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September 23, 2012 6:29:35 PM

Hi! This is my first build and I'm wondering if this is a pretty good gaming pc for under $800.

The build:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
[2x] G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card
Encore ENM232-8VIA 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card
Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case
Raidmax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Thanks in advance!

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a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2012 7:20:17 PM

Please remove that Raidmax from the build. They are a lump of dog c**p. Seriously, you don't need anything like 750w. Assuming you're not planning on 2 graphics cards, you only really need 500w. 550w, if you want plenty of scope, but no more. Something like an Antec Basiq Plus BP550 would be fine, and is modular. If you are planning to overclock CPU, you will need aftermarket cooler, suggest CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo. If you want decent gaming perfomance, you should try to increase power of graphics card. A HD6850 can be a reasonably priced option, but, ideally, you want to be aiming for at least HD7850, to make most games good at 1920x1080 res. At lower resolutions you don't need quite as much.
a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2012 7:23:34 PM

agajews said:
Hi! This is my first build and I'm wondering if this is a pretty good gaming pc for under $800.

The build:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
[2x] G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card
Encore ENM232-8VIA 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card
Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case
Raidmax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Thanks in advance!

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <----- copy & paste this on here please
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September 23, 2012 8:41:26 PM

malbluff said:
Please remove that Raidmax from the build. They are a lump of dog c**p. Seriously, you don't need anything like 750w. Assuming you're not planning on 2 graphics cards, you only really need 500w. 550w, if you want plenty of scope, but no more. Something like an Antec Basiq Plus BP550 would be fine, and is modular. If you are planning to overclock CPU, you will need aftermarket cooler, suggest CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo. If you want decent gaming perfomance, you should try to increase power of graphics card. A HD6850 can be a reasonably priced option, but, ideally, you want to be aiming for at least HD7850, to make most games good at 1920x1080 res. At lower resolutions you don't need quite as much.


That sums it up pretty much.

Except for the PSU and soundcard I like your build, but for a gaming pc it has a lot of components of an $1000+ build except for the GPU. (Just drop the sound card, you dont need it). Pick a tier 1 or tier 2 PSU from this list: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
Either get a cheaper CPU/mobo/less RAM and get an HD7850 or better, or increase your budget to get it. You can consider a non K i5 like the 3450 or perhaps an i3 with an H77 mobo. 8 gigs of ram is more that enough for gaming, you dont need 16. Do make sure to get 2 modules though. If you want to keep the CPU and mobo, definitely get an aftermarket cooler!
September 23, 2012 8:48:36 PM

malbluff said:
If you want decent gaming perfomance, you should try to increase power of graphics card. A HD6850 can be a reasonably priced option, but, ideally, you want to be aiming for at least HD7850, to make most games good at 1920x1080 res. At lower resolutions you don't need quite as much.

How about this one? PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I'm looking for one under $125.
September 23, 2012 8:58:54 PM

get a 550w. thats a good build ! if your going to over clock i recommend an watercooler or couple more fans, also dont use the cpu fan which comes with it. not good for overclocking.
a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2012 9:51:32 PM

agajews said:
How about this one? PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I'm looking for one under $125.

What's your monitor resolution. A HD7770 is just about adequate, for reasonable gaming at 1920x1080. Obviously, more so in some games than others. If monitor res is less, the HD7770 is reasonably good. It is worth keeping an "eye out" for a HD6850, at a good price. That's not a bad card.
September 23, 2012 11:34:18 PM

Here is my updated build. I'm probably going to be running some virtual machines, so I didn't want to give up the 16 gb ram. I did however bring the psi down a notch, drop the sound card, bring down the processor to 2500k, and up the graphics card to 7770.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H
[2x] G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W
PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7770 GHz
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
LITE-ON DVD Burner
Antec Nine Hundred
ViewSonic VA1912A-LED Monitor 1366 x 768

What do you think?
a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2012 11:41:58 PM

agajews said:
Here is my updated build. I'm probably going to be running some virtual machines, so I didn't want to give up the 16 gb ram. I did however bring the psi down a notch, drop the sound card, bring down the processor to 2500k, and up the graphics card to 7770.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H
[2x] G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W
PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7770 GHz
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
LITE-ON DVD Burner
Antec Nine Hundred
ViewSonic VA1912A-LED Monitor 1366 x 768

What do you think?

I think you have money on an unlocked cpu along with being able to get a cheaper case and seeing how you skipped right over my post on here that linked the build format we used I say let the others tell ya. We have that build format here for a reason. It's so threads like this don't go any further than they should with people asking questions that should be answered in the OP using that build format.
a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2012 11:58:39 PM

agajews said:
Here is my updated build. I'm probably going to be running some virtual machines, so I didn't want to give up the 16 gb ram. I did however bring the psi down a notch, drop the sound card, bring down the processor to 2500k, and up the graphics card to 7770.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H
[2x] G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W
PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7770 GHz
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
LITE-ON DVD Burner
Antec Nine Hundred
ViewSonic VA1912A-LED Monitor 1366 x 768

What do you think?

In a way, it's more balanced build. With that monitor, the HD7770 will perform quite well. Good PSU now. I think, however, you are better to stick with the i5-3570K. Better performance, and much better match for motherboard and RAM. If anything, use a cheaper case, to pay for 3570K. That case is a good one, but something like CoolerMaster Elite 430 is more than adequate, and change will pay extra for 3570K (and change)
September 24, 2012 12:10:51 AM

malbluff said:
In a way, it's more balanced build. With that monitor, the HD7770 will perform quite well. Good PSU now. I think, however, you are better to stick with the i5-3570K. Better performance, and much better match for motherboard and RAM. If anything, use a cheaper case, to pay for 3570K. That case is a good one, but something like CoolerMaster Elite 430 is more than adequate, and change will pay extra for 3570K (and change)

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