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January 27, 2013 10:28:01 PM

Hi everyone,

I am building a computer for my friend, and I would greatly appreciate any advice you may have. The computer will be used solely as a gaming computer.

Here are the parts:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zY7B

The budget is 1k.

If there are better parts for the same price, or cheaper please do share

Thank you,

Matt

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January 27, 2013 10:31:18 PM

Lemme tinker with this ! Gimme a sec =)
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January 27, 2013 10:33:51 PM

You dont need 16 gb of ram 8gb is plenty for normal use. I would also recommend a 7850 for a video card. Also you really don't need a 256gb ssd if you are just going to use it as a boot disk. 128 should be plenty
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January 27, 2013 10:36:33 PM

For gaming you need a much better card, like the 660 ti, with that kind of budget a 128GB SSD is what you need, and a 1TB hdd, and just 8GB of ram is enough for gaming, i made some changes : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zYhs

This includes a 660 ti and a good one, a ssd, a good case, a good psu, it's an antec neo 620, it's internal parts were made by seasonic.
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January 27, 2013 10:38:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1018.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 19:38 EST-0500)

Much better for gaming.
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January 27, 2013 10:43:16 PM
a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2013 10:59:55 PM

I agree with ikes9711 and djangoringo.

The big issue is that you want a gaming rig but chose a weak gpu (650). The 650 is fine for WoW and Minecraft, but for Crysis 3 or Battlefield 3 on 1920x1080, you need at least a 660 or 7870.
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January 28, 2013 12:12:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer ($29.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1029.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 21:12 EST-0500)
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January 28, 2013 12:27:35 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $895.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 21:10 EST-0500)

If you don't live near microcenter, the i5 3570k at that price is not an option. If you get it at newegg for 219.99 with free shipping after a 10 dollar newegg gift card, the total comes to 925.85. I would have squeezed a hd7950 in there, but it would have been over a grand. I feel 7870 is a better choice for the price than gtx660ti(hd7870 doesn't overclock as well, but its extra bandwidth and rops may prove useful in the future).

SSDs are nice, but not required for gaming. You could drop the Samsung 840 and get a HD7970 with custom cooler like this one for overclocking:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

IF you live near a microcenter and want both an ssd/hd7950, here is my suggestion for hd7950:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Either no ssd/hd7970 or microcenter i5/ssd/hd7950 is still under a grand. Hope this helps.

Edit: this xfx 550w psu is built by seasonic and more than enough for an overclocked i5 and any overclocked single gpu video card you can throw at it.

Edit: It could even run an overclocked i7 hexacore(with different mobo and ram) and a gtx690, but I'm not a fan of sli/crossfire and i7 is overkill for gaming.
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