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Need help finishing $650 gaming PC ! (First-time)

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May 5, 2012 11:07:56 PM

Hey guys,

I'm trying to build my first PC on a budget. Mostly I want something that will allow me to play Diablo III for sure !

I also want a machine that will do everyday operations without a problem.
I have zoned in a few parts that really seems nice with the newerf eatures of the year.

I am trying to make it so that I will be able to upgrade to newer things and not have it become a "Prehystoric PC" in the
next 2 - 5 years...technology moves too fast sometimes lol

Regardless, here the parts I want on my system:


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (Correct me if I'm wrong, but seems to be a great one)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $250


MOBO: BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 (Seems promising for a good price, with lots of features)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $120


GPU: Radeon HD 6850 (I have heard it's the best for my price range)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $140

Total so far: $510

I'm clearly missing other things like the Case, PSU, HDD, RAM, Coolers, and CD/DVD.

I mainly need help because I don't know what to choose, and I wanna make sure my system doesn't over-heat.
I don't understand anything about what a good case has, PSUs, and Coolers, and I don't need that much spare. I have 218 GB
on this laptop, and I still have 174 GB left.

The reason this is difficult even though there is A LOT of information out there, is that I do not want to give up on parts
that directly affect performance, such as the cpu, gpu, and the motherboard (for later upgrades)

My total budget is $650 after rebates, maybe $700 before rebates TOPS.

Please help me finish my first project with a $150 ~ $175 budget !

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May 31, 2012 11:49:17 AM

Go to this link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-ove... on this site and you will see which parts they have used. These guys on tomshardware.com are doing a wonderful job and I too referred from the same page in collecting parts for my gaming PC.
Though you have not asked, but I would advise you to cut down on the price of the processor and purchase a better GPU instead, it will boost you gaming performance by a big margin.
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June 9, 2012 6:51:29 AM

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June 9, 2012 10:48:00 PM

I ended up going with the following parts:

CPU: Intel i5 3570K
MOB: Biostar TZ77XE4
GPU: HiS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X 1GB
PSU: SEASONIC M12II 620W Bronze
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
HDD: Western Digital WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Case: Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Total: $730 ~ $760

A bit over-budget, but I didn't want to cut back on a good high end CPU.
Got a great deal at Micro center: 3570K + TZ77XE4 for $301.68
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