Need advice for a 600 to 700$ gaming pc build

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$
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  1. 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-100354ocl
    Also, here's some DDR3-1600 memory rather than your 1333 for the same price: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996995
  2. This is what I would recommend if your looking to stay close to your original build.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vj0l
  3. 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.
  4. Western digital is in no way crap but a seagate will save you money.
  5. Western digital is slow as s***, a barracuda has large capacities, is fast, and makes little noise, as well as being the same price.
  6. 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)
  7. The i5 is faster AND cheaper than that 2500k.
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Considering the price, getting the 7870 is worth it, and trying tricks with your 7850 isn't a good idea.
  15. Coldice54 said:
    trying tricks with your 7850 isn't a good idea.

    What do you mean by this? The 7850 is a good card.
  16. 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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