800-900$ gaming system build

I think gaming system doesn't need a strong i7, so i5 is enough, right?

Approximate Purchase Date: maybe this week

Budget Range: 750 - 900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, everyday use

Are you buying a monitor: No. Will buy later. Please advise me a good 24" monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: your choice, I want a best price/performance ratio

Location: Worcester, MA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: quiet PC for campus use.
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  1. Quote:
    I think gaming system doesn't need a strong i7, so i5 is enough, right?


    That is correct.

    For $900 I'd suggest something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $928.64
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 12:59 EDT-0400)
  2. thats a pretty expensive h77 board there g-unit

    performs slightly less than g-units build but is a full hundred dollars cheaper.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ghTc

    get this monitor
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BZNDOO/?tag=pcpapi-20
  3. TheBigTroll said:
    thats a pretty expensive h77 board there g-unit

    performs slightly less than g-units build but is a full hundred dollars cheaper.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ghTc

    get this monitor
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BZNDOO/?tag=pcpapi-20


    Fixed it.

    Although how does a 7870 perform better than a 7950?
  4. i said it performs slightly less. the price difference between a 7870 and a 7950 is probably not worth the extra 80 bucks or so given they are around 10% from each other and he could overclock that 7870

    pretty close in this benchmark
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=550
  5. Hello buddy, check out the builds in my signature, i am sure you will find something that will fit your needs there :D
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