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February 2, 2013 6:21:00 PM

My buddy wants to build a new computer with me. I originally made one on MC for 1000, he said it was do-able but he wants it to be cheaper. I've already checked the prebuild configs and there's no in between 800ish.

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 800 or less. Preferably less.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Light gaming he wants to have the option to play a game like battlefield 3, everyday usage)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter.com < we live near both> or Frys.com.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Orange, Cali.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Whatever fits the budget.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: His monitor is so old so idk what the max resolution is. I know its a flat panel that's about it.

Additional Comments: Quiet PC, Quad core PC or better. (Leaning towards a AMD system because we can get more for less.) Also want a 120gb or better SSD. A case with good cable management. Was looking at Corsair c70, corsair cx500w, Corsair 8gb 1600mhz ram,

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: He finally admitted his computer is slower than hell. Seriously he's using ddr ram. 120gb pata, Integrated crappy graphics, can't even run minecraft.

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February 2, 2013 7:51:19 PM

CPU: FX 6300/4300 (130/120 USD respectively)
GPU: HD 7850 2GB (200 USD - I suggest gigabyte, they have a good cooling solution)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ it's got pretty much what you need (80 USD)
PSU: Corsair 600/650 watt 80+ bronze (70 USD)
RAM: Corsair vengeance 8GB 1600mhz ddr3 (50 USD)
storage: western digital 1TB black (90 USD)
case: this is pretty much up to you/him. just remember that it needs to fit an ATX mobo and a 10/11 inch graphics card. this'll run you about 60 USD.
optical drive: 20 dollars if a cheap reader, 40 for a blueray.

total: 700 USD

OEM copy of win 7: 90 USD.

there you go. This will be able to run crysis 2, max settings, at about 35 fps. this is perfectly playable. it'll crush source games like HL2 and TF2, and minecraft will be a breeze as well.

if you want an SSD, then you'll have to sacrifice on the graphics card. as gaming is the most intensive thing you're doing, I felt as if the graphics power you're getting here for 200 dollars is better than the SSD performance increase you'll feel. loading times are never TOO slow (well they can be, but you won't feel it with that hard drive) while low fps counts ARE unplayable.

if you want the ssd, swap the 7850 for a 7770. the SSD will run you about 100, and will put your total budget around 810 USD (if you drop the 7850 for a 7770)
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February 2, 2013 8:06:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B5gc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B5gc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B5gc/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.66 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $700.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 17:04 EST-0500)

7770/7850 would be fine like Carolkarine said.. 7770 if the monitor resolution is like 1440*900.. 7850 if resolution is 1980*1080 (if he upgrades the monitor in future)
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February 2, 2013 8:24:44 PM

FX 6300 $140

Asrock 970 extreme4 $105

2 x4 gig of RAM , 1600 Mhz , 1.5 volt or less $48

Radeon 7870 GHZ edition $224
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD blue 500 gig hard drive $64
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any DVD drive $17

Corsair 200r case $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 8 home 64 bit $99

Total is $772

Motherboard that can crossfire and SLI
7870 GHz edition that will play any game at 1080p
windows 8 . Better license that can be transferred to another computer , better task manager , ... and if you dont like metro then spend a couple of $ and install a start button and menu
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February 2, 2013 8:42:19 PM

Outlander_04 said:
FX 6300 $140

Asrock 970 extreme4 $105

2 x4 gig of RAM , 1600 Mhz , 1.5 volt or less $48

Radeon 7870 GHZ edition $224
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD blue 500 gig hard drive $64
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any DVD drive $17

Corsair 200r case $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 8 home 64 bit $99

Total is $772

Motherboard that can crossfire and SLI
7870 GHz edition that will play any game at 1080p
windows 8 . Better license that can be transferred to another computer , better task manager , ... and if you dont like metro then spend a couple of $ and install a start button and menu



alternatively, theres a bunch of freeware start buttons in existance. alot of small groups jumped on that project.
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February 2, 2013 9:05:22 PM

garrettk4 said:
My buddy wants to build a new computer with me. I originally made one on MC for 1000, he said it was do-able but he wants it to be cheaper. I've already checked the prebuild configs and there's no in between 800ish.

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 800 or less. Preferably less.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Light gaming he wants to have the option to play a game like battlefield 3, everyday usage)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter.com < we live near both> or Frys.com.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Orange, Cali.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Whatever fits the budget.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: His monitor is so old so idk what the max resolution is. I know its a flat panel that's about it.

Additional Comments: Quiet PC, Quad core PC or better. (Leaning towards a AMD system because we can get more for less.) Also want a 120gb or better SSD. A case with good cable management. Was looking at Corsair c70, corsair cx500w, Corsair 8gb 1600mhz ram,

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: He finally admitted his computer is slower than hell. Seriously he's using ddr ram. 120gb pata, Integrated crappy graphics, can't even run minecraft.



With Microcenter store available, i wouldn't think twice in purchasing the i5-3570K, it's at 190$ there, and it has a combo with the motherboards.
So an i5-3570K+z77 msi Z77A-G41 goes for 225$ total with both cpu and motherboard, see here : http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c0a7cbf9#/c0a7cbf9/...
See here for a comparison : http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/701?vs=699

And for the rest of the parts :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $560.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



It fits all under 800$ without rebates, also since you have a old monitor, the 7850 might be overkill for it, but you'll have a good card.
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February 2, 2013 9:14:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.66 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $811.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 18:14 EST-0500)
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