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December 19, 2012 12:41:21 AM

Hi, I am looking to build my first gaming PC, my budget is 800 dollars, and I don't need a monitor or an operating system. Can you suggest any ideas for a build that would be able to run skyrim, borderlands 2, or farcry 3 on high of possible?

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December 19, 2012 12:57:15 AM

I didn't know if you wanted to overclock so I didn't list an overclockable processor. It will definitely play those games on high as its video card is really powerful.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/taei
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/taei/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/taei/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: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $742.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 21:56 EST-0500)
December 19, 2012 1:11:41 AM

^Good build right there.

Microcenter has a hidden bundle deal with the i5-3570k if you have one near you.

If you buy a 3570k with an ASRock Extreme 4 mobo, you get the mobo for $90 bucks. It's a great deal if you have the money, and while you are there, you can pick up a Hyper 212+ Evo for 30 bucks.

That should put you right around $800 and with some overclocking, the system will be killer.
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December 19, 2012 1:13:08 AM

IMO an SSD should be included in every new build these days...
December 19, 2012 11:33:34 PM

I agree with the solid state drive, but I am going to need ALOT of memory and SSDs can be pricy.
December 19, 2012 11:34:24 PM

Does this sale apply online or just in store?

December 19, 2012 11:43:53 PM

That is a pretty good build. Although I would pick up a i5 3570k and if you can find that bundle deal that gets you the ASRock Extreme 4 mobo for $90 then thats a hell of a build for the price.
December 19, 2012 11:44:42 PM

Hey, would i also need an aftermarket CPU cooler for this build or will the stock coller do?
December 19, 2012 11:54:21 PM

IamWill said:
Hey, would i also need an aftermarket CPU cooler for this build or will the stock coller do?


If you're not overclocking then the stock cooler be fine.
December 20, 2012 1:07:45 AM

IamWill said:
Does this sale apply online or just in store?


Unfortunately, this deal only applies in store, it sucks, but the reason they sell it for so cheap is to get you to come in so their salesmen can try and sell you more stuff. But if you just ignore all their comments and suggestions, you'd be fine.

As for an aftermarket heatsink, if you think that you might get into overclocking your CPU, you might as well pick up a CM Hyper 212+ Evo considering how cheap it is. If you think you'd rather not get into overclocking, the stock heatsink does it's job very well.
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