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$800 Gaming Build - Need advice.

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July 25, 2012 3:09:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Doesn't matter, 1 to 6 months.

Budget Range: $800 WITHOUT REBATES

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming :D 

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, harddrive, ssd (will buy HHD and SSD later)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Well I got a courier that imports from the United States to Dominican Republic so I'll order the products on the US then I'll assemble the PC on DO.

Parts Preferences: Check my list below.

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes but like 3-6 months after I build this.

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($157.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $721.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 11:34 EDT-0400)
July 25, 2012 3:14:05 PM

I approve the I5 3570k
July 25, 2012 3:18:35 PM

Shockattackr said:
I approve the I5 3570k

Details on where I can get it below $200? Even 199.99 lol
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July 25, 2012 3:19:35 PM
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Get rid of the ssd and get the 3570k.
July 25, 2012 3:21:17 PM

NOTE: If I can get the I5 3570K below $200 then I'll buy it, otherwise not gonna happen. D:
July 25, 2012 3:21:47 PM

Your also gonna need a CPU cooler. Hyper 212+ should be enough.
July 25, 2012 3:23:30 PM

Dear fresh, if you get the i5 3570k then first of all you can brag :D , second it is the best gaming cpu around so you will be rocking every cpu intensive game, 3rd even if you get it in my build ur still coming in under you budget and you don't even need the hard drive
July 25, 2012 3:24:25 PM

*shrugs* Your money to waste. If your not going to get a K chip, then the motherboard you list is kinda pointless. If you have a sub par system whats the point of having an ssd to begin with? You might as well get a cheap $80 board and get your self a cheap i3 cpu.

I am sure the budget rig in my sig will preform the same as the machine your trying to build, and will cost $300 less.
July 25, 2012 3:25:19 PM

The 6850 is faster than the 550Ti, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. You should seriously consider the 6850 instead of the 550Ti.

Your PSU is more than enough for this build, plus upgrades down the line.

For your CPU, the 3570K is a better CPU for not too much more money.

Why did you pick a 2.5" HDD instead of a 3.5" HDD ?
July 25, 2012 3:25:32 PM

IMHO, you listed 2 different specs, the i5 3570k is hellah lot faster then the 2500 system you also listed. Im saying you should get the most Bang for your Buck, even if the processer is a bit more expensive then the other. We are telling you that the 3570k is the better of the two, and with the recommended spec given my the people replying, you can easily afford the 3570k. So why not just go with it?
July 25, 2012 3:25:51 PM

OK guys I5-3570K for me then.

NOW ANSWER MY QUESTIONS please.
July 25, 2012 3:27:34 PM

Shockattackr said:
IMHO, you listed 2 different specs, the i5 3570k is hellah lot faster then the 2500 system you also listed. Im saying you should get the most Bang for your Buck, even if the processer is a bit more expensive then the other. We are telling you that the 3570k is the better of the two, and with the recommended spec given my the people replying, you can easily afford the 3570k. So why not just go with it?

Because I gotta pay $30 USD more due to the product being imported to my country-..
July 25, 2012 3:27:50 PM

you can fit a 6870 in there and have 50 avg fps on bf3 at 1920x1080 on high :D 
July 25, 2012 3:28:07 PM

I went with the 550 ti and I dont regret it at all. The 6850 is more expensive, and is just barely benchmarking better than the 550:

GPU Hierarcy

Your motherboard is spot on, you will not find anything better unless you spend over $250.
July 25, 2012 3:30:39 PM

What about 6870 vs 550 ti?

According to the GPU thing, the 6870 is better, am I right?
July 25, 2012 3:31:35 PM

I would say MSI preffered, or gigabyte.
July 25, 2012 3:32:27 PM

6870 rocks its world
July 25, 2012 3:33:22 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
I went with the 550 ti and I dont regret it at all. The 6850 is more expensive, and is just barely benchmarking better than the 550:

GPU Hierarcy

Your motherboard is spot on, you will not find anything better unless you spend over $250.


