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500$ Build

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October 30, 2012 10:44:52 PM

I'm building a rig for a friend for 500$ (excluding OS).

This is what I have so far, and I think it's the best i'll get.

3750k 170$ http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...
P8Z77-V LX 80$ http://www.microcenter.com/product/387156/P8Z77-V_LX_So...
Corsair XMS3 RAM 28$ After Rebate: http://www.microcenter.com/product/347304/XMS3_Series_8...(PC3-10666)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb 65$ http://www.microcenter.com/product/347353/Caviar_Blue_5...
Thermaltake V3 Computer Case 26$ http://www.microcenter.com/product/323929/V3_Black_Edit...
Thermaltake TR2 500w PSU 36$ http://www.microcenter.com/product/365237/TR2_Series_50...
LG 24x DVD-ROM 16$ http://www.microcenter.com/product/401744/24x_SATA_Inte...
HIS Radeon 7770 110$ http://www.microcenter.com/product/387845/H777F1G2M_iCo...

-40$ from the processor and mobo bundle = EXACTLY 491$ (excluding tax).

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October 30, 2012 10:46:49 PM

I would go with an i3 for sure and use the money for a 7850 or 7870.
October 30, 2012 10:51:38 PM

Most games that will come out will utilize quad cores. the i3 is a great processor, don't get me wrong, but I don't think 2 cores will cut it. This is planning to last him around 4-5 years, so I wanted to get a good processor that will last him, and he can upgrade the GPU more easily than the CPU.
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October 30, 2012 10:58:03 PM

It is just as easy to upgrade the CPU. the i5 and i7 share the same socket at the i3. If he goes with an i3 and a better GPU he will be able to play games on high/ ultra now. If he goes with the i5 and 7770 he will only be able to game on mostly medium and some high settings for about a year before he would need an upgrade.

To me it makes more sense to build the best possible gaming system for now and then upgrade the CPU later when the game technology needs it and not have to worry about the GPU.

Its basically just between playing on medium/ high now or playing on ultra now.
October 30, 2012 11:04:04 PM

Not really. The 7770 and the i5 3750k play BF3 on ultra at around 30-40 FPS.

He could also just throw in another 7770 at christmas and have some insane preformance there too.

He does alot of video rendering etc, so he needs the extra cores. We we're going to go AMD for that, but Intel preforms nicely in rendering and way better then AMD in gaming.
October 31, 2012 1:00:03 AM

Can you order from NewEgg?
October 31, 2012 1:25:25 AM

Nope, we're planning on building this week. Otherwise I would :p 
October 31, 2012 1:36:15 AM

Check out the newest review of Catalyst 12.11 with the 7770 from Techpowerup. The test setup is an i7-3770K & 8gb DDR3 1600. High 20's to low 30's on Ultra. That's a single player benchmark.
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