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First Timer New Build Suggestions Budget $800

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January 18, 2013 2:11:42 PM

I have a budget around $800 and am looking to get a decent gaming PC. I would expect it to be able to handle most high end games on high settings, such as Skyrim or Crysis. Please let me know of any builds that can handle this for a fair amount of cost.

Also, I would need help with the assembly if you guys have a build with a video to learn from.
January 18, 2013 2:24:32 PM

Hi, you didn't mention the os if it was included, so i will make two :

First one is the best, without os :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
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: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $777.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



Second one, with os, and a good card :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
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: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
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: $779.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Here's a link on how to assemble the pc : http://techreport.com/review/13671/how-to-build-a-pc
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January 18, 2013 2:31:01 PM

Will that link techreport show me how to assemble this exact build? Will this build have lag with higher end games on higher settings?

BTW, thank you very much!
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January 18, 2013 2:32:54 PM

Hi, the steps are the same, with an i5 ivybridge and a 7950/7870, you won't have lag on high settings, it can play any game with high settings with a good amount of fps :) 
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January 18, 2013 2:47:48 PM

I ok with the cost, just nervous about the actual building of the system. Would this system be fine with windows 8? Or is Windows 7 prefered?
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January 18, 2013 2:56:11 PM

Hi, any os will do, either the windows 7 or 8, but you might prefer the windows 7.
That case will work, but it's more expensive, the corsair 200R is a good case, one of the best cases at 50$.
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