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$830 gaming pc (first time) need advice

Hi Guys i want to make a gaming pc but i have a tight budget $830 tops hopong to get your advice, thanks in advance.
Approximate Purchase Date: July

Budget Range: $830 tops

System usage: Gaming like Diablo III, Starcraft II, COD MW3, etc and movies.

Parts Not Required: dont need a mouse or keyboard.

Preferred Website for Parts: Amazon.

Country: Dominican Republic.

Parts Preferences: Wanting to do an AMD build.

Overclocking: Maybe in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolutio: 1920 x 1080

Here is the build i got so far:

-CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 - $119.99
-Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX - $99.98
-Ram: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB- $44.99
-Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 -  $44.68
-PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX  V2 500-Watt 80 Plus - $56.03
-HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $99.99
-Optical drive: ASUS 24x DRW B1ST -24  - $21.48
-GPU: XFX Radeon HD Double D 7770 BE 1GB - $159.99
-Wireless: Medialink Wireless N USB adapter - $19.99
-Monitor: ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED - $129.99
-Case Fan: Cooler Master 120mm Case Fan 4-in-1 - 13.99

Total: $810
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  1. For gaming, I would consider swapping over to the Intel i3-2100/2120/2125 since it'll outperform the X6s in gaming.

    Overall that's a pretty solid build. The key to gaming builds is to maximize the GPU since games rely on that far more than the CPU.
  2. For $830, I would have definitely fitted in a GTX 560ti.
  3. If you're planning on spending $160 on gpu you want to go with Radeon Hd 6870 over the 7770, best performance for that price currently: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-4.html
    I can recommend the Sapphire card.
    Small stuff: but you should be able to get a dvd drive for $17 and a wireless N for ~$10 from newegg.
    Otherwise it looks like a good build. I have that Cooler Master case, it is a good value.
  4. boiler1990 said:
    For gaming, I would consider swapping over to the Intel i3-2100/2120/2125 since it'll outperform the X6s in gaming.

    Overall that's a pretty solid build. The key to gaming builds is to maximize the GPU since games rely on that far more than the CPU.


    I dont want a Intel core i3, if im goong to intel im pointing for a core i5 2400.
  5. tonync_01 said:
    If you're planning on spending $160 on gpu you want to go with Radeon Hd 6870 over the 7770, best performance for that price currently: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-4.html
    I can recommend the Sapphire card.
    Small stuff: but you should be able to get a dvd drive for $17 and a wireless N for ~$10 from newegg.
    Otherwise it looks like a good build. I have that Cooler Master case, it is a good value.


    I choose the Radeon HD 7770 because its a new model and maybe in the future amd release driver to outperform the 6870.

    I can't buy from newegg, im from dominican republic and newegg only accept credit card from USA.
  6. You should definitely go for 6870 over 7770, unless you have a serious power supply issue (and your 500W PSU is fine). Driver updates aren't going to equalize the 7770; it's just a lot less powerful. The 6870 pushes between 25% and 50% more FPS in many games: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=540

    This isn't something that a driver update can fix. Anyway, nothing beats the 6870 at its current price range. The 560 Ti is a good card too, but you will probably pay a bit more. So if you have an AMD preference, no reason not to get the 6870.
  7. Best answer
    jcec92 said:
    I dont want a Intel core i3, if im goong to intel im pointing for a core i5 2400.

    But for gaming you don't need to spend the money on an i5-2400. The i3 works quite well, and your GPU is really the important part. You can game very well on the Sandy Bridge Pentium G chip - it's embarrassing how poorly AMD performs.
  8. boiler1990 said:
    But for gaming you don't need to spend the money on an i5-2400. The i3 works quite well, and your GPU is really the important part. You can game very well on the Sandy Bridge Pentium G chip - it's embarrassing how poorly AMD performs.


    Good to see another boilermaker here! As for the processor, I agree. For gaming an i3-2120 will outperform more than you would expect and it is a great value. And the 7770 is bad, i recommend the 6870 highly.
  9. boiler1990 said:
    But for gaming you don't need to spend the money on an i5-2400. The i3 works quite well, and your GPU is really the important part. You can game very well on the Sandy Bridge Pentium G chip - it's embarrassing how poorly AMD performs.


    Ok, i considered a build with Intel core i3 2100 with an option to upgrade to core i5 in the future and this is what i got with core i3.

    -CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 - $119.99
    -Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 ATX GA-Z77-DS3H - $104.99
    -Ram: corsair vengeance blue 8GB-$44.99
     -Case: Cooler Master Elite 430  -  $44.92
    -PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX  V2 500-Watt 80 Plus - $60.13
    -HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB- $99.99
    -Optical drive: ASUS 24x DRW B1ST -24  - $21.48
    -GPU: ASUS Radeon HD 7850 2GB - 249.99
    -Wireless: Medialink Wireless N USB adapter - $19.99
    -Monitor: ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED - $129.99
    -Case Fan: Cooler Master 120mm Case Fan 4-in-1 - 12.96

    Total: $910.09
  10. lol Boilermaker here too (alum). The 965 is a good cpu to go with at that price, it compares well with the i3 and the fact that its a quad core makes it a bit more well rounded if you using any multitasking apps. Also the AM3+ socket will be in use until at least Vishera, which gives you a good upgrade path.

    The 7850 you listed is a much better choice than the 7770.
  11. tonync_01 said:
    lol Boilermaker here too (alum). The 965 is a good cpu to go with at that price, it compares well with the i3 and the fact that its a quad core makes it a bit more well rounded if you using any multitasking apps. Also the AM3+ socket will be in use until at least Vishera, which gives you a good upgrade path.

    The 7850 you listed is a much better choice than the 7770.


    I Belive Intel have way more better upgrade path for the price and perfomance, im gonna upgrade in the future to Intel core i5 3570k and may OC it.
  12. Best answer selected by jcec92.
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