True, but you can usually grab a 6850 for the same price as a 550Ti, like this one:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58225&vpn=GV-R685OC-1...

I have seen even cheaper on weekend sales. Cheapest was a MSI 6850 for 99.99.
July 25, 2012 3:34:44 PM

Suggest me a nice HHD. 320GB
July 25, 2012 3:35:20 PM

6870 vs 550 ti is a more significant difference, but your also moving up into a higher price bracket. If that was the case I would go with the 560 ti.
July 25, 2012 3:37:18 PM

560ti is even more money....
July 25, 2012 3:37:49 PM

HD 6870 vs 550 ti?
July 25, 2012 3:37:54 PM

Maxx_Power said:
True, but you can usually grab a 6850 for the same price as a 550Ti, like this one:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58225&vpn=GV-R685OC-1...

I have seen even cheaper on weekend sales. Cheapest was a MSI 6850 for 99.99.


True, but I am speaking on the normal prices. Sales would be the way to go, but you need to watch/wait for it to show up.
July 25, 2012 3:38:18 PM

Also I edited the main post with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($157.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $721.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 11:34 EDT-0400)
July 25, 2012 3:40:57 PM

Spicy_benie said:
560ti is even more money....


You are correct
July 25, 2012 3:41:28 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
You are correct

So ATI will do the job?
July 25, 2012 3:42:08 PM

freshenext said:
So ATI will do the job?


Should yes.
July 25, 2012 3:42:23 PM

for a hdd i would just go with the biggest Western Digital or Seagate you can get once you have all the other parts finalized.
July 25, 2012 3:43:33 PM

don't forget to pick me as best answer lol jk pick who u want :p 
July 25, 2012 3:43:35 PM

Also the case, it's a nice case?
July 25, 2012 3:47:56 PM

freshenext said:
Because my budget is limited.


Well, then pick your HDD last. If you are on that tight of a budge, I'd forgo the SSD, and get a bigger HDD.
July 25, 2012 3:49:37 PM

What about the case?
All the items are compatible right?
July 25, 2012 3:53:18 PM

Maxx_Power said:
Well, then pick your HDD last. If you are on that tight of a budge, I'd forgo the SSD, and get a bigger HDD.

Did you read my main post? where it says (will buy HHD and SSD later)
July 25, 2012 3:54:11 PM

Also one question. I bought a modular PSU but I'm gonna buy the Corsair - Can I use the modular cables on the Corsair's one?
July 25, 2012 3:54:15 PM

antec 300 is a very good case ive heard
July 25, 2012 3:55:08 PM

Spicy_benie said:
antec 300 is a very good case ive heard

It's better than the HAF 912??
July 25, 2012 3:57:41 PM

Cases are more of a personal preference. If you have a fan on the front, side, back, top, you cant really go that wrong as long as it is a ATX form factor.
July 25, 2012 3:57:56 PM

it all depends on your preference but otherwise i think their about the same
July 25, 2012 3:58:54 PM

Spicy_benie said:
it all depends on your preference but otherwise i think their about the same


DarkOutlaw said:
Cases are more of a personal preference. If you have a fan on the front, side, back, top, you cant really go that wrong as long as it is a ATX form factor.

Alright now the PSU Question pl0x.
July 25, 2012 4:00:39 PM

freshenext said:
Also one question. I bought a modular PSU but I'm gonna buy the Corsair - Can I use the modular cables on the Corsair's one?


You will probably have to look at the specifications of each PSU, and the plugs. I have not had more than 1 modular PSU, so I can't say if this is possible or not. On my OCZ 600w, the plug in's look like universal 6pin and 8pin, but I have nothing to compare to.
July 25, 2012 4:03:45 PM

Alright, the best answer goes to:

Undecided.

DarkOutlaw and spicy_benie worked together to answer all my questions so ummm..
July 27, 2012 3:01:41 PM

Best answer selected by Freshenext.
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