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December 30, 2012 1:22:07 PM

So I am making a somewhat budget gaming PC. I got the CPU for Christmas, and have 800 to spend on the rest. Is there anything I should change, or anyway to reduce price without reducing performance? Side Note: I already have a keyboard, mouse, and headset.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($120.48 @ Mwave)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($217.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Sentey GS-6700 SPIDER (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G205HVbd 20.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $976.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 10:21 EST-0500)
December 30, 2012 2:15:31 PM

Looks Solid. A 500W PSU should be more than enough You won't need 650W unless you're thinking of Crossfiring but if you have the extra cash then why not :) 

If you're thinking of OC'ing then you'll need a CPU cooler (Cheap/Efficient option = Hyper 212).
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December 30, 2012 2:30:19 PM

and if you can add extra $15, I d recommend Asrock Z77 Extreme4 .
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December 30, 2012 2:32:58 PM

better choice :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.00 @ Newegg)
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)
Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($107.36 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $774.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


or if you prefer amd cards :


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
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)
Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($107.36 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $777.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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December 30, 2012 2:57:31 PM

songoku619 said:
Looks Solid. A 500W PSU should be more than enough You won't need 650W unless you're thinking of Crossfiring but if you have the extra cash then why not :) 

If you're thinking of OC'ing then you'll need a CPU cooler (Cheap/Efficient option = Hyper 212).

I just want this system to last long. I don't plan on overclocking it for the time being, but I might in the future.
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December 30, 2012 3:04:46 PM

Even with a 7870 or 660 ti oc and the i5-3570k oc, a quality psu with 550w like the xfx is more than enough.
If you don't plan to oc, then don't get the cooler, but i advise you to get a better mobo(same price or less) like the ones i suggested and a better card(the 7870 or 660 ti is not much more than the card you chose).
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December 30, 2012 3:22:55 PM

Best answer selected by JitteryOwl.
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December 30, 2012 3:49:37 PM

I see u already made your decision . just want to add a quick point, if you are not planning to overclock get i5 3470 . you ll get same performance in gaming comparing with i5 3470k(in stock) .. you can buy i5 3470 now on Amazon for just $180... just my 2 cents.. good luck !
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December 30, 2012 11:54:27 PM

shaun_shaun said:
I see u already made your decision . just want to add a quick point, if you are not planning to overclock get i5 3470 . you ll get same performance in gaming comparing with i5 3470k(in stock) .. you can buy i5 3470 now on Amazon for just $180... just my 2 cents.. good luck !

With this system, I really just want to get a solid lifespan right now. I already got the CPU (it was a Christmas present)
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