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$700-800 Gaming PC Advice

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May 28, 2012 9:20:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $700-800 before rebates, lower if possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia, Intel, Corsair

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


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Current Parts Selected:

Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


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I am on a budget of less than 800$, what I am looking for is a pretty decent gaming PC. I did some research and found a news post on about Diablo3 and that is what I mainly play right now. At the moment I am just looking to build a PC to handle Diablo 3 at 1920x1080 with the Geforce GTX 550Ti, on a budget. I was curious about getting an Intel i3 over an i5 processor but wasn't quite sure about that, as well as pairing the processor with a motherboard, which I believe would have to be a Micro ATX or mini to fit the case.

Suggestions would be greatly appreciated =)

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May 28, 2012 1:23:28 PM

right now I am looking into this

Case: Thermaltake Armor A30 - 120$
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti - 135$
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 500W - 60$
MOBO: ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM REV3 - 110$
PCU: Intel Core i3-2120 - 125$
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - 50$
HD:
DVD/Burnner:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
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May 28, 2012 2:24:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $734.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 10:38 EDT-0400)
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May 28, 2012 2:34:05 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi Travelstar 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $767.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 10:33 EDT-0400)
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May 28, 2012 2:36:44 PM

i have the GTX 550 ti video card already, is it ok to pair that with a i3 2120 cpu? Also ill be using a small form factor case so im going to need a micro atx motherboard
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May 28, 2012 2:44:56 PM

twelveday said:
i have the GTX 550 ti video card already, is it ok to pair that with a i3 2120 cpu? Also ill be using a small form factor case so im going to need a micro atx motherboard
Yes it's fine to use the i3 2120
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