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First time Gaming computer build. Is this any good? (Need Feedback!!!)

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September 23, 2012 1:20:12 AM

Im building my first gaming computer on a pretty small budget. Im not completely sure on what i am doing, so if possible i would like to know if anything is wrong with the build. I have about 700 bucks to work with and really no more than that. I am open to all suggestions i just want the biggest bang for my buck... Please Help!


CPU Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core
$190.39 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing
$16.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155
$129.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
$37.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital RE3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM
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Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
$89.99 @ NCIX US
Case Raidmax ATX-238WU ATX Mid Tower
$37.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Antec 550W ATX12V
$59.98 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
$15.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
$90.44 @ Amazon
Total: $669.75
September 23, 2012 5:08:24 AM

get a case with a bottom mounted PSU and with wire management it will increase airflow efficiency in your interior, also spend a bit more on your GPU you want to have your GPU and CPU be in the same price class. (on a side note buy all your stuff from the same place usually the more amount of money you spend the more perks and shipping reduction you will get, everything is compatible should be a good first build)
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September 23, 2012 6:08:42 AM

That is very unbalanced rig: you want to spend much more on the graphics card! You don't really need DVD burner either nowadays. How about this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($233.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.14 @ Amazon)
Total: $701.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 02:08 EDT-0400)
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September 27, 2012 1:32:05 AM

Sorry for such a late reply but i have been very busy... so there is probably no way that i would be able to pick up an i5 quad core processor with the money i'm putting out would there, because thats what i was really looking for. I could always settle for an i3. Is there a big difference between the two or is it just going to be minor with the setup from up above?
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September 27, 2012 9:33:47 AM

Your build has a high end CPU and a budget graphics card for gaming the mid range CPU and high end GPU is much better. For $60 more you can gat an Ivy bridge i5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you need to save that for $55 less a 7850 is a good card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but I would still go for the build as Sunius suggested but if you really want an i5 make these changes to it.
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September 28, 2012 4:16:24 AM

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September 28, 2012 4:16:38 AM

Alrighty well thank you all for all of the support and feedback ill go along with sunius has given me it seems like it would probably be the best for my budget at the moment. Again Thank you all =D
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a b 4 Gaming
September 28, 2012 5:11:05 AM

Glad I helped :) .
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