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400 dollar gaming build

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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    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)
  2. If you are in California, use Tiger Direct. That will save you at least $60-80 on the build in taxes.
  3. 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?
  4. spend 10 more and get the 600 watt. its a no brainer.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

    600w version
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Now I'm not sure what's better for gaming. the 5800k or i3 3220?
  12. A little spam to help you with your decision. Again - both machines will be fine, I prefer the 5800k at this price. Also, the more you google ... the more you learn !!

    http://www.overclockerscave.com/index.php/96-hot-hardware/139-amd-a10-5800k-radeon-7660d-review

    http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/reviews/amd-a10-5800k

    http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/compatible-discrete-card-for-amd-a10-5800k.189384/
  13. Best answer selected by slashobeint.
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