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January 19, 2013 9:08:56 PM

Hey, I was looking for some help (budget wise) on my first PC build. I'm just moving into pc gaming and don't know too much about it. I've done some pretty extensive and came up with some pretty good components but I'm wondering if I can bring down the price at all? I'm planning on playing planet side 2 and know it takes a pretty good cpu and graphics card to run but my budget is probably around $850 (monitor included). So wondering if I should make any adjustments and if should like downgrade any parts to something cheaper? Also don't plan on overclocking all that much. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

The Build

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ysGc

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit)
(Don't know about the operating system, what to use?)

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January 19, 2013 9:13:05 PM

I'd switch the PSU to an XFX 550W, might save a bit of money. Search different brands of RAM with the same specs to save a few dollars there as well - all RAM brands are pretty much the same assuming they have the same speeds and voltage. IIRC G.Skill is a bit cheaper than Corsair, and it's perfectly reliable.

If you don't plan on ever overclocking, you can drop to the non-k edition of the CPU and get an H77 MOBO instead. You'll save some cash there. However, if you happen to live near a Microcenter, you'll be able to save $40-100 on the CPU+MOBO. Their CPUs are the lowest price around and they generally have a promo where you get $50 off the combo of a CPU and MOBO.
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 9:28:26 PM

Right now the 600W OCZ is $10 cheaper than the XFX 550W one, so should i look at around 450W ones or is that too low because I really don't want a cheap power supply. And okay i'll see what RAM is cheaper thanks for the tip, and i don't know if i should overclock is there that much benefit too it or is it worth saving the money and not doing it? I'll see about the H77 and the microcenter too i don't think there's any in Canada lol, thanks for the help!
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January 19, 2013 9:46:21 PM

Only get a PSU from antec, xfx, corsair, seasonic. If I were you, I would drop to an i5 3470 and a cheaper h77 motherboard ans bump the GPU up to a 7870.
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January 19, 2013 9:50:01 PM

I would go with a Seasonic 520w modular psu. If you are not going to overclock, you can save some money for sure. Go with Windows 7 Professional x64. That will let you use a lot more memory in the future, although it is forty bucks more than the Home x64 version. The rest looks solid and I wouldn't change anything, but you could go cheaper yet on the motherboard and storage.
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 10:06:12 PM

So looks like I'm changing my motherboard and I decided on the G.Skill RAM cause there's a better deal with the 3570k CPU anyways.

Tiny Voices, is the other brands PSU necessary because the OCZ one is about $20 cheaper and every review i've read says its pretty good, i know i don't need 600W but it's cheaper than the 450W ones so?
And i'm sorta set on the i5 - 3570k though just for the future because i probably won't upgrade it that much.

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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 10:10:05 PM

maestro0428 said:
I would go with a Seasonic 520w modular psu. If you are not going to overclock, you can save some money for sure. Go with Windows 7 Professional x64. That will let you use a lot more memory in the future, although it is forty bucks more than the Home x64 version. The rest looks solid and I wouldn't change anything, but you could go cheaper yet on the motherboard and storage.


Is it cheaper to buy the windows in a store or online cause i mostly OEM versions online?
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January 19, 2013 10:11:49 PM

I would still recommend a better GPU because the GPU will lose its ability to keep up with modern games much faster than the CPU.

I wouldn't recommend an OCZ psu. They aren't too good and its worth the $20 to protect the rest of your system.
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 10:15:17 PM

okay I don't want my system ruined so i'll go for the SeaSonic 520 PSU, and I'm not sure cause Planetside 2 says on the website that they'll be making updates towards the CPU ability and not the GPU and that's the game i'll most likely be playing the most.
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 10:21:08 PM

Would a Antec BP550 Plus 550W Modular PSU be good?
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January 19, 2013 10:28:58 PM

Anonymous said:
Thanks was really helpful, will use most of it!
No problem. :) 
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 10:45:23 PM

I don't understand the Windows 7 (OEM) thing though?
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January 19, 2013 10:45:47 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ytWO
There is a $30 off promo code for the monitor that I believe isn't reflected in the pcpartpicker price.
I stuck to the case you picked, but know that the case you chose doesn't include usb 3.0 in the front panel.
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 10:45:59 PM

Thanks eveyone for your help as well, greatly appreciated
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 10:50:59 PM

kanoobie said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ytWO
There is a $30 off promo code for the monitor that I believe isn't reflected in the pcpartpicker price.
I stuck to the case you picked, but know that the case you chose doesn't include usb 3.0 in the front panel.


Thank You! Where is the promo code for? Amazon or Newegg or something else?
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 10:56:43 PM

Amazon has it for cheaper right of the bat i think, the newegg one is sorta confusing
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January 19, 2013 11:01:13 PM

Windows 7 OEM works just like a retail copy of windows, but the license is tied to the first machine it is registered on. The OEM license can't be transferred to another machine or on different motherboard/components.
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 11:03:17 PM

So if i wanted to change my cpu or something afterwards it wouldn't let you?
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January 19, 2013 11:04:29 PM

Anonymous said:
Amazon has it for cheaper right of the bat i think, the newegg one is sorta confusing

I tried out the code and it knocked another $30 off the newegg price, so with the mail-in-rebate it should be $10 cheaper than amazon. If you don't believe in mail-in-rebates, you can just stick to amazon.
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 11:07:13 PM

Nah i'll do the mail-in-rebate, thanks for the help!
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Anonymous
January 19, 2013 11:09:03 PM

Best answer selected by Jorby4.
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January 19, 2013 11:14:12 PM

Glad I could help :) 
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