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December 16, 2012 9:09:11 PM

I am building a new gaming computer strictly for gaming. I won't be video editing or streaming on this rig.

I need to keep the price within 750$'s.

This is what I came up with. I appreciate any suggestions or changes. Everything looks compatible but it would be nice if someone more experienced could give me their opinion.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Dvd Drive 17.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Case RoseWill Challenger 49.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hard Drive Sea Gate Baracuda 69.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Raedon 7950 290$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair Ethusiast 650W 90$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Ram Corsair Vengeance 30$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asrock z77 pro3 90$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i3 120$
December 16, 2012 9:20:48 PM

The only thing I see worth cutting down on really is the powersupply. Maby I should take a little off the powersupply and bring up the motherboard. But it looks fairly good. How can you tell if the motherboard will fit in the case.
December 16, 2012 9:24:34 PM

800$ for an i5 and 7950.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sOOJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sOOJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sOOJ/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: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.71 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $764.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 18:23 EST-0500)

I can do it 750$ with a 7870 Radeon if you want.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2012 9:25:59 PM

thats not a bad build man but the only think is with that good of a graphics card the i3 will be a bottle neck i believe causing stuttering lag. the only thing is intel vs amd here which was my problem with building my rig since i sold my laptop to build my rig. it depends what games you are going to play. i would also recommend atleast 8 gb. the vengeance is a very good choice tho. for 45 you can get 2x 4gb sticks of 1866 for 45 right now which is a good deal even tho the i3-i5 only utilize 1600 without an overclock. if you want to go intel i would get atleast an i5 for gaming i3 isnt really meant for gaming
December 16, 2012 9:26:17 PM

715$ with a 7870, the video card is a great deal.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sOR4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sOR4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sOR4/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: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.71 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $679.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 18:25 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2012 9:29:08 PM

Clemsonblade said:
The only thing I see worth cutting down on really is the powersupply. Maby I should take a little off the powersupply and bring up the motherboard. But it looks fairly good. How can you tell if the motherboard will fit in the case.

As long as both the motherboard and the case adhere to the ATX specification, the board will fit. At most, you could run into trouble with cable length. Even that's rarely an issue with a modern case though.

I pretty much agree with the builds loresr97 has suggested, apart from perhaps the PSU.
December 16, 2012 9:33:04 PM

Sakkura said:
As long as both the motherboard and the case adhere to the ATX specification, the board will fit. At most, you could run into trouble with cable length. Even that's rarely an issue with a modern case though.

I pretty much agree with the builds loresr97 has suggested, apart from perhaps the PSU.


I know the PSU thing but in the first build the 800$ its the cheapest, reliable 650w I have this PSU and the only bother is it non being modular, some people say it is ugly looking but honestly who stares at the PSU while using the PC?

I can change the PSU on the second one for a modular and still be in the 750$ range as the GPU was really cheap.
a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2012 9:36:42 PM

loresr97 said:
I know the PSU thing but in the first build the 800$ its the cheapest, reliable 650w I have this PSU and the only bother is it non being modular, some people say it is ugly looking but honestly who stares at the PSU while using the PC?

I can change the PSU on the second one for a modular and still be in the 750$ range as the GPU was really cheap.

I would suggest an XFX 550W PSU for $50 (with rebate). Or you can get the 650W version for $65.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&m...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59616&vpn=P1650SNLB9&m...
December 16, 2012 9:53:50 PM

I don't live near a micro center ):
December 16, 2012 9:55:08 PM

Clemsonblade said:
I don't live near a micro center ):



That's a shame because its a 50$ saving but only when picking it up at the store.
December 16, 2012 10:07:41 PM

Any other ideas then? Stick with the I3 or go to amd.
a b 4 Gaming
December 17, 2012 8:15:36 AM

How about this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $742.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 05:15 EST-0500)
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