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$800-$975 gaming pc (first build)

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October 12, 2012 2:18:40 AM

Here's what I've got so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k2li

Approximate Purchase Date: around Christmas

Budget Range: $800-$975 after shipping and rebates

System Usage from Most to Least: Gaming, surfing the web, schoolwork

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Location: Easton, Pennsylvania

Parts Preferences: I want the nzxt phantom case, want a intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to keep the nzxt phantom window, would like to play games like arma 2 smoothly

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October 12, 2012 2:36:04 AM

If you were to upgrade anything I would go with the i5 3570k processor. Of course you could go with the non-unlocked version (i5 3570) also for reduced cost since your not overclocking.
a b 4 Gaming
October 12, 2012 2:39:51 AM

You can do much better with that budget, give me a sec.
I noticed- No HDD?

EDIT: Here's a revised version for maximum performance for your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Belkin power surge protector ($24.99)
Other: Nzxt Phantom Full Tower Case (red) ($109.99)
Other: Nzxt phantom window panel ($24.99)
Other: Network adaptor ($19.99)
Total: $890.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 12, 2012 2:44:22 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k4FJ

The GTX 660 and the 660 Ti have very similar performance, so the 660 Ti isn't worth it. That PSU was also overkill. The money saved went towards an i5-3550, but a K edition could be fit in if wanted (the 3550 can be overclocked to about 4GHz, so only get a K edition if you want at least 4.4GHz or else you're wasting your money). I also changed the memory kit from a $41 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V 2x4GB kit to a DDR3-2133 11-11-11-30 1.5V 2x4GB kit for $39.99 (save a dollar and get slightly higher performance, win-win).

What do you think of this?
October 12, 2012 2:57:52 AM

Thanks man, the only question I have is will the PSU you picked out be enough to power the pc?
Here's the final build I have come up with based on your suggestions: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k4J4
a b 4 Gaming
October 12, 2012 3:01:56 AM

It's more than enough, hun.
Only time you'll need more than 530w is if you add a 2nd GPU for SLI/CF.

P.S - The Scorpio series is a laptop HDD. Look for the Caviar Blue/Black (blue is cheaper) for desktop HDDs if you want Western Digital.
October 12, 2012 3:02:28 AM

deadturtl3 said:
Thanks man, the only question I have is will the PSU you picked out be enough to power the pc?
Here's the final build I have come up with based on your suggestions: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k4J4


Oh yes, that PSU is plenty. I'd trust it with even a second 660 for SLI later on.
October 12, 2012 3:20:24 AM

excella1221 said:
It's more than enough, hun.
Only time you'll need more than 530w is if you add a 2nd GPU for SLI/CF.

P.S - The Scorpio series is a laptop HDD. Look for the Caviar Blue/Black (blue is cheaper) for desktop HDDs if you want Western Digital.


Thanks for the heads up on the hdd I changed it to a hitachi deskstar 1tb 7200RPM internal drive
October 12, 2012 3:38:21 AM

This build includes a better video card:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Belkin power surge protector ($24.99)
Other: Nzxt Phantom Full Tower Case (red) ($109.99)
Other: Nzxt phantom window panel ($24.99)
Other: Network adaptor ($19.99)
Total: $968.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

a b 4 Gaming
October 12, 2012 5:29:04 AM

deadturtl3 said:
Thanks for the heads up on the hdd I changed it to a hitachi deskstar 1tb 7200RPM internal drive

Well, so much for Western Digital then. :lol: 
Hitachi is great as well though. Don't let Newegg reviews fool you. :) 

lighter17's build is great if you're willing to stretch your budget a little more.

I suggested the build I made under the assumption you'll be buying everything from Newegg. :p 
!