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Help me out! 700$ budget build.

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November 29, 2012 3:24:27 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Between 11/28/12 and 12/10/12

Budget Range:700 Before Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primariliy gaming surfing the web and using photoshop.

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade:Everything.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Tampa FL 33617

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900,

Additional Comments: The case can be a regular old box ugly outside but I want the insides to kick!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current pc has grown to old and decrepit to upgrade to play the newer games out there on the lowest setting, that and I just feel like its time to change after 6 years. Keep in mind I have never built a pc.

More about : 700 budget build

November 29, 2012 4:45:54 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q5jw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q5jw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q5jw/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $700.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 01:41 EST-0500)
some people might say the 3570k is a bit much for a budget build like this but i guess it matters if u want a better gpu
November 29, 2012 4:42:26 PM

Thanks alot this helps man! The only thing I had a problem with was the case, I don't wana spend alot of money on a case so I found this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would this suffice as a feasible replacement? I am still on a budget after all and this chops 50$ off the price!
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November 29, 2012 5:01:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q8ES
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q8ES/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q8ES/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $609.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
November 29, 2012 5:17:32 PM

Wow you really squeezed that stuff together thanks alot! but will this build offer the same performance as the one preveiously submitted?
November 29, 2012 5:22:12 PM

Yes, 100 % the same, the i5-3570k is a waste if you don't know how to oc, and if your playing at that resolution paired with a 650 ti no difference at all and you save money.
Plus you get a good case, better psu and 1.5 TB instead of 1TB.
The graphics card is the same, but with a better brand/model and price.
November 29, 2012 6:34:17 PM

Wow you are awesome I just have a few questions:
1.Is Ubuntu a good choice for this build
2.How would this build handle the following games: Arma II paired with the Day z mod. Team fortress 2. Minecraft. Left 4 dead. And last but not least could this system handle GTA 4 on low to mid settings?
November 29, 2012 6:46:15 PM

i dont know anything about ubuntu so cant help you there but if u want to oc go with the 3570k and the evo is a good cheap cooler
i cant really help to much with those games u have listed but there are benchmarks for other more intensive games like skyrim and bf3 check http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/680
for benchmarks
Note: these are not the latest drivers for the card most likely
also with the case id look into 1 that u like that also has good features u like just make sure it comes with some good case fans
Also ya djangoringo has a point with ur resolution it will perform even better
November 29, 2012 6:53:45 PM

For those games, you better choose the windows 7 64 bits home premium.
The 650 ti will be great in those games for the resolution you play.
November 29, 2012 8:21:36 PM

I was hoping to avoid having to buy an operating system but if it must be done, so shall it be done! Also if I wanted to learn to OC in the future should I go with the i5-3570k and then buy an after stock cooling fan later? Or tack on the extra 20-40$ right now so I know I will have the capabilities?
November 29, 2012 9:10:56 PM

ya u should go with the 3570k then the evo its a really good deal for its capability's
November 29, 2012 9:16:16 PM

If you want to do oc, you'll have to spend more 20$ for mobo, 29$ for cooler and 20$ more for cpu, for a 650 ti it's a more balanced system, the most important in gaming will be the gpu, there will be no much difference between the two cpu (even with oc), the most important thing is to have a quad core with more than 3 ghz.
If you're going to buy the os, it will be over the budget.
November 30, 2012 1:00:27 AM

Duely noted! Thanks alot umm... Ringo :D  I will stick with your build suggestions thanks for the help ^^!
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