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February 2, 2013 4:13:58 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ASAP


Budget Range: $300-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the web, Skype, using MS Word


Are you buying a monitor: Maybe (may or may not be using my TV)


Parts to Upgrade: N/A


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whichever is cheapest


Location: City, State/Region, Country - Massachusetts, USA


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Probably not but i may in the future



Your Monitor Resolution: I have an HD TV, not sure what the resolution is but i can find out if needed


Additional Comments: I'll be using this mostly for gaming. I play games such as WoW, Dota 2, CS, and a few others and i would like to be able to play these games at their high or max settings(preferably max). Also, if I end up needing a monitor what should i get and how much will it cost. This will also be my first time building a computer so and tips you have would be very appreciated.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop is old and broken and isn't worth repairing. I also want to get a desktop that ill be able to upgrade in the future so i can use it for a few years.

Thanks in advance

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February 2, 2013 4:31:39 PM

hmm 600$ is tight..
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February 2, 2013 4:57:56 PM

Will you be able to come up with a build? This is just for starting out, i will hopefully upgrade it later on, but i still want something good to use right now.
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February 2, 2013 5:00:14 PM

Well its hard to buy some parts when the rest of the money isn't there...
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February 2, 2013 5:03:02 PM

My suggestion :


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)
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: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $577.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If you need a setup with monitor : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B2OR
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February 2, 2013 5:09:50 PM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :


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)
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: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $577.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If you need a setup with monitor : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B2OR

That is perfect for him. PSU upgrade later down the line. GPU and Case upgrade later down the line. Good work dj
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February 2, 2013 5:48:24 PM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :


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)
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: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $577.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If you need a setup with monitor : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B2OR


Thank you for your suggestion! I think this will work very well but any other suggestions would also be appreciated.
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February 2, 2013 6:00:46 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $613.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 14:57 EST-0500)

I would definitely get the 7870 xt for $30 more. It is alot better than a normal 7870, its based on the Tahiti architecture (same as 7950,7970). It would be almost as good as a 660 ti if not better.
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February 2, 2013 6:07:00 PM

also another great parts list^
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February 2, 2013 6:14:03 PM

blake1243 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $613.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 14:57 EST-0500)

I would definitely get the 7870 xt for $30 more. It is alot better than a normal 7870, its based on the Tahiti architecture (same as 7950,7970). It would be almost as good as a 660 ti if not better.


Thank you for your suggestion as well. I'll have to look into this to see which build i like better. Keep the suggestions coming!
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February 2, 2013 11:57:19 PM

I have a quick question. If i replaced the Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive with the Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive, would the first build still work? Do I really need 1 TB of storage memory?
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February 3, 2013 12:04:15 AM

pcgamer12345 said:
I have a quick question. If i replaced the Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive with the Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive, would the first build still work? Do I really need 1 TB of storage memory?

No not at all. On a "gaming" PC you really only need to store games lol.
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February 3, 2013 12:06:10 AM

pcgamer12345 said:
I have a quick question. If i replaced the Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive with the Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive, would the first build still work? Do I really need 1 TB of storage memory?


500GB will do if you don't plan to add much data.
This goes under 600$ : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B8kT

If you can raise the budget a little get the 7870 XT : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax78...
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February 3, 2013 12:06:22 AM

blake1243 said:
No not at all. On a "gaming" PC you really only need to store games lol.


So it would all still work right? Sorry I'm not really good when it comes to computer parts, trying to learn tho.
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February 3, 2013 12:06:56 AM

It will work, as long as it is a sata hdd.
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February 3, 2013 12:13:03 AM

djangoringo said:
It will work, as long as it is a sata hdd.


Alright thanks
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February 3, 2013 4:01:21 AM

do u need os+mousse?

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February 3, 2013 1:02:05 PM

iceclock said:
do u need os+mousse?


No the only thing I may need is a monitor.
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February 3, 2013 1:43:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeB7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeB7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeB7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $579.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 10:43 EST-0500)

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February 3, 2013 3:59:32 PM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeB7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeB7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BeB7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $579.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 10:43 EST-0500)


Thank you for your suggestion, but it turn out that i no longer need a monitor.
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February 3, 2013 4:02:10 PM

I have another question. If I were to change the Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case for the Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case, would all of the components still fit and work? Is the Thermaltake Case better or worse than the Corsair Case? I'm only asking because I can get a better deal on the Thermaltake Case and want to know if I should take it.
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February 3, 2013 4:07:13 PM

the corsair 200r is of better build quality than thermaltake.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $555.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 13:06 EST-0500)

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February 3, 2013 4:11:53 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.12 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $611.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 13:11 EST-0500)

Good amd option. If you have the extra money get the fx 6300. Also you will also be able to upgrade to steamroller when they come out since it will you the same socket, but intel is supposed to be change to a different one.
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February 3, 2013 4:18:44 PM

iceclock said:
the corsair 200r is of better build quality than thermaltake.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $555.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 13:06 EST-0500)


Thank you for the input and the new suggestion. I'll have to consider it.
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February 3, 2013 4:21:19 PM

pcgamer12345 said:
I have another question. If I were to change the Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case for the Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case, would all of the components still fit and work? Is the Thermaltake Case better or worse than the Corsair Case? I'm only asking because I can get a better deal on the Thermaltake Case and want to know if I should take it.


