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Newbie here! Need some help with build please!

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March 6, 2013 2:06:10 AM

Hey, nice to finally become part of the forum! I've been lurking around the forums for a while now. Learned a lot and have lots of questions answered without me even asking them myself.

I've been looking to build my first ever casual gaming computer, looked through some forum posts and took suggestions from it. However I still don't have complete idea of what I am doing (still new to computer hardware), so I would really appreciate some help with my build.

Im looking at a budget of $700-800, I don't need an OS (already got a copy), just the main PC itself.

I'll be using the computer daily for homework, light surfing and gaming (such as borderlands 2, league of legends) nothing too fancy, I don't need ULTRA settings at 1080p. Medium with 60-80fps is good enough for me.

My friend suggested me to use the pcpicker site, and after a few days of mind bending brainstorms, I've finally came up with a computer at the target budget




I just want to know if my build will provide me with what I want and if there are ways to go lower with the price (i know the case is expensive...but it looks awesome :love:  )

Any suggestions will be appreciated..THANKS!

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March 6, 2013 2:08:45 AM

what build would that be?
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March 6, 2013 2:12:19 AM

I would personally get a cheaper case, but that's your decision. Get a 7850 2gb, it isn't that much more expensive and will last longer because it won't get bottlenecked. Look at a 500w psu as well. 430 will probably be fine if you don't want to switch though.
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March 6, 2013 2:25:03 AM

Hi, that psu isn't that good, from rosewill start from the green series and above, you can get a ssd in there, if you don't plan to do much overclocking.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $777.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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March 6, 2013 2:49:50 AM

That looks pretty good to me.
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March 6, 2013 7:59:59 PM

i dont really need a ssd so i took that out and replaced the 7850 with a 7870. hows that?
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March 6, 2013 8:08:21 PM

Hi, if it's casual gaming, a 7850 is more than sufficient, the ssd will improve the responsiveness of system, the load times of the apps.
But if you plan to get some demanding game get the 7870, the sapphire 7870 XT :) 
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