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[New Build] $500-900 First Time Build, Casual Gaming PC

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May 9, 2012 11:59:45 PM

Hello everyone, I made a post earlier about upgrading a pc, but I think it will actually end up costing me more than just building a new one.

I don't want anything super intense, I mostly play F2P games now, with the occasional beta test (such as Tera), but don't plan on playing any big games. However, I do want to be able to play the games I currently play with as high graphic settings as possible, and also be able to record gameplay smoothly, since I do like to record some of my matches.

It'll be my first time actually building a PC myself, last time I had help from a friend. I'll do my homework, but some tips would be nice.

-Budget: My Budget Range can go up to $1000, but I honestly don't think I need a computer for that much with what I'm asking for. I can almost play any of the games I want on my laptop, but I don't want to burn the poor things fan out, and it's supposed to be for school (lol).

-Usage: Casual Gaming, Video Editing, Web Browsing, Movies

-Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, Case (maybe), CD Drive (Maybe)

-Parts: There are some parts from my old desktop I thought I might be able to re-use, but I will change if needed.
CD Drive:
Power Supply:

-Sites: I like to purchase parts from Newegg, but any reliable site is okay.

-Country: USA

-Overclock: Don't plan on needing it

-Monitor: I was planning on buying an Acer screen 18-20in, not sure which yet.

I have a mouse I like, but I am looking for a new keyboard. I like the feel of flatter keys, such as laptop keys, I also like the keys to be kind of quiet, but I prefer $20-40 price range.

I prefer to run Windows 7, but I suppose that's something I can purchase on my own.

Let me know if I forgot to add anything you need to know.

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May 10, 2012 12:33:33 AM

I'd look at getting a new case and PSU. You can reuse that one but you're likely to run into overheating and CPU temperature read errors - that PSU will not be able to handle any sort of modern GPU.

For a sub-$900 build try this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - $109.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200RPM - $79.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $159.99 ($10.00 MIR)

Total: $764.92 - $30.00 MIR = $731.92

The difference will give you more than enough room to get a nice monitor and Windows 7 license.
May 10, 2012 12:46:30 AM

Your case, optical drive and psu should do just fine. $269.98 save: $10.00
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450 <---- a better look at that board $41.99
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH $259.99
GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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MSI GeForce GTX560 Ti 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC