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Budget Gaming build for $558.00, compatible and good to go?

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November 14, 2012 2:17:07 AM

Here it is!
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nFem
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nFem/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nFem/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $558.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-13 23:15 EST-0500)


If there are any cheaper deals I am definitely open to that. Looking for max FPS in games, and will I be able to OC that graphics card on that motherboard?

Thanks for the help!
November 14, 2012 2:30:57 AM

Looks solid but with that SSD you won't have much storage space.
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November 14, 2012 2:33:14 AM

I have a external at the office ill be using, so I put a SSD in for faster boot/load times. Is the PSU a solid quality/have enough power?
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November 14, 2012 2:42:41 AM

Oh, and can I overclock that card with that board? Or does the board even matter.
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November 14, 2012 2:47:17 AM

white cases look terrible with a black monitor , keyboard , speakers etc
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November 14, 2012 3:09:50 AM

abrown221 said:
Oh, and can I overclock that card with that board? Or does the board even matter.


The i3 can't really overclock, so it's a moot point. That board is a z77 chipset, which is for overclocking, and it's also a micro-atx form factor, which means you're going to have space issues. (And it'll look silly in a big case.) Get a board that uses the h77 chipset, and is a full atx board.
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November 14, 2012 3:52:10 AM

curious. Are you buying from microcenter online or visiting (the SSD). You can get the i3 3225 for $119 and then $40 bucks off a motherboard if you can go to the store. Really good savings.
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November 14, 2012 4:00:18 AM

I wouldn't use an external especially for games. I don't think you'd be able to put a lot of games in that 120gb SSD especially since newer games are taking up so much space. I would suggest a 1b HDD which is on sale right now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Faster boot time is not as important as good storage space.
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November 14, 2012 5:08:48 AM

ohyouknow said:
curious. Are you buying from microcenter online or visiting (the SSD). You can get the i3 3225 for $119 and then $40 bucks off a motherboard if you can go to the store. Really good savings.


Is Microcenter doing the $40 off a motherboard with CPU purchase on intel bundles? I'm browsing their site and can only find that deal for AMD FX series CPU's and MOBO combos.

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.as...

The reason I ask is because I am also planning a build. I was considering an I5-3570K and figured out I have an aunt that lives near a Microcenter in NY and could have her pick up the part for me and ship it to me in Florida. But if I could get the $40 off on a MOBO as well i might as well get that too from microcenter instead of say newegg.
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