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$500-$650 Mid-Range Gaming Rig

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November 24, 2012 1:31:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $500-$650 Before Rebates / Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & Programming

Are you buying a monitor: No, will be using 32'' HDTV as monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU only preferrence

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not now, only have $$ for one GPU.

Your Monitor Resolution: Will be using 32'' HDTV (Sony Bravia). Planning on running in 1080p.

Additional Comments:
-Case (looks) do not matter, Tower is mostly be unseen
-Primary use is gaming
-Skyrim
-The Witcher 2
-Dark Souls: PTDE
-Diablo III
-Running these games on highest(max) settings is desired but if I have to knock it down a notch or two that is fine as well, I understand with my budget I won't be able to play all games at max settings, but I would like to get as close as possible.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I currently, own a non-gaming laptop and would like to play some games besides games that came out when I was elementary/high school.



I have already started looking at a possible build and I would like to know if it will do what I will like for it to do... and also if the components I selected will actually work together (this is my first attempt at a build).

Motherboard: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$59.99

Processor: Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
$144.99

Video Card: XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
$179.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
$36.99

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel
$59.99

Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W
$59.99

Storage: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
$84.99

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
$19.99

Total: $586.93

Final Questions: I know this has been a long post but just a few questions.
1.) Will the selected components work together?
2.) What type of gaming performance should I expect with this sytem?
3.) Should I go with a SSD over a standard HDD? If so which one would fit within my price range? I am perfectly fine with storing personal data on an external HDD if I went this route.
4.) Would it be better to go with a Radeon HD 7850 or select two lower end GPUs with Crossfire? If I did this I believe I'd have to switch Motherboard as it only has 1 PCI 3.0 slot.

Thanks in advance!!!
-Rev
November 24, 2012 2:05:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $501.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 11:05 EST-0500)

Hi, this would be cheaper and have no impact on performance.
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