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February 10, 2013 5:52:43 PM

First time PC builder here and would love some advice on my build. I have been doing some homework reading the forums here and other sites for the last 2 months and I think my build is pretty well thought out. My budget is about $700 and the PC will be mostly for gaming for my children and I. My children play Minecraft but I love FPS and MMO's and would like to play them at a high setting without any slowdowns and lag. My budget is not concrete but for me to go over $700 I would need to get the most bang for my buck.

Here's my build:

NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower - $49.99

SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5- $179.99

Intel Core i5 3470 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.2GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB - $189.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 - $41.26

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5in Internal Hard Drive - $69.99

ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $69.99

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular - $64.99

Grand total before taxes, shipping, and rebates - $ 667

Again any help will be greatly appreciated and thank you.



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February 10, 2013 5:55:49 PM

Get the source 220, it's at the same price, if i'm not mistaken.
You might also want the 7850 2GB, some games are pushing beyond the 1GB.
The rest seems fine.
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February 10, 2013 7:27:30 PM

Thanks for the help. I'll switch up to the source 220 which is the same price point as pointed out. I will also change the video card to a 2 gb version which is only about $20 more then the video card I had chosen. I think I'm going to stick with the I5 as the processor due to the reviews I have read but I do appreciate the advice.
February 10, 2013 7:46:25 PM

I think its a mistake to use dual core processors in computers you will use in online gaming .

While dual core chips work fine on clean machines without a network connection that the typical reviewer will be using they start to show their limits when you have a network , AV , firewall etc etc all wanting cpu time .

The build is good .

A cheaper alternative is to use an AMD FX 6300 processor and Asrock 970 extreme 3 . That will game nearly as well as the i5 [ usually a frame or two less per second at 1080p resolution ] but it frees up enough money to fit a 7870 into the same budget
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