$800 gaming build :D

Hello! I am looking to build my first pc! I've done some research and this is the build I have compiled. Just looking for someone to check this over and confirm that everything is compatible and will run smoothly together :)

Budget range: $800 max

System usage: Gaming! I hope to be playing and recording Battlefield 3 at high settings and minecraft with a 256x texture pack.

Monitor: no.

Preferred website: Newegg, but will buy wherever I can get the parts cheapest.

Location: Florida, USA

Overclocking: Maybe. Won't OC the cpu (because i don't think it can, if i remember) but will probably overclock the gpu at some point

Sli/crossfire: No.

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I must confess that this build is slightly out of my budget range, considering I won't be buying it soon enough to take advantage of these rebates. But my guess is that the price will fall on a couple items by the time i buy in a couple months. Or there may just be new rebates available when I'm ready to order everything.

Anyhow, here's my build! :D

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/edmE
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  1. Looks OK but it's all using last gen stuff. You could run a similar build with an i5-3450 and the HD 7850 for a similar price and get slightly better results with lower power consumption. The power consumption would then be low enough so that you could easily run on 400W if you wanted.
  2. If you live near a microcenter swap out the i5 and get the newer model 3570k for 189.99 i beileve it is
  3. here's my swapout: less expensive HDD and Momo for an ivy processor and a 7850 over the 6950

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.78 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($224.69 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.05 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($18.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
    Total: $792.60
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:08 EDT-0400)


    or, alternately, keeping the 6950 and the 2400, and adding a 90gb SSD:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.55 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.78 @ Compuvest)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.05 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($18.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
    Total: $807.46
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:11 EDT-0400)
  4. ScrewySqrl said:
    here's my swapout: less expensive HDD and Momo for an ivy processor and a 7850 over the 6950

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.78 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($224.69 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.05 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($18.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
    Total: $792.60
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:08 EDT-0400)


    or, alternately, keeping the 6950 and the 2400, and adding a 90gb SSD:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.55 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.78 @ Compuvest)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.05 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($18.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
    Total: $807.46
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:11 EDT-0400)


    That does look pretty good....but you didn't include the RAM : /
  5. Any other thoughts on this build?
  6. all I can say on the lacl of Ram in my build is "D'oh!"

    cutting back the case to a Rosewill Challenger U3 ($48) and the power supply to a Corsair 500W saves enough on either build for some crucial 8 GB DDR3-1600
  7. ScrewySqrl said:
    all I can say on the lacl of Ram in my build is "D'oh!"

    cutting back the case to a Rosewill Challenger U3 ($48) and the power supply to a Corsair 500W saves enough on either build for some crucial 8 GB DDR3-1600


    Thank you! Don't really like the Challenger....BUT I found a refurbished storm enforcer for 49 bucks on Cooler Master's site :D Also, will a 500w be enough to upgrade the video card to a gtx 680 down the line? If not, that's fine. But I'm just curious.
  8. Yeah, 500W would be fine for a 680 so long as its a relatively decent PSU. Especially since you won't be overclocking that I5
  9. jmsellars1 said:
    Yeah, 500W would be fine for a 680 so long as its a relatively decent PSU. Especially since you won't be overclocking that I5


    Do you consider Corsair builder series to be "decent"?
  10. TheScarecrow97 said:
    Do you consider Corsair builder series to be "decent"?

    Yes, they are very decent budget PSUs.

    My vote is squirels first build. a 90GB SSD really is a tight fit, I'd forget it altogether unless you could afford at least a 128GB SSD, and ideally 256GB.
  11. I wouldn't call it top notch like that Seasonic but its decent enough, it should be fine.
  12. jmsellars1 said:
    I wouldn't call it top notch like that Seasonic but its decent enough, it should be fine.



    Ironic, then. since Seasonic *builds* the Corsair CX line :)
  13. ScrewySqrl said:
    Ironic, then. since Seasonic *builds* the Corsair CX line :)

    No sir, Enthusiast Series and Professional series are Seasonic. CX (builder series) are CWT.
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