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Need advice for a 600 to 700$ gaming pc build

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January 1, 2013 1:30:25 PM

Original parts I was thinking about getting

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K-220$

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1)-25$

HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card-190$

PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333-35$

BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel-70$

Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case-70$

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply-70$

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX-58$

LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM-17$
January 1, 2013 2:31:00 PM

I'm not much of an experienced PC builder, but I know you don't need a 600W power supply. Here's a quality 500W I'm using for my build for a little over half the price of your current one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500
Since you'd have a little extra money to spend, you could upgrade to a 7870 GHz edition for 5 bucks more: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354...
Also, here's some DDR3-1600 memory rather than your 1333 for the same price: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996995
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January 1, 2013 6:44:14 PM

Don't get a crap Western Digital Hard Drive, get a Seagate Barracuda,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.68 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.47 @ Amazon)
Total: $706.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 15:43 EST-0500)

Also, it would help a lot to know if you want to overclock. Remember to use the template when asking for suggestions.
January 1, 2013 6:48:09 PM

Western digital is in no way crap but a seagate will save you money.
January 1, 2013 7:04:35 PM

Western digital is slow as s***, a barracuda has large capacities, is fast, and makes little noise, as well as being the same price.
January 1, 2013 7:06:28 PM

Revised, if you live near a microcenter you can get the 3570k for only 169.99:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $704.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 16:06 EST-0500)
January 1, 2013 7:14:25 PM

The i5 is faster AND cheaper than that 2500k.
January 2, 2013 12:58:16 AM

Coldice54 said:
The i5 is faster AND cheaper than that 2500k.

But the 2500k is a i5 processor too,wait wasn't the i5 2500k a bit better over the 3750k?
January 2, 2013 1:03:39 AM

Plus the Saphirre Radeon HD 7870 you guys keep recommending is out of stock on Newegg since that's my prefer PC part store besides Amazon
January 2, 2013 1:18:25 AM

ElectroiDFiRe said:
But the 2500k is a i5 processor too,wait wasn't the i5 2500k a bit better over the 3750k?

If you plan on OC'ing the CPU a lot, get the 2500k because its not as hot so it overclocks easier. The 3570k runs hotter so you won't be able to OC it as much. The 3570k has a very minor performance increase. Personally I think the 2500k is better only because of the overclocking capabilities but that is my opinion and if you're not going to OC then no the 3570k is a lot better than the 2500k.
January 2, 2013 1:23:25 AM

techdude9 said:
If you plan on OC'ing the CPU a lot, get the 2500k because its not as hot so it overclocks easier. The 3570k runs hotter so you won't be able to OC it as much. The 3570k has a very minor performance increase. Personally I think the 2500k is better only because of the overclocking capabilities but that is my opinion and if you're not going to OC then no the 3570k is a lot better than the 2500k.

Well for the most part was planning on overclocking my cpu during the future when I upgrade my motherboard for a overclocking compatible motherboard,also planning on overclocking my gpu and from what I heard you can get the 7850 to be at the same frame rate speeds as the 7870 if you do it correctly
January 2, 2013 1:41:57 AM

ElectroiDFiRe said:
Well for the most part was planning on overclocking my cpu during the future when I upgrade my motherboard for a overclocking compatible motherboard,also planning on overclocking my gpu and from what I heard you can get the 7850 to be at the same frame rate speeds as the 7870 if you do it correctly


I suggest the 3570k for you then. You can still overclock it quite high and the 3570k is better performance, also it's newer.
January 2, 2013 1:48:15 AM

techdude9 said:
I suggest the 3570k for you then. You can still overclock it quite high and the 3570k is better performance, also it's newer.

I guess
January 3, 2013 4:52:32 AM

Considering the price, getting the 7870 is worth it, and trying tricks with your 7850 isn't a good idea.
January 17, 2013 12:16:54 AM

Coldice54 said:
trying tricks with your 7850 isn't a good idea.

What do you mean by this? The 7850 is a good card.
January 18, 2013 1:22:11 PM

techdude9 said:
What do you mean by this? The 7850 is a good card.



Yes, but I'm saying to spend a bit more and get the 7870 instead of trying to make his 7850 into a 7870 himself.
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