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July 14, 2012 4:49:10 AM
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July 14, 2012 4:59:35 AM

i came up with $681 for the cost of the parts you posted.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($45.78 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $674.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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Anonymous
July 14, 2012 5:03:56 AM

you need a better graphic card, i have the 550ti and it is fine for an i3 cpu. but you wanting a i5 and overclock it, you really can use a lot better.

the 6870 is a lot better.
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July 14, 2012 5:08:59 AM

The 550 Ti isn't really a good choice even with a weaker processor, because you can get more for you money with other cards. Plus most games depend a lot more on the GPU than the CPU, so if you wanted to save money it would be better to get a cheaper CPU and a more expensive graphics card.
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July 14, 2012 5:11:19 AM

Could your rig run GTA 4 with icenhancer at a good FPS?
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July 14, 2012 5:47:46 AM

So is your rig a good gaming rig or do I need to choose different parts?
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Anonymous
July 14, 2012 5:53:19 AM

oh sorry was out . .you mean me?

that rig i posted will do a good job at any game with at least medium to high settings @ 1920x1080 around 40+ fps.

let me look for an actual benchmark for GTA4.
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July 14, 2012 5:53:45 AM

@Sakkura: What kind of CPU would you say is right for me?
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July 14, 2012 5:58:34 AM

Multisupermono said:
@Sakkura: What kind of CPU would you say is right for me?



Could help you better if you told us your plans for the computer. We know its for gaming but what about OC/SLI?
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July 14, 2012 6:11:25 AM

OC/SLI? i'm new to computer hardware so could you explain?
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July 14, 2012 6:19:18 AM

Overclocking (OC) is increasing the speed of your processor/graphics card/memory to increase performance. Since you are new to computer I wouldn't recommend it. If done wrong you can severely damage your computer.

SLI/Crossfire is the use of 2 graphics cards in parallel to increase performance.
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July 14, 2012 6:22:39 AM

I did not plan to overclock or have two cards.
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July 14, 2012 6:33:56 AM

So I guess the thing i'm asking is if there is a good gaming rig under $800
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July 14, 2012 6:40:50 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $734.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

$794 before rebates.
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July 14, 2012 6:45:34 AM

Might be possible to fit a Radeon HD 7850 in that sort of budget. That's one very nice graphics card. Along with an Ivy Bridge i5 processor, that would be quite a gaming beast.
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July 14, 2012 7:01:38 AM

So all this fits on the motherboard correctly?
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July 14, 2012 7:02:42 AM

And don't I need an aftermarket fan?
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July 14, 2012 7:03:17 AM

Yes.

No need for an aftermarket fan since you wont be OCing.
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July 14, 2012 7:05:59 AM

So how will this new rig do with FPS?
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July 14, 2012 7:17:22 AM

Are you sure 500w is a good enough power supply for all this stuff?
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July 14, 2012 7:22:17 AM

Ibuypower says i need at least a 650w power supply. Should i trust them?
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July 14, 2012 7:28:06 AM

75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector?
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July 14, 2012 7:30:23 AM

The connector used to power the card from the PSU. It's supplied.
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July 14, 2012 7:34:03 AM

But isn't the CPU gonna take up 75w in addition to the card?
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July 14, 2012 7:41:20 AM

The CPU gets its power from a 4 pin connector.

6 pin for the card.

24 pin for the motherboard.

It's all supplied with the PSU and there's plenty power to go around.
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July 14, 2012 7:47:56 AM

You just blew my mind! As in THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOU HELP! I think that i will buy that hardware. I still can't believe that I was going to buy a pre-built PC! Thanks again!
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July 14, 2012 8:01:53 AM

500 W power supply will indeed be fine, the 7850 isn't all that power-hungry, and the CPU isn't overclockable (which would make it suck up more juice).

It's a really nice build overall.

Oh, one last thing: You'll need to get a SATA cable since the HDD is a bare drive.
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July 14, 2012 8:41:45 AM

Sakkura said:
Oh, one last thing: You'll need to get a SATA cable since the HDD is a bare drive.


You get 2 SATA cables with the motherboard.
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July 14, 2012 8:10:53 PM

Best answer selected by Multisupermono.
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