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December 27, 2012 5:33:06 AM

So, I'm getting ready to buy a new computer for the new year and want to know the best bang for my buck

Approximate Purchase Date: Before new year (date as of this post 12/28/12

Budget Range: $600-620 after rebates/shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming like 90%, Internet 10%
Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Pretty much all parts (Newbuild)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No pref. I'm from the U.S.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - California, U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: No real pref. Would like to know what is better for the budget build though.. AMD or intel?
Overclocking: Maybe if I get enough suggestions to go for it?
SLI or Crossfire: I have no idea what this is atm. (Doing research now)
Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x720
Additional Comments: Gaming Pc best and most budget build I can find in the market!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Really want a good computer that is both budget friendly and efficient and will last for at least 3 years.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pOSt OR http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uoPc

This build is the build I have searched up and come up with as of now. Let me know what I could upgrade. Or if you can, pick a whole new build and link it to me. I would love to see the community's suggestions and feedback on this.

Thank you all. If I need more information to give please comment and tell me so! :) 
a c 327 4 Gaming
December 27, 2012 6:17:56 AM

at 90 you should get 7770 not 7750 :) 
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a c 327 4 Gaming
December 27, 2012 6:22:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $428.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 03:23 EST-0500)
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a c 327 4 Gaming
December 27, 2012 6:23:47 AM

lol even cheaper

new i3
new h77 brand doesnt matter
better ram
7770
corsair 430

sweet micro atx case
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December 27, 2012 6:46:53 AM

AMD Radeon said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $428.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 03:23 EST-0500)

Sweet! Ty for the first replies and suggestions looking into it now. I updated my whole Build Help on my post. So if you have time can you see if this build still applies to my wants?
Thanks again man!! :)  :) 
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a c 327 4 Gaming
December 27, 2012 6:51:56 AM

^ i have seen the phenom build

find phenom vs i3 gaming benchmark performance and you decide :) 

new i3 3220 is even better
if you have the budget, swap that 7770 and get 7850 instead
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December 27, 2012 7:26:47 AM

AMD Radeon said:
^ i have seen the phenom build

find phenom vs i3 gaming benchmark performance and you decide :) 

new i3 3220 is even better
if you have the budget, swap that 7770 and get 7850 instead


So with this build I can play most of the games i named and some future games at a good fps on med-high? Sorry if being nooby this is my first computer and I'm excited to get everything as right as they can be.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/up34
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/up34/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/up34/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $548.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 04:25 EST-0500)
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December 27, 2012 3:55:09 PM

bump, any other suggestions please? :) 
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December 27, 2012 4:06:44 PM

The 7770 is more than enough at 1280*720 resolution..get the 7850 only if you intend to get a monitor with 1920*1080 in the future..and change the biostar motherboard to an asrock h77m..the case depends on personal preference..the fractal design one in your build is a mini tower..you can get a mid tower for around the same price if you want..
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December 27, 2012 4:54:16 PM

nix327 said:
The 7770 is more than enough at 1280*720 resolution..get the 7850 only if you intend to get a monitor with 1920*1080 in the future..and change the biostar motherboard to an asrock h77m..the case depends on personal preference..the fractal design one in your build is a mini tower..you can get a mid tower for around the same price if you want..


Ok sweet! So I'm probably ordering today then, with the 7770. EDIT: What would the best heatsync for this cpu/mobo build be? A budget heatsync please? :)  thanks again man!
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December 27, 2012 5:40:20 PM

Dqbars said:
Ok sweet! So I'm probably ordering today then, with the 7770. EDIT: What would the best heatsync for this cpu/mobo build be? A budget heatsync please? :)  thanks again man!


You need a custom cooler only if you are overclocking and the i3 cannot be overclocked..the stock cooler is enough for decent cooling..you are welcome
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December 27, 2012 5:42:12 PM

And if you getting a different case tell us which one you are getting.
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December 27, 2012 6:05:00 PM

nix327 said:
You need a custom cooler only if you are overclocking and the i3 cannot be overclocked..the stock cooler is enough for decent cooling..you are welcome



Ooooh! Ok I didn't know that a stock cooler was included. Thank you man so much!

P.S. I just came up on a free Power Supply.. Antex 500w

So that is an extra $40 saved!

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December 27, 2012 6:24:34 PM

How about this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/utSe

You could probably get a lower wattage PSU and a 7770 and come in under $550. And you get an i5, which while not needed, will help if you like to play games like Battlefield and ArmA.

Edit: I'd use the HDD from AMD Radeon's build, though, 1TB for a few dollars more is a better deal. Unless you just don't like Seagate or would rather have an SSD.
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December 28, 2012 12:37:31 AM

I would like one last final review on my build before I finalize it.

I do not need OS(Windows 7), PSU(Antec 550W), Keyboard+Mouse, or a Monitor.

This build will be for mostly gaming(90%),internet(10%). This is the best bang for buck I could find in forums and help! Shoutout to AMD_Radeon, WOLFkraut, and nix327.

So I want a budget $620~ computer build. And the total is only $564. The main focus on the leftover money is moving up the Asus 7770 and maybe moving up a bit more to get even better performance. Is this build as good as it gets with my current money. Or can you guys help find a better video card out there? Thanks all for this!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACFZ13 36.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $564.39 (This is the full total with Shipping+Tax included)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 21:19 EST-0500)
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