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[New Build] Gaming Computer

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February 22, 2013 2:21:08 AM

Hi I'm new to the forums. I'm looking to build a new gaming computer... looking to spend around $500 on parts. I already have some parts that I will be using from the desktop I'm on right now. The desktop I'm currently using will be given to my brother.

Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and next year...

Budget Range: 600-700 Before rebate.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Music?

Parts Not Required: Corsair 850w HX PSU, Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't really have a preferred website.. maybe Newegg or Ebay. For the most part, I will probably be going to a MicroCenter to get parts.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None, whichever is good.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1680 X 1050

Additional Comments: I am thinking about waiting till the new AMD 8000 graphics cards are released. I currently have a Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850, I've loved it so far. Looking to spend 200-300 dollars on a card, but don't add it to the budget.
I'd like to go dual monitors and crossfire the cards later on down the road.. not in any rush. Any recommendations on other graphics cards? Also, I need advice on choosing a motherboard and if I should go liquid cooling or not.

Reason Why I'm Upgrading: Just for the fun of building a computer for experience.. and I'd like to donate my current PC to my brother.


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a b 4 Gaming
February 22, 2013 3:08:02 AM

The 3470 can OC to 4ghz on the z77
You can CFX the 7870 but no need for that at your resolution

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($187.28 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $694.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 00:07 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
February 22, 2013 3:19:12 AM

If you're going to a microcenter store get the i5-3570k for 190$ and a z77 motherboard like the asus P8Z77-V LK for 60$ :

So it goes for 250$.
For a card get this :

If you need a case :
And hdd :
Or if you have a hdd, a ssd :
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February 23, 2013 9:39:39 PM

You guys would recommend i5-3570k over phenom ii x4 965 black edition?

I may be reusing an amd phenom ii x4 955, but i'm not sure yet.
a b 4 Gaming
February 23, 2013 9:42:58 PM

Since you can pick the i5-3570k in a microcenter store, it's worth getting it, with the Asus motherboard, you'll have a good cpu and motherboard, the x4 965 will bottleneck a bit the 7870 tahiti le.
Also the 7870 XT is out of stock in newegg, get it in amazon while it lasts :