NON-overclocking gaming build needs help - 800$ish dollars

Hello,

I have been working on a gaming build and would love some help improving it - this is for a solid non overclocking build

Here is info: This is for a gaming computer

Gaming types - mostly MMO's....rpgs (dont play fps's much) - currently playing GW2 and diablo 3
Overclocking - No overclocking
Purchase from - Newegg (US)
Need OS - No
Monitor - No
Resolution of current monitor - 1920x1080
Cost - I would like to spend around 800$....BUT if spending more or less will help a lot I am able

Build 1 - Based this build off of a lot of reading without thinking much about what components mesh with what. I want to have 16GB (2 sticks in case i want to add more later for 32)

NZXT Tempest 210 CA-TP210-01 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146084

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 80$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Exp 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - 230$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BROCertified Modular Power Supply -80$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM -80$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231568

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - 140$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K - 230$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ... - 30$

TOTAL - 923

Build 2 from a different thread by admbaustista....the prices arent all from newegg so I assume it will be a bit more...but want to compare performance. I saw this as I was making mine and thought it looked pretty good. Are Radeon cards really that much better for the price than nvidia?


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 ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
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 ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Vulcan Black MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($69.94 @ Mwave)
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)
Total: $778.85

Again I will not be overclocking..I want a really good solid computer that I dont have to mess with much for 5 or so years

Thanks for any help anyone can offer. Hope this all makes sense..hehe

Cheers
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  1. vote for build #2 at the bottom :) with a lillte more improvement on radeon card

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $770.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 01:47 EST-0500)
  2. or go with nvidia card instead :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $710.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 01:49 EST-0500)
  3. AMD Radeon said:
    or go with nvidia card instead :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $710.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 01:49 EST-0500)


    Thats a very nice build.
  4. Thanks for the replies AMD Radeon...I like the price drop for sure!

    A few questions

    1 - CPU - what is the main diff between the I5-3470 3.2 vs i5 3570k 3.4 Ghz. is the 70$ difference really there just for overclocking?

    2 - Mobo - I never considered a mini mobo....so the difference there is it will only handle 1 video card and only has 2 memory slots right?

    3 - GPU - Either of these better without overclocking? between the nvidia or radeon? overheating etc?

    4 - Case - I like that case but the one I listed NZXT Tempest 210 CA-TP210-01 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 45$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146084

    has a USB in front for only 45$...(my only reason I know its pathetic ) am i missing something or does it matter

    5 - Memory - Ive been told to get 16gb of memory...by someone who knows more than me but that isnt sayuing much.....is the memory I picked out work with the systems?

    Thanks again....im learning and learning.

    Dholio
  5. 1 - CPU - what is the main diff between the I5-3470 3.2 vs i5 3570k 3.4 Ghz. is the 70$ difference really there just for overclocking?
    exactly, and mini speed bump, different iGPU but it wont be used anyway

    2 - Mobo - I never considered a mini mobo....so the difference there is it will only handle 1 video card and only has 2 memory slots right?
    oh yeah, you can always choose ATX version for a little more, 10-20 bucks

    3 - GPU - Either of these better without overclocking? between the nvidia or radeon? overheating etc?
    normally, both are best at their pricing. but amd has OC potential like a beast
    personally if i am not going to OC, there is ONE sweetspot i should get : PNY 670 2GB as it is really cheap 299. far below 7970/any 670

    4 - Case - I like that case but the one I listed NZXT Tempest 210 CA-TP210-01 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 45$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146084

    has a USB in front for only 45$...(my only reason I know its pathetic ) am i missing something or does it matter

    go with any case you like :) no compatibility issue

    5 - Memory - Ive been told to get 16gb of memory...by someone who knows more than me but that isnt sayuing much.....is the memory I picked out work with the systems?
    8Gb is plenty for game/doing anything else. only pro geek need 16Gb above

    Thanks again....im learning and learning.
  6. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ 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 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $766.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 02:14 EST-0500)

    fixed mobo atx and case, and normal i5 price (not microcenter)
  7. That is looking really good AMD Radeon

    The only thing giving me pause is the GPU at the moment. Looking at the heiarchy chart the 670 is 1 above the 660ti and 2 above the 660

    based off this heiarchy chart http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    The GTX 670 ranges from 320$ to 400$ (ill be buying on newegg)

    660 Tis go for a little cheaper while 660s are around 100$s cheaper

    The equivelent Radeons are as follows

    7950 (670 equiv) - around 300$...pretty comparable here so if the 670 is better id go with that for a little more $

    7870 (660ti equiv) is between 210-250....

    7850 (660 eqiv) - is around 200

    I guess what I'm trying to figure out is how much do I really need...with the components you list am I going to see a 100$ difference between the 660 and the 670/660ti?

    Another thing that confuses me is the radeons....a lot of the forums compare radeon to nvidia based off of overclocking...if i am not going to be overclocking does that heirachy chart still apply? Maybe i need to just find a basic guide to radeon vs nvidia...but so much to read!

    Also I am mostly playing games like Guild wars 2...wow...diablo 3...torchlight...does this change your opinion on anything?

    I def feel like i am really close! You have been great

    Cheers

    Dan

    p.s. bedtime ill check in tomorrow! :)
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