Help with my $700 build?

So, I am a complete noob at this whole thing, and this is my first build:
PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473)



G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460)

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028)

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996)

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872)

Seagate SV35 Series ST2000VX000 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148902)

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227)

Grand total: $720.05

I really can't spend more than 720.
Also, will I need to purchase anything that has the usb drives, sd card reader, etc. or is that stuff preinstalled on the case? Do I NEED a DVD player, since I download all of my games? what about a wifi reader? should I just use a dongle? Do I need any tools? Will it be rather easy to tell where what parts go where??
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    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: $723.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 16:33 EST-0500)

    Your build is a mess. This will be considerably better.
  2. Ignore the usb reader comment, I was being dumb :b
  3. The GTX660 is better than the hd7850.

    Make sure to get the PSU I linked. Raidmax is the worst of the worst.
  4. tiny voices said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    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: $723.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 16:33 EST-0500)

    Your build is a mess. This will be considerably better.


    Ah, as i suspected. :P
    How well o you think it will run BF3/ FarCry3?
  5. I like Tiny Voices build. Personally I prefer AMD but it's hard to argue with a dead on budget build. No reason to change anything there, it should perform very well.

    You can drop the DVD reader if you don't think you'll need it. My PC doesn't have one, and might never have one.
    Edit: Answering you question: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-geforce-gtx-650-benchmark,3297-7.html

    Keep in might that is using OLD drivers. Performance should be up slightly for every card there, but don't expect miracles.
  6. TV, it says this on your build.. ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.
  7. It doesnt matter. Just use the usb 2.0 onboard header for the case.

    This will max or close to max those games.
  8. I cant use the AMD processor and motherboard instead of the intel?
  9. If you want to. The i5 will be better.
  10. also I forgot to mention I have to buy an os, so I was leaning towards the AMD things :P
  11. How much better? I really don't know if I can spend that extra 100 .-.
  12. If you can't swing it, get an fx-6300 and and am3+ motherboard.
  13. Don't go with raidmax PSUs. They are low quality.
  14. what about an fx 4100? And maybe a cheaper graphics card? i was looking at a Radeon 7850 with only 1gb of GDDR5 RAM. Would I notice a big drop?
  15. its a good video card. Should play game son high settings. Maybe newer games will need a mix of medium and high settings.

    The fx4100 isn't very good. The 4300 is much better. Still not great however. If you want to go AMD, get an fx6300.
  16. Ah, I'm making a parts list, give me 5 minutes :P
  17. Yes. Cheaping out on a GPU will make a noticeable difference
  18. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HiL4

    The reason i stuck with the Radeon is because it comes with BioShock Infinite and TombRaider, my two most anticipated games of this year so far :P
  19. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $703.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 17:17 EST-0500)

    Do this instead.
  20. Hm. I'm really tempted with the Radeon because of the BSI and TR offer >.< I would essentially be paying 100 for that graphics card..
  21. I used the same GPU you listed. Changed the motherboard and CPU only.
  22. All you changed is the motherboard, correct? Thanks. Do you think I should choose the RAdeon with the games or the Nvidia?
  23. Well, the gtx660 will be better than the 7850.

    I changed the motherboard and the CPU.
  24. Thats what I meant TV. Thanks :D Will choosing the Radeon impact performance that much? I want to play on high with 1600x900 resolution.
  25. TV, what about what he suggested? It has 2gb GDDR5 RAM, and comes with the games :P
  26. TV, what about what he suggested? It has 2gb GDDR5 RAM, and comes with the games :P
  27. With that low resolution, no. If you were at 1080p you would see a difference. The 7850 will be a mix of med/high settings ad the gtx660 will be solid high and some games may max.
  28. The 7870 will blow away the 7850.
  29. what about the 7870 vs the nvidia?
  30. it will be slightly better than the gtx660. Not a whole lot.
  31. oh ok. so that last build you suggested with the radeon replaced with the 7870 is $790. That is barely managable :P Think it will work?
  32. It will be great!
  33. Think I will be able to max most games?
  34. I think you should be able to find a 7870 for less than that. But yes it should be able to play most games at high or max settings.
  35. With a 7870. Yes. Everything else will run on high settings no problem.
  36. Also I will save 50 bucks if I shop around, so Thats what I think I will do :P
  37. Sounds good.
  38. Thanks for all of your help :D
  39. Anytime! Always glad to help!
  40. Actually, i have one more question. idk if this is frowned upon here, but If i cant spend the extra 100 could I pirate windows 7, burn it to a disk, and use it on my new comp?
  41. or even a flashdrive?
  42. No. We will not help you with that. Buy windows.
  43. ok :P just wondering, no need to get mad.
  44. Not mad at all sir. Its just not something we do or help people with around here. No problem.
  45. So is this build any worse? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HNHy
  46. Worse than what? What "tiny voices" posted? No, it is slightly better due to the better video card.
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