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January 7, 2013 6:20:08 AM

After couple of weeks of research, long hours of watching youtube videos, reviews & forums I've decided to build my own budget($450-500) gaming PC.

The specs will be:

CPU: i3 3220
MOBO:Gigabyte DDR3 1600 GA-B75M-HD3
GPU: Galaxy GTX 650 Ti
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8Gb 1600 DDR3
PSU: Cooler Master Elite 460W
HDD: 500gb Seagate Barracuda 7200
OS: Windows 7 64bit

I currently have a LG optical drive and a fine case from my old pc.

I just want to hear an expert's opinion on this build, which part would you change and why? on a scale from 1 to 10 how good is it going to be?(considering is a $500 build)

Thanks for the time & insight.

PS: - I already own the GPU & HDD.
- I'm using a Sony Bravia 32'' 720p HDTV

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January 7, 2013 6:26:20 AM

Change that PSU.
It can Blow, as other CM PSUs.

Change it to a Corsair CX500
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January 7, 2013 6:51:15 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wkab

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $495.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 03:49 EST-0500)

Little bit better overall. You can google the motherboard and read reviews on it. As stated above, the psu is definitely a weak spot on your build.

If I'm understanding right, you only have to buy a Cpu, Motherboard, Ram, Psu, and OS.
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January 7, 2013 6:55:03 AM

sprix said:
After couple of weeks of research, long hours of watching youtube videos, reviews & forums I've decided to build my own budget($450-500) gaming PC.

The specs will be:

CPU: i3 3220
MOBO:Gigabyte DDR3 1600 GA-B75M-HD3
GPU: Galaxy GTX 650 Ti
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8Gb 1600 DDR3
PSU: Cooler Master Elite 460W
HDD: 500gb Seagate Barracuda 7200
OS: Windows 7 64bit

I currently have a LG optical drive and a fine case from my old pc.

I just want to hear an expert's opinion on this build, which part would you change and why? on a scale from 1 to 10 how good is it going to be?(considering is a $500 build)

Thanks for the time & insight.

PS: - I already own the GPU & HDD.
- I'm using a Sony Bravia 32'' 720p HDTV


Get a 7850 instead. Nearly same price and it runs circles around the 650 Ti.
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January 7, 2013 7:18:36 AM

CaptainTom said:
Get a 7850 instead. Nearly same price and it runs circles around the 650 Ti.


He already owns the video card and HDD.
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January 7, 2013 7:25:01 AM

Swordkd said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wkab

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $495.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 03:49 EST-0500)

Little bit better overall. You can google the motherboard and read reviews on it. As stated above, the psu is definitely a weak spot on your build.

If I'm understanding right, you only have to buy a Cpu, Motherboard, Ram, Psu, and OS.


I already spent $135 of the initial $500 on the gpu & I also bought the OS , the case, HDD & optical drive.
So I've about 285bucks left for the CPU/MOBO/RAM/PSU.

Why is the PSU bad? it's a branded 70+ and has 4.5/5 on amazon after 130+ reviews, not to mention the gtx 650Ti & i3 3220 are not power hungry at all(atleast that's what I've read in different articles and reviews)

Btw my case psu-slot is small so I need one with this aprox. dimensions 150 x 86 x 140 mm
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January 7, 2013 7:29:51 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
Change that PSU.
It can Blow, as other CM PSUs.

Change it to a Corsair CX500


That's about $25 additional bucks and according to the reviews/articles I've read the 650Ti & i3 3220 consume a small amount of power overall.
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January 7, 2013 7:42:18 AM

sprix said:
I already spent $135 of the initial $500 on the gpu & I also bought the OS , the case, HDD & optical drive.
So I've about 285bucks left for the CPU/MOBO/RAM/PSU.

Why is the PSU bad? it's a branded 70+ and has 4.5/5 on amazon after 130+ reviews, not to mention the gtx 650Ti & i3 3220 are not power hungry at all(atleast that's what I've read in different articles and reviews)

Btw my case psu-slot is small so I need one with this aprox. dimensions 150 x 86 x 140 mm


70+ = poor efficiency , and no electronic smoothing of voltages
Only use 80+ bronze or better rated psu's . They will have a feature called Active PCF . You want it in your computer
The silverstone strider 500 watt is an alternative , but there are many others .
The Corsair CX 430 would also be fine , and it is often very keenly priced on Newegg

Considering the relatively low resolution of the screen you will be using your graphics card looks fine
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January 7, 2013 3:28:40 PM

The Psu dimensions are standard, so you should be alright. The power rating is ok, it's the quality of components that matters. Found a review on that Psu, this is the conclusion for it: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-El... I would not buy that Psu myself.

