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$800 Haswell based gaming PC - Suggestions?

I am planning on building a budget gaming PC and need some help. Here is my current build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1SqqZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1SqqZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1SqqZ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($23.29 @ Adorama)
Total: $813.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 20:39 EDT-0400)

I am planning to later add another 650 Ti Boost in SLI. Is this list a good value for the money? Suggestions are welcome!


Thanks in advance,
Arcturus314
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  1. Build looks good. However, I'd get this gpu instead (same price but performs better - also comes with 2 free games) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663
  2. That's all relative. Personally, I do not recommend Intel in any gaming build under $1000. The i3s are terrible value and the i5s suck away too much money from the GPU. A couple of suggestions though: Your memory is way overpriced. Get this instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g213c1krd
    Also drop the SSD and HDD and get a radeon 7970 and this HDD instead: HDD: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex 7970: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax79703gbd52dhv3
    Hope this helps!
  3. kirilmatthew said:
    That's all relative. Personally, I do not recommend Intel in any gaming build under $1000. The i3s are terrible value and the i5s suck away too much money from the GPU. A couple of suggestions though: Your memory is way overpriced. Get this instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g213c1krd
    Also drop the SSD and HDD and get a radeon 7970 and this HDD instead: HDD: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex 7970: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax79703gbd52dhv3
    Hope this helps!


    He's using a quad core i5 in his build...
  4. TBC1 said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    That's all relative. Personally, I do not recommend Intel in any gaming build under $1000. The i3s are terrible value and the i5s suck away too much money from the GPU. A couple of suggestions though: Your memory is way overpriced. Get this instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g213c1krd
    Also drop the SSD and HDD and get a radeon 7970 and this HDD instead: HDD: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex 7970: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax79703gbd52dhv3
    Hope this helps!


    He's using a quad core i5 in his build...

    Yes. What I am saying is that it is taking away more money from the GPU than in good in a sub-$1000 build normally. The FX-6300 is my go to CPU. The MBs are cheaper and the CPU is only $120.
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.90 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($303.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $841.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:07 EDT-0400)

    -Cheaper board and RAM.
    -Removed SSD.
    -Better case and psu.
    -Much stronger gpu.
  6. Best answer
    realchaos said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.90 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($303.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $841.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:07 EDT-0400)

    -Cheaper board and RAM.
    -Removed SSD.
    -Better case and psu.
    -Much stronger gpu.



    Agree with this except: Ram should be the one I selected, it saves $20 and GPU should be the $250 radeon 7970. Performs the same for $50 less. Oh and the HDD should be the $60 WD 1TB drive.
  7. Just for fun (OC crossfire build)-

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($186.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($58.61 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Raidmax 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $829.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:17 EDT-0400)
  8. Oh haha! I didn't notice the HDD. I kind of rushed through it a bit.
    Yes the $60 WD Blue has better cache at a cheaper price. Definitely get that one.

    The RAM you listed is out of stock right now, which is why I didn't put it in.

    Powercolor is more of a budget brand, which is why I typically don't recommend it over MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, etc in these types of build.
  9. realchaos said:
    Oh haha! I didn't notice the HDD. I kind of rushed through it a bit.
    Yes the $60 WD Blue has better cache at a cheaper price. Definitely get that one.

    The RAM you listed is out of stock right now, which is why I didn't put it in.

    Powercolor is more of a budget brand, which is why I typically don't recommend it over MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, etc in these types of build.


    Okay makes sense! Id still get the powercolor. For $25 its an absolute steal.
  10. kirilmatthew said:
    realchaos said:
    Oh haha! I didn't notice the HDD. I kind of rushed through it a bit.
    Yes the $60 WD Blue has better cache at a cheaper price. Definitely get that one.

    The RAM you listed is out of stock right now, which is why I didn't put it in.

    Powercolor is more of a budget brand, which is why I typically don't recommend it over MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, etc in these types of build.


    Okay makes sense! Id still get the powercolor. For $25 its an absolute steal.


    The powercoler is the crappiest 7970 you can get (not a good choice).
  11. TBC1 said:
    Just for fun (OC crossfire build)-

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($186.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($58.61 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Raidmax 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $829.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:17 EDT-0400)


    Do not get a CF 7850 build. I cannot recommend two 7850s over a single 7970 in any way. Also the PSU is garbage.
  12. TBC1 said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    realchaos said:
    Oh haha! I didn't notice the HDD. I kind of rushed through it a bit.
    Yes the $60 WD Blue has better cache at a cheaper price. Definitely get that one.

