$650 - $700 New System Parts Advice

I'm looking to upgrade my PC for GTA V, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and various other modern video games
My budget is about $650, but I can go over a little bit.

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Approximate Purchase Date: December 2012

Budget Range: $650 - $700 Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, school work

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com / TigerDirect.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I would prefer an Intel CPU, but if there's an AMD performance equivalent with a lower price, then that would be great.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900 (I know it's a low resolution, but I can't afford a new monitor)

Additional Comments: Would like to play games at high quality or better (keep in mind this is at 1440 x 900)

Why I Am Upgrading: My computer is seven years old and can't play anything modern.

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Here are the parts I have picked out so far:

Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 PSU - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM Internal HDD - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128542

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

HIS IceQ X H687QN1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Graphics Card - $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161396

Any advice on different parts or setups?

Thanks,
Nicholas
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  1. The build you picked out is pretty good, but there are a few places where you could get better. Check this out.


    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jbMF

    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jbMF/by_merchant/


    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)

    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)

    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)

    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.57 @ NCIX US)

    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($212.55 @ Newegg)

    Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg)

    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)

    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)

    Total: $686.59
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    There is $30 of discounts worked in there so it is $718 before rebates. If you are dead set on you budget, you can drop the case down to a Rosewill Challenger- U3, which is $50 on NewEgg. That will save you $28 and get you under $700
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jbVz
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jbVz/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jbVz/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.57 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $650.04
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Just need a case. But if you dont plan to upgrade your monitor you might as well save some money on a gfx card and go for an i5.
  3. Pgooch said:


    Just need a case. But if you dont plan to upgrade your monitor you might as well save some money on a gfx card and go for an i5.


    Please explain your logic please. If he doesn't have a GPU, how will he game, and what will an i5 do that an i3 can't in games?
  4. I meant save some money and buy a least expensive one like in op. Battlefield was one of the games he listed and an i5 would benefit over an i3 and a 6870 at the res would probably do just fine.
  5. The 6870 would bottleneck before the i3 would. You would maybe see 1-2 FPS difference between an i3 and an i5 with a 6870 in BF3. The GPU should almost always cost twice as much, if not more than the CPU.
    He is better of to go with a lower end CPU and a high end GPU. If he upgrades the CPU to an i5, the bottleneck will be passed on to the GPU. At which point he could crossfire.
  6. I would go for the amd phenom II 965. Right now it's only $90 with a promo code. And with the money saved you could even jump up to a 7870.

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

    EDIT: I just noticed your resolution. Stick with the 6870
  7. For the price, you could do so much better.

    Check out my $500-$650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module146695821
    You'll get the i5 3450, 7870 and a solid overall setup. If you want to save money the i3 3220 is an option
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