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800$ mid range gaming desktop

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October 2, 2012 10:07:58 PM

This is my first time building a desktop. I'd like to stick around 800$, I realize many people post similar builds, please bare with me. I've done as much research and forum searching as I can on my own, particularly with Tom's articles on performance for best price. But now I just need a final CONFIRMATION from expert users that have been doing this for much longer than I have.

I'm going to playing many FPS titles, Diablo 3, SC2, Assassin's Creed series, etc. I want to be able to play games at least for another 2 years before an upgrade is required. In the future I want to overclock the CPU and crossfire my video cards. I'll be running at 1920x1200 ideally. If I can shave dollars, that's always welcome as well.

I am not 100% on my current video card, the competing GTX580 is just too much more expensive. I've read that driver support for AMD cards are not as good, particularly after the next series is introduced. I'd personally like to go with an NVIDIA card, but I can't really justify their price for performance.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jaS8

CPU Intel Core - i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card - Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card

Case - Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply - Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive - Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Total: $825.79
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October 2, 2012 10:23:17 PM

That looks fine. A quick look didn't show any upgrades or improvements.

Personally, I would grab a 128GB SSD up front, and add a storage drive later. That's enough for 3 or 4 games. The cost is not that much more right now.
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