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May 23, 2012 12:37:44 AM

Greetings,

I am interested in building my first gaming PC. I would like to keep the budget around $730, but a lower price is preferable. This PC, as the title implies, would be used for gaming most of the time. I may be building such a PC in two to four weeks. Here is what I currently have configured (updated from previous configuration):

Motherboard: Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard -- $54.98 @ Newegg
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor -- $89.99 @ Microcenter
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB -- $149.99 @ Newegg
RAM: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory -- $39.99 @ Newegg
Hard Drive & Optical Drive Combo: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB & ASUS DVD Burner -- $79.98
PSU: Cooler Master 450W ATX12V Power Supply -- $38.98 @ Newegg
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-- $49.99 @ Newegg
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor -- $108.98 @ Newegg
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) -- $96.48 @ Amazon

Total: $709.36 (Prices above include mail-in rebate & shipping)

I am seeking additional opinions on this setup. My goals are to play WoW on Ultra with 30+ FPS in 25 man raids, and other games (BFBC 2, Metro 2033, Crysis, etc) on medium-high settings with 40+ FPS. If you believe you could make this a better build, or that my build will not meet my expectations, feel free to share your thoughts and modifications. I would be gaming on a 1600x900 resolution. Thank you for your time.
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May 23, 2012 3:22:45 AM

Ah, good catch. Thank you.
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May 23, 2012 12:57:29 PM

This is what I recommend. While I'm sure this practice isn't done much on this forum(maybe, I don't know) I suggest you take Windows off of the build to upgrade some of your parts. You can always download Windows 7 and Install the setup on a flash drive(PM me if you don't know how to) or you can take the legal way out and download Windows 8 as there are some AMD drivers for Windows 8 now. Without Windows 7 on the build, I think you should upgrade to this

MSI H61M-P20 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 200 cd/m2 20,000:1 Max (ACM)(1920x1080) - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total w/o Mail In Rebates - $718
Total w/ Mail In Rebates - $703

I say this is pretty futureproof since the i5-3450 is Ivy Bridge, so it has PCI Express 3.0 support, so does the motherboard, and the GPU is PCI Express 3.0, also While the 7770 May work less efficient as the 6850 in some DX9 games, In most other games and benchmarks the 7770 scores a lot higher in graphics. Here's a link

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539 - 7770 vs 6850


EDIT 5/23/2012 11:03AM EST
I take that back, I recommend this case since it has much more cable management options, it also comes with a 2.5" sata HDD adapter, just incase you have a laptop that you don't use, I recommend adding some more fans to the case, just incase :p 

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 23, 2012 1:35:24 PM

I would have to agree with InsertNoCoins on the OS thing, although not so much about just downloading win7, you could always try a linux distro or if your currently a university student you can normally get some windows stuff for free, I know that almost all uni students in the world can get windows xp 64bit and a lot of institutions can get win7 professional.
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May 23, 2012 2:18:27 PM

hazar3000 said:
I would have to agree with InsertNoCoins on the OS thing, although not so much about just downloading win7, you could always try a linux distro or if your currently a university student you can normally get some windows stuff for free, I know that almost all uni students in the world can get windows xp 64bit and a lot of institutions can get win7 professional.



While that is pretty true, remember the OP's main purpose for this entire build, gaming. While Linux is pretty good and Win XP 64bit is also pretty good, I'm sure he'd want Windows 7 or Windows 8 since it contains the latest drivers and compatibility for today's games and programs, while Linux is barely compatible with any of today's games and is mostly used for servers and other business type things.
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May 23, 2012 6:14:12 PM

I was pondering over the notion of getting an i5-3450 before creating this thread, but wasn't sure if it would be worth the extra $60 for my purposes. While I do know that it is superior, it being a quad core and Ivy Bridge, I thought that perhaps it would be overkill for my goals. Do you believe the system I configured would fail to meet my goals?

