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January 26, 2013 12:30:11 PM

Hi everyone, i'm looking to build a gaming computer, i already have the os, im looking to keep it around $800 max,
looking foward to all your suggestions, oh and i'd rather have better fps than pretty graphics, total noob here also. thanks
January 26, 2013 12:58:15 PM

With that budget you're going to get pretty graphics and better fps. Do you need a monitor, keyboard and mouse?
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January 26, 2013 1:04:08 PM

And do you plan to overclock?
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January 26, 2013 1:23:17 PM

Well here is something to get the ball rolling anyway. The CPU and Motherboard don't support over-clocking so you would need to change them if it's something you wish to do.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $821.34


I went slightly over budget to add a higher wattage PSU and motherboard that supports Crossfire. This makes future upgrades a breeze. Just drop in another 7870 GPU and possibly more RAM since it can handle 32GB - upgrade done!
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January 26, 2013 1:37:57 PM

chain220 said:
With that budget you're going to get pretty graphics and better fps. Do you need a monitor, keyboard and mouse?

no i want to put 800 into the computer.
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January 26, 2013 1:39:11 PM

casper1973 said:
And do you plan to overclock?

yes im open to overclocking, as long as it's safe,don't want to fry anything
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January 26, 2013 1:44:16 PM

casper1973 said:
Well here is something to get the ball rolling anyway. The CPU and Motherboard don't support over-clocking so you would need to change them if it's something you wish to do.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $821.34


I went slightly over budget to add a higher wattage PSU and motherboard that supports Crossfire. This makes future upgrades a breeze. Just drop in another 7870 GPU and possibly more RAM since it can handle 32GB - upgrade done!

ive been doing a little research on my own, and i was leaning towards the 7870, i'm psyched you picked that card,
i was also looking at the i5 2500k, but im going to look at the i53570 thanks.
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January 26, 2013 1:46:21 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGhy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGhy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGhy/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.02 @ Mwave)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $744.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 10:46 EST-0500)

Base Total: $771.91
Promo Discounts: -$7.99
Combo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $14.55
Total: $748.47

all ull need to game :D 

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January 26, 2013 1:49:19 PM

Similar to the one above, just with a more expensive case, higher wattage PSU and Intel processor rather than AMD. Also, that processor is only for in-store pickup at Microcenter. The price goes up $30 if you buy online from Newegg.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGif
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGif/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGif/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $796.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 10:48 EST-0500)
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January 26, 2013 1:50:52 PM

You researched well :) 

Just keep in mind you need the K version to over-clock so i5-3570k not just i5-3570. And the H77 chipset motherboard I posted also can't be overclocked, you would want a Z77 chipset for that.

The 2500k is also a great CPU. 3570k is basically the newer replacement of the 2500k when they released Ivybridge.
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January 26, 2013 1:57:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGlX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGlX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGlX/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.02 @ Mwave)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Other: fx 6300 ($134.00)
Total: $748.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 10:56 EST-0500)

Base Total: $758.81
Promo Discounts: -$7.99
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Shipping: $8.13
Total: $748.95



no need for intel here.

amd does quite a fine job with zambezi :) 
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January 26, 2013 1:58:13 PM


@ chain the build cost for urs is Base Total: $886.31

mine is within the 800$, thats why it makes no sense to suggest 80$ more of a pc to someone who has 800$.

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January 26, 2013 2:43:05 PM

It comes down to $800 after the MIRs. If the OP doesn't want to do it like that, just drop the 3570k to a 2500k, and switch the case. Problem solved. The 2500k is still better than the FX-6300, if he's got room in the budget for it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGFo
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGFo/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zGFo/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($207.28 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $778.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 11:39 EST-0500)

Base total is still $820, but he said around $800
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January 26, 2013 2:58:55 PM

no ur original one was like 60$ more. actually,

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January 26, 2013 3:03:52 PM

I didn't say it wasn't? I just changed it a little and it dropped down to $20 more, you apparently didn't read that post.
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January 26, 2013 3:08:37 PM

shur ok, moving on to reality mate.

nice build but i think the amd build i made is quite tasty for the price.

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January 27, 2013 4:57:23 PM

unless uve got 8slots and that would be stupid lol.

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January 27, 2013 9:08:08 PM


If he bought a second stick of that 8GB GSkill it's exactly $800 :o 

2x8GB is a nice start. He could run a 10GB Ram-Disk with that.



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