The 200r is the best case for the money in my opinion. It has usb 3.0 and good cable management options.
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February 3, 2013 4:22:12 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg2t

I feel that the FX-6100 will be better down the line than an i3. also, the graphics card has bioshock infinite and tomb raider preorder for free :) . This should be able to support crossfire later as well as overclocking if you get an aftermarket HSF. the 7850 can overclock to 7870 levels as well. You can probably get a cheaper case, but I have the source 210 and like it.
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February 3, 2013 4:23:43 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.04 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $582.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 13:23 EST-0500)

intels option is best here.

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February 3, 2013 4:24:33 PM

the fx 6100 is of the old chipset and is slow as hell.

i would only recommand the 4300 series and up, and the 6300 series.
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February 3, 2013 4:30:38 PM

So should i switch form an Intel processor to an AMD processor?
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February 3, 2013 4:31:19 PM

lol yeah didn't notice it was the old one, not vishera. A word of warning is to never cheap out on your build. It will just get outdated quickly, constant upgrades, and new builds will end up wasting more money than if you just built something nice to start with. I spent $570 for a pretty nice build because i scoured the web every day looking for deals. I got a i5-3570k, XFX DD HD 7850, a 1tb hdd, etc and all the other parts for cheap from sales/rebates. i visited techbargains.com regularly. As long as your patient, you can really ge ta lot of bang for your buck.
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February 3, 2013 4:33:27 PM

id say go with my intel build, gives u best bang for bucks.

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February 3, 2013 4:45:15 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.04 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $582.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 13:23 EST-0500)

intels option is best here.


Do you mean this build? Isn't the CPU for this one AMD?
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February 3, 2013 5:10:35 PM

no this.

the corsair 200r is of better build quality than thermaltake.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bg1Q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $555.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 13:06 EST-0500)

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February 3, 2013 5:12:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $605.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 14:11 EST-0500)

Here is a i5 build
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February 3, 2013 5:13:18 PM

not worth it considering ur getting only 1gig of vram with that system and games already use more than 1 gig, would bottleneck him for shur.

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February 3, 2013 5:16:15 PM

iceclock said:
not worth it considering ur getting only 1gig of vram with that system and games already use more than 1 gig, would bottleneck him for shur.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $620.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 14:15 EST-0500)

Better?
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February 3, 2013 5:22:45 PM

yes except its more than my build. for no performance increase

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February 3, 2013 5:25:00 PM

iceclock said:
yes except its more than my build. for no performance increase


Yes it is. This guy wants to play wow which is a cpu intensive game so he needs a quad core cpu.
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February 3, 2013 5:25:50 PM

nope. runs great on an i3.

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February 3, 2013 5:34:35 PM

iceclock said:
yes except its more than my build. for no performance increase

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $590.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 14:33 EST-0500)

This is a performance increase.
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February 3, 2013 5:42:32 PM

Another quick question. Would I be able to swap out my i3 processor with a higher version(like i5 or i7) later on? Or would this mess up my system?
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February 3, 2013 5:45:05 PM

yes u can.

also e_x is 660$ real price ur 60$ over budget

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February 3, 2013 5:57:13 PM

You should just buy an i5 now or save for one to buy because you'll just ended up having wasted money.
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February 3, 2013 5:58:12 PM

the i3 is not wasting money is quite a good processor for gaming.

speak for urself hes got a 600$ budget and hes gotta remain within the confines of it.

when its ur money u can spend it on what u want but this is ops request and budget specifications.

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February 3, 2013 5:59:49 PM

That's not what I said. I said if he buys an i3 now an upgrades to an i5 in less than a year, I would just save up the extra ~50 and buy the i5 now and save the money from not buying an i3.
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February 3, 2013 6:00:14 PM

i agree, but just saying he seems to have 600$ maximum.

so gotta work with that.

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February 3, 2013 6:10:50 PM

it's easy to spend other people's money isn't it?
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February 3, 2013 6:19:37 PM

yep it is, thats why i recommand the best i can for the asked budget.

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February 3, 2013 6:31:45 PM

Hey now, I'm just saying this because I'm trying to save him money in the long run because I've learned the hard way. It's your choice, but just a suggestion.
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