Need a gaming PC and advice

Hello,

New member here and I'm looking to either build my own PC or purchase a pre-built one.

I am basically just going to use the PC to surf the internet but I really want to get into gaming. I'm looking for a PC that can easily handle all of the newest and hottest games out there without going overboard with crazy uneeded specs and hardware for an average Joe like myself. I'm trying to keep the cost down but I would like it to be somewhat future proof for the next few years. Looking to spend anywhere from $500 - $800 dollars. I already have the monitor, keyboard/mouse etc. and just need the case and goodies that go inside. Any advice would be appreciated.

Also what's the best online tutorial for a noob like myself if I go the route to build my own? Basically a guide for dummies!! Are there other parts or software that will be needed such as wiring etc. or will everything I need come with the hardware I buy?
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  1. here you go
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yF1T

    everything should be included (wires, heatsink). just plug stuff in

    newegg has a 3 part guide on how to build a pc. skip the first part as i have already selected parts to put inside the rig. the second part is where you want to pay attention. its on youtube
  2. Thanks...any other suggestions on this build?
  3. TheBigTroll said:
    here you go
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yF1T

    everything should be included (wires, heatsink). just plug stuff in

    newegg has a 3 part guide on how to build a pc. skip the first part as i have already selected parts to put inside the rig. the second part is where you want to pay attention. its on youtube


    +1 to this build. Looks good to me.
  4. That build is decent, I don't really like the CPU choice. I would go with this personally:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $810.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 20:03 EST-0500)
  5. its 200mhz slower. totally not worth 15 bucks for me

    yes the 7870 can be faster but its 50 bucks more expensive than my 660. at that price i can get a reference 660ti

    the xfx 550w is still a better psu
  6. If you can go a little over budget, this will be the best $50 you will ever spend,

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($217.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ 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: $805.02
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 20:10 EST-0500)
  7. TheBigTroll said:
    its 200mhz slower. totally not worth 15 bucks for me

    yes the 7870 can be faster but its 50 bucks more expensive than my 660. at that price i can get a reference 660ti

    the xfx 550w is still a better psu


    Yeah that's true - there's not a lot of difference between 3.1 and 3.4 GHz, point taken there.
  8. You know I was reading the reviews on Newegg about the ASRock mobo's you guys are recommending and it seems like every other review is claiming they're junk or DOA. Are other brands more reliable in that price range or are all mobo's like that?
  9. asrock and gigabyte are the ones that i would go to if you want a MATX non-overclocking board. asus's only good matx board from what i know is the maximus v gene but thats overkill for you

    you should be fine with the asrock. there are always more people that are going to rate a product with a bad experience than a person who would write a review saying its good
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