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$700-$750 Gaming PC Spec Check

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December 28, 2012 9:24:11 PM

CASE: BitFenix Prodigy Arctic White / White Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case $80

MOTHERBOARD: Asus P8-H77-I Motherboard $105

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Processor $125

GPU: MSI Radeon 7850 2GB $220

MEMORY: 8GB Samsung DDR3 1600MHz RAM $40

STORAGE: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue Hard Drive $55

DVD DRIVE: Sony DVD Drive $25

Do I need to purchase an OS? Yes, I'm going to buy a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium $100

The computer by itself costs $750 (including Windows)

Displays I am considering:
AOC E2460SWD 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor - Black

This is really the only display I have looked into yet, any suggestions for would be nice. The BASIC specs I am looking for is 24 inches, 1080p, 16:9. Keep in mind I am a gamer so I would want a monitor with low input lag and 60hz refresh rate.

Games I will be playing:
- BF3
- Civ 5
- The Witcher 2
- Starcraft 2
- Planetside 2

I don't need a PC powerful enough to max out BF3, but I do need a system that can run BF3 at a stable frame rate without sacrificing too much graphical detail.

Is there anything you would change about this build? Will this build run most games on high settings?
(I live in Austin TX, BTW)

December 28, 2012 10:03:40 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($145.46 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $806.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-28 19:02 EST-0500)

You get get build down to ~ 770 if you get corsair cx 500 psu.
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December 28, 2012 10:05:33 PM

Looks decent enough.

I would add an aftermarket cooler on the CPU, as heat is always going to be an issue with small form factor builds. Believe it or not a Hyper 212 EVO will actually fit inside the prodigy.

Also I advise you switch to the Black version of the Prodigy. The white has a solid front panel while the black has mesh, which gives it better airflow. The white version pretty much has no front intake because of this.
December 28, 2012 10:22:01 PM

I totally forgot the PSU so I'll end up going with the [...] 6817371045

I'll also have to pick up an aftermarket CPU cooler, and I'll end up switching my case over to the black version. Thanks for the suggestions.
December 28, 2012 10:37:18 PM

Why you need an aftermarket cooler for an i3-3220+h77 or i5+h77?
Even in such case, the stock cooler will do.
Also reminding that going with itx vs micro you'll lose performance and value, with a micro atx mobo it's less expensive and gives room for the i5, also check the cheapest ram, and the 660 gtx is good for such size, they're small.