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$600 build for games

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February 13, 2013 4:08:29 AM

Hello. I would like to build a new System for playing games. I would like to use an Intel cpu and a Nvidia gpu. I already have an internal hard drive and an external dvd drive. I'm only going to install 1 video card ever so is there a difference between mitx and matx boards? I really don't want a big case since only 1 hard drive will be inside it but I also don't want a case that gets hot because I play games for several hours sometimes.

Approximate Purchase Date: right now

Budget Range: $600ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: only games

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: case, power supply, motherboard, cpu, ram, video card

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: as long as they ship

Location: California, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel / Nvidia

Overclocking: never

SLI or Crossfire: never

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 28" monitor

Additional Comments: I will be using Windows 7 and playing 3d games

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old computer wont play new games.

More about : 600 build games

February 13, 2013 4:30:19 AM
February 13, 2013 4:36:31 AM



Very Nice build you put together for the op, however, I would change out the GPU for the Sapphire version of the 7870 XT as the better fans will keep it cooler. Also, if the op lives near a Microcenter, the op can buy the mobo and CPU for much less.
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February 13, 2013 4:50:06 AM

Thanks for the advice. I don't live near a micro center or any other store. I noticed you gave me a atx case instead of a micro atx. Was that because of cooling conditions or my budget?
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February 13, 2013 4:55:48 AM

I thought you might prefer a mid tower case, it has more room for cooling.
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February 13, 2013 5:00:40 AM

Wow - $600 buys a nice computer.
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February 13, 2013 5:04:34 AM

How much of a difference does it make for cooling? I'm sorry if this is a dumb question. Since there wont be any optical drives and only 1 hard drive it seems like a atx case would have a lot of empty space. I wouldn't mind spending a little extra on fans or something if I could get by with a smaller case. However, I definitly don't want it to overheat and be unstable or slow my frame rate. I really appreciate your advice, thank you =)
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February 15, 2013 12:59:58 AM

Ok after taking the advice here and reading a lot of other builds, I came up with this one. I really like this case with the handle on top. How does this look?

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($238.79 @ Amazon)
Case: Apex TX-381-C MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $618.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 21:55 EST-0500)
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February 15, 2013 3:44:40 AM

oops I just realized I put the wrong video on there. This is the correct one.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DDq7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DDq7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DDq7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex TX-381-C MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $642.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 00:43 EST-0500)
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February 15, 2013 5:21:46 PM

That case seems flimsy, i rather get the fractal design core 1000 in newegg or in ncix us(same price).
Cpu is cheaper here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1387
Ram is also cheaper : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
Change the psu for this one : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257

Ncix us offers free shipping with 100$ or above in the carts, so just pick the parts in two places, newegg and ncix us.
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