If you only have 285 to spend on those four components, I'd just swap the cpu I listed for the i3 3220 you had originally. You can certainly buy the Psu that also was mentioned earlier(Corsair Cx430), it's 45 with a 20 dollar MiR. I'd take that extra 25 dollars and buy better Ram, maybe something with better timings and a heat spreader.

gSkill Ram is solid, it's just that ram I listed is ugly, and a heat spreader would be nice.
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January 7, 2013 6:19:37 PM

Swordkd said:
He already owns the video card and HDD.


Oh my bad. Then get the best cpu you can afford in a mobo that has all future features (PCI 3.0, 6 GB/s Sata, USB 3.0).
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January 7, 2013 6:36:52 PM

Swordkd said:
The Psu dimensions are standard, so you should be alright. The power rating is ok, it's the quality of components that matters. Found a review on that Psu, this is the conclusion for it: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-El... I would not buy that Psu myself.

If you only have 285 to spend on those four components, I'd just swap the cpu I listed for the i3 3220 you had originally. You can certainly buy the Psu that also was mentioned earlier(Corsair Cx430), it's 45 with a 20 dollar MiR. I'd take that extra 25 dollars and buy better Ram, maybe something with better timings and a heat spreader.

gSkill Ram is solid, it's just that ram I listed is ugly, and a heat spreader would be nice.


What about the motherboard? is the Gigabyte GA-B75M-HD3 a good choice? ( I don't plan on overcloking, using SLI & I won't need extra ram slots either)

I though the corsair vengeance blue was pretty good, plus it looks very nice. Would you recommend something like this instead? ''Patriot Gamer 2 Series Division 2 Edition DDR3 8 GB 1600MHz 9-9-9-24'' It's a bit cheaper as well-

Thanks for your time
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January 7, 2013 7:12:06 PM

CaptainTom said:
Oh my bad. Then get the best cpu you can afford in a mobo that has all future features (PCI 3.0, 6 GB/s Sata, USB 3.0).


Is this a good choice? Gigabyte GA-B75M-HD3 or maybe this one MSI B75MA-E33 ?
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January 7, 2013 7:23:23 PM

The Voltage on the patriot sticks are 1.65. I'd honestly stick to 1.5v sticks. I'm not sure if the i3 has any issue with it, but I'd rather not test that. Patriot seems to be a solid brand, I've never used it myself. I recommended the motherboard based solely off brand name, review I had read, and the chipset(z77).
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January 7, 2013 9:18:59 PM

1.65 volt RAM would void your processor warranty . and might shorten its life

1.5 volt is what you need
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January 7, 2013 9:26:21 PM

Outlander_04 said:
1.65 volt RAM would void your processor warranty . and might shorten its life

1.5 volt is what you need


So should I stick with the corsair vengeance blue 2x4gb? 1.5V & 1600MHz?
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January 7, 2013 9:29:41 PM

sprix said:
So should I stick with the corsair vengeance blue 2x4gb? 1.5V & 1600MHz?


Yes. Good timings and nice looking.
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January 8, 2013 2:45:32 AM

i3 3220 $120
Corsair Builder Series CX 430 $40
GA-B75M-D3V $60
Corsair Vengeance blue $45
For a total of $265 out of my 280 budget.

Last questions:

Is the cx430 psu enough for this system? I won't overclock this pc at all(maybe the 650ti a bit) or upgrade any of it's components.

Is getting 8gbs of ram instead of 4gb worth it/noticeable in gaming?

I'll only use this PC for gaming and basic multimedia applications (no video editing,encoding,programming etc..)

Thanks.


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January 8, 2013 6:38:03 AM

You'll be fine what the 430w psu. I'm looking at the build on pcpartpicker.com and it's coming out to less than 300w.

The sweet spot for Ram right now is 8gb. With the prices being what they are, it's not worth shaving a few dollars off and opting for 4gb's.
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January 8, 2013 6:46:57 AM

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