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June 15, 2012 10:52:50 PM

Hey Guys! You guys have encouraged me to build my own gaming PC at a reasonable price. Most of the prebuilt PC's i have seen are over priced and are not as good as i wanted it to be. Hope you guys will make me build my best gaming PC for games as-well as school work!



Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month ( Not in hurry, but will order the parts gradually)

Budget Range: 500-650$ ( You guys know best and will increase it if you suggest it)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, YouTube videos and school work.

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers

Parts required- Mouse and keyboard in budget and a Operating System(OS) Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect etc ( needs to be reliable website where you guys order most of the stuff)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: open to suggestions & which will last for 5-6 years without upgrading unless if i just have to change the video card.

Overclocking: Maybe ( open to suggestions)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe ( open to suggestion)

Monitor Resolution: i can find a monitor around my area in electronic shops or open to suggestions if it comes in budget.

Games i want to run on my PC would be: Age of Empire 2 The Conqueror, COD4, Battlefield 2&3 , Warcraft and some new games. And i play these games online with my friends.

I hope you have all the info you need to help build my own PC! I am new to this so i want all your support =D & don't mind if ask lots of questions :) 

Thank You guys for having this forum! you guys are awesome.

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June 15, 2012 11:01:24 PM

Wait... are you including the OS? Anyway, here's the build I'd suggest (quite a bit closer to $500 'cause I'm not sure how much peripherals cost and/or if you're including the OS). I can't help you on peripherals... I'm using a Logitech K120 keyboard ($10) and a Logitech M510 mouse ($25ish), and I'm completely fine. I game quite a bit, and haven't noticed these two handicapping me at all.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Intel DH67CLB3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $559.93
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

If you have any extra left over, here's what I would do:

1) Increase the GPU to a 6870
2) Make the mobo a proper ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 (even if you're not overclocking)
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June 15, 2012 11:01:47 PM

I would do this

proccessor-i3-2120@ 3.1 ghz

graphics card-550ti

psu- 500watt corsair

mobo- I dont know anything about this category

ram-8 gb of kingston hyper x

case- depending on budget, haf x, cooler master cosmos ii, diablo case

cooler( I would overclock so I would get a cooler master hyper 212 evo, but if you are not going to oc then usee stock)
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June 15, 2012 11:05:12 PM

^Psst... the i3-2120 is 3.3GHz

Anyway, the 6850 is better than the 550Ti, 500W is slightly overkill, 8GB isn't necessary (although something to look at for future upgrades), a full-size case is just completely irrelevant to this build (they're HUGE, expensive, and you don't need one), and he doesn't need a CPU cooler 'cause the i3-2120 can't be overclocked. It's not a "k" processor.

What I'm trying to say is my build is slightly more expensive (if you tweak 2fast4thetown_down's build to avoid unnecessary expenses like the full-size case), but outperforms the one above. Not trying to rip on it or anything, just comparing them.
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June 15, 2012 11:09:47 PM

Thanks guys! I heard I3 processor will get old in few years as their is i5 and i7 already out. What do you guys think ? What about AMD processors i heard its best for gaming... Thanks for you replies and i am open to all suggestions. I just need it to last longer and to be best in performance.
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June 15, 2012 11:14:10 PM

Right I understand that there are some things that are onneccassary about the haf x like size to water cool and have more room. i am sorry I got the i3 ghz wrong but if we combine ours we can get the op a great build so I think this is a good compromise.

i3 2120

6870 gpu

4 gb of corsair vengeance

no cooler

i do not know about the mobo and case.
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June 16, 2012 12:54:21 AM

kakashi, the Intel CPUs are much, much better for gaming. Really. Please just look up some benchmarks on your own if you don't believe us, there are a LOT. But the Intel CPUs ARE better. Anyway, the i3 won't become obsolete 'cause quad-core CPUs like the i5 simply can't go much lower in price. I would recommend quad-core if it fits in your budget, but right now, I think you should put any extra money into the GPU. The GPU is the bottleneck here, and will be for a WHILE (until you get to like... a 670 type of GPU). I'd say 2fast4thetown_down has summarized your build. Just take the mobo and case I suggested... they won't let you down. PSU as well. Heck, just take my build ;) 
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June 16, 2012 1:19:43 AM

