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Looking for Build, Casual Gaming PC $650-800

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August 2, 2012 1:08:18 AM

Hello everyone, I have decided that I want to build a new gaming computer. I was just looking for some opinions on a build since I'm not exactly sure what to look for.

Approximate Purchase Date: Optimally sometime this month.

Budget Range: $650-800 ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Casual Gaming, Free to Play Games, Steam Games

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Overclocking: No (edit: Maybe)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I'll be using a Windows 7 64bit OS, which I already have, and I have an Optical Drive that I can re-use. I also have a backup Hard Drive that I bought recently, perhaps it can be used in the new build, Western Digital Caviar Blue.

I mostly play SC2, Free to Play MMO's and Steam games. I prefer to run my settings on medium to high when I can.

If there is an additional information you need, please let me know.

Thank You.
a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 1:25:50 AM

Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $728.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-01 21:26 EDT-0400)

This should run those games at high settings and sometimes at ultra.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 1:48:05 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Pro3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB @1600mhz CL9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: REUSE YOURS


ODD: REUSE YOURS


Case: NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU:XFX Core Edition PRO550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 1:54:50 AM

If you can reuse your HDD and ODD, get this build. It's yet even faster...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $687.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-01 21:53 EDT-0400)

The hd 7870 will run those games on ultra settings at comfortable frames fairly easily. You even have the option of overclocking this particular card a bit more if you want more performance. I'd also recommend you upgrade the PSU to the Corsair TX750M. This will come in handy if you decide to Crossfire/SLI in the future.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 1:56:58 AM

DeusAres said:
If you can reuse your HDD and ODD, get this build. It's yet even faster...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $687.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-01 21:53 EDT-0400)

The hd 7870 will run those games on ultra settings at comfortable frames fairly easily. You even have the option of overclocking this particular card a bit more if you want more performance.
Why that CPU read OP post Overclocking: No
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 2:00:26 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Why that CPU read OP post Overclocking: No


Everyone is subject to changing their minds. He may do just that once he becomes comfortable with the idea of overclocking. It's not that difficult. I'd actually encourage it. It'll increase performance quite a bit.
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August 2, 2012 2:33:48 AM

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August 2, 2012 2:52:46 AM

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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 5:30:00 AM

It's those forum bots. Shoo.
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August 2, 2012 6:49:17 PM

Thank you Deus and big for your build suggestions. I'm leaning more towards Deus's 2nd post, really digging that Frozr, my friend is also telling me OC isn't so bad. The only thing I'm a bit bummed about is not being able to find some combo deals for these.

But I'm still open to more build suggestions. Budget range is still $650 - 800ish.

Thanks everyone
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August 2, 2012 7:09:26 PM

I'd like to use the hard drive that I already have, unless I need a bigger one for the build?
The bigger Hard Drive will just let me store more information right?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 7:17:52 PM

Yeah, you can just use the one you already have. You don't need the extra space. It's just nice to have. :) 

500gb should be plenty. You can always upgrade in the future if you ever fill up the HDD you already have.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 9:40:55 PM

Looks good to me. The hyper 212 evo is a great cpu cooler. You should be able to get an easy 4.5GHz overclock.

Good luck.
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August 2, 2012 9:51:39 PM

Is there a big performance difference between the MSI and ASRock? I'm not too techie, so I was mainly following Deus's build. My old gaming comp had an MSI.

Would it be possible to exchange mobos?

I also did find a combo for the Processor and mobo that big suggested, but I'm leaning more toward the Sandy.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 9:59:39 PM

iLikeSocks said:
Is there a big performance difference between the MSI and ASRock? I'm not too techie, so I was mainly following Deus's build. My old gaming comp had an MSI.

Would it be possible to exchange mobos?

I also did find a combo for the Processor and mobo that big suggested, but I'm leaning more toward the Sandy.
Well because your going with sandy bridge cpu the Z77 offers no benefit you want to either switch your cpu to i5- 3570k or switch your motherboard to z68 this would be a good choice for motherboard paired with the i5-2500k MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... EDIT dam they just sold out oh well it won't hurt any to use a Z77 mobo with i5-2500k
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 10:05:41 PM

Or you could just keep the z77 board. It's not like your gonna lose performance. That way, if you ever decide to...you'll be able to upgrade your CPU to ivy bridge without having to switch out the mobo too.

The MSI and Asrock boards are about the same. Just get whichever is cheaper. No need to spend extra money if you don't have to.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 10:09:32 PM

The only thing the Asrock z77 Extreme4 board offers is 2 extra sata 6gb/s ports. It also gives you an extra PCIe lane for SLI/Crossfire. Not really worth it if you're not gonna use those features. May as well stick with the MSI board.
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August 2, 2012 10:14:39 PM

Thank you guys so much, I think I will be sticking to what I have in the wishlist I posted earlier. It's a bit over the budget that I wanted but I think it will be alright.

:]

(edit: well, I may try that PC Part Picker to see if I can find some pieces for cheaper)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 10:16:25 PM

iLikeSocks said:
Thank you guys so much, I think I will be sticking to what I have in the wishlist I posted earlier. It's a bit over the budget that I wanted but I think it will be alright.

:]
No problem your very welcome!And i hope you enjoy it for many years to come take care. :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2012 11:20:15 PM

iLikeSocks said:
Thank you guys so much, I think I will be sticking to what I have in the wishlist I posted earlier. It's a bit over the budget that I wanted but I think it will be alright.

:]

(edit: well, I may try that PC Part Picker to see if I can find some pieces for cheaper)


Good luck
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