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December 13, 2012 6:16:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/skXq
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.57 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($131.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.04 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.65 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55.73 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $750.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 15:11 EST-0500)



This systems purpose mainly is to serve as a low level gaming/entertainment computer. Play games like Skyrim, COD BO2, Crysis 2 at a tolerable level. Any opinions or changes?

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December 13, 2012 6:32:15 PM

id get this instead as a powersupply better and more juice for cheaper

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62330&vpn=EA750%20GREE...

750watts and better quality imo

also 1600mhz ddr3 instead of 1333 for more performance boost:

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

only 1$ more,

also

better videocard for 10$ more

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76883&vpn=01G-P4-3650-...

and a better motherboard for a bit more

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76849&vpn=ZH77A-G43&ma...

cheers :) 
December 13, 2012 6:33:08 PM

With a $800 budget i wouldn't go with the HD 7770 lol.... And why get the "k" version if you are not going to overclock? Thats the point of a 2500k.

Do you like this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.04 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $773.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 15:32 EST-0500)

The i5 3570 is better than the 2500k if you aren't overclocking. And the GTX 660 ti is like 3 times more powerful than the hd 7770. Feel free to take from this and/or make modifications!
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December 13, 2012 6:35:26 PM

thats a nice build except that powersupply is not very powerful for the long term, i beleive my recommandation is good on memory motheboard and powersupply, except ur graphic card recommandation is better i must admit,

December 13, 2012 6:42:58 PM

I prefer Blake's CPU/Mobo choices, but with the original PSU or the Earthwatts. The Corsair V2 Builder was made by CWT, not Seasonic, using some inferior Samxon capacitors known for early failure.
I'd also choose this HD7870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $250 (before MIR), which performs similarly in games to the 660Ti, but has non-crippled Compute functionality, and also comes with a couple of free games.
December 13, 2012 6:45:12 PM

yeah def the cpu mobo he recommanded is better than the asrock one he chose, also as u said that model from corsair doesnt use high quality capacitators, and the earth watt is prob alot better, and cheaper ;) , and i own a 7870 and blasts everything i throw at it, its cheaper and just as good as an 660 ti.

December 13, 2012 6:45:52 PM

+1 to blake's build maybe choose a better quality PSU as Onus and iceclock have said that series is of lesser quality than the Seasonic made Corsaires.

With no overclocking and a single GPU a quality 500w PSU is more than adequate. As the OP is only into low level gaming I doubt he ever wants or needs the extra headroom to SLI.

None of these builds include a HDD?

Edit: Onus/iceclock have a good point on the PSU.
December 13, 2012 6:47:31 PM

yes except his powersupply isnt a good quality one, and u never want to skip on powersupply, its the heart of the system :) 
December 13, 2012 7:50:26 PM

blake1243 said:
With a $800 budget i wouldn't go with the HD 7770 lol.... And why get the "k" version if you are not going to overclock? Thats the point of a 2500k.

Do you like this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.04 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $773.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 15:32 EST-0500)

The i5 3570 is better than the 2500k if you aren't overclocking. And the GTX 660 ti is like 3 times more powerful than the hd 7770. Feel free to take from this and/or make modifications!


Thank you very much! I just tried to piece together a good system, but I don't have much of any computer knowledge.
December 13, 2012 8:25:27 PM

blake1243 said:
With a $800 budget i wouldn't go with the HD 7770 lol.... And why get the "k" version if you are not going to overclock? Thats the point of a 2500k.

Do you like this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.04 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $773.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 15:32 EST-0500)

The i5 3570 is better than the 2500k if you aren't overclocking. And the GTX 660 ti is like 3 times more powerful than the hd 7770. Feel free to take from this and/or make modifications!


The Radeon 7870 is better than the 660TI is for the exact same price. Your build also lacks a hard drive. I'd get something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $812.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 17:25 EST-0500)
December 13, 2012 9:09:25 PM

no problem and also ur missing a hard-drive do u already have one?
December 13, 2012 9:13:27 PM

iceclock said:
id get this instead as a powersupply better and more juice for cheaper

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62330&vpn=EA750%20GREE...

750watts and better quality imo


You don't need 750W for a Radeon 7770, hell you can use two with a Seasonic 430W and be fine. :lol: 

I'd get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Quote:


better videocard for 10$ more

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=7 [...] omoid=1397


I was going to say no until I saw this: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=680
December 13, 2012 9:14:40 PM

yes i agree, and u cannot use dual 7870s on a 430 thats under the recommanded wattage btw, im saying its worth it price wise to invest into a decent ps since its not alot more than some recommanded
December 13, 2012 9:20:18 PM

iceclock said:
yes i agree, and u cannot use dual 7870s on a 430 thats under the recommanded wattage btw, im saying its worth it price wise to invest into a decent ps since its not alot more than some recommanded


I can't disagree here but at the same time the trend is going toward more energy efficient GPUs so the newer generations will be using far less power, which means you'll be able to run a stronger card on fewer watts. By the time the OP is ready to upgrade the NVIDIA 7XX series will be out, and so will the AMD 8XXX series - they will use less power than the current generation, and the current generation is pretty energy efficient already. I definitely agree that having more wattage than you need doesn't hurt your system but at the same time you have to think about actual needs vs. perceived needs when buying something like a power supply. And I'd rather get a quality unit from Corsair, XFX, Antec or Seasonic, than getting some junk off brand like Logisys, Apevia, or Raidmax. Love that icon, BTW. :lol: 
December 13, 2012 9:24:41 PM

thanks, yeah def, but that corsair united that was suggested uses cheap capacitators, thats why i recommanded a better one, he can stay in the same wattage range but atleast get a decent model

December 13, 2012 11:11:56 PM

The Samsung Spinpoint drives have had their warranties cut to a miserable one year. That lack of confidence in new materials or methods means I won't touch them. The WD Blue drives are okay, but the WD Blacks have retained a five year warranty, so that's what I've been getting lately.
January 8, 2013 12:26:19 AM

I didn't really the V2 series wasn't made by SeaSonic. Thanks for the pointing that out! I don't wanna be responsible for blowing up someones computer xD.
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