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January 27, 2013 11:20:20 PM

Okay, so I've only ever kinda built a computer once before with my dad but now I'm done with console gaming and my 6 year old HP laptop isn't going to cut it. So I'm starting a build but my budget is around $700 and I have some stuffs picked out. Here's what I have now and I'd like suggestions of where I can cut in price and also if this is all compatible with eachother because I have no clue how to tell that:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80637i53350P
GPU: ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609DS1S00
Power: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
(Now with the Power Supply I wasn't sure what I need so I just went with 500w)
Case: Undecided
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Now, this all shows up on Newegg at just under 800USD. If I could cut back $50 bucks or more (I still need a case) I would be set. I already have a copy of windows 7 for the OS. Any additional things that I'll need please let me know as in wires/cords and any essential things i'm embarrassingly missing!

CPU: $179.99
GPU: $159.99
MOBO: $249.99
RAM: $42.99
Power: $59.99
Case: Undecided
HDD: $79.99
DVD/CD/ROM: $18.99
Total: $791.93

All help will be much apreciated because I'm a total noob with these things. Thanks in advance!

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January 27, 2013 11:29:25 PM

We can definitely do better than this. Give me a second I'll see what I can whip up,
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 11:34:53 PM

Hi. You're spending too much on the motherboard and too little on the graphics card if you'll be gaming at 1920 x 1080. If you're buying from Newegg, here's a potential build. Feel free to make changes as you'd like.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $674.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 20:33 EST-0500)

Here's a building guide with videos: http://techreport.com/review/23624/how-to-build-a-pc-th...
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January 27, 2013 11:40:37 PM

Wow, already thanks for this, even if this isn't the exact build I use, you have shown me that it is definately do-able. A guy at micro center made it seem impossible!

So would this make a decent gaming build ^^^ more specifically could you give an example of a game you might play with this build and how it plays?

Again, thank's alot!
January 27, 2013 11:40:43 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($193.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
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: $704.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 20:40 EST-0500)
January 27, 2013 11:42:03 PM

My build will play ANYTHING, full quality at 1080p, no problem. A note*, if you order my MOBO soon, you get a free 8GB of ram, which is why I didn't include it in my build.
January 27, 2013 11:58:57 PM

No offense obviously but a little skeptical here, could someone cross check bctande1's build, I wouldn't know so I would like to have just a little reasurance with his play ANYTHING claim
a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 12:48:07 AM

bctande1's build is a good build if you don't mind AMD. If you want an Intel build and live near Micro Center, you may be able to get the i5-3470 for $150 or get a good deal on the i5-3570K and motherboard combo when there's one. Here are a few more motherboards with free RAM deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
January 28, 2013 1:29:09 AM

So, I went to PCPartPicker and made a hybrid of the two given builds above, how does this build stand up? Would this run higher end games okay such as ARMA3 or BF3 or Skyrim?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A0oP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A0oP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A0oP/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $696.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 22:24 EST-0500)

a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 1:33:50 AM

That looks good but get a bigger PSU like the Antec 620W I had in my build above and it's cheaper after rebate too. You can go with a different case if you want; it's a matter of personal taste. Everything looks good and it will play those games without any problem.
January 28, 2013 1:43:45 AM

I honestly don't have a prefference on appearance. And what exactly will a higher PSU do for me?
January 28, 2013 1:45:28 AM

Also, follow up question, do I want windows 7 in 64 bit? and what is the difference between 64 and 32?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 1:51:27 AM

Yes you want Windows 7 64 bit so you can take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM.
January 28, 2013 1:54:41 AM

okay makes sense. I believe I'm satisfied for now, but I assume that all the wires and cords I need come with the parts that require them? or will I need to buy those cords seperatetly?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 2:02:07 AM

It should come with all the cable but the PSU doesn't come with a power cord. It's funny but true. Maybe you might already have one lying around at home you can use.
January 28, 2013 11:58:57 PM

Do I need a sound card with my build? or is it not necessary?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 29, 2013 12:16:53 AM

You can get one if you really want but it's not necessary and you don't need one.
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