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Quick and Dirty $700ish Gaming Build

Hi guys I'm looking to build my first PC this upcoming week and I just wanted to get some quick second opinions before I commit to any parts. The primary use for this rig will be gaming. As is, the build is about $700 so I'd like to keep it below that.

CPU: Core i5 3470 $150
Motherboard:AS Rock LGA1155 Intel Z77 $110
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600Mhz $50
Storage: Caviar Black 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $90
Video Card:SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT $250
Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner $20
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 $50
PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO550W $55
Total Cost:$750 Price on pcpartpicker is different because I'll buy my cpu at Microcenter in store for $40 less.


Thanks in advance for any help.
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  1. Theres no need for that aftermarket cooler and a z77 motherboard if your processor is not Overclockable.. Get a 3570k if your getting those parts..
  2. that is an awesome setup for the price, a part of me would say try for an i7 and a better graphics card, but for the price u cant grumble
  3. If you can stretch the budget alittle, I would try to get a 7850 like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125451&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

    Pretty large difference even with the lower clock rate: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=549

    PSU is alittle weak and low quality but it claims enough current on 12v that it will probably do ok.
  4. GamerXtreme2013 said:
    Theres no need for that aftermarket cooler and a z77 motherboard if your processor is not Overclockable.. Get a 3570k if your getting those parts..


    Thanks,
    I do realize that the cooler and z77 chipset aren't completely necessary but this computer is going to have to last me a while and I'd like to build it with an upgrade path while I have the money. Since next time I might not be able to afford a new cpu AND mobo.
  5. It has a bad balance between CPU and graphics performance. That graphics card is way too weak to bother pairing with an i5. You'd get a better experience out of getting an i3 with a Radeon 7850 and if you're only getting a Z77 board for the CPU upgrade path, it makes more sense to focus less on the CPU right now anyway.

    Also, an Antec VP-450 PSU is very reliable despite being half the price of that rosewill PSU. You could get a Radeon 7850 with the i5 that way or an i3 and a Radeon 7870 (granted the Antec VP-450 would not be enough for a 7870 and you'd instead want something more like a CX-500 V3 or better). Oh, and if you really want to spend $50 on a memory kit, you might as well get a DDR3-1866 kit instead of the DDR3-1600 kit. Patriot has a nice DDR3-1866 9-9-9-24 kit for about $50 right now:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g186c9krd
  6. Hold on i'll work my magic, that processor is just too much for the GPU
  7. If u can drop that motherboard and replace it with http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77pro4mvp. You can save a little more by not buying the aftermarket cooler because the stock heatsink that comes with the mobo is good enough since you cant OC that cpu anyway, and just put the $ into a better GPU like a 7870 its around $200 and it competes with a gtx 660ti and you will be able to play the newest games thats about to come out at high settings =)... Later on if you decide to upgrade your cpu/mobo/cooler then go for it..
  8. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJgp
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJgp/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJgp/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.20 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Onyx 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.38 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $698.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 17:01 EST-0500)
  9. NoHear95 said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJgp
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJgp/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJgp/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.20 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Onyx 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.38 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $698.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 17:01 EST-0500)


    Why would you recommend a single module memory kit?

    Also, OP stated that OP wants a Z77 board to upgrade to a K edition CPU and overclock later on.
  10. actually the rosewill you have is good..its made by atng which is good.
  11. actually the rosewill you have is good..its made by atng which is good.
  12. blazorthon said:
    Why would you recommend a single module memory kit?

    Also, OP stated that OP wants a Z77 board to upgrade to a K edition CPU and overclock later on.


