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Hi all. Budget $500 Gaming Build (my first). Review before I purchase?

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January 9, 2013 9:51:49 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (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: $479.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 18:49 EST-0500)

My first build! :bounce: 

In this build I'm trying to accomplish a solid gaming platform within a $500 budget. I already have an HDD and optical drive.

Any improvements i can make before i buy?

Let me know what you think! :hello: 
January 9, 2013 10:00:19 PM

You have $20 left in the budget and your 7850 is a bit overpriced. You could go over budget by only about $10 if you switched to a gtx 660 and you would gain a decent performance increase.
January 9, 2013 10:15:56 PM


Asrock is bundled with a free app Called ASROCK FAST RAM it is a ram drive since ram is dirt cheap these days I suggest getting 16gb for ram then assigning around 8 to 10 gb to your ramdrive for a ssd like perfomance boost
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January 9, 2013 10:29:52 PM

glitch20 said:
Asrock is bundled with a free app Called ASROCK FAST RAM it is a ram drive since ram is dirt cheap these days I suggest getting 16gb for ram then assigning around 8 to 10 gb to your ramdrive for a ssd like perfomance boost

your better off buying a ssd then dealing with ram drives. also on a $500 budget another $35 for 16GB isn't cheap.
January 9, 2013 10:32:19 PM

jonjonjon said:
your better off buying a ssd then dealing with ram drives. also on a $500 budget another $35 for 16GB isn't cheap.


Agreed. Stick with 8gb which will be plenty. On this type of budget, you want to allocate as much $$$ to the GPU as possible.
January 9, 2013 10:42:46 PM

tiny voices said:
Agreed. Stick with 8gb which will be plenty. On this type of budget, you want to allocate as much $$$ to the GPU as possible.


yeah that seems to be the general consensus around the web. thanks for your input i appreciate it.

so cheeper ram and 660 gtx ftw?

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January 10, 2013 12:32:47 AM
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January 10, 2013 12:56:54 AM



Bull's Eye! :sol: 

Cant thank you enough django

Here's the final build!


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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (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: $507.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 21:50 EST-0500)

Buying Parts Friday! :bounce: 

but wait....newegg is out of stock.... :cry: 

this 7870 worth waiting for??
January 10, 2013 1:09:44 AM

It could be in stock, at that time, it's the cheaper 7870, the second one cheaper that's available is this : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/his-video-card-h787q2g2m

See if the card is available on the day you're gonna buy, if it's not, then get the 660 gtx it's also a good card.
Also you can change the ram for the crucial 5$ cheaper, you can't oc the ram with that board, you'll get higher timmings with the samung, get the crucial ram.
January 10, 2013 1:12:32 AM

don't worry on friday the prices will most likely have changed.
January 10, 2013 1:33:28 AM

ok cool. thanks for the reassurance.

i decided to go with the "double d" version of the XFX HD 7870 (which they are ALSO out of stock on :fou:  )...solely on ratings sadly but hey its only $5 difference from that last total anyways when i changed the ram to the crucial.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wN5N
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wN5N/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wN5N/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($227.55 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (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: $512.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 22:27 EST-0500)

and who knows? maybe if I'm lucky if the prices change like ya'll say they might it might be cheeper! :D  *crosses fingers*
January 10, 2013 1:39:55 AM

Wait and see, one of those two will probably be on stock, and i don't think the price will change.
January 10, 2013 1:42:03 AM

how can you not think the price will change? all you have to do is go to http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wN5N and look at the bottom for the price history. its pretty much changed daily.
January 10, 2013 1:44:49 AM

gotcha... well you can always hope! lol

well django wish i could thank you more than in words honestly.....can't wait to purchase

see ya around!

if i remember i'll post an update friday!
January 10, 2013 1:47:00 AM

jonjonjon said:
how can you not think the price will change? all you have to do is go to http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wN5N and look at the bottom for the price history. its pretty much changed daily.


thanks for your help too jon

now im gonna split before it gets too hectic in here.... :lol: 

come back friday for an update!
January 10, 2013 2:02:13 AM

Sometimes yes, but the 7870 needs to be at that price to sell, if they put anything higher, either people will go with a 660 gtx or 660 ti.
January 10, 2013 2:09:41 AM

i was talking about the whole build in general not just the 7870.
January 10, 2013 2:14:35 AM

The i3, psu,mobo and case is for a long time that price, the ram, it could change, but it's also a good time there, until friday, it's probably gonna be at the same price.
But then again it's a question of checking the prices.
January 11, 2013 11:30:55 PM

Get that one(the xfx at 210$), no point in spending more than that, unless you can get a combo with other card.
January 12, 2013 12:01:12 AM

djangoringo said:
Get that one(the xfx at 210$), no point in spending more than that, unless you can get a combo with other card.


good to know. thanks.

ohand they ran out of the Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99

this a good substitute? :

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

$46.99

January 12, 2013 12:30:56 AM

djangoringo said:
There's a good combo with a 660 gtx : http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Edit : or get that ram.
There's also this one : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996995 or http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g160c9k...

keep the 7870.



I like the viper.... :sol:  thanks

so here is what i got...

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/x7vb
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/x7vb/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/x7vb/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $504.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 21:26 EST-0500)
January 12, 2013 1:01:34 AM

djangoringo said:
It's all good, if you need a cheaper case (35$ after mir) : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc431pk...

And good luck with your build.


I'll probably just stick with the Alpha...thanks though

I've got a good split between ncix and newegg because of how and what cards I'm using to purchase the components

newegg subtotal: $389.96
after 2 $20.00 mail in rebates total: $349.96

ncix total: $154.98

all total: 504.94 :wahoo: 

Once again! (its excessive i know..) but seriously cant thank you enough django :hello: 

IM FREAKIN PSYCHED!!!..... :bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce: 

now its just a waiting game.... :sleep: 
January 12, 2013 3:07:58 AM

Best answer selected by toucansam.
January 12, 2013 3:10:17 AM



although this isn't a exactly direct answer....i needed to pick one to give you some points for help me out :D 
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