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Need help on gaming build $700-$850

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August 19, 2012 5:12:25 AM

Hello, I have barely any experience when it comes to building computers so I'd really appreciate it if you guys could help me out. Thanks in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week.

Budget Range: $700-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching videos at 720p, gaming, listening to music, making music, drawing on programs like photoshop and paint tool sai.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever's cheapest.

Location: Glen burnie, MD, USA

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes unless it messes with the overall speed of the pc.

Your Monitor Resolution: I'd like to purchase an ips led monitor with 1920x1080 resolution.

Additional Comments: What audio card would you recommend to go with my Sennheiser HD 598? I'd like something really fast, with a short booting time and for it to overall run smoothly, I'd like to search for things on my pc without it taking forever to load, programs to open almost instantly and for my pc not to freeze whenever I have a million tabs and programs open at once which is almost all the time.
Also, I'd like to be able to have the option to upgrade parts in the future.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm currently using an extremely slow netbook.

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August 19, 2012 5:30:54 AM

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SLI or Crossfire: Yes unless it messes with the overall speed of the pc.


For your purposes that won't be necessary. A single GPU will handle 1080p video just fine. Even the onboard video of the Intel HD 2000 and 4000 can run 1080p video.

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Your Monitor Resolution: I'd like to purchase an ips led monitor with 1920x1080 resolution.


That might put your build way over budget. You might want to think about a separate budget for your monitor.

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Additional Comments: What audio card would you recommend to go with my Sennheiser HD 598?


Not needed - most onboard audio on motherboards is rated up to 7.1 channel HD audio anymore - you only need a sound card if you're using anything beyond that - and most people don't.

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 430W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $720.63
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-19 01:32 EDT-0400)

If you don't need the SSD you can drop that and that will give you $200 to purchase your monitor of choice.
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August 19, 2012 6:21:50 AM

Thanks for the help guys! Is the SSD card only to help with the booting time or does it help with anything else? Also, will I be able to upgrade parts in the future without any problems? And oh man it looks like I forgot to put gaming on there too.
August 19, 2012 6:42:40 AM

dudewitbow said:
modification on above for penny pinchers

i3-2120 + 22x samsung drive(free shipping)

I also question 70$ psu and 60$ case for a htpc like build when you can go real cheap on those normally.


Well I could put a Corsair CX430 but the Seasonic is a better PSU in the 430W range. As far as a case goes you could go the mATX route but that's all up to the OP.

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Thanks for the help guys! Is the SSD card only to help with the booting time or does it help with anything else? Also, will I be able to upgrade parts in the future without any problems? And oh man it looks like I forgot to put gaming on there too.


Yes - the SSD is mainly for faster boot times but it's not a necessity. The Z77 motherboard that I included will allow you to upgrade the CPU, GPU, whatever you want without problems.
August 19, 2012 6:50:59 AM

I guess I'll drop the ssd card so I can get a better monitor then, is there any 23" or bigger ips led monitors that you'd recommend?
December 11, 2012 5:02:10 PM


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($-0.01 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($39.98 @ B&H)
Other: SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad (Black) ($16.99)
Other: Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha USB Gaming Headset ($36.99)
Other: Zalman Zm-Mic1 ($4.00)
Total: $1140.39

My rig
You can mess with it and take out things that you dont like but the computer itself is about 600-700 i think :p 

got caught up in the accessories lately xD
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