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January 18, 2013 5:25:25 PM

I have a $600 budget for the tower. Some gaming. Haven't played in a long time, but, I want to be able to play Crysis 3 when it comes out. No O/S is needed. No optical drive needed. I have an old 250 GB Sata I hard drive that can be used for now (if needed). Best build will get the 'best answer' award. Other than a laptop I have nothing to game on, so I can't wait for Haswell. AND GO!!

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January 18, 2013 5:31:44 PM

Hi, it's better to have a new hdd too, here's my suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
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: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $559.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If you don't need the hdd still, you can change the card for this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's basically a 7950 :) 
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January 18, 2013 8:37:05 PM



Why even bother spending 120 on mobo when you could get a h77 for 70 and then a 3470 for 180? Honestly..

Overkill on ram, powercolour only has reference cooler, the list goes on.
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January 18, 2013 8:44:41 PM

Reuse that HDD and this build

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yisd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yisd/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yisd/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 X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $573.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 17:44 EST-0500)

Note: you could always get this HDD to put in there if you dont think you will use all the storage and can spare the extra $20

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...
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January 18, 2013 10:40:54 PM

camohanna said:
Why even bother spending 120 on mobo when you could get a h77 for 70 and then a 3470 for 180? Honestly..

Overkill on ram, powercolour only has reference cooler, the list goes on.



I agree. And is that a 1st Gen I5?? I appreciate the effort, but, no thanks.
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January 18, 2013 10:47:06 PM

I was originally leaning towards a AMD FX 6300 because it can be over-clocked to match the i5 and it is about $50 cheaper. Then I came across someone who did the power calculation. I checked the power myself, and realized that it would probably cost me $30 a year more for the AMD build in electric. (The machine will be on 24/7.)
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January 18, 2013 11:06:47 PM

Best answer selected by dragonlord12832.
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January 18, 2013 11:15:04 PM

Enjoy building it :) 
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