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Is this a good Intel/Nvidia build for the money? $850

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December 20, 2012 10:05:59 PM

I have a budget of about $850 but I would like to know if this build will get a decent framerate at ultra settings on the latest games and if it will last me a while?

Here's what I've came up with. Suggestions?

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the year.

Budget Range: $850 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: no

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s): newegg or amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Virginia

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 720p or 1080p

December 20, 2012 10:18:01 PM

not sure what your storage requirement but i would recommend trying to get a ssd into the build if possible. also i didnt see any reviews on the psu so im not sure. and get the cheapest dvd writer you can find. usually they have 1 for $15.
December 20, 2012 10:21:30 PM

I would like around 1TB for the build. Would you say an ssd is worth the extra money if so which one should I get.

Also, should I get Windows 7 or 8.
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December 20, 2012 10:36:04 PM

That is impressive, but where would I put it in my build, price wise?
December 20, 2012 10:49:09 PM

I think not, he said only newegg or amazon.

you should get the windows 7 home premium 64 bits instead of windows 8, windows 8 is horrible for desktop.
Also the ssd is a good recommendation, but if your budget is only 850$ tops, you'll have to sacrifice some part, and by seeing your list, you have already trim down to the lowest price for every component(you made good choices for everyone of them), the only thing is to change the gfx card for worse and get the ssd(not recommended).
December 20, 2012 10:54:46 PM

No I don't live near a microcenter. Do you have any recommendations for cases.

Then after the case, I'm thinking I'll get the build with Windows 7 (can you give me a link for which exact version to get) and then wait a month or so and get the ssd then.( can you move the OS to the SSD).
December 20, 2012 10:57:02 PM

Yes, it will get a decent frame rate at ultra settings. I changed a couple of things to help improve the build and cut costs.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ 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 ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
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: $814.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 19:59 EST-0500)
December 20, 2012 11:03:41 PM

yea i just figured i would point out there was mc in Virginia. if it were me i would get an ssd and add a regular hdd later. after using a ssd i wouldn't be able to build a new pc without one.

amazon still has the samsung ram but its $45. i would save the money and just get these. the difference from overclocking ram over 1600 is so small its not worth paying more for.
December 20, 2012 11:13:55 PM

jonjonjon said:
not sure what your storage requirement but i would recommend trying to get a ssd into the build if possible. also i didnt see any reviews on the psu so im not sure. and get the cheapest dvd writer you can find. usually they have 1 for $15.

XFX power supplies are good they are made by SeaSonic.
December 20, 2012 11:16:22 PM

does newegg not list the type of nand for ssd's anymore? wow thats annoying. i was trying to see if the regular sandisk 120GB has synchronous/asynchronous nand and it there are no reviews for it and it doesnt say on the newegg or sandisk site. i read a newegg review and someone claims they contacted sandisk to ask what type of nand the ssd is using and sandisk told them they arent saying. are you serious? if that's true i guess that answers my question.
December 20, 2012 11:18:14 PM

killerchickens said:
XFX power supplies are good they are made by SeaSonic.

yea the other models are but i didn't see a review for 550 watt. sometimes they do change the oem. but xfx only uses seasonic?
December 20, 2012 11:23:27 PM

So I think I will go with this build:

And then within a month or so I will buy that SSD and transfer Windows and my top games over to it.
December 20, 2012 11:34:23 PM

It's good, but get the samsung ram, it's better, it has lower voltage, overclocks really well, and has a lifetime warranty.
December 21, 2012 12:03:22 AM

I'd say definitely no to your first build but the last one is much better. I'd recommend never cheaping out on a motherboard. And the 660ti is a great GPU but a radeon 7870 has very close performance and can be found for around $215 after rebate on newegg right now.
December 21, 2012 12:10:03 AM

patriot has a Limited Lifetime on their ram too. i just don't think the samsung ram is worth $15 more. if you overclock it you will probably have to bump the voltage up to 1.5 anyway. i guess if you buy the 2 single sticks its only $30 but then they haven't been tested together for compatibility. probably wont be an issue but its worth mentioning.
December 21, 2012 12:10:46 AM

I'd rather stick with Nvidia with my build. Which motherboard would you suggest I get?
December 21, 2012 12:20:26 AM

Also, I doubt I will over clock my RAM, so which will be better, the Patriot or Samsung. The Patriot RAM is cheaper because it has a combo deal on Newegg with my GPU.
December 21, 2012 12:37:05 AM

