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November 10, 2012 4:08:02 AM

So I want to build a new tower over the holiday season that allows me to run modern games at med-high graphics and 40+fps. My laptop now can't even run Diablo III and Smite at only 13fps on lowest. I don't play very demanding games, mainly Diablo III and Smite and eventually COD.

I have been looking around for a couple of weeks and doing some research and this is what I came up with. I want to spend around $600, no more than $650.

I just need the tower components as I already have everything else.

Here is what I have currently.

Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
Model #:FD6300WMHKBOX
Item #:N82E16819113286
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
$139.99 $139.99
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:970 EXTREME3
Item #:N82E16813157280
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$94.99 -$20.00 Instant $74.99
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M1A1600C10
Model #:CML8GX3M1A1600C10
Item #:N82E16820233309
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$37.99 $37.99
SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version
Model #:100355-1GOCL
Item #:N82E16814202004
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card
$189.99 -$10.00 Instant $179.99
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:NEO ECO 520C
Item #:N82E16817371030
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$69.99 -$15.00 Instant $54.99
Western Digital WD Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD3200AAKX
Item #:N82E16822136770
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$84.99 -$20.00 Instant $64.99
RAIDMAX Blade ATX-298WW Black / White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:ATX-298WW
Item #:N82E16811156261
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$59.99 $59.99
Subtotal: $612.93

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November 10, 2012 5:04:47 AM

the build not bad but spend a little more for a better system.
or the msi g45 micro atx.
both mb will do fine as a gaming build. myself i like the asus bios it easy and stright forward. if your going to have the pc on a wifi network pcik up a pci card it save you a usb slot and there about the same price.

the vidoe card is fine but i would bump up the power supply to a 600-650 watt unit.
with power supply it not only the max output in wattage but the amps rating on the 12v plus line and if there one or two 12v rails. most new bronze rated ps have one 12v rail. the 12v rail has to power the video card..the drives and the cpu. if it under rated the pc will lock up or reboot under load. also read the reviews of power supplys a lot of them a cheap china junk that cant output there rated load.
a cheap ps can go and take your whole rig with it. dont chance it.
the only other part i would toss in is a evo 212 heat sink or a clone of it. the free intel heat sink not bad but under gaming load after market heat sink will keep your cpu cooler.
November 10, 2012 5:08:36 AM

Do not get the AMD FX-6300, it is horribly underperforming. Either get the top tier AMD 8350 or rather a I5. Even an I3 is better...
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November 10, 2012 6:06:17 AM

Ok i'll definitely look into the intel i5 board especially if I can just go to Microcenter and pick it up and I will certainly make sure my psu won't be holding me back! Thanks for the advice smorizio
November 10, 2012 7:06:11 AM

You actually picked out a great PSU with more than enough wattage for your needs. If you have a microcenter nearby, the i5 at $140 is a no-brainer. :) 

You wouldn't need to spend that much on a Z77 motherboard though, an H77 or B75 would be just fine since you wouldn't be overclocking or running multiple video cards.

Here, take a look:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $677.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 04:05 EST-0500)

That even gives you a better video card, and you're within budget at $637 once you account for the Microcenter CPU price.

Lots of options for cases too, I wouldn't go with a raidmax unless you're really, really in love with the looks.
November 10, 2012 3:47:44 PM

ckholt83 thanks! Only question is there a difference between normal atx mothorboards and micros other than the size? And I'm not attached to any particular case so I'll look at getting the best quality for price.
November 10, 2012 9:35:24 PM

Nope, no real difference aside from the size. Usually ATX motherboards have more ports / slots for expansion, but as the technology improves that gap continues to grow smaller. That mATX board will support everything else in the build, but depending on when you are buying and if you spot a good deal on an equivalent ATX board, there'd be nothing to stop you from switching between the two.

Antec 302 is another great case option too, as bawchicawawa points out. I also like the Antec One, the Zalman Z11, and the Rosewill Challeneger in that price range.