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January 24, 2013 3:34:41 PM

Ok guys, I plan on making the best cheapest gaming computer I could get, here are the parts I plan on getting. If there are parts that don't fit please feel free to suggest an alternative for around the same price. Almost all of these are from Newegg except for a few from Amazon.

Note: Programs I will use with the computer are pretty hardcore so I need something that will handle them for as cheap as possible.
Some of them are:
Adobe Master Collection Cs6
Games such as COD (MW2, MW3, BLOPS2) and Battlefield 3
and maybe (idk) Maya


So anyway here it goes:

Case:
RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
Samsung Electronics Extreme Low Voltage 30nm UDIMM 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00592002W/ref=as_li_s...

Video Card:
PowerColor AX7850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage:
WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088PUEPK/ref=as_li_s...

Optical Drive:
LG Electronics GH22NS50 22X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002C9K3UO/ref=as_li_s...

Power Supply:
SilverStone Strider 500W, 80 PLUS, Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034XRDUU/ref=as_li_s...

Cooling:

I will add better fans once I have everything working and assembled. And yes I know better cooling fans are essential for a gaming computer.

Thank You, and I hope this all fits nicely together!

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January 24, 2013 3:54:21 PM

The case you chose isn't good really.
I suggest going with this one instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Either downgrade the motherboard to a H77 or B75 one or upgrade the CPU to Intel Core i5 2500K or 3570K.

The RAM kit you has very high latency which isn't good either.
This RAM kit is both faster and cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could also save some money and upgrade the power supply to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 24, 2013 4:36:29 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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January 24, 2013 8:10:33 PM

Kamen_BG said:
The case you chose isn't good really.
I suggest going with this one instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Either downgrade the motherboard to a H77 or B75 one or upgrade the CPU to Intel Core i5 2500K or 3570K.

The RAM kit you has very high latency which isn't good either.
This RAM kit is both faster and cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could also save some money and upgrade the power supply to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Hey man, thanks for the advice. Oh, and I forgot to mention for the case I wanted to get something that looks cool since the computer will be in a prominent area in the house. The case you recommended was nice, (quality wise) and the features great too, but I wanted something with a better appearance. If you could recommend another with good quality and better appearance that's around the same price that would be nice. I'm glad you pointed the other flaws out though, I want this to work smoothly and with no problems internally.
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January 24, 2013 9:07:40 PM

Here is what I would start with, if you can afford it:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $685.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 18:02 EST-0500)

* CPU is best you can get for the $, especially for Maya, Photoshop, etc. Has unlocked multiplier, so you can OC easy, if you want to later.
* Mobo chipset is z77 and has most options that one would want.
* RAM is stock voltage (1.5v) and CAS 9 speed at 1600 mHz!!
* Case has front USB 3.0 ports, so you can take advantage of that (it's supported on the mobo!).
* GPU is one of the best for the $.
* PSU is good enough for the 7850 GPU and is power efficient too! If you want more power than go with a quality PSU in the 500-650w area (Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, PCP&C are some good brands)

If you want to scale back the cost a bit and still have a decent setup, I'd recommend an i3 CPU to keep costs down:
$124 shipped (about $95 cheaper than the i5 3570k CPU)
Intel Core i3-3220 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 Ghz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i33220
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January 25, 2013 1:13:01 AM

Best answer selected by BustedSpleen.
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January 26, 2013 7:47:24 PM

Kamen_BG said:
The case you chose isn't good really.
I suggest going with this one instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Either downgrade the motherboard to a H77 or B75 one or upgrade the CPU to Intel Core i5 2500K or 3570K.

The RAM kit you has very high latency which isn't good either.
This RAM kit is both faster and cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could also save some money and upgrade the power supply to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Also, how would downgrading a motherboard help improve the computer?
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