Need a good gaming intel cpu pc around 700 usd

Hi! This is my first post here. I was lurking around the forum for the last month using google search so that I can find a good pc build but cannot find something good around my budget. And so i decided to post here.
Main reason is that my old laptop's lcd, around 6-7 year old, broke and i am now using it as a cpu, meaning i just plug it in a monitor. so i thought, why dont i just buy a desktop pc. So now i need help from you experts :))

Approximate Purchase Date: sometime this month

Budget Range: around 700$ After Rebates After Shipping

System Usage: mostly gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts Needed: standard cpu parts plus power supply and cooler for medium OC no need for mouse, keyboard etc. also no need for optical drive since i have one.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon.


Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes, but not too much

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Since I'll OC, but not too much, i want the pc to have a good cpu cooler.

Thank you for those who will respond! :))
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  1. This is about the best that you are going to do for around $700 if you want to overclock. You could scratch the overclock to save some cash on CPU and motherboard or if you live near a Microcenter, they have the 3570k for $169.99 and you get $40 off selected motherboards. I wouldn't worry so much about CrossFire as you would have to get a stronger PSU either now or later when you buy the second card. You will have a much better experience with a single GPU.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.71 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $772.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 12:53 EST-0500)
  2. Overclocking is so expensive on the Intel side I'd skip it on your budget.
  3. Like this for example

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3P Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.91 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $693.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 13:01 EST-0500)
  4. Sorry for my late response and of course thank you for wasting some of your time for answering my questions.

    I was thinking, can't i go with a 7850 and still be able to overclock with my budget? As it seems for me that by overclocking, I can somehow be able to play future released games.
  5. Go with the 7870 that I suggested. You can get close (if not neck and neck) to the 7950 with a good OC. Also, the 3470 will not overclock (little if any) especially with a B75 motherboard.

    Got the build down to $719.48 after MIRs.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    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: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $719.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 11:10 EST-0500)
  6. The 7950 will enable you to play future games much better than overclocking the CPU - games are GPU bound.
  7. cball1311 said:
    Go with the 7870 that I suggested. You can get close (if not neck and neck) to the 7950 with a good OC.

    The 7950 overclocks as well.
  8. FinneousPJ said:
    The 7950 will enable you to play future games much better than overclocking the CPU - games are GPU bound.


    I talking about OC'ing the 7870. He can save $60 bucks this way and get the OC on the CPU that he wants

    The benchmarks are within 5-8% standard clocks, 7870 can reach 7950 specs.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=550
  9. Thank you again for the responses! So it seems that what I really is a good graphic card still, I still want to be able to OC. It seems that i really need to extend my budget.
    On another note, what can you say about those Powercolor cards? They seem to be cheaper than most of the other brands.
  10. Powercolor are good cards with a two year warranty but underrated. I wouldn't mind owning one. One review here for example http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7950_PCS_Plus/31.html
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