$700 Build Recommendation

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within a week or less.

Budget Range: $700 (I MAY can stretch it a bit by like $10-$20 if there is a substantial performance boost but please do try to keep it at $700. :))

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Surfing, Movies, etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No.

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) Everything except monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Do you need to buy OS: No as I have a copy of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. :)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg. (Prefer to just get everything from one site.)

Location: City, State/Region, Country - NC, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Doesn't matter except for CPU which I want is Intel.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920×1080

Additional Comments: Prefer a motherboard with integrated WI-FI as I do utilize a cable modem and a Linksys WRT54G V7 router. Although if there isn't one to recommend, it can be left off.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Basically just wish to have a gaming PC. :) Also prefer having a desktop PC overall.
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  1. No mobo wi-fi but i included a wireless PCI card for you

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($57.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCx 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.89 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $671.78
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 11:47 EST-0500)
  2. While I am personally not a fan of MSI motherboards (preferring Asus or Gigabyte), really any comments I'd make about MikeRockett's build would be niggling. That will be a nice machine.
    Hmmm, check the wireless adapter though, that one might be a little slow, but I'm not sure.

    Here were my thoughts on the TP-Link WDN3800 I reviewed recently:

    Pros: Painless installation. Not in Windows 7's driver database, but the instructions are clear on installing the driver.
    Very fast and comprehensive identification of wireless networks. I discovered five wireless networks I did not even know were in my area, and the houses here are NOT adjacent. Connection to mine was near instantaneous; same after reboots.
    Speeds same as wired for downloads and uploads: 33.3 Mbps down, 4.68 up. USB and cheap PCI adapters range around 14.5-18Mbps down, so that's roughly double the throughput. My own connection goes through two interior walls.
    Physically very small. Does not get notably hot in use.

    Cons: Ping time 15ms vs. 5ms for a wired connection. I don't think this is worth knocking of an egg, because I know this varies heavily in actual use (e.g. gaming, where double-digit pings are common).

    Other Thoughts: As other reviewers have suggested, this is so small that it looks like it could have included a low-profile bracket. I don't have a low-profile system to see if the antennas are close enough together to fit, but if they are, it's nothing that couldn't be modded.
    Price is higher than other adapters, but you're also getting more / better so I did not list that as a con. It is definitely worth the price if you download or stream a lot; if you're looking for a good, easy adapter, get this one.
    It's a $35 adapter, but if you want wireless for games, it will be money well spent.
  3. That's not a bad price for the adapter at all. :) Although, yeah, it'll be mainly used for gaming. I get 15 down/1 up so it shouldn't be a problem with it.


    Kinda wanted everything from Newegg and I don't live near a Microcenter.
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    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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    NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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    Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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    -$20.00 Instant


    Ultra Thin High Performance HDMI® Cable with RedMere® Technology 6 ft. (1.8m)
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    PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP ...
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    AMD Gift coupon: Bioshock Inf. + Tomb Raider
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    Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
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    -$30.00 Instant


    Kingston HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8X
    Item #: N82E16820104339
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    ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157297
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    -$5.00 Instant


    Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80637i53350P
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    Subtotal: $726.92

    I'd find a way to go wired due to lag you get from wifi. You could sell the game that come with this build and get an adapter as you need. As for this build you get an i5 and a 7950 LE gpu...

  5. That looks good. :) Don't need the HDMI cable as I have a couple here that work fine.


    Sorry for double-post. Site lagged "Temporarily down."

    Anyone else wanna make a recommendation?
  6. Quote:
    That looks good. :) Don't need the HDMI cable as I have a couple here that work fine.

    its free so...
  7. Ah, i see now. A free one doesn't hurt. :lol:
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