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Is This a Good Gaming PC for Under $650?

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December 10, 2012 2:34:21 AM

I have been planning to make myself a gaming PC for a while now and I have finally got the part list, I plan on ordering/building this in the next couple of months.

Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K, $159.99
http://www.microcenter.com/product/354589/Core_i5_2500K...

Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 660, $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Micro Center 8GB DDR3 240-Pin, $31.99
http://www.microcenter.com/product/361035/8GB_DDR3-1333...(PC3-10600)_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)

Hard Drive: Toshiba 1TB 7200RPM, $67.99
http://www.microcenter.com/product/400847/1TB_7,200_RPM...

Motherboard: AsRock H61M-DGS, $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill Challenger, $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: APEVIA 700W, $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price: $624.93

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December 10, 2012 2:54:57 AM

Why are you getting a K-series 2500K thats able to overclock but your mobo only has an H61 chipset that will not allow overclocking...

RAM : What RAM is "micro center", would not trust that at all.
PSU : Also a dodgy brand... Get a reliable brand of lower wattage, 700w is waaaayyy overkill...

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December 10, 2012 3:10:34 AM

Yes, change the cpu for an ivybridge i5-3470 without the proper mobo and cooler the i5-2500k is not worth it.

CPU : http://www.microcenter.com/product/400664/Core_i5_3470_...

Change the mobo for a better one :

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


The PSU also change for this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also get proper ram : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 10, 2012 3:13:29 AM

I would recommend that you swap out the i5 2500k and H61 motherboard with an i5 3470 and an H77 motherboard. Get an AMD Radeon 7870 instead of the GTX 660, and change the RAM and Power Supply to a reliable brand like Corsair. You might go a little bit over your budget (might be close to 700 dollars), but it is better than cheaping out on parts. Alternatively, you could go for a Radeon 7850 or an i3 processor if my previous suggestion is too much

Edit: Seems I was beat to it
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December 10, 2012 8:16:40 AM

I took your guys advice and have revised my list to include the Ivy bridge i5 3470, the ASRock H77, and the Corsair 600W Power Supply. Thanks for the help guys!
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December 10, 2012 8:16:57 AM

Best answer selected by OnExShOtxKiLeR.
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