$600 build for games

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.
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  1. djangoringo said:


    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.
  2. http://microcenter.com/product/400664/Core_i5_3470_32GHz_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor

    http://microcenter.com/product/392374/H77M-ITX_LGA1155_H77_mini_ITX_Intel_Motherboard

    If you are willing to travel to Microcenter, I believe you get $50 of the mobo when bought with the CPU. If you cannot make it there, just disregard this post.
  3. 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?
  4. I thought you might prefer a mid tower case, it has more room for cooling.
  5. Wow - $600 buys a nice computer.
  6. 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 =)
  7. The mid tower has more space, but if you want a micro atx case, this one is good for it : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352009

    It fits all the parts listed.
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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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