First time Gaming PC!

Hi guys,

I'm entering the world of PC gaming (whoo) and need some advice. I originally wanted a prebuilt media PC for $700 before tax, but figured I'd see what I could get if I built it myself (also my first time building!) I wont be gaming often honestly, just an FPS here and there.

I know there are a million topics (been lurking for some time) so I've done some research and came up with this: (updated)

I have a $105 Bestbuy GC so that rig is going to cost me $763 before tax.


My concerns...

Is there anything I could do to get the same performance but save a few bucks?
Can I get way better performance if I spend a few bucks more on something?
And assuming I go with the 7850, is the Asus version better than the XFX version? It's $10 bucks more.
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    Grab this motherboard instead, its the same price but will allow the 3470 to OC to 4ghz

    I would grab this gpu instead as it has a higher clock as well as similar cooler performance and is cheaper (same one me and 2 of my buds are using)

    There is also this ASUS which is the same price as the one you picked but has a higher core clock (similar to the gigabyte clock)
  2. Yeah for $15 more might as well go for that motherboard and the over clocked Gigabyte card. Thanks!

    Two follow up questions...

    Is the Asus card more reliable?

    If I do plan on over clocking in the future, is the 3470 good or is the 3570K for $20 more well worth it? If it won't make a big difference might as well go the cheaper route.
  3. the 3470 can OC to 4ghz on z77
    the 3570 can OC to 4.2ghz on z77
    the 3570k can OC to as high as it can 4.6 usually on z77

    the asus is more "reliable" but the gigabyte is reliable too and i am using it fine as are are a couple of friends and no issues
  4. Alright awesome, thanks for your help. Decided to save and go for Gigabyte GPU, and 3470 should be fine for what I need.

    So we decreased cost and I get a better mobo/GPU now! :D
  5. Price/Performance all the way :)
  6. Best answer selected by hawaiiff.
  7. Quick update... PC built last week with a few driver issues but solved eventually. I upgraded a few parts.

    What do you guys think about the power supply? Is 500W enough for 3570K and HD 7950 if I want to overclock in the future? I'm getting different answers and online calculators suggest I'm using 390 watts, around 430-450 if I overclock. At this point I'm over budget anyways so if it's safer to go 600W, might as well!

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($344.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
    Total: $1008.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 22:58 EST-0500)
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