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Proofreading Wanted for First Build- ~$800 gaming pc

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April 16, 2012 3:18:23 AM

(build pasted at bottom of message)

Approximate Purchase Date: before the end of April

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800): $750-$900 after rebates,

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (all other computer usage will be browser-based)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speaker, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter

Country: (e.g.: India) United States

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900 (I know, not a gaming monitor. I could upgrade this in the future, but not in the meanwhile. But I wouldn't need a graphics card that's value comes from being paired with displays better than this)



Comments on this build:

- I would like to play current games on high settings (i.e. Mass Effect, Skyrim, The Witcher 2, BF3) while keeping myself future-proof for another 2-3 years. I heard The Witcher 2 is a beast, so I could deal with medium for that

- How is my PSU? The low price makes me nervous that I'm not getting quality.
Finally: Is everything I've included here compatible? Making sure I have the right interfaces, cables, etc. is one area of this process where I still feel a little lost.

- I can jump up to the GTX 560 TI for another $50. Is it worth it?

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Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6TEo
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6TEo/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6TEo/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $771.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


April 16, 2012 3:39:56 AM

kcsmacker said:
Cooler Master is bad for PSUs. Get a Seasonic or a Corsair.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A higher performance GPU is within a 900 budget if you wanted.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I agree with this, if the budget is $900 I'd go with a Radeon 7850.

I'd also ditch the SSD - 60GB as your primary storage will go quickly and then you'll regret not having extra space. Get a 500GB mechanical drive for the same price. Sure they're slower but you'll have far more space. You can always add an SSD later.
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April 16, 2012 3:44:24 AM

Well what if the budget was $850? My budget coming in was 750-900.. but now that I created this one build and see what I can achieve with that, I'm only interested in going up by no more than $50-$60

the main GPU question I had was 560 non-ti vs. 560 TI

and is 650W overkill?
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April 16, 2012 4:04:26 AM

mcharl02 said:
Well what if the budget was $850? My budget coming in was 750-900.. but now that I created this one build and see what I can achieve with that, I'm only interested in going up by no more than $50-$60

the main GPU question I had was 560 non-ti vs. 560 TI

and is 650W overkill?


No - 650W is about right - it will handle what you need and have room for SLI or Crossfire should the need arise. The TI versions are always better as those are based on non-reference designs and are usually factory overclocked.

Try this for a $850 build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro 4 - $119.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $79.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $259.99

Total: $850.92

On the dot with an excellent video card at that. Add a Windows license and you're good to go.
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April 16, 2012 4:23:42 AM

Get a cheaper CPU and a faster graphics card. Check the $800 build in my sig.
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April 16, 2012 4:31:26 AM

The coolermaster has 2 fairly weak 12v rails (216w each). You'll want to look at that more closely. The 12v rail strength is more important for a gaming pc than the PSU's total wattage.

Especially with lower wattage PSU's, you'll be better off with a single strong +12v than split ones.
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April 16, 2012 4:35:55 AM

Zero_ said:
Get a cheaper CPU and a faster graphics card. Check the $800 build in my sig.


Why? The i5-2400 and 7850 are a great combo, that's a sweet spot for any sub-$1K build.
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April 16, 2012 7:35:08 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Why? The i5-2400 and 7850 are a great combo, that's a sweet spot for any sub-$1K build.

Yes. I was commenting on OP's build. Yours is spot on :) 
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