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$800 gaming computer

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August 27, 2012 5:47:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: beginning of September

Budget Range: $750-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video rendering and editing, recording, web browsing

Do you need to buy OS:No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel cpu and nvidia GPU( I guess I could go AMD if I had to)

Overclocking: Yes (eventually)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: want to use an i5 2500k 8gb of RAM and a haf 912

will be playing BF3 Skyrim and some valve games.

More about : 800 gaming computer

August 27, 2012 6:08:50 AM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $858.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 02:10 EDT-0400)
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August 27, 2012 6:12:13 AM

Option 1
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($21.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $843.25
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 02:01 EDT-0400)

Option 2
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.49 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($300.79 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($21.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $784.68
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 02:06 EDT-0400)

Pros and Cons to each

Option 1
Pros
-Overclocking capablity
-Great price/performance
-Could easily play on High/Ultra settings on games you listed

Cons
-Over-budget
-Could use a beefier GPU
-No SSD

Option 2
Pros
-Beefy GPU
-Under-Budget
-Could easily max out titles you have listed
-Very nice upgrade path available

Cons
-Dual core CPU apposed to Quad Core
-No overclocking capability due to Locked CPU+skimpy power phase on Motherboard
-Very nice upgrade path, however, it may end up costing more to go this route than to choose a beefy CPU from the start

**Radeon HD7950 over GTX660Ti**
With the recent price drop, there is no reason NOT to go with a Radeon HD7950 unless you NEED CUDA or PhysX. The HD7950 has great potential when it comes to performance when OC'd. Still a great performer not overclocked and matches GTX660 Ti performance.

Personally I would consider spending a little bit more $$$ with Option 2 and maybe put in a Z77 board. It will bring the total cost to around $830 but it will leave you with a much broader upgrade path (option to get K sku CPU's to OC in the future).

Why did you put a Hyper 212 EVO in Option 2 when you can't OC the CPU?
The Hyper 212 EVO is an option with list #2. You can take it out if you wish to give you more budget headroom for a difference piece of hardware if you so wished. I left that in there due to the possibility of an upgrade in the future :) 

**EDIT**
g-unit's build is great as well TBH. Quad core+Beefy GPU, quite a nice deal :) 
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August 27, 2012 8:40:04 PM

^ Very true :) 
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August 27, 2012 8:41:31 PM

mocchan said:

**EDIT**
g-unit's build is great as well TBH. Quad core+Beefy GPU, quite a nice deal :) 


Since most games make more use of the GPU than the CPU, I'd rather put the money where it counts.
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