Building a Gaming PC

To be honest, I wasn't sure where to post this, but I thought I'd ask you "Experts". =D


In the near future, I would like to build my own PC. Now, I am pretty tech savvy, but I have not yet built a computer on my own. I am wanting to know what's the best bang of my buck. My budget would probably be under $700. Now, I know you CAN build at least an OKAY PC for that. But here's what I'm wanting...


Intel CPU (Preferably a i5 or i7)

8-12GB's of RAM

700GB-1TB hard drive

Good graphics card, preferably NVIDIA GeForce. (I currently use an AMD Radeon 7750 because it's cheap)


Mostly, I'm asking what all do I absolutely have to have to build a PC, what brands/hardware is best to get, and what can I get for a under $700 budget?

Also suggestions for MOBO's and cases are implied.
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  1. Try this.
    CPU: i5 3570k - $226.00
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 - $129.99
    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $36.99
    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W - $61.99
    Case: Antec Three hundred - $49.99
    GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition - $129.99
    DVD Optical Drive: Very inexpensive. $10-$20.00
    HDD: Take your pick, they're always on sale now. :)
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($227.34 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $659.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Here you go :)
  3. robnof said:
    Try this.
    CPU: i5 3570k - $226.00
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 - $129.99
    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $36.99
    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W - $61.99
    Case: Antec Three hundred - $49.99
    GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition - $129.99
    DVD Optical Drive: Very inexpensive. $10-$20.00
    HDD: Take your pick, they're always on sale now. :)

    Decent, but you're spending too much on the CPU and not enough on the GPU. With an i5-3570k, I would at least want a GTX660 or Radeon HD7870.
  4. mocchan said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($227.34 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $659.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Here you go :)



    Wow, thanks! I really appreciate it. I think I'm leaning towards this option, you selected almost exactly what I want. I mean... I don't need a CPU that OC's to 4.0+Ghz

    Just something that'll run most any game. And by judging from what you've picked out, you've selected just the hardware to do so.

    The only thing I might change up is the case. I will look around and see what else there is, I just want to make sure I find one compatible with the motherboard obviously.
  5. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  6. How about the i5 2500k?

    Does the 3470 have much of an advantage over the 2500k because it's Ivy Bridge?
  7. Get an i5-3570 or k if you are going to over clock

    Motherboard h77 will do if you are not going to over clock and sli / crossfire if you are get z77

    Ram, doesn't really matter, 8 gb of 1600 mhz will do.

    Go with the power supply above ^^

    And lastly, get a 7850. There is one for like $160 right now.

    If you can wait, use your old 7750 and wait to get a 7870 / 7950. It'll do you best.
  8. mocchan said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($227.34 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $659.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Here you go :)
    you would be mental to get a 660 over a 7870 that costs the same and comes with Farcry 3!
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