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Need a cheaper build ($650-$700)

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January 25, 2013 5:07:27 AM

Turns out, I'm not going to be able to spend $750 like I originally planned, so the previous parts you guys helped me pick out are no longer possible. So, I went and put some parts together, I need any suggestions on this build, if there are better options without exceeding my budget, please let me know.

I can NOT exceed $700 even before MIRs. I also will not be overclocking.

Anyway, here is what I picked out. I will not change the case, because I really like it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.98 @ NCIX US)
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: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $658.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 02:03 EST-0500)

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January 25, 2013 5:12:22 AM

Looks good to me. Wouldn't change a thing.
January 25, 2013 5:17:02 AM

Would it be smart to downgrade that CPU to Intel Core i3-2130 3.4GHz and upgrade the GPU?

The main game which I'm going to be playing is Guild Wars 2, its more CPU dependent than most games these days though I'm unsure if it benefits from more cores.
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January 25, 2013 5:26:02 AM

You can stick with the i5 and 7850 and be just fine on high settings in guild wars 2. You could always try to stick a gtx660 in there. its a bit of a step up from the 7850 and isn't too much more expensive. If not its all good and this system will perform very well.
January 25, 2013 5:28:10 AM

I'd downgrade the case to a Gamma Classic, also by NZXT, and upgrade the power supply to something a bit more reliable.

I'd also avoid downgrading the CPU. If you were to do so, it'd be to a Pentium, which is an i3 minus the hyperthreading. It's a VERY capable little CPU, but I'd keep the processor over the graphics if that's your primary game. (Normally I'd say go for it, but GW2 is very... oddly... optimized.)
January 25, 2013 5:38:11 AM

I really like the Tempest, so I don't know if I want to change the case.
January 25, 2013 5:46:48 AM

Changed the psu and case to matx.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zt83
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zt83/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zt83/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.98 @ NCIX US)
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 Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $636.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 02:45 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 5:58:17 AM

DarkSable said:
I'd downgrade the case to a Gamma Classic, also by NZXT, and upgrade the power supply to something a bit more reliable.


Totally agree here. The Gamma Classic has side intake fan ports to provide cooling to your GPU and CPU. This will be a big help for temps especially if you ever intend to experiment with GPU overclocking. I suggest the XFX 550W PSU as it is a bit more reliable. I save a bit on the RAM as Patriot was cheaper. Finally, I upped the GPU to a 7870. It is still under $700 without rebates.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $683.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 02:52 EST-0500)
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