$900 Gaming PC for a friend

Hi! My friend wants to build a gaming computer, since he currently does not have one.


Approximate Purchase Date: One month

Budget: His budget cannot exceed $940

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, school

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: Arkansas, United States

Parts Preferences: He would like an Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050



Here are the parts he chose for the build.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570

Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-V LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

Storage: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Price(Before rebates): $930.60

Additional Comments:
-This will be his first computer that he will be building; however, I will walk him through the process since I have previously built a computer before.
-He wants to be able to play Battlefield 3, as well as LoL, on this computer.
-Generally, he says that he doesn't mind not having the best graphics card, as long as he is able to play many games on medium to high at a good frame rate.

Tell me what you guys think.
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  1. This should workout for you, watch out for the price of the CPU its for in store pickup only orginal price is around $230 cant get it to take the newegg price over the microcenter.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.98 @ Outlet PC)
    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: $805.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:22 EST-0500)
  2. looks good for a first build.
  3. Emelth said:
    This should workout for you, watch out for the price of the CPU its for in store pickup only orginal price is around $230 cant get it to take the newegg price over the microcenter.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.98 @ Outlet PC)
    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: $805.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:22 EST-0500)


    I think you can put a better GPU in there, and k-kid said no overclocking and no crossfirex/sli so i think you can ditch that CPU and MoBo and get a better GPU, what do you think?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($117.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $969.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:34 EST-0500)
  4. try this
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($13.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    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)
    Total: $848.24
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:39 EST-0500)
  5. SamTheTruth said:
    I think you can put a better GPU in there, and k-kid said no overclocking and no crossfirex/sli so i think you can ditch that CPU and MoBo and get a better GPU, what do you think?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($117.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $969.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:34 EST-0500)


    Look at the price of your CPU compared to mine and I stated if he had a microcenter close to him in NY this would be a better build, SLI look at the PSU I gave him a 400W wont be able to handle 2 of them. Look at OPs post again it says NO SLI, but you add a 750W PSU! hahaha
  6. k-kid said:
    Hi! My friend wants to build a gaming computer, since he currently does not have one.


    Approximate Purchase Date: One month

    Budget: His budget cannot exceed $940

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, school

    Are you buying a monitor: No

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

    Location: Arkansas, United States

    Parts Preferences: He would like an Intel CPU

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050



    Here are the parts he chose for the build.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570

    Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-V LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

    Storage: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

    Price(Before rebates): $930.60

    Additional Comments:
    -This will be his first computer that he will be building; however, I will walk him through the process since I have previously built a computer before.
    -He wants to be able to play Battlefield 3, as well as LoL, on this computer.
    -Generally, he says that he doesn't mind not having the best graphics card, as long as he is able to play many games on medium to high at a good frame rate.

    Tell me what you guys think.
    It looks good but the ram is a bit over priced and you could get by with a good 550W psu.
  7. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $850.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:54 EST-0500)

    This is a nice solid build with a modular psu for easy cabling. Only thing is that it doesn't have a ssd, but you should be fine without one.
  8. Emelth said:
    Look at the price of your CPU compared to mine and I stated if he had a microcenter close to him in NY this would be a better build, SLI look at the PSU I gave him a 400W wont be able to handle 2 of them. Look at OPs post again it says NO SLI, but you add a 750W PSU! hahaha



    Uh well that PSU was a fail. Tho the CPU i listed is cheaper on microcenter, i just listed everything as newegg because he said he preffered newegg.
  9. Thanks for the suggestions guys!

    I have a question though; since my friend is deathly afraid of overclocking his CPU(I tried to convince him, but he is dead set on not overclocking), could he technically get away with not buying a aftermarket CPU cooler? Or is this absolutely a must?
  10. Figured I'd chime in:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Echj
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Echj/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Echj/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.69 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $895.14


    Edit:
    In relation to your friends mind on OCing, I'd say even if he isn't going to do it I'd buy both cooler and the i5-3570k anyway.
    Even just to have the possibility for the future.
  11. k-kid said:
    Thanks for the suggestions guys!

    I have a question though; since my friend is deathly afraid of overclocking his CPU(I tried to convince him, but he is dead set on not overclocking), could he technically get away with not buying a aftermarket CPU cooler? Or is this absolutely a must?
    It's only a must for overclocking he will be fine with the stock cooler for a non overclocking cpu ;)
  12. k-kid said:
    Thanks for the suggestions guys!

    I have a question though; since my friend is deathly afraid of overclocking his CPU(I tried to convince him, but he is dead set on not overclocking), could he technically get away with not buying a aftermarket CPU cooler? Or is this absolutely a must?


    You don't need an aftermarket cooler if he doesn't want to overclock, the stock cooler is fine, just get a cheap i5 and a 7870 will do for that resolution.
  13. djangoringo said:
    You don't need an aftermarket cooler if he doesn't want to overclock, the stock cooler is fine, just get a cheap i5 and a 7870 will do for that resolution.
    +1
  14. k-kid said:
    Thanks for the suggestions guys!

    I have a question though; since my friend is deathly afraid of overclocking his CPU(I tried to convince him, but he is dead set on not overclocking), could he technically get away with not buying a aftermarket CPU cooler? Or is this absolutely a must?

    He doesn't need an aftermarket cooler but its suggested. The stock cooler isn't that reliable but you can get by with it. An aftermarket cooler is just more reliable on actually working.
  15. Everything looks fine but I still believe you should get a 7870 XT for about the same price of your gigabyte. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024&Tpk=sapphire%20xt
    It will perform much better
  16. realchaos said:
    Everything looks fine but I still believe you should get a 7870 XT for about the same price of your gigabyte. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024&Tpk=sapphire%20xt
    It will perform much better
    +1 that's a good point.
  17. Yes, the 7870 tahiti le is a better choice, though, you can get the 7870 tahiti le from powercolor for 208.8$ after promo code, it's cheaper than most standard 7870 or even the 660 gtx, it's out of stock for now, but it will be back soon.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930-benchmark,3401-7.html

    You can get cheaper ram like for 11$ less, the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB is as good as the ares.
    Review : http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/crucial-ballistix-sport-series-8gb-kit-4gbx2-ddr3-pc3-12800-1600mhz/11/
    If you don't need the on die gpu of the i5-3470, get the i5-3350p, it's cheaper and has a lower power consumption without the igpu, it's as good as the other one.
  18. I would rather have the 3470 because it gives you another option to troubleshoot if he would so need
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