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Need a good gaming intel cpu pc around 700 usd

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January 8, 2013 3:23:31 PM

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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January 8, 2013 3:56:07 PM

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)
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January 8, 2013 4:01:04 PM

Overclocking is so expensive on the Intel side I'd skip it on your budget.
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January 8, 2013 4:01:56 PM

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)
January 9, 2013 1:50:43 PM

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.
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January 9, 2013 2:11:16 PM

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)
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January 9, 2013 2:11:43 PM

The 7950 will enable you to play future games much better than overclocking the CPU - games are GPU bound.
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January 9, 2013 2:14:12 PM

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.
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January 9, 2013 2:15:14 PM

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
January 10, 2013 7:06:36 AM

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.
!