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January 30, 2013 1:56:38 AM

Hi! I"m looking to build my first PC because quite frankly my laptop sucks. I am a super heavy gamer, and I usually have to run games on very low resolution (800x6000-1280x1024). I don't know very much about compatibility of parts or getting my money's worth, so i've decided to ask for help on here :)  I would like to be able to run games on max settings with a good framerate. (60fps would make me very happy :) ) I play all types of games, especially mmos and action rpgs.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the week is over :) 

Budget Range: $600-650 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: This is 99.99% a gaming computer; the other .01% is for browsing the web lol

Are you buying a monitor: eventually... i don't need one at the moment, so the budget range does not include monitor

Parts to Upgrade:I already have a hard drive, mouse, monitor and keyboard....so everything else i need lol

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Microcenter...If there is an INCREDIBLE deal elsewhere i would be willing to make exceptions

Location: Chicago, IL USA

Parts Preferences: i would like to use the Intel Core i5 3570K and ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard.... if these are bad choices then just scrap them lol

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: The monitor i plan on using for the next two weeks is 1280x768, but i plan on upgrading afterwards to 1920x1080.


Thanks in advance!!

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January 30, 2013 2:14:50 AM

UNless you can extend your budget the i5 and Z77 asrock are not ideal.

The graphics card is more important than the processor for gaming so a budget build probably looks like

AMD FX 6300 $130
Asrock 970 extreme3 mb $75
2 x4 gig of 1600 MHz RAM $45
Radeon 7850 $160
500 watt 80+ bronze or better psu $50
case $50
dvd drive $17
Hard drive $65


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January 30, 2013 2:30:25 AM

Thanks for the quick reply man! I don't know if you overlooked my post, but i don't need a hard drive. Also, i've heard that 500watt isn't good for a gaming pc... is this true? I was told that the motherboard, processor, and graphics cards are the most important parts on a gaming pc, in that order. I'm wondering why you decided on this motherboard and went higher on the graphics card; i also want to include that i plan on upgrading my computer in the future ( i probably should have posted that on my OP).
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January 30, 2013 3:35:17 AM

GodlyGamer said:
Thanks for the quick reply man! I don't know if you overlooked my post, but i don't need a hard drive. Also, i've heard that 500watt isn't good for a gaming pc... is this true? I was told that the motherboard, processor, and graphics cards are the most important parts on a gaming pc, in that order. I'm wondering why you decided on this motherboard and went higher on the graphics card; i also want to include that i plan on upgrading my computer in the future ( i probably should have posted that on my OP).


A good quality (Antec, xfx, seasonic, corsair) 500w PSU will be plenty.

Your order of importance is incorrect. Gaming is about 85% GPU and 15% CPU. an i3 + 7870 will run rings around an i7 + 7770 every day. For a gaming build, its best to pinch pennies everywhere possible and buy the best possible GPU you can afford.
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January 30, 2013 4:51:53 AM

tiny voices said:
A good quality (Antec, xfx, seasonic, corsair) 500w PSU will be plenty.

Your order of importance is incorrect. Gaming is about 85% GPU and 15% CPU. an i3 + 7870 will run rings around an i7 + 7770 every day. For a gaming build, its best to pinch pennies everywhere possible and buy the best possible GPU you can afford.




Oh okay :)  thanks a lot man!
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January 30, 2013 4:53:40 AM

GodlyGamer said:
Oh okay :)  thanks a lot man!


Anytime! Glad to help.
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January 30, 2013 5:10:02 AM

If you dont need the hard drive spend the extra money on a Radeon 7870 or GTX 660 .

The power supply you'd need can be found here
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

A good 500 watt psu handles either . Easily .

A cheap bargain basement 500 watt psu will just blow up
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January 30, 2013 9:09:01 AM

Since your budget is $650, I wouldn't recommend getting the i5 3570k + Arock Extreme4 because you will have to sacrifice a lot of other things and a good gaming computer has to have balance
Just those two items will be over $350
i5 3570k $229.99
Asrock Extreme4 $134.99
Total $364.98
Leaving you with $285.02 to get a GPU, PSU, RAM, and a case.

Instead I recommend going the AMD route.
($99.99) CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
($99.99) Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME4
($304.99) GPU: MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit
($69.99) PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W
($47.99) RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
($44.99) Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 311
Total $667.24

This build is $17.24 over your budget, but I'm sure you can squeeze 20 bucks from somewhere. Also, I didn't add the rebate discounts and all that crap, which will make this build less than $650. With this you will probably max out almost all the games and not break your bank. The CPU will bottleneck the 7950, not by a lot but it will, so I recommend down the line to get an

($34.99) Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

and overclock it. If you don't feel like overclocking, get an

($229.99) GPU: XFX Black DD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit

and you will have left $57.06 in total to use in something else.
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January 30, 2013 12:47:29 PM

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