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New budget gaming build, old builder needs new insight

Starting from near scratch. This will be my fourth build, but I'm not up to speed on current technology. I built a i5-3450 on a H77M for my daughter as a Jr HS graduation present last spring. Haven't built a gaming rig in five years.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as the tax refund hits the bank in two weeks

Budget Range: After Rebates / After Shipping $800-900 (I have already subtracted out the cost of the SSD from my original budget)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming(Eveonline), surfing, streaming/Skype

Are you buying a monitor: No (have dual 21.5 Acer LED most current hardware I own)

Parts to Upgrade: all except keyboard/mouse/monitors. I have recently purchased a Samsung 840(non-pro) 250GB SSD, on a Newegg one day special.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Location: Park Forest, IL (60466) 50 mile range for local stores(yes there is a Microcenter in range)

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Sapphire HD7870 XT (Tahiti LE) (looks to be the most bang for the buck, and I prefer the dual fans)

Overclocking: maybe (but, not willing to go over budget to do it)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: No side window cases, would like USB 3.0 on the front panel.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current set-up is ancient; Athalon 64 X2(Brisbane), Win XP, ATA/HDD, HD 6450 gpu.

Eve is fairly cpu and RAM intensive. My current set-up only allows me to run two instances of the game client at once, without being dragged into crawling response time because of WinXP RAM limits and my ATA/HDD. I want to be able run four instances of the Eve client so quad core and 8GB of RAM will probably be mandatory.
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  1. something like this

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($13.99 @ Newegg) if you wish to overclock mid/high then get evo 212
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg) will overclock
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter) this is an OC version wish 3 fan setup
    Case: Rosewill ARMOR-EVO ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg) no windows, just mesh
    Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($87.34 @ TigerDirect)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $885.24
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 10:50 EST-0500)
  2. Any thoughts by others?
  3. recommended requirements for EveOnline

    OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
    CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD dual core @ 2 Ghz or greater which supports SSE2
    RAM: 2 GB
    HD space: 20Gb Free Space
    Network: ADSL connection or faster
    Video: ATi Radeon 5750 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460


    i5 is a gaming cpu #1 (max you will get for gaming with this gen, higher not worth)
    8gb ram you can see is not really required but 8gb for today is more than enough
    motherboard i put is good for gaming, and moderate to higher overclocking
    PSU for single video card (higher end) really does not exceed 650watt, but got a 700watt at a good price i think that was modular


    just some thoughts for you.. maybe you have some questions? or try your own build at pcpartpicker.com and see what people think
  4. Try this maybe... with OS included

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/COK9

    The noise prouced by the Zalman Perfoma CPU cooler is quite loud actually...
  5. Best answer
    Here's one. You'll get $90 off this price (before tax) if you buy the mobo and cpu at microcenter. Microcenter also has the Samsung Dimms. This build is not only in your price range (albeit, barely), but is ready to be overclocked (CPU GPU and RAM all highly oc'able) I effectively just took the SSD/Case out of a build I just did. It's lightning fast thus far. I assume you could rob an optical drive, otherwise tack $16 on. You could save a bit here and there, but since you're a bang for your buck kinda guy (like myself), this could be it. I did a lot of research looking at price/performance numbers. Hope it helps.

    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)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.02 @ Microcenter)
    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) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $989.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 09:51 EST-0500)
  6. eyeage said:
    Here's one. You'll get $90 off this price (before tax) if you buy the mobo and cpu at microcenter. Microcenter also has the Samsung Dimms. This build is not only in your price range (albeit, barely), but is ready to be overclocked (CPU GPU and RAM all highly oc'able) I effectively just took the SSD/Case out of a build I just did. It's lightning fast thus far. I assume you could rob an optical drive, otherwise tack $16 on. You could save a bit here and there, but since you're a bang for your buck kinda guy (like myself), this could be it. I did a lot of research looking at price/performance numbers. Hope it helps.

    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)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.02 @ Microcenter)
    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) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $989.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 09:51 EST-0500)


    Thanks for the heads up on the Microcenter combo deal on the Extreme4, PcPartpicker doesn't pick up on combos other than Newegg. Going to an 80 PLUS Bronze PSU will create the budget room for the optical. I think I've found a winner here.
  7. Best answer selected by markbalt.
  8. If you've changed PSU, link it. I personally would sacrifice the $16 and get the one I put in the build.

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    Anyway.. you can see there was a reason I picked it. Which one are you thinking?

    Also, Glad to help. Hope you enjoy as much as I am. :)
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