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February 20, 2013 1:42:58 AM

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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February 20, 2013 1:47:28 AM

i5-3470 with a 7850?

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February 20, 2013 2:03:32 AM

is the i5 incompatible with the 7850? Pcpartpicker showed it was fine.
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February 20, 2013 2:06:59 AM

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
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February 20, 2013 2:08:48 AM

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

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February 20, 2013 3:25:45 PM

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)
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February 20, 2013 4:57:42 PM

^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.
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February 20, 2013 5:03:33 PM

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.
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February 20, 2013 6:43:32 PM

A regular 7870 is only $209 on newegg. Does the 7870 xt warrant an extra $35.
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February 20, 2013 8:10:01 PM

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?
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February 20, 2013 8:49:25 PM

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.
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February 20, 2013 9:07:57 PM

Alright. You've been a great help. Thanks again
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February 20, 2013 9:26:54 PM

Found this keyboard for $35 on amazon. Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 Call of Duty: MW3 Edition. Looks promising
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February 20, 2013 9:37:13 PM

That one is a good for the price.
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February 20, 2013 10:12:14 PM

Best answer selected by nm12.
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February 20, 2013 10:18:25 PM

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
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February 20, 2013 10:20:45 PM

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.
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February 20, 2013 10:30:37 PM

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$.
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February 20, 2013 10:49:44 PM

Oh. My mistake. Thanks for the clarification.
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