600- 800 Dollar Gaming PC Help

Hey guys. So I'm new to Tom's Hardware and I'm looking to build a custom rig. I have just gotten tired of my crappy Xbox 360 so I needed to upgrade. If you have any builds that would suit my needs I would appreciate it. Preferably, I would like a quieter computer because the computer is in my room. I don't think I need an SSD but if their really important I'll consider it. I would like it to play a variety of games such as Total War: Shogun 2, Total War: Rome 2(not out yet), The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Bioshock 1/2/Infinite, Mass Effect 1/2/3, Battfield 3, etc.) So mainly RTS, RPG, FPS, and maybe MMOs like SWTOR. Thanks!

Budget Range: 650-800 (i dont know what the sweet spot is for price/performance)

System Usage: Gaming, movies (like netflix), and perhaps some basic applications like google chrome and word

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

I might overclock but I dont know how so im not sure

Monitor Resolution: Dell Ultrasharp 24 inches 1920x1080

I would also like a Blu Ray/DVD reader but if those are too expensive I'll pass on them.


How does this sound:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zSSu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zSSu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zSSu/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: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
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: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $748.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 11:50 EST-0500)
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  1. Your build is fine, the bluray drive it's too expensive.
    I made some changes, to fit a better card, like the 660 ti : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A9ph

    Either way, you're fine with your build, or if you want to take some part of my suggestion link.
  2. django's build or yours are both fine
  3. The original build looks good, I might get a different power supply like the XFX 550W, but otherwise everything else looks fine.
  4. djangoringo said:
    Your build is fine, the bluray drive it's too expensive.
    I made some changes, to fit a better card, like the 660 ti : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A9ph

    Either way, you're fine with your build, or if you want to take some part of my suggestion link.


    I think I'm going to change my GPU to the 7870 LE because its only 20 Dollars more than the 7870
  5. You could do that, but keep in mind the 660 ti is still better than a 7870 le.
  6. djangoringo said:
    You could do that, but keep in mind the 660 ti is still better than a 7870 le.


    K, I'll keep that in mind. And can I overclock my gpu with this motherboard?
  7. Yes, of course, the gpu can be overclocked in any board.
  8. djangoringo said:
    Yes, of course, the gpu can be overclocked in any board.


    Also, do you think the 7870 LE would last longer than the 7870 as in would get more years out of it before I have to upgrade.
  9. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Amip
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Amip/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Amip/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: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $715.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 19:47 EST-0500)

    this looks good
  10. hobojohn512 said:
    Also, do you think the 7870 LE would last longer than the 7870 as in would get more years out of it before I have to upgrade.



    Well the 7870 le is better than any 7870, it's impossible to predict how many years a card will last.
  11. how much more is the le version cost dj?
  12. iceclock said:
    how much more is the le version cost dj?


    The 7870 LE is 220 and the 7870 is 200
  13. It's 240$ for it : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AmmO

    The 660 ti is 270$, pny model.

    That's without rebates, with rebates, the 7870 le is 220$, the 660 ti 240$.
  14. iceclock said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Amip
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Amip/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Amip/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: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $715.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 19:47 EST-0500)

    this looks good


    I think I will use the power supply you reccomended since it is 30 dollars less. THanks! But would it possibly negatively affect performance and lastability?
  15. the one i chose is better than the one u had chosen :)

    and its made from seasonic.
  16. iceclock said:
    the one i chose is better than the one u had chosen :)

    and its made from seasonic.


    alright sounds great thanks
  17. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AmmO
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AmmO/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AmmO/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $767.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 20:23 EST-0500)

    Alright so this is my updated build. I've been wondering about windows 8 as it looks interesting. Any opinions? Also, are there any ways I could get the price down to about 750 with out sacrificing performance? I'm willing to wait for sales if you guys know about any. Thanks?
  18. It's good, but there's cheaper ram out there, if you want cheaper, my suggestion :

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $762.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 21:20 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $792.88
    Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
    Total: $762.88

    did some revisions for u, djs build is also good. but i find the h77 has afew more accessories and is of better quality personally, but we works better for u
  20. Thanks what do you think about this motherboard:
    ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304

    Does it have any more features that you think would be useful.

    And is the PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT limited stock or will it be selling for awhile?
  21. The 7870 XT is on stock in newegg, that's a good motherboard for the price, but only needed if you want an atx board with 4 dimm slots.
  22. the z68 is only good if u wanna overclock, if not the h77 is quite good, and id get the 7870xt while u can they sell very fast, and seem to be hard to order. because theyre great price to performance ratio.
  23. what are the pros of that type of motherboard compared to an h77?
  24. None with that cpu, only for an i5-3570k, the z75 is a good option, but it's a standard atx and with 4 dimm slots, the z75 is cheaper than the h77 pro 4, so it might be worth it, if you want a standard atx mobo with 4 dimm slots, otherwise, a h77M offers what you need
  25. Would I be able to overclock ram with the z75 and my current build?
  26. Yes.
  27. but not with the h77?
  28. the h77 chipset and h61 cant be overclocked, its impossible sadly, so u need p67 or z68 or z77 chipset for 1155 :P
  29. Ok how does sound I think I will order it tonight or tomorrow so tell my if anything looks wrong. Is 500Watts enough to power it?


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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $840.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 20:29 EST-0500)
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