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February 27, 2013 1:42:08 AM

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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February 27, 2013 1:49:49 AM

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.
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February 27, 2013 2:05:30 AM

Is there anything else i can change to make it cheaper?
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February 27, 2013 2:09:23 AM

For only $5 you can grab the 7870XT which will be a lot faster

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

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-B10-2...

I'll grab the version with 64mb of cache
http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...

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=N82E168...

I take it you're upgrading your monitor soon as well?
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February 27, 2013 7:17:18 PM

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)

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February 27, 2013 7:20:41 PM

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)
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February 27, 2013 7:21:52 PM

Alright thanks should I add fans and also do I need thermal compound? Will ditching the cooler be ok and use stock fan instead?
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February 27, 2013 7:25:14 PM

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.
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February 27, 2013 7:27:56 PM

Ok I will go with your suggested build it seems good how many fps could i get on borderlands 2, lets say?
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February 27, 2013 7:56:38 PM

The 7870XT is more a gimped 7950 than an souped up 7870, they should have called it an 7930 IMO

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February 27, 2013 8:08:21 PM

For that resolution you could drop down to a 650ti or 7770 and still get good fps
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February 27, 2013 8:09:47 PM

The 7870 feels like it will last a bit longer so I am just going to go with it.
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