    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJxV
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJxV/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJxV/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.38 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $702.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 17:20 EST-0500)
  13. Best answer
    NoHear95 said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJxV
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJxV/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJxV/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.38 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $702.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 17:20 EST-0500)


    Are you including MIRs with those prices? I think so because the XFX 550W is $65 according to my system. If you're counting MIRs, then the Sapphire 7870 XT should be only $5 more expensive than the Powercolor, but it has a much quieter and lower temp cooler, so it'd be better ;)

    Oh, and this memory kit is similarly good, but cheaper enough to cover the extra $5 of the Sapphire card while bringing the total price after shipping/MIR/other promo a little closer to $700:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv8gx3m2a1600c11

    Otherwise, I agree with all of your choices.
  14. blazorthon said:
    Are you including MIRs with those prices? I think so because the XFX 550W is $65 according to my system. If you're counting MIRs, then the Sapphire 7870 XT should be only $5 more expensive than the Powercolor, but it has a much quieter and lower temp cooler, so it'd be better ;)

    Oh, and this memory kit is similarly good, but cheaper enough to cover the extra $5 of the Sapphire card while bringing the total price after shipping/MIR/other promo a little closer to $700:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv8gx3m2a1600c11

    Otherwise, I agree with all of your choices.

    alright then, they say listen to experts ;)

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJGX
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJGX/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FJGX/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.38 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $699.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 17:34 EST-0500)
  15. blazorthon said:
    Are you including MIRs with those prices? I think so because the XFX 550W is $65 according to my system. If you're counting MIRs, then the Sapphire 7870 XT should be only $5 more expensive than the Powercolor, but it has a much quieter and lower temp cooler, so it'd be better ;)

    Oh, and this memory kit is similarly good, but cheaper enough to cover the extra $5 of the Sapphire card while bringing the total price after shipping/MIR/other promo a little closer to $700:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv8gx3m2a1600c11

    Otherwise, I agree with all of your choices.


    Wow! Thanks for all the amazing input guys!
    I've updated the list by removing the cooler, changing the mobo, finding cheaper ram and upgrading the GPU. On some parts , such as the case and HDD I didnt mind paying for a little extra for certain features (4 fans, usb 3.0, and a good looking case imo, and the 5yr warranty on the HDD was a nice feature. It all comes out to just under $750 which I'm totally fine with considering that gpu seems like a monster and will last me a good while it seems! :D

    Thanks
  16. I wouldn't recommend that PSU, i know it's good, but 450 watts for this build is something i would rather stay away from, you have to give the psu a head room, so stick with the XFX as it is 5 dollars pricier, but overall better.
    As for the ram, it's ok but the red look on a black motherboard isn't a good match imo.
  17. NoHear95 said:
    I wouldn't recommend that PSU, i know it's good, but 450 watts for this build is something i would rather stay away from, you have to give the psu a head room, so stick with the XFX as it is 5 dollars pricier, but overall better.
    As for the ram, it's ok but the red look on a black motherboard isn't a good match imo.


    Yeah, I forgot to change the ram on the list but it should be fixed now and as for the psu pcpartpicker is clocking the total build at 361 watts, and I wont be overclocking or anything fancy. Would the extra 90 watts provide enough headroom?
  18. Yeah, it'd be better to stick with the XFX 550W for this. The extra headroom lets the PSU run more efficiently and degrade slower over time. You don't want to go overill on the headroom either, but the XFX-550 is at an ideal balance of not too much and not too little. For only a little more money, it's a much better way to go.

    Also, the Antec VP-450 does'nt have enough PCIe connectors for the 7870 XT. I suggested the Antec VP-450 for a build with a 7850, not a 7870 XT ;)
  19. blazorthon said:
    Yeah, it'd be better to stick with the XFX 550W for this. The extra headroom lets the PSU run more efficiently and degrade slower over time. You don't want to go overill on the headroom either, but the XFX-550 is at an ideal balance of not too much and not too little. For only a little more money, it's a much better way to go.

    Also, the Antec VP-450 does'nt have enough PCIe connectors for the 7870 XT. I suggested the Antec VP-450 for a build with a 7850, not a 7870 XT ;)


    Done, and Done. Thank you good sirs, you've all been a huge help to me. I'll probably get around to ordering these parts later this evening. Unfortunately that PSU is out of stock but I think I can find it somewhere else for a similar price.

    Thanks again.
  20. Glad to help.
  21. Best answer selected by sp3ncek.
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