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Complete noob here! Looking for some build help.

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June 13, 2012 2:24:40 AM

I've recently been looking into building a new desktop. It's mostly for gaming, with a budget of ~650.
This is what I have so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a0W8

Any and all advice would be welcome as to what I can change to make it more optimal for a gaming experience. I would also need to use WiFi on the computer as the router is too far away for me to connect to it through a wired connection, would it be better to get a PCI WiFi card or just use a usb WiFi adapter? Last thing! I live near a Microcenter, and they're running a deal right now on the i5-2500k, so it's $30 dollars less than in the markup through my link.

Once again, thanks in advance, sorry if I posted in the wrong forum!

Edit: I'm a bad poster.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of this week - Sometime next week

Budget Range: $650-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing pictures/videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't really have one
Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: No real preferences here

Overclocking: Not in the near future.

SLI or Crossfire: Not in the near future

Monitor Resolution: Probably 1920x1200

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June 13, 2012 2:26:28 AM

I would get a 6870 (#1 GPU for price performance ive heard)
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June 13, 2012 3:16:19 AM

2fast4thetown_down said:
^ +1



What does that mean? lol Ive seen it everywhere
a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2012 3:26:25 AM

Looks pretty good to me on your budget you did a good job bud!
a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2012 3:32:18 AM

Just a idea i will throw out there since you mentioned gaming was most important

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $678.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-12 23:29 EDT-0400)
June 13, 2012 4:04:20 AM

Is the idea behind swapping out the i5 for an i3 to free up budget space for the 7850? Rather, if I looked to upgrade sometime in the future, would it be worth it upgrading the CPU? (not the near future, as it would be redundant to not just save up until I have the funds for it.)
June 13, 2012 5:52:31 AM

Alright, Thanks a lot. I think I'll be sticking with the build that bigcyco1 put up. Thanks a lot everyone for all your help!
June 13, 2012 5:55:09 AM

Get the zalman z9 case
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