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First $700 Gaming PC - critique plz placing order soon!

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October 16, 2012 9:01:19 PM

- looking to order everything from newegg
- budget $700
- no plans on overclocking and/or doing crossfire.

Current Build (please critique):

1.) ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

2.) Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129181

3.) VisionTek 900505 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814129230

4.) Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371030

5.) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233186

6.) ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157326

7.) Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
Item #: N82E16819116506

8.) Western Digital Scorpio Black wd5000bpkt 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136856

TOTAL: $690

I will be making this purchase soon so any last minute critiques/suggestions is much appreciated. any savings would be a plus
October 16, 2012 9:24:49 PM

ok upgraded the mobo to the one you suggested, sorry the hardrive was supposed to be the "blue" wd. thanks
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October 16, 2012 9:50:37 PM

Pretty much the build I just finished except I went with a rosewill green 530w power supply, a i5 3570 and a 500gb caviar blue hard drive instead because of rebates I had available 2 weeks ago.

Great build, do not regret anything. I'm waiting until black friday for a gpu though.

p.s the asrock b75m-gl is a great mobo, I'd go with it especially at 59.99$
October 16, 2012 11:20:30 PM

It's a good mobo, but I'd spend a bit more for a better feature-set,

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November 1, 2012 2:54:36 AM

Looks good, I'd maybe go AMD like my $650 ($620 build here)
You lose some slight performance in gaming with the same GPU, however, with the money you save you can get a CPU that can perform all around applications just as well and game pretty close within a small margin of roughly 1-3 FPS difference on the same card, you however get a better GPU in that you get the 7870 and save $70! :) 

Though that build looks solid! As stated, just a HDD would do!

OH also, change the GPU to this one:
November 1, 2012 3:14:36 AM

Get the Antec Earthwatts 650W. It's also a tier 2 power supply, and has more wattage, and right now is cheaper with a 25 mail in rebate. It's also more efficient.

The i5 3470 is on sale for only $150 at microcenter, see if you can pick that up. Better CPU, cheaper price, as long as you have a microcenter nearby.

With all this saved money on better parts for lower prices, get yourself a better graphics card. You'll save $50 from the CPU and PSU

There's also this:

Better CAS timing, lower price.

You'll save like $55 total, which will allow you to upgrade your graphics card.

I'd recommend this:

It'll stay around your budget of $700, and will be waay better than the 7850. The CPU will be better. The RAM will be better. Winwinwinwinwin.

Good luck on your build!
November 1, 2012 3:44:32 AM

Why would OP get the EA650 when he has no plans to SLI/CF or overclock? Makes 0 sense.

The OP is already at $690, how would getting a card that is about $80 more keep him within his budget?
November 1, 2012 3:49:27 AM

Because the i5 3470 is $50 less at microcenter. (including shipping costs of the 3450)

The EA650 is $5 LESS, and is MORE efficient and has MORE watts, making it a better deal. He's paying less for a better power supply. Makes 0 sense? I'm sure he wants to pay more for less performance. If he were to CF/SLI, I'd have rcommended at least 700W.

The RAM is $5 less and has better timings. Again, more performance for the price.

The extra $60 could be spent on the 7950. Do the math, the card is $58 more, not $80. Assuming he gets a regular non-laptop hard drive, he will actually be BELOW the original post.

Yes, I made 0 sense. Think before you post next time. Please.
November 1, 2012 5:36:26 AM

IF HE GETS THE REBATE... Up front he is paying $20 more... Not everyone gets the rebate.

I didn't say to NOT get the i5 3470, obviously Microcenter is always cheaper than retailers. Read better next time what I'm saying.

Why don't you do the math. The card is $305 before rebates, the 7850 is not the best choice, I suggested the 7870 for $200, you're right, that's $105 more before rebates. Stop being ignorant like that. You can't include rebates in final price ever, you can't always count on them to come. I know plenty of people who've done all the instructions and still don't receive the MIR.

Why don't you think next time.
November 1, 2012 10:06:57 AM

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