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February 8, 2013 5:12:18 PM

Hello, I'm looking to build a new gaming pc that will run games on high settings with good fps, as I am currently stuck with a laptop that can hardly play any games :(  I don't plan on overclocking. thanks for any help in advance. :bounce: 


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within the month

Budget Range: $1100-1200 USD after rebates(i may be able to go a little bit over)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: all parts, building a new pc

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 preferred

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: whatever has good prices.. preferably amazon or newegg though

Location: United States (i don't live close enough to microcenter or anything)

Parts Preferences: i would prefer an intel build

Overclocking: no, i don't plan on doing any OC

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I need a monitor, would like 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a pc that can max out most games/play on high settings with good consistent FPS..some games I would be playing -Arma II, (Arma 3 when it is released)DayZ, Hitman, Skyrim.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: would like a computer to play the games I currently have with high settings/high fps (listed above)

i picked out a list of parts that looks like it would work from what i've read, but hey I could be wrong (which is why I'm here asking for help in the first place :p  ) I know this is a bit over my budget and i would not like to go more than this(it would have been lower but i forgot about a wireless card...)

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($283.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ 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 ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G185HVb 60Hz 18.5" Monitor ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter,2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n,WEP, WPA/WPA2 ($36.60)
Total: $1254.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 14:24 EST-0500)

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February 8, 2013 5:32:24 PM

Yeah, user reviews aren't really all that useful when it comes to determine a product's build quality.
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February 8, 2013 5:33:17 PM

If you're not going to OC, the 3470 will be just as good. You don't need a z77 motherboard, etc. For this price, however, you could probably tack on $100 and have a machine capable of an OC, should you decide to try it later.

Edit: Just changed it a bit, gave you an even bigger monitor and saved you some money in other places.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($193.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1119.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 14:48 EST-0500)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 14:32 EST-0500)
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February 8, 2013 7:07:25 PM

Looking at the h77, a lot of people seem to have problems with it being DOA...(at least more than the z77) So I figure it would be better to get the z77 for that reason, and if I ever have plans to OC in the future? plus newegg has a deal with the z77 extreme4 currently where they are giving free 8gb ram. I don't mind paying the extra $50 or so if the board will perform better

Aside from that, it looks all good
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February 8, 2013 7:33:01 PM

I would say when they say things like "Is it doa, I can't tell?", there's a good chance it was user error. Of course, that won't be every case, as electronics have a failure rate. That's why you should always buy everything together so you can assemble it quickly and test it.

Need to pay attention to the RAM. It's a single 8Gb stick, 2 4gb sticks will run faster. Do you want to sacrifice performance? You could always add another 8Gb stick for another $50 and reclaim that performance, but you won't use 16Gb playing games. So, it's no different than not getting free RAM with the MOBO.

Personally, I'd still go with the mobo in my build. I'd probably buy it from Amazon, so that if it was defective I wouldn't have to pay return shipping. If you have plans to OC in the future you will need a different CPU and MOBO, and an aftermarket cooler. If you want an OC build, I'll show you one. It's more expensive. Otherwise, should you decide to OC later, it'll probably be best to buy a new CPU/MOBO combo as things change quickly in the PC world.
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February 8, 2013 7:43:32 PM

If you want to OC, this build gives you the ability to OC everything(CPU/GPU/RAM). You could sell that stick of 8Gb of ram from newegg on ebay, and recoup some money. You could also just buy another 8gb stick for the same cost (and forget the samsung), but you won't use 16gb, and the Samsung is more OC'able. I'm slightly biased to this build, as I built it yesterday. It's fast, boots windows in 10 seconds, and I haven't even started tinkering yet (waiting on my hue color system, and cable extenders to finish everything). So I, in fact, put my money where my mouth is on this one :D 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
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)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1306.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 16:44 EST-0500)
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February 8, 2013 10:20:51 PM

eyeage said:
If you're not going to OC, the 3470 will be just as good. You don't need a z77 motherboard, etc. For this price, however, you could probably tack on $100 and have a machine capable of an OC, should you decide to try it later.

Edit: Just changed it a bit, gave you an even bigger monitor and saved you some money in other places.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($193.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1119.28




will that board have space for a wireless adapter such as this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also I think I might switch to the 400r since I can get it for only $20 more :) 
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February 9, 2013 6:12:31 PM

Best answer selected by poiple_.
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