$700 gaming PC (Have 560ti already) Suggestions?

Budget: $500-$700

System usage: Gaming

Parts not required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, graphics card, and possibly a power supply (currently have OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply )

Preferred Website(s) for parts: newegg.com

Overclocking: maybe (not very knowledgeable)

SLI: not anytime soon

Monitor resolution: 1600x900 (planning on upgrading sometime in the future, but not soon)

I would like smooth FPS on high performance games. Although it's not like I'll be using 3 monitors or something like that (I wish).


--- List of parts I am thinking about ---

Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000


I would love some feedback. Be honest. Thanks!!
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  1. When are you buying? If you can wait for IB in April 29th, then:

    CPU: i5-3750k - $225
    Mobo: ASRock Extreme4 Z77 - $140 (newegg)
    RAM: Your RAM is terrible. Go with some G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5v - $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    Case: Corsair 400R is fantastic - $100
    CPU cooler: Hyper 212 Evo - $35

    Total: $545

    If you want to change the PSU, go with the PC Silencer Mk II 750W Silver Rated for $110 before rebates ($90 after): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027

    By the way, overclocking is easy as long as you don't take it too far... so I'd suggest it. Tell us if you're not going to overclock, because then we need to change some stuff.
  2. Thank you so much for the response.


    From what I'm hearing people aren't finding the 3750k benchmarks to be that remarkable.

    The rest of everything you suggested looks awesome.

    What are your thoughts on the 3750k compared to others around the price range?
  3. Check out my $850 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    Just don't get the video card or psu since you already have one.

    I would switch the i5 2500K to the i5 3570K as it's about to release.
  4. The 3750k is the successor to the i5-2500k. That's like saying the i5-2500k's benchmarks aren't as good as the i7-2600k's... it's just that they are different. i5-3750k > i5-2500k
  5. The 3570k is the successor. :P
  6. ^+1

    ddan you have your numbers are wrong. As stated it's the i5 3570K.

    Also, the i5 3570K may not be remarkable but at the same price upon release as the i5 2500K why not go with the i5 3570K? It gives boards with Gen3 features the ability to utilize PCI 3.0 and has a lower TDP. Also performance should be slightly better.

    That's like buying a 6950 2GB when the 7850 2GB is already out.
  7. 3570, 3750... it's all the same :)

    Now 2500k and 2600k... those are good numbers.
  8. Ok so I think I might go with this:

    Upgrade to the 3750k

    My ram will be: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    The "cooler master" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    and then the asrock z77 extreme 4: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4

    Will I need to upgrade my 550w psu?

    (sorry for the laziness I am doing this on my phone)
  9. Link for the case is the same as the ram.

    Looks good, you can save a little and go with the Asrock Extreme3 GEn3 Z68 board and still get the same capabilities and performance. With the exception of native USB 3.0 but that's not exactly a big deal.
  10. Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

    Thanks for the suggestion on the Z68, I'll check out both.

    So this is all I need? The things I listed?
  11. Looks good. I think you're fine with the 500W (for now). You've got a CPU cooler, right? If so, then you're all set!
  12. Looks solid.
  13. Okay sweet. Thanks guys.

    One last stupid question. What about a hard drive? Or SSD?
  14. what do you mean?
  15. If you don't have one, get a 7200rpm 1TB (or 500GB... like $20 difference) HDD. Don't go with an SSD unless you have $80 to spend, in which case get a Crucial M4 64GB SSD for boot and a few games.
  16. What about this one?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    I could keep the one I have now, but I just want a fresh start on a computer. Sounds lame, but it's true. I may have to wait for another paycheck, but you catch my drift.
  17. Oh, if you already have an HDD I don't think it's all that necessary to get another one. Here's the one I was talking about: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    The one you picked is a favorite... but I can't understand why it's so expensive. 32MB cache and 7200rpm... I dunno.
  18. don't go with that, the one you want is the oen with 64mb cache, I think it has something with faex or so in the model number or something like that.

    the one on that like is like this
    WD1001FALS

    fo with the one with faex or flex or something. it has 64mb cache, it's more reliable.
  19. Lol WD's have gotten extra inflated in price. I would suggest sticking with your old HDD until HDD prices die down which should be this or next year.

    SSD > HDD iimprovement wise.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226247
    Solid SSD for the price.
  20. ^Agreed. Also, a cache doesn't affect all that much.
  21. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/343220-31-best-builds-newegg-1200

    the $900 ish build just remove the graphics card cost
  22. I tried to do some research on SSDs but I am having a hard time understanding the space equivalent to a hard drive. I also understand the benefits of having one and they rock. Other than the link aznshinobi linked, what should I be looking for? Is the 60gb one enough for gaming and such? What if I were to go the extra mile and find one for around $100?
  23. 120GB is generally a large enough size to fit a few apps, windows and a game or two.

    60GB is probably enough to get you about 1-3 games depending on the size, I'm referring to BF3 sized games, and Windows.
  24. I'd really suggest the Crucial M4... it's VERY reasonably priced, and it's also quite fast and reliable. I'd go with 128/120GB if possible, but 64/60GB won't kill you. How many games are you playing? What apps are you using? I mean, Chrome won't take up like any space on there.
  25. I'll be playing games much like Battlefield 3. I guess my real question here is if I get the SSD, will I also need the HDD? Or is the main purpose of the SSD to designate certain things on it to take a load off of the computer (making boot faster, load times better, etc).
  26. Yes. You will need an HDD for storing documents and other things. You were right on the second part... the purpose is to make some things run faster. Whatever you put on it will open, load, and run faster. It doesn't take the load off of the HDD... because the OS is ON the SSD. Think of an SSD as a very fast HDD... you'd want your OS and games on it, but you could keep your movies, music, and documents on your HDD because they don't need to run fast.
  27. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.908215

    I like that combo.

    SSD for a boot drive is nice but not needed. You dont need more than 64 gigs in an ssd. But having to track the capacity is a pain at times.
  28. 128GB will give you peace of mind. However, I'd suggest figuring out how much space your stuff is going to take up ahead of time. If it's less than 60GB, then get the 64/60. If it's barely over, try to cut something out (a game you rarely play). If it's way over, then a 128GB.
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