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First Gaming PC $700 Final Build Checkoff

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November 12, 2012 5:11:58 PM

Hey guys, I just picked out the parts for my first gaming PC. As it looks, I'm hanging out at around 700 dollars before shipping. Since I've never actually assembled a PC before, I just want to double check that I've made some decent choices and everything is compatible.

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (this is an existing drive I own)

Disk Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply

I'll be running this on Windows 7 Home Premium and using it for gaming (e.g. Minecraft, Portal 2, Borderlands 2, SWTOR, GW2, etc.), game live streaming, and photoshop image editing. Thanks much!
November 12, 2012 5:20:04 PM

This will all work together but a quick note, Rosewill in general doesn't have very good PSUs and the green series especially suck, also the 650TI GPU can run Minecraft and Portal 2 just fine but the rest of the game you listed you could only run on low to medium-low settings. Also the 1866 RAM won't be much a a boost over 1600, so if you want to save a few bucks you could change that.
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November 12, 2012 5:28:38 PM

Rosewill is not all that bad. But I would change the graphics card to something much better like the Radeon HD7850. It is very much worth the price jump it requires.
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November 12, 2012 5:35:33 PM

To save even more money go with 1333 memory, 1600 ram only shows 1-4% increase in performance which translates to 0-4 increase in fps at 100fps or more, lower fps you go you get diminishing returns.

For GTX 650Ti:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-...

plays BF3 at max settings (1080p ) at 29-36 average fps.
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November 12, 2012 5:35:57 PM

^ Lol good lie, Rosewill's Green series is one of their best and the recent Hive, Fortress and Capstone are even better.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/881

As for the build, for gaming, especially live streaming, the 650 Ti will not be enough. Not even close. Dependent on your resolution of course, but the 650 Ti is a pretty fail card. If you're open to using AMD, the FX-8320 is pretty solid and you'll save some money, get similar multi-threading performance and gaming performance as your GPU will be much better if not even better.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
Since it doesn't look like you need a case, (-$60)
Change the FX-6300 to the FX-8320 (+40): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Swap the 7870 for the 7950 (+70):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $670

You save quite a bit of money, the GPU is WAYYYY BETTER. More important for gaming. And for photoshop the FX-8320 is pretty solid. Plus it can still overclock really well.

Proof?
7950 vs 650 Ti: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=680
FX-8320/8350 review: http://www.techspot.com/review/586-amd-fx-8350-fx-6300/...
Borderlands 2 Benchmark: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2055/6/
BF3 Benchmark: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2055/5/

As you can see, in gaming it's more crucial to have a better GPU. Not a better CPU, with that said in the majority of the games your playing, especially with livestreaming, you should be looking at a better GPU. With that said, my build gives you one of the best.
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November 12, 2012 5:40:26 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ Lol good lie, Rosewill's Green series is one of their best and the recent Hive, Fortress and Capstone are even better.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/881

As for the build, for gaming, especially live streaming, the 650 Ti will not be enough. Not even close. Dependent on your resolution of course, but the 650 Ti is a pretty fail card. If you're open to using AMD, the FX-8320 is pretty solid and you'll save some money, get similar multi-threading performance and gaming performance as your GPU will be much better if not even better.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
Since it doesn't look like you need a case, (-$60)
Change the FX-6300 to the FX-8320 (+40): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Swap the 7870 for the 7950 (+70):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $670

You save quite a bit of money, the GPU is WAYYYY BETTER. More important for gaming. And for photoshop the FX-8320 is pretty solid. Plus it can still overclock really well.

Proof?
7950 vs 650 Ti: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=680
FX-8320/8350 review: http://www.techspot.com/review/586-amd-fx-8350-fx-6300/...
Borderlands 2 Benchmark: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2055/6/
BF3 Benchmark: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2055/5/

As you can see, in gaming it's more crucial to have a better GPU. Not a better CPU, with that said in the majority of the games your playing, especially with livestreaming, you should be looking at a better GPU. With that said, my build gives you one of the best.

+1; however if CPU is not as important wouldnt it be smarter to stick with FX6300 and use that added $40 for an even better GPU?
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November 12, 2012 5:45:10 PM

I have to agree with aznshinobi

Game performance is less about the processor and more about the graphics card .
In games like BF3 a $110 AMD FX 4100 produces the same fps as a top end intel i5 costing twice as much when they use the same graphics card

At this price point
the smart gaming build is

FX 6300 or FX 8320
Asrock 970 extreme4
2 x4 gig of RAM
and the best graphics card you can afford

Minimum would be a 7850 which can play BF3 at 60 FPS with a few image tweaks you probably wont notice , but preferably a Radeon 7950 or nVidia 660 ti

I would only recommend the 8320 if there was a secondary requirement that the computer was good at encoding
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November 12, 2012 6:24:46 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the replies! Right now my screen resolution is 1680 x 1050, so I'm not really playing on a monitor that's crazy huge. I switched out the memory for some G. Skill Ripjaws. I didn't realize there was such a small difference, so thanks for that! Also, I was looking into the Radeon HD 7850 2gb, which is around $200- but there are so many different brands of this card, how do you choose one?! I thought maybe the Sapphire? I am trying to decide on the two AMD processors that were suggested now.
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November 12, 2012 6:31:11 PM

For your resolution, I'd go with at least the 7870, the 7850 is a great card no doubt. But at higher settings it starts to struggle, specially since you're streaming. You may not know it, but it takes a whole lot of GPU power to stream. I'd try sticking with my build.

The FX-8320 would just help for your Photoshopping or multi-threaded apps.
Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
Since it doesn't look like you need a case, (-$60)
Change the FX-6300 to the FX-8320 (+40): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Swap the 7870 for the 7950 (+70):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $670

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