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BUILDING MY FIRST EVER PC! - please take a look

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November 22, 2012 1:32:48 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 24 -48 hours.

Budget Range: 700-800 USD before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference. I will go with where it is cheaper

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: I might overclock the memory RAM from 1600mhz to XXXXmhz or the processor. However, I honestly don't know if this build will bottleneck so I really don't know if overclocking will have any sort of effect on performance. Can anyone tell me if there is a huge bottleneck with my potential PC build?

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 60hz

Additional Comments: Just looking for the cheapest parts without taking a hit to the performance

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
I am building this PC for gaming primarily. I use Laptop intel hd 3000 right now.

The Monitor that I am planning on getting
(can't decide between the two)
SAMSUNG B30 Series S24B30BL Matte Black 23.6" 5ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 70000:1 (1000:1) ($120 @ newegg)
BenQ GW2250 Glossy Black 21.5" 4ms (GTG) Widescreen LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 DC 20,000,000:1 (5000:1) ($100 @ newegg)

Intel® Core™ i7-3770K Processor ($243.79 @ microcenter) - Already purchased

Galaxy 66NPH7DV6VXZ GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($225 after rebate @ newegg)

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($69.99 @ newegg)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL ($0 free with MOBO purchase @ newegg)

Total so far = $638.78 before shipping (if I get the BenQ monitor)
Additional Discount(s) = $25 off $100 New newegg preferred account customer, Other newegg discounts (currently searching for codes)
Additional Info I do not need a CD-ROM. mouse, keyboard, or sound system.

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November 22, 2012 1:41:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $676.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 22:40 EST-0500)

This is pretty much it. You don't need to OC the ram anymore.

Your build isn't that great.
November 22, 2012 1:48:48 AM

I already bought the CPU. I don't have any plans to return it either. how does hd 7870 compare with GTX 660 Ti? I'm not very good with computer parts.
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November 22, 2012 1:57:30 AM

7870 is better at higher resolutions and with AA.

660ti isn't that great.
November 22, 2012 2:39:29 AM

If I am playing PhysX based games, do you still recommend the AMD card?
also the 7870 card, according the newegg, requires Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply. Can I still get away with 430W PSU?
November 22, 2012 2:49:02 AM

There's only a few PhysX games. Also, you can still play those games without PhysX.
November 22, 2012 2:58:54 AM

Thanks cutebeans, but is 430W PSU enough for 3770k with 7870? Im leaning towards 7870 or GTX670. Ive decided to increase my budget range.
November 22, 2012 3:08:49 AM

AMD is owning everything right now in the GPU scene.

The 7950 would be an even better buy than the 670.

Get the Antec EarthWatts 650w which is on sale right now for only $40.
November 22, 2012 3:19:44 AM

Err. The 500w recommended is for the entire build(PC).

650w is more than enough for the entire PC.
November 22, 2012 3:30:32 AM

Thanks. Last question, are there any other (cheaper) case that you could recommend?
November 22, 2012 3:32:46 AM

NZXT Source Elite 210 $50
Cooler Master 431+ $30 after rebate.

It ain't gonna get cheaper than that except for those crap cases.
November 22, 2012 3:38:12 AM

Great! thanks for your time.
November 22, 2012 3:38:33 AM

Best answer selected by nociception.
November 22, 2012 3:40:09 AM

No problem!
November 22, 2012 5:20:53 AM

Oh, wait "I" would get a better board then the g-41. Possibly the g-45 as g-41 does not oc the best in the world if you are planning to.