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$800-$950 Gaming PC Spec Check

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February 4, 2013 9:57:21 PM

Budget: $800-$950 (US)

Goal: max out the majority of games at 1080p 40FPS or higher.

Games I Play: CS:GO, Planetside 2, Civilization 5, Team Fortress 2, Garry's Mod, Far Cry 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, The Witcher 2

Question: Will I max out these games and have a stable, reasonably high frame rate? Are there any parts that you would suggest in place of what I am currently set to use?

PC Part picker: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BmLX

Specs:
Intel Core i3-2130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor - $128
Asus P8H77-I Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard - $100
Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $50
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $80
XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card - $235
Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case - $45
Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply - $45
Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer - $19
Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor - $170
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) - $90
Microsoft Keyboard 400 Wired Standard Keyboard - $14


February 4, 2013 10:10:22 PM

TheNewb_me said:
Budget: $800-$950 (US)

Goal: max out the majority of games at 1080p 40FPS or higher.

Games I Play: CS:GO, Planetside 2, Civilization 5, Team Fortress 2, Garry's Mod, Far Cry 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, The Witcher 2

Question: Will I max out these games and have a stable, reasonably high frame rate? Are there any parts that you would suggest in place of what I am currently set to use?

PC Part picker: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BmLX

Specs:
Intel Core i3-2130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor - $128
Asus P8H77-I Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard - $100
Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $50
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $80
XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card - $235
Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case - $45
Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply - $45
Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer - $19
Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor - $170
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) - $90
Microsoft Keyboard 400 Wired Standard Keyboard - $14


I would recommend a better PSU, I don't think 430 watts will cut it for a 7870. Not only that, but that PSU doesn't generally have good reviews. It's not made by SeaSonic like Corsair's other PSUs.

The RAM seems expensive, I got some Corsair Vengeance for $38 about two months ago.

Why such an expensive mobo? You could get a budget Z77 board for that price.

Why not the i3 3220? You're using an Ivy Bridge board, so I can't think of any reason to use the 2130.

Why is the HDD so expensive? That HDD was only $57 a few days ago. Edit: Ah, I see, you have an older model of that drive selected, get the new one, it's cheaper and better.

Overall, your build is ok, but I see a lot of problems.
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February 4, 2013 10:19:01 PM

wolfkraut said:
I would recommend a better PSU, I don't think 430 watts will cut it for a 7870. Not only that, but that PSU doesn't generally have good reviews. It's not made by SeaSonic like Corsair's other PSUs.

The RAM seems expensive, I got some Corsair Vengeance for $38 about two months ago.

Why such an expensive mobo? You could get a budget Z77 board for that price.

Why not the i3 3220? You're using an Ivy Bridge board, so I can't think of any reason to use the 2130.

Why is the HDD so expensive? That HDD was only $57 a few days ago. Edit: Ah, I see, you have an older model of that drive selected, get the new one, it's cheaper and better.

Overall, your build is ok, but I see a lot of problems.


The memory isn't too expensive.. I just looked at a few other options and they generally cost around the same amount.
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February 4, 2013 10:24:37 PM

TheNewb_me said:
The memory isn't too expensive.. I just looked at a few other options and they generally cost around the same amount.


This would be MUCH better: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bw5E

If you live near a MicroCenter, this would leave enough budget for a monitor of your choosing. If not, drop to a cheaper H77 board and an i5 3470.

If you really can't push your budget, try this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bwb7

I honestly would not use the specs you have listed, my builds are getting you better quality for less money, it's a win-win.
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February 4, 2013 10:38:22 PM

wolfkraut said:
This would be MUCH better: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bw5E

If you live near a MicroCenter, this would leave enough budget for a monitor of your choosing. If not, drop to a cheaper H77 board and an i5 3470.

If you really can't push your budget, try this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bwb7

I honestly would not use the specs you have listed, my builds are getting you better quality for less money, it's a win-win.

This certainly seems like a better build than my own, thanks for the help. This is my first build BTW so I'm very thankful for the help.
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February 4, 2013 10:49:01 PM

TheNewb_me said:
This certainly seems like a better build than my own, thanks for the help. This is my first build BTW so I'm very thankful for the help.


No problem, I didn't pick a monitor or keyboard because those are more personal preference in my opinion, but you should be able to fit them in, especially with the second build.

I totally understand, I just finished my first build and it definitely took a lot of time and effort to learn about the parts and get everything picked out, lots of advice a long the way is what got me to the finished product. And don't be afraid to tweak the build if you find something you like, but for the time being, these a great parts for your budget.

Also, do you plan to overclock your CPU? In the first build I gave you an unlocked CPU and a motherboard that supports overclocking, but if you don't have an interest in that, you might want to just save your money. You'll also need an aftermarket cooler, but you can get a decent one for about $30 and add it in a few months when you're ready to overclock.
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February 5, 2013 2:13:30 AM

Here is a build to follow up with what wolfkraut said if you want to save some cash.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ 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)
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: $826.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 23:12 EST-0500)
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