Advice on $700 Gaming PC Build

Hi, I'm look for any advice/opinions/ideas for the PC I plan on building. Here are the components...
(this is a repost but i put its as a question rather than a discussion)


CPU AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor $139.99 $139.99 @ Newegg


CPU Cooler Cooler Master DK9-7E52A-0L-GP CPU Cooler $9.99 @ Newegg


Motherboard ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $89.98 @ Newegg


Memory Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $47.49 @ Newegg


Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ Newegg


Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card $147.55 @ Newegg


Case Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Newegg


Power Supply Corsair 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply $51.98 @ Newegg


Optical Drive LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer $17.99 @ Amazon


Total: 640.84 LINK -----> http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hc1J

Please give me any advice on the PCs balance and/or bottlenecks and any advice on AMD vs. Intel would be great.
I don't plan on overclocking and I plan on using the stock sound card and CPU cooler.

Thanks in advance to anyone who answers. :D
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  1. Your homebuild setup looks great. Will be good for gaming and use of home theater. The case looks great and will keep your components cool.

    Word of advice - The msi Twin Frozr GPU cooling system starts loud to clear dust from the fans. It will then go quiet and run cool. Don't worry if you hear the GPU at startup. It will always do that.
  2. This is a better gaming build.

    cpu - i3 3220 $130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775

    mobo - asrock h77m $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

    ram - g.skill 8gb $43 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    gpu - gigabyte hd 7870 $247.55 after $20 rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

    hdd - seagate 1tb $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    psu - xfx pro550 $50 after $10 rebate http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1219

    case - zalman z9 $35 after $10 rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235026

    optical drive - lg $18 amazon

    total - $663.55 after shipping and $40 in rebates
  3. dottorrent said:
    Your homebuild setup looks great. Will be good for gaming and use of home theater. The case looks great and will keep your components cool.

    Word of advice - The msi Twin Frozr GPU cooling system starts loud to clear dust from the fans. It will then go quiet and run cool. Don't worry if you hear the GPU at startup. It will always do that.



    Ok, thanks for your input
  4. strife_ff7 said:
    This is a better gaming build.

    cpu - i3 3220 $130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775

    mobo - asrock h77m $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

    ram - g.skill 8gb $43 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    gpu - gigabyte hd 7870 $247.55 after $20 rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

    hdd - seagate 1tb $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    psu - xfx pro550 $50 after $10 rebate http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1219

    case - zalman z9 $35 after $10 rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235026

    optical drive - lg $18 amazon

    total - $663.55 after shipping and $40 in rebates

    is the i3 as powerful performance wise as the 6200?
  5. icet1997 said:
    is the i3 as powerful performance wise as the 6200?


    a LOT more powerful, specially for games.
  6. ^ Yes, and in most cases, it's even better.

    The current line up of AMD's FX CPU's are lacking in performance, they're easily smacked around by Intel's i3 CPU's.

    Here's my 2 cents, ditch the Ivy Bridge i3 and invest the saved $$$ into an HD7950 -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $723.78
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 21:40 EDT-0400)

    Beefier GPU to allow for better headroom at any resolution you throw at your PC :)

    **EDIT**

    Changed parts list to include case. Slightly over-budget but will yield better performance due to GPU.
  7. buy this:

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $680.92
  8. this build is a bit better for a bit more:

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $733.79
  9. idroid said:
    this build is a bit better for a bit more:

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $733.79

    what about if i bump the processor to a lower grade i5, say the 3330, what slightly lower gpu should i go with 7850? gtx 570?
  10. mocchan said:
    ^ Yes, and in most cases, it's even better.

    The current line up of AMD's FX CPU's are lacking in performance, they're easily smacked around by Intel's i3 CPU's.

    Here's my 2 cents, ditch the Ivy Bridge i3 and invest the saved $$$ into an HD7950 -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $723.78
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 21:40 EDT-0400)

    Beefier GPU to allow for better headroom at any resolution you throw at your PC :)

    **EDIT**

    Changed parts list to include case. Slightly over-budget but will yield better performance due to GPU.

    can you give me a more happy medium with cpu and gpu say a cheaper i5, what gpu?
  11. depends on what games you play, which games are you a fan? of? I.E. Skyrim, Modern Warfare, WoW, etc...
  12. hrath said:
    depends on what games you play, which games are you a fan? of? I.E. Skyrim, Modern Warfare, WoW, etc...

    I am a fan of most games. I like being able to look through steam and know that I can run every game there is on medium quality. ARMA2 DayZ while recording with fraps. i also want to try bf3 on the pc.
  13. Forget medium, that is console quality. Get a 7950 and an i3 and run on max. Don't skimp on the GPU for gaming. Its the main muscle which you need.
  14. Smeg45 said:
    Forget medium, that is console quality. Get a 7950 and an i3 and run on max. Don't skimp on the GPU for gaming. Its the main muscle which you need.


    Console quality is low-medium settings in DX9 mode with no tessellation or filters at 1280x720.
  15. idroid said:
    Console quality is low-medium settings in DX9 mode with no tessellation or filters at 1280x720.


    Console gaming is medium settings period, irrespective of resolution.
  16. icet1997 said:
    can you give me a more happy medium with cpu and gpu say a cheaper i5, what gpu?


    Request fulfilled :) Here's a 'happy medium' that I would personally take -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $675.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 10:09 EDT-0400)

    i5-3450 paired with a Radeon HD7870 for a balance of both worlds; fairly beefy GPU paired with one heck of a CPU, should give you reasonable performance for titles to come :)
  17. icet1997 said:
    is the i3 as powerful performance wise as the 6200?


    if you wanted to go with intel for gaming then i would at least go for an i5, i used to have an i3 for gaming and it would lag and freeze a lot... :o
  18. Quote:
    if you wanted to go with intel for gaming then i would at least go for an i5, i used to have an i3 for gaming and it would lag and freeze a lot... :o


    *What i3?
    *what was the rest of your setup?
    *in what games did that happen?
    *at what settings were you playing?
  19. mocchan said:
    Request fulfilled :) Here's a 'happy medium' that I would personally take -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $675.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 10:09 EDT-0400)

    i5-3450 paired with a Radeon HD7870 for a balance of both worlds; fairly beefy GPU paired with one heck of a CPU, should give you reasonable performance for titles to come :)

    those parts look great. the only problem is that the 7870 for that price is out of stock. so i went with this gtx 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613 its close to the same price and performance.
  20. icet1997 said:
    those parts look great. the only problem is that the 7870 for that price is out of stock. so i went with this gtx 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613 its close to the same price and performance.


    but its a lot noisier and consumes much more power.
  21. Smeg45 said:
    Console gaming is medium settings period, irrespective of resolution.

    I think you're overestimating current consoles and no, it is not irrespective of resolution either. That's just silly.
  22. idroid said:
    but its a lot noisier and consumes much more power.

    +1

    I advise you to wait until it comes back in stock, the 570 just can't keep up with todays' titles.

    Well, it can, but the 1.2GB of VRAM will hold you back severely in the future as most titles nowadays seem to run better on 2GB.
  23. Ok, that works because i won't be ordering these thing until around Christmas time.
  24. That's great then :)

    The prices may have changed by then, and you never know if newegg or any other site may have some Xmas sales :) So this works out quite nicely!
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