Help on Gaming PC Build

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: March or April

Budget Range: 500-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and recording

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Maybe

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com or cheaper place

I live in New Jersey so I am taxed on Newegg

Parts Preferences: no personal preference
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments: I wan to make my build cheaper. I like the parts I have a lot. If there is any way to change please help. I will be playing Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2, and games along that line.

Intel Core i5-3350P Quad Core Processor - 179.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler - 32.98
Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste - 12.99
Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - 121.49
A-Data Premier Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory - 46.80
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - 67.99
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card - 239.99
Syba CL-ADA23032 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter - 9.98
Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case - 44.99
Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply - 54.99
Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer - 15.99
Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) - 82.28

link to pcpartpicker.com: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GfIE
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  1. You are good to go but just swap the windows 8 for windows 7 64 bit home edition. Also, if you plan to play online you need to get a better adapter than what you currently have for wifi. Other than that, you are good to go.
  2. Is there anything else i can change to make it cheaper?
  3. For only $5 you can grab the 7870XT which will be a lot faster

    http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11199-20-20G/dp/B00AWKYB1M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361937930&sr=8-1&keywords=7870xt

    You can ditch the 212 EVO since the 3350p can only clock to 3.7ghz using the turbo OC, same some and grab a 212+
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Plus-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361938011&sr=1-1&keywords=212%2B

    I'll grab the version with 64mb of cache
    http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361938037&sr=1-2&keywords=Western+Digital+Caviar+Blue+1TB+3.5%22+7200RPM+Internal+Hard+Drive

    Even with tax this PSU should be cheaper and corsair is really good with rebates
    Got mine in 4 weeks
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    I take it you're upgrading your monitor soon as well?
  4. decide whether you wanna OC now or not. just to note, if you do plan to OC, you'll be looking to spend more for an OCable 3570K.

    if you got no interest to OC:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GgT4

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GgUa (more GPU performance for less)
  5. I made come changes:
    Also, I will not be overclocking
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GoVX
  6. You ditch the cooler if you're not OCisng unless worried about temps

    The 7870XT is well worth its price (sapphire one from amazon $5 more)
    Got a motherboard with USB 3
    Only reason to go with a black is for its longer warranty but I left it in

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N53 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $642.09
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 16:15 EST-0500)

  7. Whoa, whoa whoa. Raidmax cases are pretty much garbage - especially the sub $50 ones they make. They are pretty much a junk brand. I wouldn't recommend buying them if you can absolutely help it. There's also better CPUs you can get - the 965 is quite a bit old now.

    Here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $663.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 16:20 EST-0500)
  8. Alright thanks should I add fans and also do I need thermal compound? Will ditching the cooler be ok and use stock fan instead?
  9. rishychawla said:
    Alright thanks should I add fans and also do I need thermal compound? Will ditching the cooler be ok and use stock fan instead?


    No, no, and yes.

    Thermal compound is a waste of money, and you can only add as many fans as your case will allow. The stock fan is fine if you don't plan to overclock.

    But also - stay very far away from Raidmax. Apevia, Xion, Xclio, and Ultra are also brands to avoid.
  10. Ok I will go with your suggested build it seems good how many fps could i get on borderlands 2, lets say?
  11. rishychawla said:
    Ok I will go with your suggested build it seems good how many fps could i get on borderlands 2, lets say?


    7870 XT is pretty much a souped up 7870GHz edition, it performs at near 7950 levels: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930-benchmark,3401.html
  12. The 7870XT is more a gimped 7950 than an souped up 7870, they should have called it an 7930 IMO

  13. I will be using a 32 inch samsung led tv with hdmi. The screen resolution is 1024x768. Also, send me a link to a better wireless adapter and some case fans and I should be good to go. Thanks for your help.

    ink to tv: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN32EH4003-32-inch-720p-Black/dp/B0078LSTWU/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
  14. For that resolution you could drop down to a 650ti or 7770 and still get good fps
  15. The 7870 feels like it will last a bit longer so I am just going to go with it.
  16. ^true
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