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New gaming build 750ish atm but would like cheaper?

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November 12, 2012 2:26:43 AM

Hello about to build a new comp and was looking for some input on what I have so far. Would like to be a bit cheaper but I dont know if I where to go down or if I should just go for it.

already have keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

1 Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822145304

1 MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813130645


1 Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
Item #: N82E16819116506

1 Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371016

1 Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153

1 EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130826

1 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10B
Item #: N82E16820233365

1 LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136247


Subtotal $778.92
Tax What's this? $0.00
Shipping $4.84
Promo Code -$35.00
Order Total $748.76

Whatcha think?
November 12, 2012 2:42:53 AM

You don't need Z77 mobo if your not overclocking. A B75 mobo will do. I also would stay away from msi motherboards. Don't get a Hitachi deathstar. Get a good seagate or western digital hard drive. That psu... I would recommend a Corsair or Seasonic. And unless you are doing serious video editing, you don't need 16 gigs of ram. Gaming? I'd get 8 gigs. Normal use? 4 gigs.
November 12, 2012 3:48:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $646.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 00:48 EST-0500)

What Cheesy said. Don't get Nvidia right now as AMD is owning in the GPU department. You also get Far Cry 3 for free when you buy the 7870. Lastly, if you really want it to be cheaper then get a 7850. The cheapest one would be the PowerColor brand of 7850.
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November 12, 2012 4:32:18 AM

^good build, but I would get another brand of that 7870. It uses reference cooling which would be bad under high load and in the long run.

Also, might wanna change the PSU. The CX series is a bit mediocre and has cheap quality; the 430w is actually a 380w unit in reality if you look closely at the specs.

The RAM is sold out btw and has CL10, I would suggest at least a CL9 as this is the general consensus on modern builds, though the difference might not be that big.

The budget permits a full ATX board, no need for a micro that's a bit limited on features and is only $10 cheaper.
November 15, 2012 2:14:55 PM

Best answer selected by icecoldviper.