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Assistance for Gaming PC Build Under $700

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July 26, 2012 12:56:45 PM

So I decided it's time to finally upgrade from this old PC I am currently using and something more optimal for gaming.

Just a few Points

-Buying in the Next Week-2 Weeks

-Under $700($20-$30 Over isn't Going to Kill Me), Before Rebates

-No Need To SLI/Crossfire in the future

-Need an OS

-Preferably on the Intel Side

-Gaming at 720p

-Using TV so No Need For Monitor

-Preferably off Newegg

That's about it, I'm looking at the i5-2400 since overclocking isn't my forte and it's about $30 cheaper. Also I have thrown around the idea of using the i3 2100 in my current PC save $$. My Main Concern is the MoBo, Don't know much about what's good these days.

Looking at the Haf 912 as the Case, Also Thinking about getting an SSD and ripping my old 1 TB HDD from my current computer. Just want to hear everyone's opinion first.

Any Advice would be greatly appreciated!
a b 4 Gaming
July 26, 2012 7:04:27 PM

why 720p? hooking up to your tv?
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July 27, 2012 7:51:42 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
why 720p? hooking up to your tv?


Yeah, I'm hooking it up to my TV.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 27, 2012 5:03:05 PM

alright. here is my suggested build then:


the 7770 is plenty at 720p

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Momentu 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($116.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $704.53
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-27 13:02 EDT-0400)
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