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November 18, 2012 10:17:00 PM

Hello, i'm looking to purchase a PC mainly for gaming/watching youtube videos. My budget is roughly 700-900$. I will be buying it around the end of January. I haven't had a gaming PC before which is why i'm not well versed in this field, I may possibly build it myself however I would like some recommendations on prebuilt prior. To name a few, i'd like to play Arma II, TF2, BO2 ect. I do not need to play them on max settings. Any advice for me i'd appreciate!

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November 18, 2012 10:43:28 PM

Under 800$ :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofSq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofSq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofSq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $776.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Under 900$ :

CPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofV6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofV6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofV6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $860.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 18, 2012 11:45:46 PM

A CPU cooler is not necessary for the first build. The one supplied should work just fine.
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November 18, 2012 11:54:06 PM

djangoringo said:
Under 800$ :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofSq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofSq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofSq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $776.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Under 900$ :

CPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofV6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofV6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ofV6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $860.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If you are sure about not overclocking pick the first one, because you would pay $90 more and the difference won't be noticeable. However if you do plan to OC the 2nd build is the best choice.

Both builds are a real good value. Good job djangoringo!
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November 19, 2012 12:14:23 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $890.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 21:14 EST-0500)
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November 19, 2012 12:28:26 AM

Question - do you need a monitor/keyboard/mouse?
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November 19, 2012 1:01:05 AM

dkcomputer said:
Question - do you need a monitor/keyboard/mouse?


I don't need a keyboard or mouse, should I upgrade my monitor though?



Also I think I may select option 1 from djangoringo's post and simply build it myself. However do you guys recommend I overclock (and get a different setup) or will option 1 fit fine for the games i'm wanting to play?
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November 19, 2012 1:03:08 AM

Well, it depends on the monitor you have now.
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November 19, 2012 1:11:43 AM

Deemo13 said:
Well, it depends on the monitor you have now.

I have a Dell SE198WFP 19 inch, i'm assuming it would be a notable difference with an upgrade of monitors. Any you recommend?
Also rethinking it what would be a nice gaming mouse/keyboard you would suggest?
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November 19, 2012 2:11:42 AM

It really just depends on what you care to play on. If you want a new monitor, then you can get a new monitor.

I can't recommend a mouse/keyboard, since I just go for whatever works.
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November 19, 2012 2:30:48 AM

What operating system do you recommend I install upon it also? (Windows 7 or Windows 8 I suppose?)
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November 19, 2012 4:22:52 AM

I would just go with Windows 7.
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November 19, 2012 12:32:43 PM

gigity said:
I don't need a keyboard or mouse, should I upgrade my monitor though?



Also I think I may select option 1 from djangoringo's post and simply build it myself. However do you guys recommend I overclock (and get a different setup) or will option 1 fit fine for the games i'm wanting to play?

overclocking is not so worthy in gaming anyway , just gaining 4 or 5 fps and make raise the temp of your cpu :/ 
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November 25, 2012 6:51:43 PM

Best answer selected by gigity.
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