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October 17, 2012 2:37:26 AM

Ok so I'm building a new windows 8 computer. I have to use Amazon for at least $300 of the cost because I have gift cards.
I went ahead and just picked out everything on Amazon.(prime is awesome!) But I'm open to suggestions.

I already have a Gigabyte 7770 from my current pc that I plan to carry over for crossfire(have another in the below build).


Build:

Case: Antec One 44.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006TVQU6C/ref=ox_sc_a...

Power Supply: Antec 650 watt 69.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004NBZAES/ref=ox_sc_a...

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008KW62WA/ref=ox_sc_a...

Processor: Intel G850 68.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00520I9VA/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...

Ram: Kingston 8gb
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DDI0IE/ref=ox_sc_a...

Video card(second one): Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008NHK9T4/ref=ox_sc_a...

Final: 503.00
After Rebate: 470.00

I'm open to different parts if you have any ideas. I just need 300.00 of the cost to be on Amazon. I want to keep the total cost around 500 but I can swing a little more if there would be noticeable gains.
Thanks!

I plan to game at 1920x1080. I have a HP 2311xi monitor.
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October 17, 2012 3:05:26 AM

You don't need that beefy of a power supply to run that computer. A Corsair CX500 should work.

That is a good price though and allows for upgrade in the future.
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October 17, 2012 3:34:12 AM

500 watts is enough for two 7770s?
Thanks.
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October 17, 2012 3:58:16 AM

The 7770's don't really use that much power. The XFX550W could do it just fine.
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October 17, 2012 4:11:02 AM

Why go with CFX?, for two 7770 he might buy a 7870 or something similar and evade all the problems of CF and still have room for future CF/SLI.

Edit: Sorry i didnt read well your post.
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October 17, 2012 4:28:47 AM

Wait... you're buying a Pentium... and trying to crossfire? I don't think that's going to work particularly well.
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October 17, 2012 4:48:04 AM

Why do you think the pentium wont work? From what I've read its not much slower than the I3. I may upgrade later but for I don't think it will be too slow.

Thanks for the info Deemo. I looked up the xfx550w and its more expensive with shipping. I may shop around for a cheaper power supply. I figured I was on the low end! I may go for the corsair you mentioned.
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October 17, 2012 5:18:51 AM

I forgot I had a microcenter in my area. They have the I3 2120 for $90. Will probably get that instead. :) 
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October 17, 2012 5:22:07 AM

Well, if the Antec 650W is cheaper, go for that. Its a fantastic power supply.

I would also second going the single card route. Usually that kind of solution uses less power.
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October 17, 2012 6:11:53 AM

Don't cheap out on a case. I bought the Cooler Master 690 II Advanced USB 3.0.

Also why only 8GB RAM, RAM is not that expensive, go with 16GB minimum and 32GB preferably.

A motherboard like the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H will cost like $50 more, but the performance will be much better.

500GB HDD? For like $40 more you can get a 2TB one.
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Green-Intellipowe...

Get at least an i5 Ivy Bridge like the 3570K, you will be MUCH happier, and get a good aftermarket cooler like the CM Hyper 212 EVO.

Spend a few bucks more and you will have that system for years to come.
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October 17, 2012 6:38:47 AM

stchman said:
Get at least an i5 Ivy Bridge like the 3570K, you will be MUCH happier, and get a good aftermarket cooler like the CM Hyper 212 EVO.


You are aware that the i5-3570K is $150 more expensive than the processor he is currently getting....right?

Its kinda out of budget.
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October 18, 2012 2:08:42 AM

Deemo13 said:
You are aware that the i5-3570K is $150 more expensive than the processor he is currently getting....right?

Its kinda out of budget.


The processor he specified is the kind of processor that you see in the $400 budget POS computers at Best Buy with a junky monitor.

That processor is on the low end right now. In less than 2 years it will be completely obsolete.

Besides the OP never specified a dollar amount for his budget.
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October 18, 2012 2:59:19 AM

stchman said:
The processor he specified is the kind of processor that you see in the $400 budget POS computers at Best Buy with a junky monitor.

That processor is on the low end right now. In less than 2 years it will be completely obsolete.

Besides the OP never specified a dollar amount for his budget.


I think that even some i7s might look kind of old in two years. And the OP said "I want to keep the total cost around 500".

I guess i would not call it obsolete at all depending on your needs, im still using a 1,6Ghz single core Sempron and it's enough for web browsing, word processing, basic coding and similar stuff.
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October 18, 2012 3:16:15 AM

stchman said:
The processor he specified is the kind of processor that you see in the $400 budget POS computers at Best Buy with a junky monitor.

That processor is on the low end right now. In less than 2 years it will be completely obsolete.

Besides the OP never specified a dollar amount for his budget.


Doesn't matter if its on the low end if its in the budget. Its the best performing for the price if you don't want to overclock.
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