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Please help: first gaming rig. is it good or bad for $800

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November 19, 2012 5:36:39 AM

Ok so this seems to be the best bang for the buck at around $800. Can you look it over and tell me if you see any obvious flaws/potential bottle-necking issues? I want this to run games mainly and I want to run them well for a few years before I throw any more money at this. Please tell me some pros and cons and let me know what you think. I plan on buying today. Thanks.


GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:GA-970A-UD3
Item #:N82E16813128519

$114.99 -$25.00 Instant $89.99




XFX FX-795A-TNFC Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:FX-795A-TNFC
Item #:N82E16814150590

$314.99 $314.99




Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:HCG-620M
Item #:N82E16817371059

$99.99 -$30.00 Instant $69.99




COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
Model #:RR-B10-212P-G1
Item #:N82E16835103065

$34.99 -$5.00 Instant $29.99




Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST1000DM003
Item #:N82E16822148840

$109.99 -$30.00 Instant $79.99




AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
Model #:FD6300WMHKBOX
Item #:N82E16819113286

$139.99 $139.99




Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 M7J-00001 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse
Model #:M7J-00001
Item #:N82E16823109235

$37.99 -$15.00 Instant $22.99




SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB/RSBS
Model #:SH-224BB/RSBS
Item #:N82E16827151257

$20.99 -$4.00 Instant $16.99




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

$59.99 -$20.00 Instant $39.99


Subtotal: $804.91

I appreciate your input.

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November 19, 2012 5:56:33 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: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Editi 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($26.40 @ Amazon)
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: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $785.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Go through that and see if you might like it. The video card I chose is cheaper and more powerful, at 950Mhz.
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November 19, 2012 6:05:45 AM

Thats a good build too. I prefer to buy all in one place though. Thanks for the input.
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November 19, 2012 6:17:39 AM

Does anyone else have some advice?
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November 19, 2012 6:47:56 AM

If you're going for gaming, I would suggest an Intel CPU simply because they are far far superior. And even though many people may say going the intel way is more expensive, it's really not. I would go for an i5 2500 or and i5 3570k.
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November 19, 2012 6:53:06 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: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ 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: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ 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: $760.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 03:52 EST-0500)
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