1st Build, Gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid January tops

Budget Range: 650-700tops

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Youtube, Everything else

Are you buying a monitor: No


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Bangor, Maine


Overclocking: Not right now, maybe in future, but I can upgrade from there

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I could do it with an APU and GPU

Your Monitor Resolution: I'm buying a monitor seperatly

Additional Comments: I would like WiFi, and a DVD drive

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've only had laptops in my life, and I'm looking for a change. I am fairly knowledgeable about this stuff, just want to get some opinions from you guys. I would like to play modern games like Far Cry 3 and Borderlands 2 at an FPS that isn't 15 on lowest settings. :p
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.57 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $687.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-21 15:31 EST-0500)

    All i need to say is.
    This is exactly what you need.
  2. Kamen_BG said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.57 @ NCIX US)


    All i need to say is.
    This is exactly what you need.



    The thing I'm worried about here, is the CPU bottleneck the GFX because it is a P variant therefore it does not perform as well as other Processors in the same price range because the P stands for Power, so it tries to save power.
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