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[Build Ready] 700$ Gaming Computer - Last Minute Suggestions

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July 16, 2012 8:45:02 PM

Title says it all. Already have an optical drive + 1tb 7200 + 500Gb 7200 so they are excluded from the list. Not sure if the SSD is good, never shopped for one before, market seems somewhat volatile. Also Wondering if Ivybridge could be done for the same price. Want to stay around 700$. One last thing, not sure if CPU cooler is necessary, I've never purchased one other than the default that comes with the CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.95 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case ($124.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($100.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $739.44
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


Edit: I have a radeon 6850 already
July 16, 2012 8:57:26 PM

do you plan to overclock
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July 16, 2012 9:01:38 PM

no, which is why I thought the 1333 would be better than 1600 and that maybe a extra cooling unit would be unnecessary. Your thoughts?
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July 16, 2012 9:10:20 PM
July 16, 2012 9:19:19 PM



Thanks for the reply. The case is a personal preference, I'm sticking with the one on my list. That processor looks great thanks. The MOBO you listed is the same model as mine with a slightly higher price, why did you choose it? The RAM you selected is only 8gigs, doubling it would put me in the same price range as what i have listed so I think i'll stick with the ram I have listed. Why did you choose the lower output PSU? Is it more stable? Thanks in advance!
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July 16, 2012 9:23:05 PM

16GB of ram is overkill for gaming 8GB is plenty and corsair is more reliable than OCZ and also the mobo is the same price ?
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July 16, 2012 9:24:39 PM

ok if upgrading to a newer card in the future it would be wiser to go ivy bridge else it will run at pcie2

if not overclocking you dont need that good a motherboard, h77 will be fine

also no u dont need an aftermarket cooler but they are usually quieter lol

and for a gaming rig 8gb of ram is plenty you wont use 16 unless rendering video. photoshopping etc
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July 16, 2012 9:38:09 PM

gamerkila57 said:
16GB of ram is overkill for gaming 8GB is plenty and corsair is more reliable than OCZ and also the mobo is the same price ?

16gb is a little extra for PS usage, I often use it to edit/render. Switched PSU to suggested Corsair. The mobo you linked is the same, the price i have listed is after taxes/shipping. Do you agree with skaggy that the board is too high end? He suggests an h77. Not sure what model he is referring to.
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July 16, 2012 9:39:00 PM

skaggy said:
ok if upgrading to a newer card in the future it would be wiser to go ivy bridge else it will run at pcie2

if not overclocking you dont need that good a motherboard, h77 will be fine

also no u dont need an aftermarket cooler but they are usually quieter lol

and for a gaming rig 8gb of ram is plenty you wont use 16 unless rendering video. photoshopping etc


Thanks ill stay away from aftermarket coolers. Would you mind linking the mobo you are talking about?
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July 16, 2012 9:47:09 PM

yeah theyll do, just h77 are for no/limited overclocking an cheaper an z77 cost more but have more o/c features
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July 16, 2012 9:53:22 PM



Thanks, here is the current build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.95 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case ($124.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $714.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 16, 2012 10:01:36 PM

thanks for the help! the build looks great, I'll post pictures once i take them:D 
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July 17, 2012 2:28:01 AM

Ah!! I didn't notice this but the board is a micro board. I want a full size. Something in between the price range of the first board and the current one, something that can handle the current hardware comfortably instead of being overkill/underkill. Any suggestions? Maybe a different size model of the H77? I'm not up to date on MOBOS.
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July 17, 2012 2:35:14 AM

Also you don't need 650W. You could get away with a 500 or 550 W psu. Up to you, though.
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July 17, 2012 3:20:21 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys. That board fits the bill. However, there are only three reviews on newegg, 2 good, 1 bad. I spent a bit looking for ATX boards (I'm not sure what the sizes are for the other boards but I wan't a board that won't be dwarfed by a full tower. Are there any solidly built MOBOS out there for less than one hundred dollars that have several reviews/purchases that can vouch for it's quality on average?
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July 17, 2012 3:23:24 AM

if i was you i'll just keep the m-atx board ?
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July 17, 2012 3:23:57 AM

Just remember that the reviews on Newegg are by people who purchase the boards, for the most part, and not by qualified people who review boards for a living. You might want to look up the board on google and add the word 'review' to it to try and find an actual site (like Tom's Hardware or Anandtech, for example. I might've spelled that wrong) that can and has reviewed the board itself. Sometimes, the reviews on Newegg mostly go off on how the board arrived DOA, or damaged, or late, or something along those lines.

Check out google before just relying on consumer reviews.
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July 17, 2012 3:27:17 AM

Also that doesn't account for the total number of boards bought. If someone were to buy it, and it worked like expected, they probably would be too lazy or busy playing their games and wouldn't be on newegg writing a review on it. If it broke however, I know I would be giving it a bad review as "payback" for giving me a crap board :p 

As far as the board itself, you should check out HW legend's review on it. It's not english, but google should translate it nicely.
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July 17, 2012 3:35:35 AM

@gamerkila57 I know it sounds rediculous, but i detest microboards with every fiber of my being, I don't want one in my case. It's not logical, just a personal preference.

@doomdesire86/macgreen Those are good points, I just wasn't sure if you had any knowledge of other boards that are notoriously well received since i'm not attached to this particular mobo model. I'll read the more notable reviews. Off to google I go!
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July 17, 2012 3:37:15 AM

Btw, who is HW Legend and how do i find his reviews?
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July 17, 2012 5:53:40 AM

Try googling it. It's an Italian tech website like toms.
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July 17, 2012 4:26:18 PM

Alright the build has been switched up a bit. I have a few parts left over from a previous build.

Here's what I currently own:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.88 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($135.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $311.84
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Here's what is on the list to buy:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.95 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($100.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $682.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I have a few last minute questions/concerns:

1. Is the mobo substantial enough
2. Is the PSU stable/strong enough
3. Are there any compatibility issues with the mobo chipset and any of the hardware?
4. The higher speed ram should automatically slow down to 1333 with the 1333 ram i'm purchasing right?
5. Will there be any setting up/maintenance issues wit having 4 sticks of ram where two are a different speed/quantity?
6. Does the ram not being listed in specific models supported by the board pose an issue?

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July 17, 2012 4:33:53 PM

1. yes
2. its more than enough
3. no
4. yes
5. no
6. no
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July 17, 2012 4:36:44 PM

Thanks! This has easily been the most helpful forum I've found for this build. You guys are amazing.
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July 21, 2012 9:29:39 PM

Amazing!
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