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January 2, 2013 1:53:41 AM

Hey Tom's Hardware,


I am currently in the process of building a gaming PC for myself in the $500-650 range and basing it off of duncan33303's $500 gaming PC guide which can be found at this link: (http://goo.gl/7oSZZ) Keep in mind though I am not following the build 100%. Any input would be appreciated.

So far I have gotten:

Intel Core i3-3220 (http://goo.gl/EUInW)
Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Motherboard (http://goo.gl/RiIfW)
Sony DVD Burner (http://goo.gl/NAEnE)
XION XON-180P ATX Mid Tower Case (http://goo.gl/qZ5i1)

In the next week I am thinking about purchasing the following:

Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Graphics Card (http://goo.gl/6wvOH)
Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) (http://goo.gl/nZoWK)
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive (http://goo.gl/Oa48I)
Adata XPG SX900 SSD
Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX500) (http://goo.gl/rnuwz)

One of my main concerns with the entire build is the case that my parents got me. Reviews for the XION XON-180P have been relatively negative compared to the case that I wanted (the Antec Three Hundred Case: http://goo.gl/Yt7so) and I also want to know if all the parts will be able to fit inside the XION case since it is a bit smaller. I also wanted to know if the Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) DDR3 RAM will work with my system since the mobo I am getting only supports 1333 mHz and the Corsair is clocked at 1600 mHz. I have tried looking these things up, but keep getting mixed responses and I am not trying to take any chances.

Also, if any one has a link to a under $100 Monitor that is pretty good quality please post it becuase currently I will get the Acer V193WEJb 19 inch Widescreen 50,000:1 (http://goo.gl/UbO2i)

Thanks in advance to anyone who helps me with my computer build and I apologize for the lengthy post.

- Jonwest717 :bounce: 

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January 2, 2013 5:50:57 AM

I suggest this build. That 7870 will play any game on high-max.

I also suggest this moniter-


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vroy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vroy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vroy/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $681.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 02:41 EST-0500)

If you still want to go with the i3, this build will suit you

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vrsk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vrsk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vrsk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $661.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 02:50 EST-0500)
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January 3, 2013 3:14:53 AM

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