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February 1, 2013 7:39:55 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: in a 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: 400-450 less rebates the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. I want tera on max quality, most games on high.

Are you buying a monitor: No


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect. Places that aren't high in shipping prices.

Location: LA, California

Parts Preferences: Anything that works well together

Overclocking: No, don't actually have the money to risk learning

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080p most of the time

Additional Comments: I already got 8 gbs of ram so I will be using that.

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February 1, 2013 7:53:00 AM

Just going a little over budget unfortunately, hopefully you can scrape the last $17 together.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $467.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 04:52 EST-0500)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $445.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 04:58 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 7:55:30 AM

If you are in California, use Tiger Direct. That will save you at least $60-80 on the build in taxes.
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February 1, 2013 8:38:25 AM

mikerockett thanks for the quick suggestions, but I waited for about 2 hours and all the prices changed so quick. Should I just go for the 430w power supply(19 after rebate) or should i spend like 10 more dollars for the same psu but 600w?
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February 1, 2013 8:55:37 AM

spend 10 more and get the 600 watt. its a no brainer.
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February 1, 2013 8:56:08 AM

Slash, current generation parts are extremely power efficient. 430W is actually enough for most things, not SLI/Crossfire, however (Or OCed FX chips with high end GPUs)

Here's the catch, connections. If you need 2 PCIe pins, and a PSU only comes with 1, then it won't matter what wattage it is.

I checked Newegg.ca for the 2 GPUs and the PSU. The PSU has 1 6+2 PCIe pin, and both GPUs only need 1 6 PCIe pin, so you are good with both those builds, in terms of "will it work".

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=680 The 7850 is better than the 650TI, however, it is a 1GB card, so high levels of anti aliasing are off the table.

I hope you enjoy which ever built you decide!
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February 1, 2013 9:04:10 AM

Just had a look at Tigerdirect and can't find it. Are you referring to the one that's called OEM 600w? If so, do not get that PSU. No name brands are a no go.

Also I dont think you're looking at the right PSU as it's not $19 from what i can see.

If you have to buy from tigerdirect i'd get either the corsair 430w or the XFX 450w.

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February 1, 2013 9:12:34 AM

mikerockett said:
Just had a look at Tigerdirect and can't find it. Are you referring to the one that's called OEM 600w? If so, do not get that PSU. No name brands are a no go.

Also I dont think you're looking at the right PSU as it's not $19 from what i can see.

If you have to buy from tigerdirect i'd get either the corsair 430w or the XFX 450w.


Yea I just went to new egg and the 10 dollar rebate became 20 also theres a promo code(PSU80B0113) that removes 20% off = 19 dollars after tax.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank"> 600w version
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February 1, 2013 9:17:44 AM

That's fine then, was looking on tigerdirect. Although i don't think it's quite as cheap as you say. If it's 39.99 and 20% off thats 31.99.
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February 1, 2013 4:40:43 PM

Oh btw would the processor bottle neck the 7850? I could kick in an extra 50-80 dollars or so for a better processor if it would.
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February 1, 2013 5:17:57 PM

For this pricerange i would (and did) buy a 5800k and ASRock FM2 mobo. I believe it was the best performance for my dollar. I am able to play World of Tanks at about 60 fps (med settings / selected settings off) and guild wars 2 (med - but i don't know fps - my son's game).

It's a good, entry level gaming machine for my son. It's able to overclock the CPU and GPU ... (will need a cooler - i went with CM 212).

This is sure to cause much disagreement.

I realize you don't want to overclock at this time. That's not a requirement with the 5800k, however - I believe it's nice to have and the ASRock Bios is extremly easy.

i3 will be fine too - I am thrifty and when faced with this problem i voted with my money - 5800k. It meets and exceeds my gaming goals for this machine.

Also, i believe in the next year or 2 new games will depend on more CPU cores. This may also help in your decision.

Good Luck !! I'm sure you will be happy with your new build.
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February 1, 2013 5:53:05 PM

Now I'm not sure what's better for gaming. the 5800k or i3 3220?
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February 2, 2013 7:35:48 AM

Best answer selected by slashobeint.
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