    The RAM you listed is out of stock right now, which is why I didn't put it in.

    Powercolor is more of a budget brand, which is why I typically don't recommend it over MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, etc in these types of build.


    Okay makes sense! Id still get the powercolor. For $25 its an absolute steal.


    The powercoler is the crappiest 7970 you can get (not a good choice).



    Id agree with that, but it is by no means bad. Especially when it comes at the same price as the GTX760.
  13. Thanks for the help everyone. Here is the revised parts list (Suggestions still welcome!):

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Stkm
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Stkm/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Stkm/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $757.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:39 EDT-0400)

    Realchaos said that the PowerColor GPU is more of a budget brand, and I also read some reviews on Newegg where this card crashed and didn't work etc. Is this a real problem for this GPU? I would prefer a slightly less powerful but more stable GPU to one that crashes often, so suggestions for alternate graphics cards are welcome.
  14. Arcturus314 said:
    Thanks for the help everyone. Here is the revised parts list (Suggestions still welcome!):

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Stkm
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Stkm/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Stkm/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $757.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:39 EDT-0400)

    Realchaos said that the PowerColor GPU is more of a budget brand, and I also read some reviews on Newegg where this card crashed and didn't work etc. Is this a real problem for this GPU?


    Thumbs up! I do recommend AMD at the price point, but your choice. As for GPU, it depends on what you want to spend. $50 for the potential of a better card is a lot of money. The powercolor should work fine. It may have some problems, but there is a warranty. Any card can have problems, even the best brands. Of course, powercolor is not the best brand, but for the price I think its an amazing deal.
  15. Also note that powercolor doesn't have the best customer support (personal experience). I sent in a Corsair and Powercolor rebate at the same time. My Corsair rebate was approved and the $20 card came in while the Powercolor is still processing. I tried to contact them with no response. Just my personal experience though~
  16. realchaos said:
    Also note that powercolor doesn't have the best customer support (personal experience). I sent in a Corsair and Powercolor rebate at the same time. My Corsair rebate was approved and the $20 card came in while the Powercolor is still processing. I tried to contact them with no response. Just my personal experience though~


    I have a powercolor GTX 650Ti Boost and I've had no problems. I guess its all personal experience.
  17. Powercolor only sell Radeon cards, they don't sell NVIDIA cards:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#m=43
    http://powercolor.com/us/products_layer_2.asp?ByBus=PCI-E&ByClass=ByProducts&VGASeries=RADEON%20R9%20series&IsView=0

    Not sure where you got a Powercolor GTX 650 ti boost.
  18. One more question: I read that two 7790/7870 in CrossFire outperform the 7970. Is this correct? Also, for a relatively new PC builder, how difficult will setting two cards up in CrossFire be?
  19. realchaos said:
    Powercolor only sell Radeon cards, they don't sell NVIDIA cards:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#m=43
    http://powercolor.com/us/products_layer_2.asp?ByBus=PCI-E&ByClass=ByProducts&VGASeries=RADEON%20R9%20series&IsView=0

    Not sure where you got a Powercolor GTX 650 ti boost.


    Woops, don't know why I thought that! It's a Galaxy I just checked. Sorry bout that.
  20. Arcturus314 said:
    One more question: I read that two 7790/7870 in CrossFire outperform the 7970. Is this correct? Also, for a relatively new PC builder, how difficult will setting two cards up in CrossFire be?

    Two 7870s might outperform it. However, this does not mean it is a good idea. Here's why. Noise: CF is louder Heat: CF runs hotter Power consumption: uses more power Upgradability: cannot add another card in the future Microstutter/Drivers: Games may appear worse because frames are not rendered the same (runt frames). Also some games do not have good support (worse performance). For all those reasons, I only recommend CF on two radeon 7950s or higher, or SLI on two GTX 760s or higher.
  21. Thanks, I will stay with the 7970 then and maybe add another in CrossFire later if I need a graphics boost.
  22. You can't crossfire on a H87 board.
    You'll need a more expensive Z87 board and a bigger psu, which isn't worth it.
  23. Really? According to PC Part Picker it does support CrossFire but does not support SLI

    https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gah87d3h
  24. It won't run properly. There's only one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. The second slot is a PCIe 2.0 x4. The x4 will severely cripple the performance of the second card to a point where it's not even worth it.
  25. Oh ok. Thanks for clarifying.
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