Budget Gaming Pc

I recently decided to build a computer, first time, and wanted to base it on a 800 before rebate budget. I preferably want to use the 2500k or 3570k. This will be for gaming, recording. I have scavanged a screen, keyboard, mouse and hard drive from my old computer.

I live in the states and need the OS too. 800 before rebates. I want this to be decent right now, but so that in the future i don't need to buy a better mobo or ram for upgrades and ocing. I will be ocing to about 4.6ghz. I'll be playing bf3, crysis 3, borderlands, minecraft black ops.

I don't mind playing at high with 40 fps. You can go easy on the gpu because I will upgrade in the near future.

(about 1 year).
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  1. need an answer now!
  2. can someone please suggest a build?
  3. 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 ($31.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $776.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 20:37 EST-0500)

    You say you want to upgrade in the future but the future intel processors will require a new mobo. With intel cpus, you'll need a new motherboard for upgrading. In my opinion, AMD would be better for you since it has great overclocking potential and you won't need a new motherboard for upgrading the cpu in the future.

    Here's a good amd build with a better graphics card by alot.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($133.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ 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: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $800.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 20:42 EST-0500)
  4. I need it to be 800 before rebates, but thanks for the help.
  5. Ooooh, is it because you're not doing rebates and your budget is 800? Let me try to get something. I'm not going to do an i5 build, it's hard.
  6. It's a common mistake getting a low end card and a higher cpu.

    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 ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    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: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $780.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Get the cpu here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1302
    Ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
    PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
    The gfx card is out of stock in newegg, get it here : http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-20-20G/dp/B00AWKYB1M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361670892&sr=8-1&keywords=7870+xt
  7. djangoringo said:
    It's a common mistake getting a low end card and a higher cpu.

    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 ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    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: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $780.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Get the cpu here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1302
    Ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
    PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
    The gfx card is out of stock in newegg, get it here : http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-20-20G/dp/B00AWKYB1M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361670892&sr=8-1&keywords=7870+xt


    He said he wants to overclock and he will upgrade the gpu in about a year.
  8. I want to Oc this system when I build it, I don't mind dropping the graphics to like a 660.
  9. The z75 has overclock capabilities, you can oc the i5-3350p : http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Processors/Intel-Core-i5-3350P-Ivy-Bridge-Processor-Review-No-Integrated-Graphics/Overclocki

    A year is way to long, for e.g, crysis 3 already demands a good card, i'd get the 7870XT now.
    The i5-3570k overclocked won't bring fps gain, you need is a better card, even in a year, things will change, buy the things as of it now, your budget is way too low, for a good cooler and the i5-3570k anyway.
  10. Don't think a i5-3550P will be able to overclock to ~4.5 as he said he would be overclocking to around there.
  11. Yes, it won't, but it will do, i don't think he'll be able to overclock the i5-3570k at 4.6 ghz with an hyper 212 evo, the i5-3570k runs hot, it needs a better cooler, for a 800$ budget without rebates, with os, i don't think it's possible, without sacrificing a lot on the gpu, which is the primary thing for gaming.

    DUDEiSHOTu said:

    You need a cooler, good luck overclocking the cpu with the stock cooler, a 7850 is way unbalanced for a 800$ build.
  12. Thats why I chose a 2500k, it runs cooler.
  13. Djangoringo's build is good for decent overclocking. Since you said you don't need a HDD, take that out and put in a Hyper 212 EVO and you'll be able to do some decent OC once you build it.

    Even if the 2500k runs cooler, overclocking with a stock cooler will barely get you anywhere.
  14. Yes, but you won't get it at 4.4-4.5 ghz with the stock cooler, get the i5 ivybridge and a better card like the 7870 XT, the 7850 isn't that good, it's totally unbalanced.
    Worth mention, the i5 ivybridge cpu supports pcie 3.0, so if one day the cards start taking advantage of the pcie 3.0 bandwidth, it's better going with the i5 ivybridge cpus.
    Also make sure that your previous hdd is a sata one, not ide, if not you won't be able to use it.
    If it's a sata one, then get this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FxUu

    Get the i5-3570k in ncix us : http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&promoid=1302
    Ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
    PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
  15. How do I know if it's sata? (noob)
  16. Oh, yeah it is, thanks.
  17. Whats the main difference between OC'ing a cpu and nonOC for gaming builds? Since he wont be gaining any fps, whats the point of OC?
  18. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2012/05/01/intel-core-i5-3570k-cpu-review/6
    Shows oc vs non-oc in games. Overclocking does help in games.
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