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January 2, 2013 2:51:57 AM

I am going to be building a gaming computer, and my budget is around 700$. I was wanting to know if this build would be good for playing games like Skyrim, Crysis 3 and FPS. If you can, would you please give me some tips on building, as it is my first PC build. :D  Thanks alot!


Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Model:BlackHawk) $89.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Model:GA-Z77-DS3H) $109.99

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Model:02G-P4-2662-KR) $229.99

Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply (Model:RD500-2DB) $49.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K (Model:BX80623I52500K) $219.99

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 (Model:BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S0) $44.99

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST1000DM003) $79.99

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B (Model:AD-7280S-0B) $18.99
January 2, 2013 3:00:32 AM

You may want to find an i5-3xxx not the i5-2xxx. Only reason is the 2 is for second generation and the 3rd gen are newer and more powerful. If all your wanting is gaming, you'd also be perhaps better going for a AMD Radeon series graphic card.
I'm assuming these prices are newegg? If so, you may be able to slip up to a MSI HD7870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
It'd give you more power.

Hope some of this helps :) 
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January 2, 2013 3:03:06 AM

I'm going to make just a basic comment since I'm not sure how this rig will play those games, although should be able to handle them fairly well but probably not maxed graphics in everyone of those.

Take the 3570k i5 processor, it's pretty much same price as the 2500 as well as upgrade CPU cooling, cheap and good upgrade is cooler master evo 212. Maybe also drop another 50-70$ into GPU and get a better one
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January 2, 2013 3:14:30 AM

Your total came up to like ~$843 so was shooting for that. You can make some adjustments if your not going to overclock or CrossFire. I would keep the overclock potential for the CPU but if you don't want to CF, get a 550W PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $802.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 00:14 EST-0500)

Plan on adding about $40 dollars to this as Parts Picker uses the MicroCenter i5 but I think that is in-store pickup only.
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January 2, 2013 9:49:50 PM

Thanks to all of you. I appreciate your help! :D 
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January 15, 2013 7:52:51 PM

Best answer selected by Hayden0420.
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