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Looking for Gaming pc build $650-$850 budget

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January 17, 2013 3:17:26 AM

Heya folks, i'm looking to build a new system primarily for gaming and recording gameplay footage (if ssd then try to fit in a hdd/external please as i tend to use quiet a bit of storage- like around 400gb). My budget cap is in the high $800's, but i'd like to have headroom for shipping (may place multiple orders) and price changes between now and the time in which i actually make the purchase (probably sometime in mid-late February), so somewhere around $750 would be ideal for my situation. It would also be great if i could have some sort of list of multiple (1-3) parts in ascending cost and performance for key components such as gpu/cpu/ect... but that's just if some of you wana go above and beyond ;)  I don't care if the case looks dumb or any aesthetic features, nor do i care for liquid cooling, i simply need a pc that gets the job done without having to invest over a grand (an optical drive would be necessary however). I understand that an $850 budget isn't going to get me some high end gaming rig that runs crisis on 1080p with 100 fps, so i appoligize if my expectations throughout this post seem higher than they should be lol. The main games i will be playing include League of Legends, Guild Wars 2, and maybe Planetside 2. Thanks in advance, i love you all! - neglekt
January 17, 2013 3:40:31 AM

With that budget, I'll probably go with this.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Hq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Hq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Hq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $804.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 00:32 EST-0500)

1. I chose a non-OC build since you won't really need it. And if you go with OC build, your budget will be tight for it thus, you will need to downgrade some parts.

2. I chose 3470 over 3570 because mainly of the price over performance difference. There is very little performance difference between the two (little to none). So I'll go with the one where you can save money.

3. Didn't add an ssd but you can if you want to, but it would cost you most likely $100, or downgrading some parts will be needed. So I'm better of without since you can add it anytime.

4. 7950 is pretty overkill for LOL but I chose this because you will run max in almost all of the games at 1080p. including the other two games you are playing.

5. You can change the case to an matx case if you want to.
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January 17, 2013 3:55:29 AM

admbautista said:
With that budget, I'll probably go with this.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Hq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Hq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Hq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $804.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 00:32 EST-0500)

1. I chose a non-OC build since you won't really need it. And if you go with OC build, your budget will be tight for it thus, you will need to downgrade some parts.

2. I chose 3470 over 3570 because mainly of the price over performance difference. There is very little performance difference between the two (little to none). So I'll go with the one where you can save money.

3. Didn't add an ssd but you can if you want to, but it would cost you most likely $100, or downgrading some parts will be needed. So I'm better of without since you can add it anytime.

4. 7950 is pretty overkill for LOL but I chose this because you will run max in almost all of the games at 1080p. including the other two games you are playing.

5. You can change the case to an matx case if you want to.


Yeah I would get a $40 matx case and a cheaper motherboard and put the extra money into a 7970 like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mentioned mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 17, 2013 4:16:04 AM

For those games 30fps would be fine and assume it's only 1920x1080. A 7870 would be overkill and $80 less. Adding a 120GB SSD would take some extra cash but would make a nice fast booting system.
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January 17, 2013 4:19:14 AM

CaptainTom said:
Yeah I would get a $40 matx case and a cheaper motherboard and put the extra money into a 7970 like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mentioned mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For me, Yes he could do that, but no he doesn't need to. ;) 

1. I would go to a pretty balanced build with almost all parts at its latest gen.
2. He doesn't need to go with 7970 because it will be too much for his needs. I will go to a build that will suits his needs. Yes ofcourse he can go to what we say a future proof, with the difference of a 7950 and 7970, almost a little to none future proof between the two.
3. If he really wants to go with 7970, he can go with it without changing the parts, it will still be in budget. But I prefer a sapphire one. I'm not saying powercolor is a bad brand, I just don't go with a cheap brand and might cry later on. It will be something like this,

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Yd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Yd/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1Yd/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $849.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 01:09 EST-0500)

4. But I would still prefer a 7950 over a 7970 for his build, cheaper but still suits his needs. (Changed the 7950 to a regular one, I think the first post was with a OC one)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1ZS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1ZS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y1ZS/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $759.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 01:13 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 6:21:55 AM

None of those recommended builds seem to include an Operating System. I assume that you need one and you don't want to use an illegal one. With that in mind we need to set aside about $100 for it. Thus, I propose that you go with a cheaper video card than the 7950. A $150 video card should do most anything you need. So the GT 650 ti will do just fine, and you will have the savings for your operating system.
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January 17, 2013 6:40:52 AM

dragonlord12832 said:
None of those recommended builds seem to include an Operating System. I assume that you need one and you don't want to use an illegal one. With that in mind we need to set aside about $100 for it. Thus, I propose that you go with a cheaper video card than the 7950. A $150 video card should do most anything you need. So the GT 650 ti will do just fine, and you will have the savings for your operating system.



I am just gonna assume you got drunk when you advised to downgrade a 7950 to a 650 Ti (The worst price/performance card).

-Windows 7 costs $90

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premiu...

-He could just get a $195 7870 and a cheaper case.


To the other person who said to nerf the video card for a "faster boot":

-I would only ever add an SSD. Don't compromise performance for one.
-My PC boots in 45 seconds with an HDD. Why would you need it any faster? It is usually ready before I am.
-I know it speeds up load times and blah blah, but it also has 1/4th - 1/8th the capacity (If that).
-Unless you are building a $1000+ build, it just isn't worth the massive performance compromise. Period.
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January 17, 2013 7:10:13 AM

+1 to this ^. But I think the problem is, he didn't say if he needs an OS or not.
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January 17, 2013 9:06:28 AM

gys wat about Me I got intel g630 dual core 2.7 ghz, ati radeon hd 3870 512 ddr4 ,320 gb hdd what fps can I get on diffrent setings and resolutions on gta 4 plzz reply
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January 17, 2013 9:18:56 AM

ak57boy said:
gys wat about Me I got intel g630 dual core 2.7 ghz, ati radeon hd 3870 512 ddr4 ,320 gb hdd what fps can I get on diffrent setings and resolutions on gta 4 plzz reply


You need to start your own thread, this is known as high jacking and is quite rude.

To the op, here's a build that's good for your needs and includes an OS. If you don't need an OS get an SSD, you will love it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y3ai
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y3ai/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y3ai/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $743.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 06:21 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 9:39:51 AM

You beat me to it mikerockett :D 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y3cV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y3cV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y3cV/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $726.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 06:39 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 3:37:16 PM

thanks for the builds everybody, you've all given me some great ideas and i will definatley be considering your builds when i begin making my purchase in the next few weeks here!
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January 17, 2013 3:46:30 PM

neglekt said:
thanks for the builds everybody, you've all given me some great ideas and i will definatley be considering your builds when i begin making my purchase in the next few weeks here!


You're welcome, good luck with your build and post back when it's all up and running :) 
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