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November 4, 2012 3:08:35 AM

Hi, well i was planning on making a budget desktop gaming pc, i would like to know if these components match and good for gaming, my budget is 800-900$
I would appreciate it,


Processor- Intel i5 3570K or intel i5-3470
Memory- Patriot G2 Series 8GB (DDR3 1600 Mhz)
Video Card- PowerColor HD7850 2gb ddr5 256bit
Optical Drive- Asus DRW-24B5ST 24x Sata-
Acbel R8 Power II 650W
Hard Drive- 500gb WDigital Green 64mb Sata3 -
SSD- HD-INTEL 60gb 2.5" SSD 330 Series -
Motherboard- Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 -

Advanced thanks,..

I won't be overclocking and i want to play bf3 on high settings

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November 4, 2012 3:28:59 AM

If you aren't overclocking, scrap the 3570k and get the i5 3450. With the saved cash, beef up your GPU a little bit and pick up the GTX660.

Also, swap out your PSU for a Corsair CX500V2 or XFX Core 550w PSU. I have never heard of Acbel and I'm almost certain they're one of the no-name generic brands. You just can't trust those.

Swap out the SSD for a Samsung 830 128GB. Non-Sandforce driven drives are best at the moment.

On second thought, here's a parts list for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.93 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($312.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $854.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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November 4, 2012 3:35:56 AM

Ok, it is good the way it is but you could allocate money to different places better. Without changing anything, your power supply is shady at best. Get a good power supply, I cannot stress this enough! I went with a raidmax 850 AE. It seemed good at the time but now when I load up the 5V rail with hard drives and fans it became unstable. Get something from corsair, or coolermaster, or OCZ. Use the thermaltake power supply calculator to find your power usage and then get more then you need (100 to 200 watts more) so that you can account for capacitor aging, extra upgrades in the future and then overclocking. The graphics card is awesome (speaking from someone who is only running an HD6770) but for 30 bucks more you could get a HD7870 and it benchmarks so much more higher. As for the SSD and hard drive, I would scrap those and get the latest Seagate Momentus XT. It is a hybrid hard drive SSD with 8 GB of NAND flash memory and the hard drive moves the most used files (usually boot files and a few programs) to speed everything up. For only 130 bucks you can get a 750 GB drive and its 7200 RPM with a 32mb cache and the 8GB NAND. It is very high performing and the money you save will help put more money into the hard drive and graphics card. Just remember the Momentus XT is 2.5 inch so you need a case with a 2.5 inch hard drive slots so you need to buy 5 dollar bracket. This should save a good amount of money by buying that other hard drive. The motherboard is solid, the RAM is RAM it's a good brand, and if you buy the 3570K then you can just overclock the processor and the RAM will stay fine. The i5 3570K is amazing for overclocking because it runs very cool with low voltages to start. I really stress a cheap aftermarket heat sink like the hyper 212 or the hyper N520 because you can get to 4.0 Ghz with a cheap aftermarket heat sink. One other thing, a DVD drive is a DVD drive, go with lite on s the brand. It is cheap and they work as good as any other drive so you can save like 10 or 15 more bucks that way as well. I hope all of this information was helpful :D 
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November 4, 2012 4:52:21 AM

So, i guess I'll go with


Processor- Intel Core i5 3470
Memory- G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Video Card- HD7950 3GB 384bit
Optical Drive- Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
PSU- Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Hybrid thingy - Seagate Momentus XT 750gb
Motherboard- ASRock H77M

Thanks a lot, the case is no problem 'cause were gonna make a custom one
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November 4, 2012 5:06:21 AM

:)  Great choice.
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November 4, 2012 8:56:37 AM

Is this a futureproof build? can it take down most new games on high settings?
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November 4, 2012 9:09:42 AM

chemicalmy said:
So, i guess I'll go with


Processor- Intel Core i5 3470
Memory- G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Video Card- HD7950 3GB 384bit
Optical Drive- Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
PSU- Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Hybrid thingy - Seagate Momentus XT 750gb
Motherboard- ASRock H77M

Thanks a lot, the case is no problem 'cause were gonna make a custom one


it will be better to get a 750w psu for future upgrade and crossfire setup if u dont want to do that then 500w is ok but no gpu overclocking:) 
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November 4, 2012 9:14:18 AM

What if i plan to use crossfire?
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November 4, 2012 9:21:42 AM

simple ur psu cant give power to it that much that gpu needs.
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November 4, 2012 9:24:59 AM

Best answer selected by chemicalmy.
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November 4, 2012 4:49:55 PM

If you plan to Crossfire, switch out the PSU I selected for a Corsair TX750V2 and upgrade the motherboard to an ASRock Extreme 4 Z77. The Motherboard+PSU I selected were strictly due to budget restraints.
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