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$800 PC Build

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October 15, 2012 2:33:45 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Christmas

Budget Range: $800 after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Counter Strike:GO, Minecraft, Team Fortress 2)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, sadly

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/A

Location: N/A

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900 px

Additional Comments: N/A

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want better frames, already using Game Booster

More about : 800 build

a b C Monitor
October 15, 2012 2:52:29 AM

No preferred websites? Where are you from btw?(If you don't mind me asking).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ 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) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $757.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 15, 2012 3:03:11 AM

Tennessee, United States. Would it be worth putting some more money into the CPU and going for an i5?
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a b C Monitor
October 15, 2012 3:38:31 AM

Sure, hun. Though this goes above your budget a little.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ 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) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $811.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I won't really sacrifice GPU power for CPU, but if you're okay with that, the 7850 is a bit cheaper and has good performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

We can also cut costs if you settle for a cheap microATX motherboard, but it's really limited on features.
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October 15, 2012 3:55:16 AM

Would I be better off by ordering from different places, or should I order all from Newegg?

Also, is there anything else I would need other than the parts you have listed, and how hard would it be if I used Newegg's how to build a PC videos (First time PC Builder)?
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October 15, 2012 3:57:12 AM

Hi.
I made you a upgraded version of excella1221's second build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.52 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $800.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It's just as fast but it's overclockable which might be helpfull in the future.
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a b C Monitor
October 15, 2012 4:09:44 AM

^that's a good revision.

@xblakej - That's a question only you can answer. Though for the PC itself, this is probably all you need minus the peripherals.
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October 15, 2012 4:20:29 AM

Since the OP is in Tennessee I don't think the Microcenter in-store only deals are applicable.
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October 16, 2012 5:16:35 PM

How can I get it down to $800 only buying from newegg?
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October 16, 2012 6:03:48 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $777.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

That's after $15 in rebates. There's also a $10 off combo deal on motherboard/memory.
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a b C Monitor
October 16, 2012 6:44:53 PM

Is it just me or everything from Newegg suddenly had a price increase?
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October 16, 2012 8:03:23 PM

Yes, now it's $802.91 total from Newegg. That's fine though, as long as it doesn't go way over $800.
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