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$900 Gaming Rig

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February 23, 2013 9:56:40 PM

Any issue with this build. I'm building something to play today's games, but able to be upgraded later mainly in the CPU and GPU.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2/24/2012 - 2/25/2012


Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $900 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Guild Wars 2, Star Trek Online currently)


Are you buying a monitor: No



Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Location: City, State/Region, Country - Tampa, FL


Parts Preferences: Intel CPU


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900


Additional Comments: Looking to buy a decent system now with future upgradablity to play mostly MMOs, but other games as well such as Skyrim, GTA.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $794.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 18:51 EST-0500)

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February 23, 2013 10:00:29 PM
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You'll want a quad core cpu for that.
Get the i5-3350p here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1302
You don't the asrock z77 extreme 4, get a z75 pro 3 : http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z75-CrossFireX-Motherboard...
Get the ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
The hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&promoid=1332
That psu is discontinued, get the xfx 550 : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
The gpu the same, get it in amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

Just those changes, and it will still be cheaper.
It's worth getting some of the parts in amazon and ncix us, you'll get free shipping and those are reliable.
February 23, 2013 11:14:17 PM

You said maybe to overclocking but you got a locked cpu. Djangoringo's build is good for a no-overclock build.
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February 23, 2013 11:29:07 PM

O.C. is over rated anyways. Just go with the build above. You can still o.c. the gpu for better frame rates.

djangoringo's build that is...
February 24, 2013 12:54:56 AM

Best answer selected by BDoctor.
February 24, 2013 1:18:15 AM

Thank you Djangoringo. I had been going back and forth about going up to the i5 or wait a bit and see if the i7 comes down in price in about a year or so (which is still the plan, just a smaller jump now).

RealChaos, I'm looking at overclocking as a future feature rather then something I need right now. Hence, the cheaper locked CPU with a overclocking motherboard.

Rmiiirusty, thanks for seconding Djangoringo. Gives me the warm and fuzzies to have a second opinion.

I ordered the parts tonight and hope to be up and running in a couple of weeks.

Thanks again.
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