Building a gaming PC, any recomended changes?

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2310 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($176.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.74 @ Mwave)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GT 630 2GB Video Card ($72.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($26.99 @ Best Buy)
Wired Network Adapter: Belkin F5D5000 10/100 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($8.70 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: HP 447328-B21 DVD/CD Writer ($38.12 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($119.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $769.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 13:32 EST-0500)
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  1. Ouch, you're wasting much money on things you don't need.

    Network adapter: a 1 gbps one is integrated into the motherboard. Do you need wifi or such an expensive optical drive (or even any optical drive)? What about the sound card? I'd suggest dropping them all.

    Also, what's your total budget?
  2. i really dont want to spend two hundred or more on any one part
  3. Why? At $800 budget gaming PC you're looking at $300 budget for the graphics card.
  4. Hi :)

    A gaming pc with an awful $72 card... I think not unless all you play is freecell...lol

    Add ANOTHER $200 TO $300 for a decent gaming card...

    All the best Brett :)
  5. +1 to all the above on a gaming PC spend around 1/3rd of the budget on the graphics card and more than you do on the processor.
  6. Get a better graphics card, power supply and ram. Don't bother getting things like sound cards because most motherboards have already built-in sound card.

    For the graphics card look into maybe getting GTX 650 or HD7770.

    4GB RAM is your bear minimum. 8 GB would be wonderful.

    Get a power supply unit that is atleast 500W.

    You are also spending too much money on your hard drive with little GB in return. Get a decent, cheap 500GB hard drive as well.

    Your optical drive is waaaay too expensive.

    You are also spending too much money on your CPU and get too little in return. 2.9 GHz is too low.
  7. How about this video card?
    Asus GTX650-E-2GD5

    GeForce GTX 650 2GB 1.07Ghz $132.98
  8. Jkoster said:
    How about this video card?
    Asus GTX650-E-2GD5

    GeForce GTX 650 2GB 1.07Ghz $132.98



    Hi :)

    Its better but not by much...

    In my Computer shops when I am talking to a customer about us building them a GAMING MACHINE, I say to them , you MUST spend at least a THIRD of your TOTAL budget on the graphics card.... NO LESS...

    I am a GAMER , this is my personal card >>> http://www.powercolor.com/us/products_features.asp?id=423 , that's $1000 lol

    All the best Brett :)
  9. Give me 2 seconds and I will fix you something awesome. :)
  10. Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5?
  11. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E9aP

    This setup will play the latest games in 1080p with high/ultra settings. The weak point of ths build is the CPU, but it's about as good as it get for that kind of money. Though I don't believe you will experience ANY bottleneck.

    Windows 8 should in the theory be better at gaming due to lower system requirements and why stick with old and slow Windows 7? You can always mod Windows 8 to look exactly like Windows 7.
  12. lostgamer_03 said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E9aP

    This setup will play the latest games in 1080p with high/ultra settings. The weak point of ths build is the CPU, but it's about as good as it get for that kind of money.

    Windows 8 should in the theory be better at gaming due to lower system requirements and why stick with old and slow Windows 7? You can always mod Windows 8 to look exactly like Windows 7.


    I really like this actually. You can suggest a better CPU as I could expand my budget by a little if needed.
  13. Jkoster said:
    I really like this actually. You can suggest a better CPU as I could expand my budget by a little if needed.


    An i5-3570k or just an i5-3570 would be ideal. Though bear in mind that you would need to pay more for another MOBO. :)
  14. lostgamer_03 said:
    An i5-3570k or just an i5-3570 would be ideal. Though bear in mind that you would need to pay more for another MOBO. :)

    I'll be honest with you, I'm not very tech savy. What exactly is a MOBO? lol
  15. lostgamer_03 said:
    An i5-3570k or just an i5-3570 would be ideal. Though bear in mind that you would need to pay more for another MOBO. :)

    I'll be honest with you, I'm not very tech savy. What exactly is a MOBO? lol
  16. Sorry about the double post.
  17. Jkoster said:
    Sorry about the double post.


    A motherboard. The place for all the hardware
  18. lostgamer_03 said:
    A motherboard. The place for all the hardware


    Two motherboards?
  19. Jkoster said:
    Two motherboards?


    Intel motherboards tends to be a little more expensive. You wouldn't have to get two MOBOs, you would just have to buy one where the i5-3570/k fits.
  20. lostgamers build is very nice. Though, I'd swap that FX-6300 for i3-3220, or if, as you said, you can expand your budget, i5-3470/3570/3570k would be even better options. Something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.21 @ TigerDirect)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer ($25.02 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $806.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 17:02 EST-0500)
  21. I increased the price a bit, but this build is far better than the ones suggested above.
  22. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.85 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.42 @ TigerDirect)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $778.18
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 17:10 EST-0500)
  23. Sunius said:
    lostgamers build is very nice. Though, I'd swap that FX-6300 for i3-3220, or if, as you said, you can expand your budget, i5-3470/3570/3570k would be even better options. Something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.21 @ TigerDirect)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer ($25.02 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $806.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 17:02 EST-0500)


    Exactly how much better is this build for the $300 extra I'd be paying?
  24. Kamen_BG said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.85 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.42 @ TigerDirect)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $778.18
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 17:10 EST-0500)


    PSU is terrible. You haven't really improved on anything major.
  25. $300 extra? It's $50 more than lostgamers build. And it has a much better processor.
  26. Sunius said:
    $300 extra? It's $50 more than lostgamers build. And it has a much better processor.


    It really has! :)

    Though I would move towards i5-3570k. If you should desire overclocking later on.
  27. Actually that PC Power & Cooling power supply is great. Though, I suppose we have already confused the hell out of OP :D.
  28. Sunius said:
    Actually that PC Power & Cooling power supply is great. Though, I suppose we have already confused the hell out of OP :D.


    Yeah, i dotn know which build youre even talkign about anymore o.o
  29. I'll try to fix the best of all worlds tomorrow. Too tired to do it today, though!
  30. Well, of the ones posted here which one would preform best?
  31. I've combined the best of all suggestions above while staying below $800 mark:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.85 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.42 @ TigerDirect)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $796.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 23:50 EST-0500)

    This should be the best when compared to all the builds that have been posted on this thread.
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