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February 17, 2013 1:54:47 AM

I am looking to build a new system. The system will be used only for games such as wizard101, pirate101, and browsing the internet. The system will cost around $800 when finished with windows 7 64 bit OS. This will be my first build so I have some questions.
Are the components I have chosen compatible?
Is anything more then what I need?
Is there things I could change to save money?
Any components I should change?
Should the system be good for those games for some time? (I don't have a huge budget, and it might be some time before I can upgrade anything)
Should I be able to install all the hardware into the case, and install the OS, or will I have to adjust any kind of settings?

Case:
Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Mother Board:
Intel BOXDH77KC Intel 7 Series Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Processor:
Intel Core i7-3770 BX80637i73770 Processor
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Graphics:
EVGA 02G-P4-2645-KR GeForce GT 640 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB Desktop Memory Kit
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power Supply:
APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
Samsung 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 120GB Solid State Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I wont have photos, videos, or music on the system that is why I chose the 120GB SSD.

Thanks in advance for looking and any information given.

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February 17, 2013 2:52:51 AM



I dont know your games , but in general you need a power graphics card and not so much a power processor to play

I would tend towards
i5 3470
Motherboard with an H77 chipset , but not built by intel . Asus , Gigabyte , Asrock are generally better
You could use a $240 graphics card like the nVidia GTX 660 or Radeon 7870

You would need a 500 watt psu. 80+ bronze or better rated and preferably from a quality brand . Corsair , Seasonic , Antec,

EDIT you might not need that much graphics power . Looking at some of the images a search turned up you may be fine with a $120 graphics card
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February 17, 2013 4:31:04 AM

For $800 you can do wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better. Intel motherboards aren't worth purchasing, and stay very very very very far away from Apevia. They are one of the worst vendors you could go with. Also the GT640 is a very low end GPU. I'd also forgo the SSD initially - you can always add one later. And that Kingston RAM is 1.65V - it won't work very well with Ivy Bridge.

Try this for $800:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $769.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 01:30 EST-0500)

Games - it's all about the best GPU you can get. That Power Color XT has recieved very high remarks and performs almost at 7950 levels for around the $250 range. You don't need an i7 for gaming.
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February 17, 2013 4:39:01 AM

there also a 10.00 rebate on the case right now on new egg.
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February 17, 2013 4:48:23 AM

smorizio said:
there also a 10.00 rebate on the case right now on new egg.


Score! :bounce: 
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February 17, 2013 4:59:38 AM

G-unit's and mine are about the same (I realize this after building it for you). I included windows in mine, which is the major difference in price.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $861.90 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 01:59 EST-0500)
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February 17, 2013 5:01:58 AM

eyeage said:
G-unit's and mine are about the same (I realize this after building it for you). I included windows in mine, which is the major difference in price.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $861.90 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 01:59 EST-0500)


That's not bad. I'd go for the 200R over the Elite 430 - the Elite 430 has no cable management, the 200R does. Also good to know that Sapphire makes an XT model
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February 17, 2013 5:13:22 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That's not bad. I'd go for the 200R over the Elite 430 - the Elite 430 has no cable management, the 200R does. Also good to know that Sapphire makes an XT model


I like the 200R too, but since the case is such a subjective thing, I just went with OP's choice. I'd probably put the HAF 912 for cost reasons (USB 3.0 front isn't a deal breaker in this price range imo).

I own the Sapphire XT, getting new monitor on monday, so I'll start putting it through it's paces soon.
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February 17, 2013 5:20:11 AM

eyeage said:
I like the 200R too, but since the case is such a subjective thing, I just went with OP's choice. I'd probably put the HAF 912 for cost reasons (USB 3.0 front isn't a deal breaker in this price range imo).

I own the Sapphire XT, getting new monitor on monday, so I'll start putting it through it's paces soon.


I have dual GHz editions, I'm curious to see how the XT stacks up against it.
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February 17, 2013 5:28:51 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I have dual GHz editions, I'm curious to see how the XT stacks up against it.


Like anything, I'm sure 6870s x2 (so obviously 7870x2) would outperform the xt. That said, I'm sure 7870xtx2 would be quite nice.
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February 17, 2013 1:44:32 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses. I am sure it seems that I did no research myself before posting, but that is not the case. Every forum I saw was giving contradicting information or was old information. Then I saw this place and thought it would be best place to look since it was still very active.
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February 17, 2013 7:15:32 PM

Deno01 said:
Thanks everyone for the responses. I am sure it seems that I did no research myself before posting, but that is not the case. Every forum I saw was giving contradicting information or was old information. Then I saw this place and thought it would be best place to look since it was still very active.



This is a great place for information. A lot of active, knowledgeable, and helpful people around.
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February 17, 2013 7:15:44 PM

Double Post
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