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$700 Gaming Compututer

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August 29, 2012 11:58:43 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Around the 6th of september

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and for college

Are you buying a monitor: maybe



Do you need to buy OS: yes Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Location:Washington state USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Whatever is the best

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: maybe


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need a gaming computer

I'm helping a friend build a computer and the main thing he wants is to pay Guild Wars 2 on at least medium but as high as possible

More about : 700 gaming compututer

August 30, 2012 1:05:17 AM
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August 30, 2012 1:12:07 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.49 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($212.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.76 @ Amazon)
Total: $710.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 21:12 EDT-0400)

Personally I find this will yield better performance than the one listed above.

i3 2120>FX-4100 in gaming, Radeon HD7850>GTX560

On a side note, with this configuration, your friend will more than likely be able to max out Guild Wars 2.
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August 30, 2012 1:14:51 AM

mocchan said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.49 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($212.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.76 @ Amazon)
Total: $710.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 21:12 EDT-0400)

Personally I find this will yield better performance than the one listed above.

i3 2120>FX-4100 in gaming, Radeon HD7850>GTX560


FX-4100, yea intel is better than AMD....

HD7850, Nvidia power baby! If you going to get an AMD gpu, put it with an AMD processor! (I'm being hypocritical, but Nvidia > AMD I'm sorry (: )
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August 30, 2012 1:18:25 AM

austing said:
FX-4100, yea intel is better than AMD....

HD7850, Nvidia power baby! lml


Mind to clarify what you mean? :sarcastic: 
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August 30, 2012 1:18:35 AM

mocchan said:
Mind to clarify what you mean? :sarcastic: 


Edited the message. Sorry haha.
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August 30, 2012 1:20:28 AM

mocchan said:
No worries :lol: 

Nvidia has the Price/Performance crown at the moment for the majority of the Enthusiast GPU market, however, depending on the price, I will choose AMD GPU's as they still have very reasonable prices for the performance on their GPU's :) 

For example, I would prefer to get a Radeon HD7950 over the GTX660 Ti due to both of the cards being priced at $300, and the HD7950 is the clear winner.

Nvidia has yet to release a GPU in the $200 range from the 600 series, so I will continue to choose HD7800's for this price point :) 


Ya forgot a heatsink to for your suggestion :kaola: 
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August 30, 2012 1:20:50 AM

austing said:
Edited the message. Sorry haha.


No worries :lol: 

Nvidia has the Price/Performance crown at the moment for the majority of the Enthusiast GPU market, however, depending on the price, I will choose AMD GPU's as they still have very reasonable prices for the performance on their GPU's :) 

For example, I would prefer to get a Radeon HD7950 over the GTX660 Ti due to both of the cards being priced at $300, and the HD7950 is the clear winner.

Nvidia has yet to release a GPU in the $200 range from the 600 series, so I will continue to choose HD7800's for this price point :) 
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August 30, 2012 1:23:07 AM

austing said:
Ya forgot a heatsink to for your suggestion :kaola: 

The i3 2120 already comes with one in the box :)  No need for aftermarket cooler for the i3.
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August 30, 2012 1:27:46 AM

there's a 120GB Vertex 4 for $80 on newegg shell shocker right now if you don't need storage room for mp3s and movies and stuff.
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August 30, 2012 1:29:50 AM

bliq00 said:
there's a 120GB Vertex 4 for $80 on newegg shell shocker right now if you don't need storage room for mp3s and movies and stuff.

That's a great deal, however, I wouldn't really recommend it for OP as he said this rig will be used for college and gaming :( 

If he could stretch his budget to $800, however, then that would be a different story.
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August 30, 2012 1:32:08 AM

mocchan said:
That's a great deal, however, I wouldn't really recommend it for OP as he said this rig will be used for college and gaming :( 

If he could stretch his budget to $800, however, then that would be a different story.


I fit that SSD into the 700 dollar budget because I used the AMD processor ;) 
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August 30, 2012 1:34:20 AM

austing said:
I fit that SSD into the 700 dollar budget because I used the AMD processor ;) 

I would prefer you swapped out the CPU for a Phenom II X4 965, however :)  The FX-4100 is just a poor excuse of a CPU IMO.

On a side note, I would consider brands to be irrelevant here :lol:  Both options cost the same :D  (Give or take a few $$$)

You just have to consider if you want to skimp out on the GPU or not, which you did, no offense. The GTX560 is still a modest card, however, I wouldn't want to consider that for the price you have to pay for it.

On ANOTHER side note, here's an edited parts list of my earlier rig ;) 

More performance for few extra $$$
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.49 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.76 @ Amazon)
Total: $783.15
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 21:44 EDT-0400)
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August 30, 2012 2:00:38 AM

Thanks you two for helping out :) 

I rather like Mocchang's first setup, But on the other hand Austing's has an ssd and plenty of memory. And my friend was very adamantabout the gaming aspect.
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August 30, 2012 2:01:49 AM

jwag598 said:
Thanks you two for helping out :) 

I rather like Mocchang's first setup, But on the other hand Austing's has an ssd and plenty of memory. And my friend was very adamantabout the gaming aspect.

For day to day use, an SSD will make a dramatic difference. However, if your friends main goal is to have a very beastly gaming set up, then my first parts list will have the better performance.

SSD=/=Dramatic impact on Games. However, a GPU is the difference between life or death (lag or smoothness) in games.

Also on a side note, 8GB of RAM is MORE than enough for a gaming set up. You wouldn't want to go past 8GB unless you're a heavy video editor as games nowadays RARELY use more than 6GB of RAM.
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August 31, 2012 12:59:42 AM

I agree and plus unless crossfiring/sli-ing it'd be easier to later buy upgrade to an ssd than upgrading and replacing the GPU
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