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August 28, 2012 8:48:33 PM

Hello,
Im in the process of building a PC mainly for gaming not hardcore but i want ultra settings on most games, also ill be playing at 1920x1080p.
Anyway i will tell you my build and i would like some suggestions/recomendations or tell me what i need in the build.
On with the build.

Case- any, i dont care as long as it works, but i dont want to spend too much on a case. $70max.

Power supply- i want anything thats 600W doesnt have to be a fancy 80 plus silver or gold.

Hard drive- i want any that has 500GB @7200rpm no SSD

Optical- any normal dvd around $25

Processor- this is why im asking the forum. I prefer AMD over intel but i was thinking of getting and AM3+ but im not sure if i should just get phenom or something.

Motherboard- any as long as it has 4 RAM slots and AM3+ socket for processor.

RAM memory- i want any thats 2x4 GB but further later i will upgrade to 16

Graphics card- Another reason why im asking forums. I prefer ATI over Nvidea. I was thinking on getting a radeon 7770 or a 6850 i know the 6850 is better and 256bit but im kinda on a budget.

Anyway hope i can get some answers and if you have any suggestions or replacements for my build post them please.

Thanks alot appreciate it.



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August 28, 2012 9:06:17 PM

With your budget, I would go for an Intel Processor over an AMD since you can fit in an i5. I will assume that you are not overclocking since you didnt pick up an aftermarket cooler.

Something like this will probably work:

CPU: i5-2320

Motherboard: Any z68 or p67 motherboard.

RAM: get the cheapest set from G.Skill, Kingston, or Corsair.

GPU: 6850 works great

PSU: Get the cheapest one from seasonic, antec, or corsair
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August 28, 2012 9:26:43 PM

Chairman Ray said:
With your budget, I would go for an Intel Processor over an AMD since you can fit in an i5. I will assume that you are not overclocking since you didnt pick up an aftermarket cooler.

Something like this will probably work:

CPU: i5-2320

Motherboard: Any z68 or p67 motherboard.

RAM: get the cheapest set from G.Skill, Kingston, or Corsair.

GPU: 6850 works great

PSU: Get the cheapest one from seasonic, antec, or corsair


The Intel Core i5 23xx series are not worth the money. As fast as SB is, they are crippled by their clock speed and can easily be outperformed by a Phenom II X4.

@ OP, I'll make you a parts list. Also in the future, please post in the systems section about anything rig related :) 
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August 28, 2012 9:30:13 PM

If you need an Operating System, please let me know and I'll edit this list for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $771.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 17:30 EDT-0400)

Also, a 550w PSU is all you'll ever need for this rig. 650w is highly overkill unless you plan to do some extreme OCing, which you won't be able to do with this particular motherboard or CPU.

If you would like me to swap out this motherboard or any other part for something else, please let me know as well.

AMD is not worth getting for this price range CPU wise.
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August 28, 2012 9:41:09 PM

Thank you very much for this build but yes i need an opertating system preferably windows 7. But i only want 500GB HDD. I also might not use that graphics card im only going to play games like starcraft 2 diablo 3 and BF 3 at 1920x1080.
And this is my first post so ill post in systems section next time.
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August 28, 2012 10:05:17 PM

I will edit the parts list for you :)  give me a few minutes.
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August 28, 2012 10:13:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.49 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.24 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.22 @ Amazon)
Total: $769.38
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 18:12 EDT-0400)

I am sticking firm with my decision of a GPU unless you want to reduce the price even further. Please tell me your budget for your rig, I had forgotten you didn't list it so I can't be sure of what components I can integrate.

The HD6850 wouldn't be able to play BF3 on high settings @ 1080p, that's certain. You will want at least an HD7850 or HD7870 to do that. For StarCraft 2 and Diablo 3, an HD7850 will do fine, however. I wouldn't feel too comfortable getting something last generation or something low-end like an HD7770 to be honest.
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August 28, 2012 10:22:50 PM

Thank you mocchan. Build seems great but do you think an i3 would be enough?
Title says $800 but i can wait a few weeks and make it $900 budget.
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August 28, 2012 10:29:34 PM

Yes, I think an i3 will be enough. However, if you can wait a few weeks to make it a $900 budget, I will HIGHLY recommend an i5 3450. It's around $80 more expensive so it's right up your alley :) 
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August 28, 2012 10:30:40 PM

Thanks alot mocchan:)  and how do i make it look [solved] in forums?
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August 28, 2012 10:36:38 PM

You're very welcome :) 

You have to select someone as best answer ;) 
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August 28, 2012 10:40:36 PM

Best answer selected by diamon423.
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