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First $750 gaming rig

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November 4, 2012 7:38:52 PM

Hey Toms Hardware,

This will be my first time building a computer and I am looking for some advice!

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 3 days!

Budget Range: $750 to $800 preferably less.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School work, movies etc.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, otherwise the full shabang.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: The US of A

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU and GPU by XFX or Sapphire

Overclocking: Maybe a little for GPU

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 21.5 inches

Additional Comments: Would like to be able to play BF3 on med. or high. Would like it to be efficient and quiet. Will likely be using two monitors eventually

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Here are the parts I am already looking at (mostly looking for confirmation):

MOBO: ASRock 970 Extreme3 = $82
CPU: AMD Phenom ii x4 965 = $89
GPU: Sapphire 7770 Vapor-X Ghz edition = $139
OR Sapphire 7850 2gb Ghz editioin = $199
RAM: Corsair Vengence 8gb (2x4gb) = $40 (minus $10 with mobo combo)
PSU: Rosewill Fortress 550W = $99
Optical Drive: ASUS stock no bells and whistles = $19
Case: Rosewill Challenger = $49 (minus $15 with op drive and psu combo)
HDD: Western Digital caviar blue 500gb 7200 rpm = $69
Wireless PCi adapter: SYBA PCI 1-Channel CardBus Host Controller - $19
Mouse: Logitech G400 = $39
OS: Windows 7 or 8 not sure which to get = $99
All together = $722 or $782 with other graphics card

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If there are any compatibility issues let me know! also Some more questions.

- Which of the graphics cards listed will be better for running BF3 on at least med to high?
- Will power supply be enough?
- Are al the parts good quality?
- Overall what do you think of the storage? (anything better for a similar price)
- Will the Wireless PCI adapter get me internet? (Do I need it)

Thats pretty much it! I would like to order tomorrow preferably so the stuff gets here for the weekend, or if i order from newegg by tuesday will it still come friday?
Thanks for the help in advance!!!

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November 4, 2012 7:52:06 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m3QI

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $856.47

If you can stretch to that?
November 4, 2012 7:55:18 PM

You definitely want the extra power of the HD7850. The Rosewill PSU may be in combo, but you don't need to pay that anyway. Get an XFX 550w, just as good, if not better, and $50. Make sure that RAM is low profile. If you want to overclock Phenom, you will need cooler suggest CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo. Low profile RAM won't clash with it. If using Corsair that needs to be CML. GSKill Ares, or Crucial Ballistix Sport good alternatives.
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November 4, 2012 7:56:04 PM

It appears to be a bit above my budget! I am looking to AMD because it has a better price to performance ratio.
November 4, 2012 7:59:05 PM

Okay thanks for the responses! I will look into it malbluff.
November 4, 2012 7:59:58 PM

richi3d10 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m3QI

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $856.47

If you can stretch to that?

Unfortunately it's not that, though. OP needs operating system, wi-fi, and mouse. Don't know about keyboard.
Suggest OP gets Windows7 Home Premium 64bit. I wouldn't get 8 yet. Let somone else find the bugs, and upgrade later, if it really looks good, IN PRACTICE.
November 4, 2012 8:27:12 PM

Cool! I will go for 7. I dont think I will overclock my CPU at all
November 4, 2012 8:50:30 PM

Of course, nothing says you have to overclock. I would still recommend you use low profile RAM, just in case you change your mind, later, and want to fit a cooler. Overclocking can be a way to extend the useful life of a processor, when the day comes that you feel it's really lagging behind the "competition", you can give your system a "boost", and keep it competative, a bit longer.
November 4, 2012 8:57:27 PM

that sounds good! I wanted to get a good PSU so went with capstone 550w modular. My case does not have good cable management so want modular and mind as well get an efficient one.
November 4, 2012 9:10:31 PM

The Capstone is pretty good PSU.
November 4, 2012 9:27:14 PM

good thanks for the immediate feed back. will likely order tomorrow because of it!
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