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February 6, 2013 11:00:43 PM

I'm looking for a build that can play games at around high. (This is my first PC build.) I honestly don't care about intel or AMD but I wouldn't mind seeing builds from both of the companies :) .
(ps: include OS in the build).

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February 6, 2013 11:14:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.98 @ 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: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $784.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 20:14 EST-0500)
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February 6, 2013 11:22:18 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.98 @ 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: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $784.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 20:14 EST-0500)

I don't need the monitor Can I upgrade any parts?
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February 6, 2013 11:25:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($161.98 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ 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: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ 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: $817.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 20:25 EST-0500)

Price is 849.69 if you do not have a microcenter near you.
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February 6, 2013 11:28:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ 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: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $769.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 20:28 EST-0500)

Will make you intel buld in a while :)  but this is pretty good.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2013 11:29:37 PM

wait eyeage's build is better though :) . Just get hisl
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February 6, 2013 11:33:29 PM

cutebeans said:
wait eyeage's build is better though :) . Just get hisl


AMD I don't know much about, honestly. So, I'll have to take your word on it. Figured you got the AMD and I could help on the Intel.
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February 6, 2013 11:34:24 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ 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)
Other: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5in Hard Drive OEM ($69.99)
Other: i5-3470 ($189.99)
Other: Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit ($37.99)
Other: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM ($87.99)
Total: $807.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The hdd is here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1292
The ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1292
The CPU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72279&promoid=1292
The os : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=45271&vpn=GFC-02050&ma...

Ncix us, offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart, i had to put in custom, because pcpartpicker is currently bugged.
Get the asrock board in newegg and the dvd drive.
And in case you're wondering this is a 7870 tahiti le, which is basically a 7950 under the hood.
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February 6, 2013 11:35:47 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($161.98 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ 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: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ 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: $817.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 20:25 EST-0500)

Price is 849.69 if you do not have a microcenter near you.

Can that 7870 be overclocked on the motherboard? I'm just asking because I want to squeeze as much performance as I can.
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February 6, 2013 11:37:50 PM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ 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)
Other: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5in Hard Drive OEM ($69.99)
Other: i5-3470 ($189.99)
Other: Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit ($37.99)
Other: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM ($87.99)
Total: $807.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I'll post my opinion on the GPU in this build next week. I can't believe it, gotta give a big kudos to Newegg on this. Ordered yesterday (paid for 3 day shipping, and express processing- $9) and got it today... now I'm waiting on amazon... lol
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February 6, 2013 11:39:51 PM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ 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)
Other: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5in Hard Drive OEM ($69.99)
Other: i5-3470 ($189.99)
Other: Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit ($37.99)
Other: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM ($87.99)
Total: $807.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The hdd is here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1292
The ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1292
The CPU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72279&promoid=1292
The os : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=45271&vpn=GFC-02050&ma...

Ncix us, offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart, i had to put in custom, because pcpartpicker is currently bugged.

I like the GPU in that one lol. Reviews on newegg said it should be called the 7930 :) 
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February 6, 2013 11:41:19 PM

Newbie349 said:
Can that 7870 be overclocked on the motherboard? I'm just asking because I want to squeeze as much performance as I can.


No, the CPU cannot. It will cost a bit extra to get one that can overclock. Here is a similar build to the OC PC I'm building tomorrow. The only things I changed were the case and I removed the SSD to bring the cost down.

This, is a VERY OC'able Build. (CPU, RAM, and GPU). If there's a micro center near you, you can save $50 if you buy the CPU/MOBO/Cooler before 2/11 (2/10 last day of current sale)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($205.18 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $963.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 20:40 EST-0500)
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February 6, 2013 11:41:38 PM

It's the 7870 tahiti le, with more shaders and transistors and the gpu is the same as the 7950.
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February 6, 2013 11:43:59 PM

djangoringo said:
It's the 7870 tahiti le, with more shaders and transistors and the gpu is the same as the 7950.


Yes, I'm aware, it is why I have chosen it for my build and it is currently sitting next to me :) 
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February 6, 2013 11:45:40 PM

Without overclocking, the two builds I gave you will perform very close to one another. After overclocking the second, it will easily out-perform the first.
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February 6, 2013 11:46:11 PM

eyeage said:
No, the CPU cannot. It will cost a bit extra to get one that can overclock. Here is a similar build to the OC PC I'm building tomorrow.

This, is a VERY OC'able Build. (CPU, RAM, and GPU). If there's a micro center near you, you can save $50 if you buy the CPU/MOBO/Cooler before 2/11 (2/10 last day of current sale)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($205.18 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $963.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 20:40 EST-0500)


Hi everything is nice, except for the HAF 912. Get the NZXT Source 220. Really, not worth it to get a HAF 912. It's a very old case with no usb 3.0.
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February 6, 2013 11:48:55 PM

cutebeans said:
Hi everything is nice, except for the HAF 912. Get the NZXT Source 220. Really, not worth it to get a HAF 912. It's a very old case with no usb 3.0.


I opted for the Fractal Designs Define R4 for my build. I just tried to bring the cost down. I would actually have said the Corsair 200r, but it is out of stock at newegg, and at amazon it's $69.99. I just kinda followed the leader for a cheap case. I'll have to take your word on the NZXT. No reason not to believe. (though, front port USB 3.0 isn't a deal breaker as you're given a bracket for 2 extra with that MOBO, and you can always get an extender)
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February 6, 2013 11:49:15 PM

HAF 912 is a very competent case, one of the best for it's price, some don't even bother with the usb 3.0 in the front, the motherboard already has plenty on the back.
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February 6, 2013 11:52:23 PM

It's a competent case but it's really a $50 case without rebate so the NZXT Source Elite 210 or 220 would be a better deal than the 912.

There's already a HAF 912+ but I don't think it got much traction.

:) 
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February 6, 2013 11:52:59 PM

And really... case is kind of a personal thing to be honest. I'm sure there are several affordable options that will perform similarly.
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February 6, 2013 11:55:14 PM

So how hard will building the PC be I've read up on it but I'm still a little scared something might go wrong.
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February 14, 2013 7:37:40 PM

Best answer selected by Newbie349.
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February 15, 2013 1:19:37 AM

Newbie349 said:
So how hard will building the PC be I've read up on it but I'm still a little scared something might go wrong.


Pretty easy, really. Take your time. I suggest watching the video by newegg on youtube. Just search "how to build a pc". They're are quite excellent. The only part I suggest doing differently is the thermal paste. I suggest line or pea method. You can search those on youtube as well, just search "how to apply thermal paste".
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