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March 1, 2013 5:45:48 PM

Hello everyone. I am looking to build a mid-level gaming PC. I'd like to keep it around $800 or so. I am planning on doing this over time and not at all at once so if i need to up the budget or whatever I can. I'd like something that would be able to play WoW, SC2, and the new Simcity on max settings. I usually leave my first person shooters/sports to the console. I know how to build it I guess as I look through all the parts and such I don't feel like I'm getting my value.

In addition if you have a build you can suggest to get this done at $500/$600 please share it. I don't object to saving money.

I also have no intention of overclocking. My system will hook up to dual monitors at 1680x1050.

Didn't see this before. Guess I should learn to read.

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next few months

Budget Range: $800 Total

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Cincinnati, OH (We have a microcenter)

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050,

Why Are You Upgrading: Current PC is 7 years old Dell XPS 410. It needs to be retired/upgraded. I think retired is a better option.
a c 276 4 Gaming
March 1, 2013 6:32:31 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $799.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 15:31 EST-0500)
March 1, 2013 6:51:06 PM

I actually already have a case that was given to me. Would you allocate that 60 elsewhere or just leave it?
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a c 276 4 Gaming
March 1, 2013 6:52:40 PM

kcox17 said:
I actually already have a case that was given to me. Would you allocate that 60 elsewhere or just leave it?


Yeah put it toward getting a 7950.
March 1, 2013 6:55:51 PM

You could try to get a combo deal at NCIX or something where you can save quite a lot of money. You should be able to find a 3570K and a Z77 motherboard combo easily for the extra $60 to spend.

EDIT: Yeah, or a 7950.
a c 276 4 Gaming
March 1, 2013 6:58:22 PM

completelyrandomname said:
You could try to get a combo deal at NCIX or something where you can save quite a lot of money. You should be able to find a 3570K and a Z77 motherboard combo easily for the extra $60 to spend.


That works even better if you live near a Micro Center.
March 1, 2013 7:04:00 PM

Well, he lives near a MicroCenter so I'd actually advise grabbing an i5-3470 ($150 in-store, plenty in stock at Cinci) and a comparable motherboard to what Gunit selected.

He could also take the ~$90 savings ($60 for case, $30 off of CPU/mobo from MC) and grab an SSD.
March 1, 2013 7:05:21 PM

completelyrandomname said:
That's nice to know, but I live in Canada.



I live near a micro center. I think that is what he is getting at. Do i really need the 3570 if I'm not using the accelerated graphics?
a c 276 4 Gaming
March 1, 2013 7:13:20 PM

kcox17 said:
I live near a micro center. I think that is what he is getting at. Do i really need the 3570 if I'm not using the accelerated graphics?


The onboard video will be disabled. The 3570K has an unlocked multiplier so you can overclock where the 3470 doesn't.
March 1, 2013 7:17:56 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The onboard video will be disabled. The 3570K has an unlocked multiplier so you can overclock where the 3470 doesn't.


I'm not going to be doing any overclocking.
a c 276 4 Gaming
March 1, 2013 10:00:24 PM

kcox17 said:
I'm not going to be doing any overclocking.


Then get the 3470 and H77. Then you could probably squeeze a Radeon 7970 into the build if you go with XFX or Power Color.
March 4, 2013 1:14:45 PM

I went to my local micro center and picked up:

Core i5 3570k - 139.99
ASRock Pro 4- 109.99
16GB Crucial Ballistix - 65.00
600W Cosair 80 Plus Bronze - 79.99

I still need to get a Video Card and a HD.
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