Need Help With $600 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the Month

Budget Range: $600 After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & Light Home Video Editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All Except Power Supply Antec 650W and possibly Video Card if that can wait, have Radeon HD 5770

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Location: Cincinnati Ohio (Can pick up at local Microcenter (helps with current i5 3570 pricing)

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p Sony Television

Additional Comments:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Increase games performance with focus on DCS World/A10C/P51 and ArmA 2

I am currently running an Intel Core 2 6420 2.13 not hard to eclipse but would want to make sure the juice is worth the squeeze if I dish out the cash.
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  1. Best answer
    You better get also a newer card, that one is no good for 1080p gaming :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $600.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. for $600 you can o fine, and even put that 5770 out t pasture, ESPECIALLY with a microcenter nearby.

    Get a 3470 and a B75 or H77 motherboard (since you arent overclocking) with discount from Microcenter, then Hd 7870 or GTX 660, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, and a case of your liking under $50

    should do everything you'll want on that 1080 screen.
  3. at microcenter you can get the extreme4 for $95 with the 3570k combo. or you can get the msi Z77A-G41 for $40.
  4. Yes, it's true, ditch the z77 pro 3 in newegg/amazon, and get the z77 extreme 4.
  5. he said he isn't overclocking so he could get the 3470 for $150.

    even if he isn't overclocking the combo with the 3570k for $170 + the msi Z77A-G41 for $40 is probably better then you could do with a 3470 + B75/H77.
  6. I can't see the i5-3470 for 150$ there, yes the i5-3570k can be paired with the msi also, but the asrock z77 extreme 4 has more features, more sata ports, better audio on-board, etc.
    But it's a decent budget board also for the price, also throwing the h77 pro 4 mvp for 69.99$ for non oc board.
  7. Thank both of you for the advise. One question any reason for the 660 preference over the 7870?
  8. Well the 660 gtx + crucial ram has a discount :

    For 600$, the 7870 goes out of the budget, unless you pay for the msi z77A-G41 for 40$ or the h77 pro 4 mvp.
    Also there's not much difference in performance between the two.
    Edit : well the i5-3570k +msi Z77A-G41 is the best combo possible (210$ total).
    This should do for the rest, if you want the 7870, or else, get the combo of the 660 gtx+ram :
  9. A little budget creep but I think I am going to go with the 3570 with the extreme 4 mobo combined with the 7870 and a 1tb hdd. Looks like I can probably get away with picking it all up at micro center and have it built by the weekend.

    Thanks again for all the help.
  10. Best answer selected by Dogslax41.
  11. Just to update, my ability to stick to a budget is about as good as the us government. I ended up with

    I5 3570k CPU
    Msi g45 z77 mobo
    Vengeance 1600 2x4gb ram
    Msi power edition 660ti GPS
    WD Black 1tb Hdd
    Cooler Master 212

    Thanks again for the advice despite taking it and then not sticking to the budget I asked for advice on.
  12. well it looks like you did good and should be happy. now just get a ssd sometime in the future.
  13. Picking one up in March for my birthday. I've exhausted about all my goodwill with my wife for now so I figured I could give on the sshd for now. I won't deny I did have one in my hand at one point today at the store.
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