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First PC Build for Gaming: $850 - 950 budget

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January 7, 2013 2:15:45 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: CPU & Motherboard by January 10th (deal expires) , the rest within 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: Around 850 - 950, after discounts/tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, PC is from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes , I plan on getting Windows 7 Premium 64bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter (very close by), Amazon, Newegg

Location: Rockville, Maryland, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like it to be semi-quiet, i'm planning on running games on high settings with max resolution, AA not necessary. Also, I notice prices change everyday, is it better to get everything as quickly as possible or wait a few days for a good deal?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 2006 iMac isn't cutting it anymore, I need a good gaming PC

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($126.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $930.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 23:09 EST-0500)

I'm buying the CPU/Mobo at microcenter so the combo should get me a further 30$ off to make it $900

That's my current build, but I'm not sure about some parts, or if there's better parts for a similar price. my budget is reaching the max already, because I can't spend any more than 950$, period.

On the pc-part-picker website it showed a compatibility issue with mobo and case: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

Should I change the case because of this?

I'm also considering changing the motherboard to a Z77 Pro4, because it's only 15$ more and the description looks like it's for gaming, is this mobo alright?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, this is my first ever PC build and I want a good gaming PC that will have reliable parts.



January 7, 2013 9:28:40 AM

That build is Good.

But you really need it for Gaming?
A i5 3470 can also do the work. And can save up Z77 mobo to a Cheaper one
This would give you room for a Better GPU
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January 7, 2013 4:04:09 PM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
That build is Good.

But you really need it for Gaming?
A i5 3470 can also do the work. And can save up Z77 mobo to a Cheaper one
This would give you room for a Better GPU


yah i'm going to use it for gaming, and microcenter has nice deals on motherboards, with $$ off when you combine it with a CPU, so i think buying a better motherboard then combo'ing it will be better than just buying a cheaper one and sacrificing efficiency. is there something out of place like the PSU or case that makes it bad for gaming?
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January 7, 2013 4:18:52 PM

Get the 212 EVO cooler, it's better. Also, if your thinking about SLI later, you might want to make the decision now so you can go ahead and get the adequate PSU now and save the hassle later.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027 - PCP&P 80+ Silver 750W (7 year warranty).

Get the i5 and motherboard from Microcenter, you will not beat that anywhere in the world.
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January 8, 2013 1:18:22 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I wouldn't even remotely consider getting a case that cheap on a $1K build. That is not a good idea. This would be a far better case and still keep under budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also this will be a better video card than the one you selected: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also agree with getting the aforementioned PC Power & Cooling PSU - they make excellent supplies.


the PSU looks nice but its too expensive on my budget, that case looks nice though, i may get that case if i stretch my budget, thanks for the suggestions.

*edit*

that video card looks nice, updating now
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January 8, 2013 5:11:59 PM

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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master RC-450-KKN1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($128.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $968.84
Total after combo deal @ Microcenter: $938.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 14:11 EST-0500)

This is my updated build, i think i'm good to go with everything, does everything look compatible?
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January 8, 2013 7:39:35 PM

GameBuilder529 said:
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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master RC-450-KKN1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($128.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $968.84
Total after combo deal @ Microcenter: $938.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 14:11 EST-0500)


This is my updated build, i think i'm good to go with everything, does everything look compatible?



That looks better but for a case I'd highly recommend a Cooler Master HAF 912 or a Corsair 200 / 300R.
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January 19, 2013 11:36:36 AM

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