As for the 7770, that is a good suggestion; I will look into that.
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May 23, 2012 6:28:55 PM

ShrewdMood said:
I was pondering over the notion of getting an i5-3450 before creating this thread, but wasn't sure if it would be worth the extra $60 for my purposes. While I do know that it is superior, it being a quad core and Ivy Bridge, I thought that perhaps it would be overkill for my goals. Do you believe the system I configured would fail to meet my goals?

As for the 7770, that is a good suggestion; I will look into that.


I don't think it will fail to meet your goals...on medium settings, The i3-2100 is an OKAY processor, I mean the performance/price is great but there is better. The 6850 is okay too, I think it MIGHT be able to run crysis on high, but I don't expect nearly 60FPS. Also, while you did say you plan on playing at 1600x900, you could always lower the monitor I got you to 1600x900, but I think it would be best to stick with 1920x1080, and do you know how to install Windows 7 to a flash drive / Where to get it from?
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May 23, 2012 6:34:57 PM

insertnocoins said:
I don't think it will fail to meet your goals...on medium settings, The i3-2100 is an OKAY processor, I mean the performance/price is great but there is better. The 6850 is okay too, I think it MIGHT be able to run crysis on high, but I don't expect nearly 60FPS. Also, while you did say you plan on playing at 1600x900, you could always lower the monitor I got you to 1600x900, but I think it would be best to stick with 1920x1080, and do you know how to install Windows 7 to a flash drive / Where to get it from?


I suppose I will have to do more research, then. Also, I do not know how to install Windows 7 to a flash drive or where to get it from, but I would rather purchase it, since I am assuming that it is illegal to do as you suggested. I am not expecting around 60 FPS, either; the 40+ range would be perfectly okay for me.
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May 23, 2012 6:41:59 PM

ShrewdMood said:
I suppose I will have to do more research, then. Also, I do not know how to install Windows 7 to a flash drive or where to get it from, but I would rather purchase it, since I am assuming that it is illegal to do as you suggested.


I wouldn't exactly call it illegal if you were to download the same version of Windows 7 as you have on a separate desktop/laptop and use the Windows 7 product key included on the side of the desktop or on the bottom of the laptop. Or like I said, you can always try Windows 8. As for Windows 7, I downloaded it and used the same CD key on the bottom of my laptop, before I knew about that I used an activator that I downloaded online, either way, both of them worked just fine for 1+ years.
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May 23, 2012 6:44:16 PM

That's the thing, though; I do not have Windows 7 on any system.
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May 23, 2012 6:45:07 PM

ShrewdMood said:
That's the thing, though; I do not have Windows 7 on any system.



Then I assume you don't want to use an activator either?
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May 23, 2012 6:48:49 PM

insertnocoins said:
Then I assume you don't want to use an activator either?

While I would love to have the extra money for better hardware, I would prefer the legal route (I am assuming by activator you mean a program that generates a Windows 7 key for you).
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May 23, 2012 6:50:59 PM

ShrewdMood said:
While I would love to have the extra money for better hardware, I would prefer the legal route (I am assuming by activator you mean a program that generates a Windows 7 key for you).



Well alright, I understand where you're coming from, and yeah, it activates Windows 7 for you, and also, don't forget there's also Windows 8 that you can download for free on Microsoft's website.
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May 23, 2012 8:07:44 PM

I changed the Motherboard, GPU, and PSU in the OP. I also have an i5-3450 configuration that would total $739.36 (same specs but with an i5 & 6850; an XFX version dropped to $119.99 with mail-in rebate). I am leaning towards the i5-3450 build myself. I did some searches on the power supply and it seems that it would be enough. Please tell me if you guys think otherwise, and whether the build(s) would meet my goals.
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May 23, 2012 8:26:56 PM

This thread is discussing some borderline illegal activity such as using a duplicate key for Windows 7 and Win7 activators which disable Windows Genuine Activation if you have a single good key and try to exploit that across several different installed systems.

There is far too much questionable discussion here about skirting software licensing that I am closing the thread.
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May 23, 2012 8:54:19 PM

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