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Need help with $800-1000 Gaming Computer

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July 6, 2012 6:34:22 PM

Hey I am new to the custom built computer's thing and I need some help choosing certain parts. I have looked at a couple of different threads on what i am asking now but they don't really help me out that much. I am looking for a computer that can handle games like skyrim or bf3 with out much trouble, and I know that i may have to skimp out on some settings for my budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: 800-1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, Web Browsing, multimedia as in photoshop, maybe Adobe AE

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Where ever is cheapest

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: The one I am looking at is 1920 1080, let me know if this is neccessary or if i could save by getting a cheaper monitor

So right now this is what I am looking at for parts

If I am making a mistake on any part let me know what would be a better option, thanks in advance.
July 6, 2012 6:40:42 PM

>Apevia PSU.
July 6, 2012 6:54:35 PM

lemme guess... it is horrible, and i kinda figured because its only $35, what would you reccomend that is still within price range.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2012 7:45:16 PM

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$79.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $69.99.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Western Digital AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1600-X9

MSI Z77MA-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$114.99 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $99.99.

Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

ASUS VE Series VE208T Black 20" 1600x900 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1

ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$209.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $179.99.

The total for this build comes to $1004.90 and includes monitor and OS.
July 6, 2012 9:24:02 PM

Actually that comes out to $1104.90 but that is pretty good, I am not planning on overclocking so i am not sure if i need the i5 3570k. This is pretty good so far. just a little bit above the price range.

I did some part swapping and came up with this

let me know if this is good
a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2012 9:45:09 PM

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550

You can cut $20 off by going with this cpu instead.

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$34.99 [...] 6835103099

Also $34.99 can be cut by not getting this cpu cooler and just using the stock one that comes with the cpu. So now that's a total of $55 you can reduce from the $1104 and bring it down to $1050.
July 6, 2012 10:02:05 PM

Nope I don't live close to a microcenter I was planning on having most of the parts shipped in. And origionally I was going for a $1500 pc but I have gotten impatent, and convinced myself that a cheaper pc might not have that bad of a decrease in power. Origionally there would have been a gtx 580 or a 670 in there. But being a highschooler without a summer job means I only have so much money.

And right now I have a laptop that runs Minecraft at ultra low settings at 20-30 fps, so any increase in fps is welcome to me.
a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2012 10:43:46 PM

In support of gaming performance, these swaps make way for a 1920x1080 monitor and a video card to support it.

case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan ($50@newegg)

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($60+10 shipping @ newegg)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s ($65@newegg)

Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 200 cd/m2 20,000:1 ($120@newegg)

$95 saved, $180 from 560ti, for $275 total

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 OC Twin Frozr III 1050MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 ($275 after rebate @ NCIX)

still $1050 total with the rest of the parts from inzone's build.

have fun!
a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2012 10:46:09 PM

the 10% off code on the monitor appears to be expired, otherwise nice changes :)  pretty much the same thing I came up with, but that's a tad more expensive if the monitor code is really expired, that clocks in at $1102, and the frozor series is a better 7870 for the same price.
July 6, 2012 11:52:30 PM

Will the psu be enough to cover the system?
a b 4 Gaming
July 7, 2012 12:18:09 AM

Easily. the system tops out at ~330 watts at max load with a 7870. NTM Seasonic PSU's are utter beasts. They tend to be capable of delivering more than their rated wattage. Several other PSU companies' best PSU's are actually made by Seasonic (Antec, Corsair, XFX, etc)
July 7, 2012 8:03:14 PM

Low end Antecs = bad.

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July 7, 2012 8:21:02 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $1061.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 8, 2012 3:50:44 AM

Thanks for compiling even though there's no case, and to all who helped out.
July 8, 2012 3:51:03 AM

Best answer selected by Heatzone10.
July 8, 2012 10:27:41 PM

Wow I just realized xD
Hold off on the CPU cooler for now. And you can recycle your current optical drive and then take it out, they just make computers look bad, and they have no real role any more.