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February 26, 2013 11:41:56 PM

Hi everyone.

I really need help with this. It is gonna be my 1st time building a PC, which i wanna use mainly for gaming that can run basically most of the games in the market right now (Guild Wars 2, TERA, Diablo 3) and any future games, And also a PC that I can easily upgrade and change some hard wares here and there in the future. I am no hardcore techie, and I just did some researching within the past 3 days and came up with this. The total price was about $659.92 excluding shipping and tax. My budget is a about $750.00 but it would really be great if you can help me cut down my costs, since I'm still gonna need to buy a new monitor,mice/mouse,keyboard, and an OS.

MOBO:(  $134.99) GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX..
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

CPU:( $199.99) Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W..
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

GPU:( $74.99)XFX HD-667X-ZHF3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Vid..
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

RAM:( $54.99) Corsair Vengeance 8GB(2x3GB) 240 PIN DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600(PC3 12800)
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

HDD:( $79.99)Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HD.
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU:( $46.99)RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular.
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

CASE:( $49.99)Rosewill REDBONE U3 Black SECC Steel USB 3.0, eSATA, 3x 120mm Fans Mid Tower...
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

ROM/CD/DVD: ($17.99)LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X...
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )


I hope someone can help me out, and share some of their opinions and/or suggestions to help me lower down my cost. Thank You!

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February 26, 2013 11:52:00 PM

The PSU is crap. Get a 500w PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

Get a cheaper motherboard. An h77 chipset. Around $70.

Get a better GPU. The one you have now will play at low settings. Look at an hd7770 minimum for medium settings. Try to get a gtx650ti or an hd7850.
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February 26, 2013 11:52:30 PM

You can do a lot better than that, i wouldn't get a raidmax psu :

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 ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $757.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
^the cpu is actually less 10$ with promo code, the z75 board is 77$.

If you can buy from other websites, i suggest getting parts in ncix us.
Like the ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
And hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302
It's a trusted website and you'll get free shipping with 100$ or more in the cart.
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February 26, 2013 11:52:43 PM

First i see is the i5-3450 isnt one you would OC, so you for a mobo i would go with one with a h77 chipset. the z77 are more for overclocking, if you want to overclock go with the i5-3570k

You are going to need a better gpu in the budget. i would go with at very least a 7850.

Dont buy a raidmax psu very low quality. Go with a Corsair XFX, Seasonic, Antec. Corsair.

This is what i see, If you give me your max budget, i would be happy to make something up for you.
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February 27, 2013 12:09:08 AM

On the high end of your budget and only including the main computer components ($770) I came up with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $770.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 20:58 EST-0500)

Now if you need to get the entire package of monitor, OS and accessories to be under $750, than this is best I could come up with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.66 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.55 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.28 @ TigerDirect)
Monitor: Acer V193WEJb 19.0" Monitor ($98.95 @ Adorama)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($12.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: V7 M30P10-7N Wired Optical Mouse ($5.13 @ Amazon)
Total: $767.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 21:07 EST-0500)

Went $20 over again and this includes a $10 keyboard and $5 mouse so if you wanna spend a few extra bucsk to upgrade these I think it'd be worth it. But overall I think this could run games now pretty well and would definitely last you a bit, maybe not playing the highest settings but still run most that you throw at it.
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February 27, 2013 1:57:48 AM

tenaciousk said:
First i see is the i5-3450 isnt one you would OC, so you for a mobo i would go with one with a h77 chipset. the z77 are more for overclocking, if you want to overclock go with the i5-3570k

You are going to need a better gpu in the budget. i would go with at very least a 7850.

Dont buy a raidmax psu very low quality. Go with a Corsair XFX, Seasonic, Antec. Corsair.

This is what i see, If you give me your max budget, i would be happy to make something up for you.


Thank You for replying. Im looking to really spend at most $750.00-$800.00.
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February 27, 2013 2:02:33 AM

djangoringo said:
You can do a lot better than that, i wouldn't get a raidmax psu :

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 ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $757.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
^the cpu is actually less 10$ with promo code, the z75 board is 77$.

If you can buy from other websites, i suggest getting parts in ncix us.
Like the ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
And hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302
It's a trusted website and you'll get free shipping with 100$ or more in the cart.


Thank You for replying. im gonna spend a couple hours/days to research all of these. but again thanks for your help!
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February 27, 2013 2:22:56 AM

If you can get the parts in ncix us, there's not much to research, you're looking at the best psu for 64$(54$ after mir), the cheapest and compatible ram with cas 9, 1600 mhz at 1.5v, dual channel 8GB.
The hdd is also the cheapest there, with 3 years of warranty.
As for the i5 and motherboard, you can check what was the cpu/mobo used in the 600$ toms hardware build :
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pc-gaming-overclock...

A review of the mobo : http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4853/asrock_z75_pro3_i...
^you can overclock the cpu and ram.

As for the card, it's now the best bang for the buck card : http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930...

The case is a quality one, you can find several reviews of the Corsair 200R.
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February 28, 2013 1:23:36 AM

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February 28, 2013 1:34:38 AM

djangoringo said:
You can do a lot better than that, i wouldn't get a raidmax psu :

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 ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $757.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
^the cpu is actually less 10$ with promo code, the z75 board is 77$.

If you can buy from other websites, i suggest getting parts in ncix us.
Like the ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
And hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302
It's a trusted website and you'll get free shipping with 100$ or more in the cart.


I'm leaning towards making this build. But might have to settle for a cheaper GPU, like the PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5. Would that be a good idea? I would still love to at least cut a little more form the whole cost. Since i still need to get myself a good monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse But overall I really appreciate your help sir. You are awesome!
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February 28, 2013 1:48:08 AM

I recommend getting the 7870 tahiti le, because it's a good card for gaming at a good price, it has almost the same performance as a 660 ti or 7950 for much less money, and it's much more better than the 7850, for the price difference it's worth.
Don't forget it's less than 750$ total with the ram, psu and hdd in ncix us, you can get now the z75 board in amazon for 77$, the i5 is 169.99$ after promo code.
You can get a cheaper case, like the nzxt source 210 or bitfenix merc, if you want to cut down a bit the costs, both are good cases for the money.
I'd try to get the 7870 XT, it's out of stock now in newegg, but it will be back soon.
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March 1, 2013 6:04:34 PM

djangoringo said:
I recommend getting the 7870 tahiti le, because it's a good card for gaming at a good price, it has almost the same performance as a 660 ti or 7950 for much less money, and it's much more better than the 7850, for the price difference it's worth.
Don't forget it's less than 750$ total with the ram, psu and hdd in ncix us, you can get now the z75 board in amazon for 77$, the i5 is 169.99$ after promo code.
You can get a cheaper case, like the nzxt source 210 or bitfenix merc, if you want to cut down a bit the costs, both are good cases for the money.
I'd try to get the 7870 XT, it's out of stock now in newegg, but it will be back soon.



Hi! another question. Is the 530W PSU supply enough to power that system you suggested? I checked and the GPU requires at least 500 watt of power?
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March 1, 2013 6:47:23 PM

Yes, it's more than sufficient, it's a decent one, not some generic psu, though, i recommend getting the xfx 550 core edition( the ram and hdd too) in ncix us if possible.
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