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[Budget Build] $800 Gaming Computer (Desktop)

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March 1, 2013 6:45:24 PM

Hello,

I am looking to spend a small amount to hopefully get a great improvement over my 5 year old tower.
I already have a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc that are fairly new. I also have a new wireless adapter.
What I need is basically the whole tower -- new case and all.

Target: Run League of Legends on max everything. Is this possible with $800?
Other: I would want to play (hopefully on high/max settings): Diablo III, Guild Wars 2
Bonus: I stream to my xbox and Roku via PlayOn and TVersity. If my computer does this well, it'd be great :) 
Bonus2: If you can get similar power in a small/micro case that'd be sweet :) 

I prefer Intel and nvidia builds. Higher resolution for gaming, the better :)  Please get all parts from Newegg or Amazon.
If I can see a huge improvement by bumping my budget to $1000 I might be willing to do so, but I would really like to keep it lower. I would like something that modifiable in the future so I can pour more money in later.

Any help is appreciated!
-Zach



Here is my form:

Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight ;P
Budget Range: 700-800 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, videos
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: The entire tower
Do you need to buy OS: Yes. But don't include in your build.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon
Location: Minnesota, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel Processor, Nvidia GPU
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, but not today.
Your Monitor Resolution: at least 1680x1050 but higher is better :) 
Additional Comments: For LoL, Guild Wars 2, Diablo III, streaming to XBOX, and if possible recording/streaming LOL and Minecraft to Twitch.tv; Micro if possible under constraints :) 
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is incredibly old and is now slow and beaten down.

Basically my priorities are: Budget > Gaming > Streaming > Size of Tower > Quietness

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March 1, 2013 7:23:03 PM

I think there's a Microcentre in Minnesota where you can pick up computer parts for really cheap.

It won't take a lot to run LoL, D3, and GW2 at max settings, even if you are streaming it, and you won't need to overclock, so I would recommend:

CPU: Intel i5-3330
Motherboard: Cheapest H77 or Z75
GPU: Radeon HD 7850 (currently better value than the nvidia counterpart, but if you want nvidia, get 660ti)
PSU: Get any 80+ certified 500W
Memory: 8 gb, any brand will do if you are not overclocking ram
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March 1, 2013 9:39:27 PM

Had some time to make a custom list for you.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Vulcan Black MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $896.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Notes

- CPU is as high as you wan't to go for gaming purposes and easily over-clocked too. CPU cooler will allow you to achieve a good 4-4.5GHz over-clock on the i5 if you wanted. It's also low profile to fit in the small case.

- Motherboard is mATX to keep things small. Supports 2-way SLI for adding a 2'nd GPU in the future. Will have 2 RAM slots free for upgrades too. Also has all the facilities to overclock.

- mATX case to go with the motherboard. Small but good cooling and great quality. Also enough space to fit 2x GTX 660 or 660ti in SLI.

- Rear-venting graphics card to keep case temps down. Essential in a small case especially when you come to running 2 of them. Ideally I would have went for a HD 7870 which are only about $20 more, but if you want Nvidia that's fine.

- Good quality power supply with plenty of excess to accommodate a 2'nd GPU should you add one.


And yes, I know I went over the $800 budget :p  I consider it worthwhile but if you need to drop the price you could probably get away with a 650W PSU, cheaper CPU fan and cheaper case.
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March 1, 2013 11:06:27 PM

AMD FX will do quite better than the i5 if you are planing to stream your game play
The games you seem to like do not require PhysX fo AMD is better buy price/perf wise
Stayed with a smaller PSU for now
7870XT is 660ti perf but $50 cheaper
MB supports SLI/CFX
1 TB fast 7200rpm HDD
Cooler for OC

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $803.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 20:13 EST-0500)

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March 2, 2013 1:33:17 AM

Stickmansam, don't you think the 450W PSU is a bit pushing it especially if Schtauffen is gonna overclock? The 7870LE is a power sucker when overclocked as well.
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March 2, 2013 1:54:45 AM

MOARS POWERS for OC

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $813.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 22:54 EST-0500)

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March 5, 2013 9:18:49 PM

I decided to go with this. :)  I know it doesn't use nvidia and intel, but it looks so amazing =D
stickmansam said:
MOARS POWERS for OC

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $813.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 22:54 EST-0500)

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March 5, 2013 9:19:07 PM

Best answer selected by Schtauffen.
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