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Help with $700 budget micro-atx gaming build

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January 15, 2013 1:16:55 AM

hey guys i need help coming up with a micro-atx build that is under 700. i just bought a macbook pro but i use to much like a desktop (gaming) so i thought why not build one. i have very limited space which is why i want a smaller system (if you guys feel atx is better and more budget freindly i will go with a atx mid-tower build). The only part i know i want is a core i3 3220 cpu as i feel it fits my needs perfectly. Thanks guy really appreciate the help!

Approximate Purchase Date: next month

Budget Range: $600-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming( League of legends, Minecraft, BF3), surfing the web, and light video encoding (handbrake)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts Not Needed: OS, Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers (also have a 1.5tb seagate drive)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (very close to the warehouse) also Amazon

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, SSD if it fits in the budget

Overclocking: Noooooo

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Edit: i dont want to use the 1.5tb drive as boot just storage
January 15, 2013 2:11:30 AM

Hi. Since you will be playing Battlefield 3, I think you're better off with an i5 quad-core. I think you meant to say that you want a Micro ATX case? If so, I still think you should take a look at larger cases too cause they're not that much bigger and a Micro ATX case can feel too small and cramp. Feel free to make changes as you see fit.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $704.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 23:08 EST-0500)

Here's a building guide with videos: http://techreport.com/review/23624/how-to-build-a-pc-th...
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January 15, 2013 2:21:29 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xFY5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xFY5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xFY5/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0598 45.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $681.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 23:20 EST-0500)

i dont think u need necesserely an i5 and i got u a stronger cpu, nicer case, and better ram and a nice cooler for less :) 

and u get 6cores also and better ps and semi-modular :) 

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-CX430-Po...


johnsons build is nice but for the money why not have 6cores and a faster videocard.
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January 15, 2013 2:30:32 AM

I just think the Samsung RAM is a good choice now that they're available again. :) 
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January 15, 2013 2:31:04 AM

agreed, but i stick with patriot over samsung personally, just a preferrence tho :p 

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January 15, 2013 3:54:06 AM

thx for your replies based on your recommendations i came up with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $594.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 00:51 EST-0500)

i actually got it under 600 which is awesome how does look? i feel the i3 is best for a gamer like me



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January 15, 2013 4:01:34 AM

If you're happy with the all the parts, then you're good to go.
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January 15, 2013 1:21:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xJ6Z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xJ6Z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xJ6Z/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 ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $596.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 10:20 EST-0500)

heres the system with a slightly better powersupply, less watts but better quality.

a better ssd drive, and thats about it ur set to go :) 

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