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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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  1. 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


    $592
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. GodlyGamer said:
    Oh okay :) thanks a lot man!


    Anytime! Glad to help.
  6. 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
  7. Best answer
    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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