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I need help with my 800$ budget build please

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January 27, 2013 7:58:15 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In about a week

Budget Range: 800 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching videos, and web surfing.

Parts Not Required:Just buying the pc, so no keyboard, mouse, speakers, or moniter.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com

Country: Hawaii

Parts Preferences: intel cpu

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: I would multitask a lot or open a few vm's that are 1gb memory. I would also refrain from using too much electricity from overclocking.

My build right now is http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zXgu
btw would the power edition 7850 be better?

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January 27, 2013 8:08:50 PM

If you don't plan to oc, you don't need the i5-3570k, the i5-3470 is what suits you best, there's also better h77 motherboard and cheaper.
For gaming you need a much better card, the 660 gtx a good choice : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zWq3
January 27, 2013 8:16:03 PM

If you aren't overclocking the 3570k is a waste of money, just grab the 3470. Also you are paying $130 for a H77... I was able to fit a 660 ti in the budget, very good card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $684.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 17:14 EST-0500)
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January 27, 2013 8:52:56 PM

oops i was meaning to get a Z77, not a H77. I also can't buy things from micro center, so I thought that the price between 3470 and 3570 isnt big, so I wanted that instead. I am not familiar with nvidia cards, but I heard that EVGA cards are the best?
January 27, 2013 9:00:26 PM

sihou1 said:
oops i was meaning to get a Z77, not a H77. I also can't buy things from micro center, so I thought that the price between 3470 and 3570 isnt big, so I wanted that instead. I am not familiar with nvidia cards, but I heard that EVGA cards are the best?


So you want an i5-3570k + z77 mobo, you better get also a good cooler, an asus 660 gtx is a good brand, it offers good cooling and low noise.
And for 1600x900 a 660 gtx will maxout any game.
Update list : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zX5s
January 27, 2013 9:37:02 PM

that loosk good, but the 7870's price also looks pretty close, is it better than gtx 660?
January 27, 2013 9:42:46 PM

They trade blows in some games, if you want a 7870, get this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zXCf

Anything more than a 660 or 7870 is overkill for your resolution.
I personally recommend the 660.
January 27, 2013 9:45:15 PM

Yeah a 660 is more than enough for 1600x900, and would save some money. But if you play to upgrade to a 1080p monitor anytime soon id suggest getting the 660 ti.
January 27, 2013 10:04:59 PM

I was thinking about the MSI twin frozr cards and thanks for the advice. I think I'll go for the 7870 because its not that muc hmore expensive than 660
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