MotherBoard- Z68 Motherboard ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) 89.99$

Processor- Intel Core i5-2500K ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) 219$

Memory- Patriot G2 Series 8 GB ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) 46.99

Video Card- Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card 129.99$

Hard Drive- Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply $49.99

Case- Cooler Master RC-430 ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) 39.99$

Windows 7 home premium. 99$

total= 674.96

I just built this randomly taking your opinions on Video card,case etc. Do you guys think i made a good gaming pc ? :/  lol

idk why i like the intel core i5 better then the i3. I like your specs you chose for me but Just wondering if i should get Intel Core i5-2500K instead of the i3.

Thanks guys for your opinions =D
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June 16, 2012 1:27:21 AM

Get these instead:

Z77

i5-3570k



Also you will need a after-market CPU cooler if you want to overclock. I would personally get 450 watts, I like to feel safe :)  You also forgot the DVD drive if you need one. That 6850 better not be those ones with small coolers...

I have the same case =D, it's very useful if you don't have many tools. You might want to spend a little more and get a SSD for boot, or you get a Momentus XT by itself(hybrid Hard drive + SSD)




Here's a link to compare CPUs (you're debating AMD vs Intel right?): http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2
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June 16, 2012 1:27:57 AM

Again, if you have any extra money, spend it on the GPU for now. Getting a better CPU is pointless. An i5 is NOT going to improve your gaming performance as much as a 6870 from a 6850. Great find on the motherboard. 8GB of RAM is nice but not necessary. I'd look at trying to get the HAF 912 case in there... it's a nice case that I'd stick with.

Pretty good build, though. Unbalanced 'cause of the i5-2500k, but good.
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June 16, 2012 1:44:54 AM

@Patflute-- Thanks. Will look into that!

@Ddan49 and 2fast4thetown -- k if i were to get your specs and get a good video card instead. Do you think it will last 3-5 years ? and run most of the games smoothly and faster ?

Can you find a good video card to go with your specs ? I might need a win7 software too.

Do i need anything else ? like sound card etc ? this is my first time building and buying a gaming PC. I want it to run faster and smootly for couple of years without upgrading and have space to upgrade it if necessary!
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June 16, 2012 2:26:26 AM

3-5 years running games on low? Probably.

Here's the little hierarchy I'd have:

MSI Hawk 6850 <-- the lowest
MSI Hawk 6870
MSI Twin Frozr II OC 560 Ti
ASUS 7850 <--- the highest

If you can afford more, go for it. However, a 7850 will probably not fit in your budget. If you could wait for the 660Ti to come out... but I don't know
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June 16, 2012 2:46:21 AM

ASUS 7850 how much will it cost if i bought that ? 3-5 yrs i just dont want my pc to get slower... Thanks for your help! Or should i get 6870 and upgrade it later...
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June 16, 2012 2:52:28 AM

$250

I'm sure that getting a 6870 now and upgrading in like two years would be the best way to go. The "6870" in two years will be like today's 7850, or probably higher.
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June 16, 2012 2:59:29 AM

If i add the ASUS 7850 to this PC i think i will be in budget. And maybe change the case to a cheaper one so that i can get a better motherboard if in budget... Good idea ?

I meant your specs that u chose for me...

"CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Intel DH67CLB3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $559.93 "
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June 16, 2012 1:39:05 PM

Well... an ASUS 7850 would bring this up to $680ish, and then I'd recommend a slightly higher PSU at $55.
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June 26, 2012 3:39:10 AM

Best answer selected by kakashi7001.
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