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Building new gaming rig on a budget? $750 usd max

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November 10, 2013 3:09:38 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of this year

Budget Range: I really don't want to drop more than 800 bucks max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video and photo editing and web browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No Not yet.

I want to be able to get the absolute best for the money...I would prefer to keep it around the low 700's...hell maybe even less. All I know is I want to be able to get pretty much everything I could ever want done.

Can anyone give me extra advice? I'll probably be getting windows 8.1 pro.
November 10, 2013 3:34:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($167.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($85.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.59 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $773.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 18:33 EST-0500)

This is a solid build with decent CPU and a nice GPU. If you want to lower the cost i'll have to switch to AMD CPU or downgrade the GPU.
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November 10, 2013 5:33:01 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($167.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($85.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.59 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $773.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 18:33 EST-0500)

This is a solid build with decent CPU and a nice GPU. If you want to lower the cost i'll have to switch to AMD CPU or downgrade the GPU.


What about this? This was suggested to me earlier.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master NSE-300-KKN1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($31.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $778.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 20:31 EST-0500)
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November 11, 2013 3:36:49 AM

That build is also a solid one. But in many games i5 will do better. In games that can take advantage of AMD's module approach well, it will be a tie. That build also has a SSD which is nice. The most important criticism i would make is about that Powercolor GPU. That is a cheaper board, yes, and i could pick that too. There is a reason why i chose a more expensive part. I didn't read good comments about that powercolor board. I usually check newegg's product page for user comments and reviews about the product. Here, check for yourself: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another point to make is about PSU. Your system (with AMD 8350) already consumes almost 500 watts of power. Granted, that is a nice PSU in the other build. But if you overclock your CPU and GPU, it may be problematic. I can't say this for sure but i never like to take risks when building systems. That's why it is always best to have some more juice than what you would need, especially if we are talking about power unit.

Also about that CPU cooler. I'd pick a hyper evo 212 instead of that one.
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