more (by then I will have the means to build a high-end gaming pc). The games I play are mostly MMOs (WOW, FFXIV-ARR, GW2) but i also like to play BF3, Arma2, and Skyrim. I would also like this pc to be able to handle new games coming out. I haven't been into pc gaming in awhile since my current pc won't run anything decently so I am trying to get a system that will enable me to get back into it.

CPU:
I am torn between an i3 and an i5. I don't really know which model would be good for what I am trying to accomplish. I have been reading that the i3s will handle current games fine, but I am not sure if I should get a quad core i5 if I want to be able to handle the newer games that are designed for more than 2 cores, or if they run games better in general.

GPU:
I have been looking at the GTX 650 ti boost, 660, 660ti, and 670. However, like I said I have no idea which one would give me the desired performance for my budget.

Motherboard:
This part really stumps me. Do the chipsets have any effect on performance? If so, which chipset do I need?

Some combinations of CPU/ GPU/ and MOBO would be greatly appreciated. I have just recently started researching so I don't know much. If you could provide some explanations that would be great too, since I am interested in knowing why certain hardware is better over the others.

Thanks a lot guys.
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September 3, 2013 7:18:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($81.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $449.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 22:18 EDT-0400)

here you go. have fun. that board should be solid for the cpu you have, that cpu isn't unlocked, but you can overclock it's turbo just fine with that motherboard, and the extra cash is spent on a great little gpu. have fun!
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September 3, 2013 8:19:12 PM

ingtar33 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($81.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $449.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 22:18 EDT-0400)

here you go. have fun. that board should be solid for the cpu you have, that cpu isn't unlocked, but you can overclock it's turbo just fine with that motherboard, and the extra cash is spent on a great little gpu. have fun!


I agree with this. You may also want to consider a GTX 760 or a Radeon 7950
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September 3, 2013 8:26:52 PM

For that budget It would definitely be AMD. With this build you can overclock it, and play all games maxed. No need to worry about going medium-high :) .

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.69 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $464.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 23:25 EDT-0400)
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September 4, 2013 6:58:46 AM

ingtar33 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($81.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $449.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 22:18 EDT-0400)

here you go. have fun. that board should be solid for the cpu you have, that cpu isn't unlocked, but you can overclock it's turbo just fine with that motherboard, and the extra cash is spent on a great little gpu. have fun!


Thanks, I was just wondering what the difference was between the H77 chipset you chose and the Z77.
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September 4, 2013 7:03:52 AM

refllect said:
ingtar33 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($81.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $449.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 22:18 EDT-0400)

here you go. have fun. that board should be solid for the cpu you have, that cpu isn't unlocked, but you can overclock it's turbo just fine with that motherboard, and the extra cash is spent on a great little gpu. have fun!


I agree with this. You may also want to consider a GTX 760 or a Radeon 7950


How does the GTX 760 compare to this 660 ti? Is there a significant boost in performance for the price? They look to be about $60 more than the 660 ti. How about the Radeon 7950? I noticed it has a lower core clock. So is it faster than the 660 ti? I assumed that the higher the core clock the better the card.
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September 4, 2013 7:09:02 AM

RazerZ said:
For that budget It would definitely be AMD. With this build you can overclock it, and play all games maxed. No need to worry about going medium-high :) .

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.69 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $464.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 23:25 EDT-0400)


Yeah, I know I can get a faster AMD CPU with more cores at a cheaper price but there has to be a reason for that right? how does the FX-8320 compare to the i5-3350P performance wise? From what I understand intel makes better quality CPUs that perform better than similarly priced AMDs. But, that's just my opinion, if I'm wrong please tell me why.
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September 4, 2013 3:32:32 PM

FenrisD said:
RazerZ said:
For that budget It would definitely be AMD. With this build you can overclock it, and play all games maxed. No need to worry about going medium-high :) .

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.69 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $464.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 23:25 EDT-0400)


Yeah, I know I can get a faster AMD CPU with more cores at a cheaper price but there has to be a reason for that right? how does the FX-8320 compare to the i5-3350P performance wise? From what I understand intel makes better quality CPUs that perform better than similarly priced AMDs. But, that's just my opinion, if I'm wrong please tell me why.


Basically when you overclock it, it runs about 10 fps lower than an i5 3570k depending on which games you play. if you have an extra $70 and really want that gain go for the intel it 3570k, if not then the 8320 will do great.
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September 4, 2013 6:14:01 PM

FenrisD said:
Thanks, I was just wondering what the difference was between the H77 chipset you chose and the Z77.


the h77 chipset doesn't have all the bells and whistles mostly. for your purposes its more then good enough.

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FenrisD said:
I agree with this. You may also want to consider a GTX 760 or a Radeon 7950


How does the GTX 760 compare to this 660 ti? Is there a significant boost in performance for the price? They look to be about $60 more than the 660 ti. How about the Radeon 7950? I noticed it has a lower core clock. So is it faster than the 660 ti? I assumed that the higher the core clock the better the card.

the 660ti is a little slower then the 760... the 7950 is a bit faster then the 660ti and slower then the 760 (slightly), but you were looking for an nvidia gpu so i went with the best one you could afford.
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