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Gaming rig for 750?

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: asap

Budget Range: (e.g.: 650-750 after all said and done

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: all

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: love newegg buy I am open

Location: san bernardino, ca, usa

Parts Preferences: love intel but again open if need be

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 have one lined up already

Additional Comments: would like it to run skyrim and other rpg games. Most bang for my buck as I will probably have it for a while.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: having trouble playing games on my laptop
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  1. mjoneson said:
    Looking for a rig for up to $750. Live in southern California. No need for OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse.Hoping for intel and I love newegg. This will be my first rig and I'm afraid if I pick parts they will be incompatible haha. Mainly for Skyrim and other various rpg's. Wireless internet for web? I'll have this one for a while so i'm looking for bang for my buck. Am I better off looking used? I don't trust craigslist for computer stuff after I got burned on a laptop and I don't see prices listed here in my budget... Any hope?


    GPU Sapphire Radeon 7770- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402

    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504&Tpk=3570k

    Case - CM Elite 430 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119227

    Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V LK - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131837

    Power supply CORSAIR CX600M 600W ATX12V - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139048

    Memory Kingston Hyper X Blu 4 GB 1600 Mhz - http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-160 [...] B+ram+1600

    Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB - http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barr [...] hard+drive

    Monitor Acer G5 Full HD Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6062cfa39c

    Keyboard - Do you need one?

    Mouse - Do you need one?

    Optical Drive ASUS Optical Drive 24x DVD-RW - http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD- [...] ical+drive

    The monitor is reliable, and is only 100 dollars for full HD

    After rebates and savings, the total is 761.57, which is slightly above your budget but I believe is worth it. . IF you are wanting to upgrade in the future, you will have to get a better MoBo now because this MoBo could potentially result in bottlenecks, but appears to still be good. It would be nice to know a bit more about you play than just skyrim, I'm guessing you also play fallout if you play skyrim though ;)
  2. Haha yes love fallout. I am an older games player (d&d pc) but fell out of and into consoles but after hearing everything is dumbed down I want to come back. I have a monitor lined up already but I will keep that One in mind just in case. So with that hundred what would you change up? I found the proper way to ask so I edited my original message : P thank you for my first reply here!
  3. Just made a huge edit, my spreadsheet got all messed up and I forgot to remove the monitor price and got frustrated and wondered why it was being so expensive.
  4. Ah accidentally removed the monitor. It's a good one, I'll out the link back here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009442

    Also remember, it will only be this cheap before the year's end!
  5. Oh crap, I forgot to edit the power supply. I'm on it.
  6. No worries I'm planning to buy tomorrow morning. Or this morning? Monday morning haha. Okay I guess I will go with that one! So Honestly with the monitor in I can go to 800 as that was the final including the monitor I was going to buy. 723 is better than I was expecting, was waiting for the if you do it do it right and spend x amount of dollars thunderbolts from heaven type stuff, I love that this forum is really helpful! So I get gpu is more impotant than cpu; but quad-core is better to keep it up to date for a little bit longer. You want to go with a great mobo because upgrading includes a new OS and stuff? Correct me if i'm misunderstanding please. I've been reading up around here since I thought about a self build and that's where I am at so far...
  7. Alright so with that 39 dollars is it doable to upgrade the Mobo or is that out of the question? Would I be better off holding onto that for some other accessory I might want later or something like that?
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $755.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 04:41 EST-0500)

    Here, comes out to $780, unless you live near microcenter in that case its $755. You get a good monitor, 1080p, 7870 which will play any game on high or even max if you overclock it, and a quad core cpu. Feel free to change the case/monitor as you have $20 leftover from the $800
  9. oh balls I forgot to include storage :( I included a 1tb hard drive, which was a bargain. This should be able to play the best games on high for the next two-three years
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ 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)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $815.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 04:44 EST-0500)
  10. angaddev said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $755.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 04:41 EST-0500)

    Here, comes out to $780, unless you live near microcenter in that case its $755. You get a good monitor, 1080p, 7870 which will play any game on high or even max if you overclock it, and a quad core cpu. Feel free to change the case/monitor as you have $20 leftover from the $800

    Hmm maybe if you go with the monitor coldice suggested there since it's a $40 difference? Or is there really a greater level or resolution or other reason for the price? Real question not sarcastic I promise :) I see the better video card in the build so the price there is justified. Is there a large difference in sapphire and HIS in that regard?


    EDIT: Ah ok I see the 2ms response as opposed to the 5ms response mostly for the monitor? Is that a huge deal for single player or multiplayer friendly stuff? Nothing like Black ops 2 or anything like that.
  11. 5ms is not a big deal, i use a 5ms panel and see no problem. I never knew Zalman made monitors, but it has good reviews and is 24" and 1080p
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824118006
  12. Oh I dig that Zalman monitor. Check on that one haha. Another question was one of you guys went for the 500w and the other for the 600w power supply. Is it just the specific build? Or being overly cautious? Or just having those extra 100w for any other upgrades?

    PS Holy Moly I actually DO live by a microcenter lmao


    Also 2 issues i'm running into: 1 the patriot memory you suggested is out of stock on amazon. Any other memory suggestions? 2 I see this compatibility issue on the partpicker site:MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.
  13. Best answer
    I've edited according to your issues
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $754.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 07:50 EST-0500)
  14. I went with 500W because the system will draw around 400W and Psus run well at 70% load. If you ever buy more graphics cards or a lot of drives you should buy a bigger unit.
  15. Oh okay makes sense. I really like this last build very nice. Would it be doable with this case:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-redboneu3

    There's no karma buttons here are there? You deserve a +1 for dealing with me haha

    Oh if it's not a huge pain in the butt, would it be possible to see a comparable non OC setup? I noticed that same processor but locked is 149.99 at Micro Center

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53470
  16. mjoneson said:
    Oh okay makes sense. I really like this last build very nice. Would it be doable with this case:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-redboneu3

    There's no karma buttons here are there? You deserve a +1 for dealing with me haha

    Oh if it's not a huge pain in the butt, would it be possible to see a comparable non OC setup? I noticed that same processor but locked is 149.99 at Micro Center

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53470

    The Rosewill case is about the same price as the 200R, both will work, but I trust Corsair more than Rosewill.

    About Karma, you can select one of my posts as best answer : there is a link at the bottom right corner of each post I believe.

    The saving from the locked CPU is only about $40, which is not enough to upgrade anything and I would stick with the K-series CPU because you can milk more performance from it than it gives at stock clocks.
  17. Best answer selected by mjoneson.
  18. thanks Mister Joneson for the best answer have a good time building your pc
  19. angaddev said:
    I've edited according to your issues
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $754.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 07:50 EST-0500)


    Best answer it is then sir. I suppose it IS better to swallow the extra 40 for a better piece of hardware. And the 754.48 is from buying from Micro instead of amazon right?
  20. If you can get a 3570k for 190 bucks, listen to anga's beuild. I currently use a 7870 and it's awesome.
  21. I would get 600w, especially with a 7870. Buy a 600 Watt.
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