Budget $750 gaming pc

So I'm about to order parts for my first pc. Just looking for someone to look over the parts and tell me what they think before I buy :)

Budget: $750 max

System usage: gaming/recording with fraps

Do I need OS: YES

Location: Florida, US

Parts preference: amd for the cpu, just because the phenom ii x4 965 will be able to multitask better than a more expensive i3 3220.

Overclocking: sort of nervous about doing this, but I have a cpu cooler in the build to have that option open

Monitor resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional comments: I know, the case is overkill and is the most obvious place to cut back to cheapen the price up a little, but I love the design of this case and to me, its worth the extra 40 bucks. Eventually I'll add in some some red cathodes and/or led fans to light it up and make it look even sexier :)


Alright, tell me what you think! :)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kzGZ
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  1. That looks like a well thought out build to me. Should be fine for the price.
  2. Here's a bit of a revision.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.05 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)
    Total: $730.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  3. excella1221 said:
    Here's a bit of a revision.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.05 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)
    Total: $730.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    Thanks for the suggestion! Not a big fan of the psu, though. Also, what do you think about that motherboard? Is Asrock a really reliable company? The reason I went with a solid Asus board is this is my very time building a pc, and I'm trying to use parts of good enough quality to not give me any trouble on my first build.
  4. ASRock used to be a spin-off company of ASUS, and ranks #3 on top motherboard manufacturers, just behind Gigabyte(#2) and ASUS(#1). They went independent and swayed off ASUS a few years ago.

    If you'd be more comfortable with an ASUS though, feel free to get it, but they are known to overprice a lot.

    CX500 isn't the greatest of PSUs, but it should serve you well.
    Here are other alternatives though, if you want.
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-BP550UP&c=CJ
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62391&vpn=OCZ-ZS550W&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035&name=Power-Supplies&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199&name=Power-Supplies&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manufacture=XFX

    They are all of good quality.
  5. Looks like a nice build.

    Could always ditch the cpu cooler for now and spend it somewhere else, or just to save some cash. Then when you want to OC you can always pick one up.
  6. lycros said:
    Looks like a nice build.

    Could always ditch the cpu cooler for now and spend it somewhere else, or just to save some cash. Then when you want to OC you can always pick one up.


    Is the phenom 965 capable of running fraps and a game like Battlefield 3 (multiplayer) at the same time if its not overclocked? If so, I will probably never need a cooler....
  7. Yes. Theoretically, even an Intel Pentium could with the right supporting components.

    With your usage, the Phenom's quad-core would benefit you more than the i3.
  8. excella1221 said:
    Yes. Theoretically, even an Intel Pentium could with the right supporting components.

    With your usage, the Phenom's quad-core would benefit you more than the i3.


    Whoa. What "supporting components" would allow an intel pentium to record BF3 multiplayer? XD
  9. TheScarecrow97 said:
    Alright, tell me what you think! :)

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kzGZ


    I don't know if you're committed to AMD CPUs for any reason other than cost, but you can get an i5-3470 system for about the same price:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.97 @ CompUSA)
    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 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)
    Total: $801.09
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    That price isn't accurate because of pcpartpicker limitations. Newegg just started a promo that makes the price of the CPU $185 after promo code EMCJNJB25, and the DVD drive is $17 after promo code EMCJNJB83. There's a $6 off promo code for the PSU and a $10 off combo deal for the memory/motherboard. If my math is right that means up front cost of the the system price would be $807 (with shipping/no tax) and $767 AR.

    I know you indicated you don't like that PSU, but it's a solid performer and the compromise there would get you a much faster CPU. Of course if you can afford a little extra the XFX PSU would be a worthwhile upgrade.


    Edit: And the new Newegg promo includes this Zalman case that you might want to check out. $50 AR
  10. okay, so I am planning on building a pc to game on (as well as every day use), don't want to go over $700-$750 budget really, already have a single 1920x1080 monitor, wont be using more than one, and already have the OS here is what I have that i need to get so far, please help fill in the blanks with suggestions asap! thanks people!

    CPU: intel core i5 3570k ~ $205 ~ Amazon
    GPU: two (2) 560 ti's in SLI~ (would like to trade them to someone for a 7970/680) ~ spent $200 from a friend
    PSU: yet do be decided (need 850w) ~ $90 budget on PSU
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC ~ $90
    MOBO: Asrock z77 extreme4 (w/ 2x4gb 1600ghz PC3 12800 SDRAM free) ~ $135 ~ Newegg
    CASE: Rosewill Challenger ~ $40 ~ Newegg
    Wireless Adapter ~ $20 ~ Amazon
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ~ $15
    Logitech Wireless Keyboard ~ $20 ~ Amazon
    OS: Windows 8 ultimate ~ FREE ~ perks of my job
    1920x1080 Monitor ~ already have (price ignored)
    HDD: 1TB 3.5" 7200 RPM ~ $50

    Total as stands at all these prices ~ $865

    Still would like to cut 115 dollars if possible w/o performace loss, please comment/share thoughts and ideas! All thoughts appreciated! (please state whether i should drop the SSD or HDD for now and add the other later)(also what are benefits of maybe going hardwired to internet instead of wireless for now? it is stationary obv as a desktop)(if i dropped SSD and wireless adapter for now that is 110 dropped instantly, then just need to find another 5-55 to drop preferably)(also planning to do some heavy overclocking later down the road, i will worry about better cooling when i get to that stage, so please no worries about that for now as well ^.^)

    EDIT: This is my build that I am working on, it is down to $755 with said subtractions, lemme know what ya think, its what i have got to so far =)
  11. ^Hun, you can just start your own thread, y'know? :P

    @TheScarecrow97 - You're underestimating the Pentium. :lol: Just the right amount of RAM and a decent video card and BF3 would play fine there. :P
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