New Gaming PC Build $700 Budget

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing Web, E-mail, Movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Chicago, US

Parts Preferences: Intel OR AMD
I was checking out the 2500K, but I've heard a rig with an AMD and just a better GPU will shoot out the same FPS. So take the money from a cheaper AMD CPU and put it into a better GPU= Better Gaming?

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I would like to just get the best bang for buck, play my games at the HIGHEST FPS possible for $700.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Gaming, my current pc is too old.

Thank you so much for the help in advance, it's much appreciated. INTEL i5 2500k or an AMD?

Parts I looked at:

Intel i5-2500k

ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77

G Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600
$40 Newegg
$304 Left with that configuration.
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  1. Best answer
    Get a hard drive your good to go
  2. Any other input? I would really like to know if AMD coupled with a good GPU is as good as an i5 with an okay GPU, if it's just a few FPS I don't mind. But if it is dramatically better, then I'll put in more to make a better computer. Thanks!
  3. No it's not as good but you can get by as long as your not looking to game hardcore
  4. No then I will stick to the i5, but 2500k or the one you suggested because I have a microcenter near by and can get the i5 2500k for 170

    EDIT 3570K is ten more dollars, but I always read 2500k as the best budget CPU. I want to game, should I go for the 3570, also the motherboard you suggested got 3 stars compared to the asrock I found. Are the features better on yours?
  5. I do not blame you.I would stick with i5-2500k as well.
  6. bigcyco1 said:
    I do not blame you.I would stick with i5-2500k as well.

    Okay so the 3570, what about the motherboard? Thank you! My birthday is coming up and I want to have a list of parts, just want the best bang for the buck. Thanks for answering all my questions, much appreciated!
  7. Well the i5-3570 is not for overclocking the i5-3570k and i5-2500k is so depends on which your getting if your getting a overclocking CPU this is good choices mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  8. Whoops I meant 3570K, one last thing. I heard about the 3570k that it has heating issues, especially when overclocked. Does that make 2500k a better choice? Or just get a good cpu cooler and I'm set?
  9. The i5-2500k overclocks better but if you only plan to overclock to 4.0 - 4.3 the 3570K is a good choice either way you need a aftermarket cpu cooler this is the best cheapest one. CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
  10. First off you're amazing, reply early in the morning and night. Your knowledge is much appreciated. Through your help this is what I will be getting:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.78 @ B&H)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
    Total: $649.47

    Now with the memory, 1600 better or stick to the 1333 and will 500 W be enough? Also, which HDD do you think is good? Final questions :D
  11. It looks great to me the 1600 is the sweet spot for gaming the power supply is good enough these cases are better
  12. RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
  13. Best answer selected by shazmania.
  14. ISSUE: The 3570k is sold out at my microcenter and the other one that is closest. So without the price of 170 dollars, the 3570k will cost me like 230. The i5 however is still available for $160. So I think I will go with that. What motherboard should I pair with it?

    EDIT: Also I have a 300 GIG HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate already on it, could I use that and save money?
  15. You can pair it with the same motherboard it just won't be able to take advantage of some of the features that are only supported by ivy bridge cpu but that's no big deal
  16. Damn do you think I should wait then? Are the features going to be that noticeable?
  17. Here is i5-2500k vs i5-3570k it's up to you
  18. Great deal it can be overclocked like a beast!I would jump on it myself if i was not broke lol.
  19. So skip the 3570k and do the i7 2700k instead? It will give me multi threading, but do I miss out on PCI 3.0 GPU? Also what motherboard for this, thanks man!
  20. Either one is fine if you care about PCI 3.0 get 3570k for motherboard there are lots of good choices however i personally would not buy a motherboard any less then
    mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  21. Okay so since the GPU I'm getting is 3.0 I should go with 3570k. Go with the Asus motherboard due them being more trustworthy. I'm going to use an my old HDD and get an SSD later on.
  22. Sounds good
  23. Thank you very much for all the help Bigcyco, I'm sure that was quite annoying haha. Thanks mate, cheers!
  24. I had one more question, do I need the CPU Cooler sleeve if I don't plan on overclocking right away? Or can I hold off on that till I decide to overclock?
  25. You can hold off on that till you decide to overclock.DO NOT try and overclock on the stock cooler big lol.
  26. Haha okay cool. This is the final build:

    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    -$10.00 Instant

    XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    -$30.00 Instant
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139027
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Item #: N82E16813131837
    Return Policy: Iron Egg Guarantee Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    Subtotal: $525.94

    CPU: i5 3570K From Microcenter for 160. I finish the build under 700. Everything look good and compatible before I purchase it tonight.
  27. Your good to go everything is compatible.
  28. oh wait one thing you might care about i forgot to mention Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.
  29. Is there a case better suited then? I honestly don't know what uses 3.0...
  30. Either way I could use the back panel for 3.0 yes?
  31. Yeah you could do that or just get a different case it's up to you most like to have it because it's less of a hassle
  32. Dam this case is good but it's sold out so i would go for the 300r it has great cable management options good air flow and 3.0 it's only five bucks more well worth it
  33. Its back in stock, I'll get that one.
  34. Go for it. :D
  35. I think the modular power supplies are easier to work with right? Any suggestions?
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