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New $700 Gaming PC, Help!

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November 30, 2012 7:46:49 AM

Looking for an upgrade as my current system is really old. 4-5 years to my knowledge.
Current Specs:
Mobo: Gigabyte p35-ud3h
GPU: EVGA GTX 260 (not core 216)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550
RAM: 4GB (Forgot the brand)

So I have a budget of about $700, more or less (not by much though)
Was thinking if anyone could help me build a really good computer for a really good price.
I prefer Intel/Nvidia , however AMD is fine too [EVGA, XFX, Sapphire, HIS]. Gigabyte for motherboard.

So I'm not looking for a full upgrade, as in everything including case.
Just looking for the 4 parts stated above [Mobo, GPU, CPU, RAM]

I was looking to get a 3770k, but Z77 mobos are really expensive which got me thinking about AM3+. Saw the FX 8350 which looked pretty good, however still unsure.
Any and all suggestions welcome.

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November 30, 2012 7:56:24 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Total: $662.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-30 04:56 EST-0500)
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November 30, 2012 7:41:18 PM

Would it be worth it to spend extra dollars on a 3770k instead?
Also, what power supply would I need to get that 7950 running? I currently have 550W and 600W, not sure if those are enough.
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November 30, 2012 7:50:45 PM

Wow thank you so much, I might just go with this build.
Also, since the Gigabyte 7950 is currently sold out on newegg, I started looking for others.
Found a Sapphire one for a bit cheaper with rebate included. Is there any different between the two? Can't seem to see it if there is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 30, 2012 8:05:54 PM

No not really the difference is minor that one is fine.
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December 1, 2012 8:38:03 AM

yeah, bigcyco1's buil is nice indeed. just make sure your PSU is up to it. And I don't just mean the wattage stated on the box. Is it a good unit (find some reviews)? 7950 can draw a lot of Watts so it's crucial that your PSU is rock solid. Good luck!
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December 1, 2012 8:58:39 AM

Yeah I have a pretty old PSU. Going to upgrade to a CX600 from Corsair, should be enough.
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