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2013 $700 Gaming PC

I would like to build my first pc for gaming. Already have OS. Will be playing on 1080p 50in Panasonic Plasma. Games I'd like to run are: Dayz Standalone, Battlefield 3, Metro Last Light, Borderlands 2, Skyrim, and Battlefield 4 (When it's released). I would like it to be upgradeable in the future, and prefer intel cpu's and amd gpu's. I also would prefer to buy from as few retailers as possible. Budget is $700, and since everyone goes over with the budget max $725. This is what I came up with...

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.2GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail ($189.99 NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($69.99 Newegg)
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory ($41.26 NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 860MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card ($172.08 NCIX)
Storage: ? Preferably 1 TB
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($49.99 Newegg)
Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($59.99 Newegg)
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM ($17.99 Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G400 ($29.99 Newegg)
Keyboard: ? Maybe a Microsoft Sidewinder x4 or a Razer Arctosa
Total: $631.28 + Hard Drive + Keyboard = Around $750

What hard drive and keyboard would fit in my budget? Any suggestions on how to cut down $50? Also I do not plan on overclocking. Thanks for the help.
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  1. i5-3470 with a 7850?

    =(
  2. is the i5 incompatible with the 7850? Pcpartpicker showed it was fine.
  3. Best answer
    You'll want a better gpu, my suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($27.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $768.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You can get the cpu cheaper here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1387
    The ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
    HDD : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1139
  4. djangoringo said:
    You'll want a better gpu, my suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($27.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $768.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You can get the cpu cheaper here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1387
    The ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
    HDD : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1139

    +1 :)
  5. I definitely second / third the suggestion of the Radeon XT and 3350P. However this is what I would get on this budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.98 @ Amazon)
    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: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $727.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-20 12:25 EST-0500)
  6. ^psu is more expensive that the xfx 550(it has a promo code of 15$) and it's inferior, it has inferior capacitors, i rather get the xfx 550 core edition which is made by seasonic over CX600 made by channel well.
  7. djangoringo said:
    ^psu is more expensive that the xfx 550(it has a promo code of 15$) and it's inferior, it has inferior capacitors, i rather get the xfx 550 core edition which is made by seasonic over CX600 made by channel well.


    True, I'd rather go for a Seasonic.
  8. A regular 7870 is only $209 on newegg. Does the 7870 xt warrant an extra $35.
  9. Yes, it has a better gpu and more shaders, overall it's better than the 7870, and it's just ~30$ more, the power color 7870 tahiti le is 240$, if you can wait to be back on stock again.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930-benchmark,3401-7.html
  10. Thanks for the help. Are there any other good gaming keyboards around $30? The Gigabyte Force K3 hasa strange key layout. Also, would the 7870 XT last significantly (1 year or more) longer than a regular 7870 and how much FPS increase could I expect from it?
  11. You'll have to spend a bit more for better :
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-keyboard-sgk4000gkcl1us
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-keyboard-sgk4000gkcl1us

    It will last, but nobody knows how long, it's better going with it, it's just a few dollars more.
    Here's a benchmark using a tahiti le : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/images/bf3_1920_1200.gif
  12. The tahiti is 10% faster. However it puts me even more over budget. I'll keep the performance boost in mind when I make a final decision. Any opinions about the steelseries zboard for $37? Thanks fur all the help I really appreciate it.
  13. It seems that keyboard has a delay in the response time : http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ZBoard-Keyboard-Review/367/6

    Well if you can afford the 7870 tahiti le get it, it also overclocks better.
  14. Alright. You've been a great help. Thanks again
  15. Found this keyboard for $35 on amazon. Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 Call of Duty: MW3 Edition. Looks promising
  16. That one is a good for the price.
  17. Best answer selected by nm12.
  18. In regards to the psu is 550w necessary? Or would a 500w be alright. Corsair 500w builder series is $15 cheaper than the xfx 550w
  19. The xfx 550 core edition has a promo code of 15$, and it's a better psu, if you count the rebate it's 40$, which is cheaper.
  20. On newegg www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013 is $55 after rebate not $40. Would the system run on 500w?
  21. Yes, it's 55$, but you're forgetting the promo code with 15$ : + $15 off w/ promo code EMCXVWL64, ends 2/25, which the psu goes for 55$ and then with the rebate of 15$ goes goes for 40$.
  22. Oh. My mistake. Thanks for the clarification.
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