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Help me build a gaming computer for around $8-900. (First timer)

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December 28, 2012 7:23:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Possibly tonight, probably tomorrow.

Budget Range: I'd like to spend around $8-900.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing the internet, watching movies, storing music and pictures.

Are you buying a monitor: No, not right away at least. I plan on using my 1080p HD TV as a monitor for now, and possibly using my older flat screen monitor temporarily if I encounter problems with the TV approach.


Parts to Upgrade: Everything.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but I don't want the price of the OS included in the price of the build for now. I plan on assembling things rather slowly, so I'll save up some money while I'm building for the OS. I would like some advice as to which OS I should invest in though.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: It doesn't exactly make a difference to me, but I would like to buy everything at the same place.

Location: Outside of Philadelphia PA.

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: I'm very new to building and fiddling with computers, so I'm not 100% familiar with the benefits or hazards of overclocking, let alone how to do it. If someone can successfully talk me into wanting to overclock, I might be down for it, but for now, I'm not very interested in doing so.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure on the resolution of my TV.

Additional Comments: Hmmmm. I guess I should point out that I just want a computer that can play any game I throw at it, and not become frustrated because they look or play like crap. I'd like the case to look pretty neat too, but I want it to be functional more than I want it to look cool.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm doing this because I'm making this post from my Iphone.
December 29, 2012 6:17:09 PM

Am I asking for help incorrectly or something?
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December 29, 2012 6:40:51 PM

Here you go. A good gaming PC for your budget.

Left out the mouse and keyboard.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($312.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-ZLM10BS ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $842.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 15:39 EST-0500)

The PSU and the GPU have Mail-In Rebates so the price before these would be an additional $35.
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December 29, 2012 7:39:37 PM

That looks pretty good, but will I be able to take advantage of the unlocked CPU in the future with that motherboard?
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December 29, 2012 7:45:10 PM

Yep. Says it supports unlocked K series Intel chips and don't forget an after market cooler if you plan to overclock.
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December 29, 2012 9:33:25 PM

Ok. Couple more questions: If I wanted to add a SSD later on, would I be able to do so with this motherboard? Also, while we're on the topic of overclocking, would this PSU meet my needs if I decide to do so down the line?
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December 29, 2012 9:41:12 PM

If you add an SSD (to use for you OS), you would have to do a fresh install and reinstall all software on the HDD but, yes, no problems installing one.

The PSU will handle overclocking as Intel's CPUs are much lower in power consumption over AMD. The only thing that I would say on upgrading the PSU is if you ever intend to CrossFire (link 2 graphics cards). If you do I would go with a 750W PSU.
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December 29, 2012 9:44:46 PM

You can't overclock with a b75 mobo lol...
If you don't plan to oc get this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP 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 ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $869.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It has a good gfx card and ssd, case, psu, etc.
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December 29, 2012 9:53:46 PM

Ok, so if I can't overclock with the first build, could someone show me a build in my price range in which I CAN overclock in case I wanted to in the future? This is all very informative, and I thank everyone who's been helping me out.
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December 29, 2012 9:56:31 PM

If you want to :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
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 ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $869.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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