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$825 gaming pc, never built a computer before

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September 24, 2012 12:36:12 AM

I don't really care about cranking the graphics settings up, whether the games will run is more important to me.

Any suggestions, or does this look good? I don't really want to go over $830.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.89 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($109.13 @ CompUSA)
Total: $824.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 20:33 EDT-0400)

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September 24, 2012 12:41:25 AM

What will you be doing with this computer?
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September 24, 2012 12:43:42 AM

Robert751 said:
What will you be doing with this computer?


I think if you'd read the title and all that good stuff then you would know right?
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September 24, 2012 12:45:54 AM

alexdelarge said:
I don't really care about cranking the graphics settings up, whether the games will run is more important to me.

Any suggestions, or does this look good? I don't really want to go over $830.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.89 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($109.13 @ CompUSA)
Total: $824.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 20:33 EDT-0400)

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With your budget, there's not much room to work around, I think you have a solid build.
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September 24, 2012 12:48:58 AM

Oops, the build is really good you should look at some videos about building a computer since this is your first time. Newegg on YouTube has a great tutorial. You should spend some money on a awesome case so people think its a beast computer!
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September 24, 2012 12:53:31 AM

broodfusion said:
With your budget, there's not much room to work around, I think you have a solid build.


Agreed, you have one of the best builds for that price range. Good job at selecting those components!
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September 24, 2012 12:57:49 AM

alexdelarge said:
I don't really care about cranking the graphics settings up, whether the games will run is more important to me.

Any suggestions, or does this look good? I don't really want to go over $830.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.89 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($109.13 @ CompUSA)
Total: $824.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 20:33 EDT-0400)

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Looks good.
1. The motherboard's extra features will be useless though because you can't overclock or SLI/CF. I would get the Asrock H77 Pro4/MVP.
2. Since Vengeance RAM costs only a little more and looks much better, why not get it?
3. You can get a better power supply for the money.
4. Seagate's hard drives are known for being unreliable, Western Digital costs a little more but doesn't fail as easily.
5. If you can find a i5-3330 for a lower price, go for it. The 100 mhz speed isn't relevant.
6. You can probably find a few 7870's at that price, if you look for deals. If not, a GTX 660 is a great alternative.
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September 24, 2012 2:59:31 AM

7850 for $180 save $15 bucks off your build
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September 24, 2012 4:38:26 AM

alexdelarge said:
I don't really care about cranking the graphics settings up, whether the games will run is more important to me.

Any suggestions, or does this look good? I don't really want to go over $830.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.89 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($109.13 @ CompUSA)
Total: $824.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 20:33 EDT-0400)

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Nice build :)  That cpu combo's with the RAM to save some $$$...newegg of course and it's the reason I never use pc part picker. It doesn't figure in the combo's.
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October 4, 2012 8:29:25 PM

alexdelarge said:
This showed up at the bottom of the build on PcPartPicker:

ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

Am I required to have a case with USB 3.0 ports, or will this case work despite having USB 2.0 ports?

USB 3.0 is backwards compatible and it will work just fine. If you ever feel the need for front 3.0 USB ports then you can add this to that case later on.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $12.99 FREE SHIPPING
Biostar CABLEUSB3.0 USB 3.0 Cable Bracket
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