The z75 asrock pro 3 is a good board for your budget.
Like i said in amazon two stick of 4GB of the same ram, it's single 4GB for $15.71 and less than 32$ for two sticks 8GB dual channel.
The samsung has lower voltage,better overclock for sure,quality proved for a long time, the patriot doesn't have, also the heatsink could difficult the mounting of a large cooler, if one day you want to add one.
But if the price/combo of the patriot is better than that get the patriot.
December 21, 2012 12:39:31 AM

For reference here's my build and the prices i got them, everything is from microcenter except my SSD, GPU, and cpu cooler from Newegg

Processor: i5-3570k $169.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $64.99 with i5 combo
CPU cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MaxR $54.99
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600mhz 2x4gb $29.99
Storage: 128gb Crucial M4 $89.99 -$10 rebate
Video Card: Gigabyte 780OC 2 Gb $194.99 -$30 rebate
Case; Antec Three-Hundred Two $59.99
PSU: Antec BP550 Plus $30.00 -$10 rebate
Optical Drive: LG 24x DVD Burner $14.99
Total: $649.92

You have a better GPU but that's still a big difference and I have a cpu cooler in my build. I'd definitely try going to a micro center, you'll save money even if it's a long drive
December 21, 2012 12:58:29 AM

if he isn't going to overclock the ram get the patriot because it has XMP profiles for the 1600 9-9-9-24. the only reason to get the samsungs are to try overclocking them. plus on a desktop the voltage difference isn't really a factor. either way you wont notice a difference between the 2. amazon only has 1 set of that ram left so it might be a non issue anyway.
December 21, 2012 1:07:34 AM

Yes, it's the question of what is the cheapest for him, both are good ram, i pointed out the samsung cause i thought i was the cheapest good ram 1600, and it has lower voltage for overclock(but yes if he doesn't know how, but it's easy to do in the uefi bios).
If the patriot is cheapest get it, you'll not miss much as jonjonjon said.
And good luck with your build.
December 21, 2012 1:12:54 AM

Titans2016 said:
I'd rather stick with Nvidia with my build. Which motherboard would you suggest I get?

Lol I'm actually about to return the 7850 I just bought for a 660ti because i prefer Nvidia too. But I'd go for a Z77 chipset board. I'm really happy with my Extreme4 but I've loved my past asus board but here's a good z77 comparison:
December 21, 2012 1:51:14 AM

That's a micro atx board I think it'll fit in a atx mid-tower case like the one you've chosen but I'm not 100% sure. But that board doesn't support sli so if you ever want to run dual graphics cards then you'll need to get another motherboard.
December 21, 2012 2:05:17 AM

What motherboard should I get then: z75 asrock pro 3?
December 21, 2012 2:09:01 AM

Titans2016 said:
How about this?

Looks good. Everything is compatible and will give you amazing gaming performance. Also, I wouldn't worry about SLI. If you ever feel the need to upgrade, I would just sell my original card and then upgrade to a single, powerful card. Futhermore, if you want to do SLI, you'll have to upgrade your motherboard and your PSU. This is going to cost more money than it's worth.
December 21, 2012 2:10:55 AM

For your cpu a h77 or z75 is fine, why look for a z77 if you don't have the i5-3570k nor you wan't to overclock, that is the difference.
Unless you plan to do a sli setup of 660 ti, but it's not recommended anyway, it's better to have a single card, and then when the time comes and you see that the card isn't holding up, buy a newer generation for the same price.
Like i said you're go to go with the z75 and the patriot ram.
December 21, 2012 2:22:37 AM

Yeah I never realized it was that much more money for a z77 compared to a z75 but don't get a micro. I'd go with that z75 asrock pro3 for the money
December 21, 2012 2:50:49 AM

Looks good to me.
December 21, 2012 2:55:48 AM

the only things that differ between the z75 and z77 are the z75 doesn't have is SRT for ssd caching(useless) and it can only have 2 PCI-e 3.0 lanes in 8x/8x(how many people need 3 PCI-e 3.0 lanes). so there is very little difference between the z75 and z77.
December 21, 2012 3:01:52 AM

Ok, thanks to all of you who helped. I'll order the parts soon and put it together sometime soon.
December 21, 2012 3:40:42 PM

December 21, 2012 3:46:00 PM

Ok, thanks again!