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March 4, 2013 8:32:31 PM

Hello everyone,


I would like to build myself a decent mid-range PC mainly intended for gaming. I haven't built my own system since about 2003 so I'm a little out of the loop as far as quality parts and whatnot. I'm only going to be using this system for gaming and regular activites like surfing the web or word processing. The games I play are not too terribly intense as far as graphics go. I mainly play games like WoW, SWTOR, Diablo 3, SC2, Torchlight 2. However I would like the system to be competivite if I should decide to buy a more graphically intense game. I would ideally like to run all the games I listed at high or ultra with good FPS if possible. As far as budget goes I would like to hover around $800 but if it goes higher thats fine. I would prefer to use an Intel i5, but if AMD would be a better fit or more cost effective choice given the games/activites I'll be using the system for I'm all ears.

Thank you for your time and I appreciate any and all responses.
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March 4, 2013 10:19:09 PM

This is definitely higher than $800 but this will be a killer rig:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.07 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1034.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 19:17 EST-0500)

Alternately if you don't need the SSD cut that and upgrade to a GTX 670.
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March 4, 2013 10:27:33 PM

Thanks alot for the info! That set up looks great.
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March 4, 2013 10:57:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ 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: 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 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $794.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If you don't plan to overclock the cpu :


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $772.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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March 4, 2013 11:02:40 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hz6H
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hz6H/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hz6H/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($68.97 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $806.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 20:02 EST-0500)
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March 5, 2013 8:13:40 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses, I really appreciate it. I have another question, if I were to use an AMD CPU /Motherboard combo which would be best, or should I not even bother with AMD?
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March 5, 2013 8:16:25 PM

Hi, since you have a decent budget that can include the i5, don't bother with it.
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March 6, 2013 9:17:00 PM

I got some really good news today, however that now means that I have a little less money to spending building the new rig. As it stands right now I'm going to be able to spend about $650 tops. Should I continue to try and build around an i5, or should I look at an i3-3220 or AMD CPU?
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March 7, 2013 3:54:09 PM

hmm, i5 might be pushing it with that budget. Maybe you could get an i3, and upgrade in the future (your mobo will be compatible with an i5 as well)? That, or get an fx 6300 - about equivalent to the the i3 in price and performance (slightly weaker per core, but it has 2 extra threads over the i3), and will probably be upgradable to steamroller when it comes out. HYou can also overclock the 6300, whereas you cant overclock an i3.
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March 8, 2013 12:22:51 AM

Best answer selected by MCV430.
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